North Carolina has become one of the prime locales for Baby Boomers and retirees in recent years. The appeal for a more temperate climate has seen the demand for active adult and active lifestyle communities grow throughout the state. Besides a less sweltering climate, North Carolina has several unique cities and regions offering shopping, restaurants, entertainment options, and natural space.
Retirees can choose from the bustling Charlotte Area, mountainous Asheville, the urban Raleigh-Durham Area, seaside Wilmington, and many others. With so many communities popping up in the state, many are looking for the best deal when choosing a home and neighborhood. Here are some of North Carolina’s lowest-priced active adult and low-maintenance communities.
Village Green – Southern Pines
Below $100k - Low $100s
Village Green is a scenic and private 48-plus community located in the Pinehurst Area. The community was built from 1970 to 1972 and features 57 attached homes. It is notable for its well-manicured grounds and natural space. The leafy community allows residents to feel secluded while still being near shopping and dining options. Amenities include a quaint clubhouse and multi-purpose room, as well as a gazebo and walking paths. Homes at Village Green start below $100k and run into the low $100s.
Magnolia Place – Lowell
Low $100s - Mid $100s
Located just west of Charlotte, Magnolia Place gives homeowners affordable living near a popular city. Evergreen Development began construction on the community in 2001 and it was completed in 2009 with 53 attached homes. Magnolia Place is a 55-plus community featuring low-maintenance homes and first-floor living.
Amenities in the community include a 1,200 square-foot clubhouse, catering kitchen, multi-purpose room, and card tables. Magnolia Place is a perfect blend of quiet natural beauty and urban amenities with Charlotte only 17 miles to the east. Home prices at Magnolia Place start in the low $100s and go up to the mid $100s.
Avalon – Bolivia
High $100s - Mid $200s
Those looking for a waterfront lifestyle will love Avalon, a low-maintenance community located in the Wilmington Area. D.R. Horton started construction on the community in 2017 and will build 166 single-family homes by completion. Amenities in the community will include a clubhouse, outdoor pool, bocce ball courts, pickleball courts, a dog park, and fishing lakes. Avalon is an inexpensive option for new construction homes and homeowners can expect the best from D.R. Horton. The community is also located near the ocean and several beaches. Homes in Avalon start in the high $100s and go up to the mid $200s.
The Gables at Kepley Farm – Salisbury
High $100s - Low $200s
Spencer Lane Construction began construction on this 55-plus community 2005. It will have 260 single-family homes upon completion. The Gables at Kepley Farm has everything an active adult would want in a community, including a 4,000 square-foot clubhouse with an exercise room, great room, hobby and game room, billiards, library, and catering kitchen.
Neighbors at the community have helped create an active social life, including events like potluck dinners, game day, card night, and monthly community breakfasts. With Interstate 85 nearby, Charlotte is only a 50-minute drive for residents looking for more shopping, restaurants, and entertainment options. New and resale homes in the community start in the high $100s and top off in the low $200s.
Riverwind – Etowah
Mid $100s - High $100s
The Asheville-Hendersonville Area is an outdoor lover’s dream and one of the most affordable communities in the area is Riverwind, located in Etowah. Riverwind was built by Oakwood Homes between 1991 and 2008 and includes 190 single-family homes. Homeowners in the community have a host of private amenities to choose from, including two clubhouses. Inside those clubhouses are meetings rooms, a catering kitchen, hobby and game room, and recreation area.
Outdoors, residents will find an outdoor pool and spa, horseshoe pits, and a patio. Surrounded by the Great Smokey Mountains, Asheville also includes attractions like the Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest. Single-family homes in the community come in 15 different floor plans ranging from the mid $100s to high $100s.