Looking for a quaint 55+ community? Charlotte has some great ones to choose from.

Charlotte, North Carolina is becoming a top retirement destination for adults 55+. With 46 active adult communities in the area, there’s a lot to choose from and think about. If you’re considering a move to Charlotte and already know you’re looking for a community small in size but big on options, then we’ve got you covered.

Here are our recommendations for the best small communities around Charlotte.

The Courtyards at Harrisburg - Harrisburg

Low $300s - Mid $300s

Located in Harrisburg, just 25 miles northeast of downtown Charlotte, The Courtyards at Harrisburg is a community of 23 low-maintenance, single-family homes that range in size from 1,519 to 2,769 square feet. These homes have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and are designed with European-style architecture, first-floor master suites, and private outdoor spaces.

A pedestrian-friendly community with landscaped sidewalks, you’ll find neighbors walking or biking along the trail located just outside the community during the warmer months of the year. Though there is no community clubhouse, residents enjoy the outdoor amenities accessible from the walking trail. It connects to a public park and includes horseshoe pits, soccer fields, and picnic shelters.

The Villas at Creek Walk - Stanley

Mid $200s - Mid $300s

The Villas at Creek Walk consists of 25 single-family townhomes located on a single cul-de-sac street in Stanley. Just under 40 minutes from Charlotte, this community is the only age-restricted one of its kind in Gaston County that features enclosed garages. The community is close to restaurants, shops, medical facilities, and religious buildings.

The villas of this exclusive community are two- or three-bedroom homes with two full baths and with two-car insulated garages that include large storage rooms. The roomy floor plans encompass 1,720 square feet of living space and feature sunrooms with French sliding glass doors, laundry rooms, pull-down staircases and gas fireplaces in the dens. Designed for comfort, the master baths have two walk-in closets and tile showers. The low monthly homeowners' association dues cover exterior-home maintenance as well as the maintenance of shrubs and grass.  

Ridge Road Villas - Charlotte

Low $200s - Mid $200s

Ridge Road Villas is a community in Charlotte featuring low-maintenance, ranch-style homes. Situated in the University City area of Charlotte, Ridge Road Villas boasts a highly desirable and convenient location. Residents of Ridge Road Villas enjoy quick access to great shopping, dining, entertainment, and medical care. The 72 homes in this community exhibit an attractive European country-theme design in a well-landscaped setting. Ridge Road Villas offers four distinctive ranch floor plans. All homes feature two-car garages, great rooms, sunrooms and available courtyards and range from 1,733 to 2,335 square feet 

The community's 3,000 square-foot clubhouse provides a quaint setting for residents to gather, workout in the gym, or swim in the outdoor pool. The multi-purpose room is complete with a catering kitchen, perfect for hosting a club meeting or holiday party. With billiards and card tables as well, the clubhouse is the perfect place to get to know neighbors and enjoy free time. 

The Polo Club at Mountain Island Lake - Charlotte

Mid $200s - High $300s

The Polo Club at Mountain Island Lake is a 55+ community located in Charlotte. With 98 attached villas arranged as quad configurations in a unique pinwheel design, each house has a distinctive single-family home look and feel. Nine different floor plans are being offered on a resale basis. These range from 1,137 to 1,992 square feet in size with two to three bedrooms and two bathrooms with an attached garage. Although the majority of these homes are attached, there are some detached single-family homes.

At the center of this active adult community is a charming 3,000 square-foot clubhouse. Residents enjoy gathering here for games, activities, and events. With a catering kitchen and plenty of tables, clubs can gather here on a regular basis. With an outdoor pool and patio, a grilling area, and welcoming lounge with a fireplace, the clubhouse is a great feature to The Polo Club at Mountain Island Lake. Residents can stay fit by utilizing the exercise room and walking trails.