A dock extending onto a picturesque lake at Connestee Falls in Brevard, North Carolina

These active adult communities in North Carolina have homes for sale under $250k.

With more than 165 communities in the state, North Carolina has a lot of options for active adults to consider—each of which has its own advantages, from a wide variety of floor plans to long lists of luxury amenities. But for active adults who want to stick to a budget of $250k, there are several communities that stand out above the rest.

Here’s what you can find for $250k in North Carolina:

Claystone Retirement Community - Hendersonville, NC

Low $100s - Mid $200s

Located in Hendersonville, Claystone Retirement Community will feature 31 new homes upon completion. Claystone is near downtown Hendersonville’s main street, giving residents access to plenty of local shopping and dining options. The city of Asheville is also close by.

Although there isn't a clubhouse yet, residents enjoy getting together for card games, happy hours, social gatherings, holiday parties, and more. As the community grows, there will be plenty of new clubs and social groups for various interests. The community is also home to a pet park.

Claystone offers a low-maintenance lifestyle, thanks to the thoughtfully designed homes. These homes will have two to three bedrooms, and they'll be ideal for active adults looking to downsize.

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Riverwind - Etowah, NC

Mid $100s - High $100s

Just outside of Asheville, Riverwind is nestled near the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains and combines picturesque rural living with convenient amenities. Across its 74-acre community grounds, Riverwind's 190 homes create a network of cul-de-sacs along tree-lined streets.

The community has two clubhouses that host an array of clubs and activities. The Main Clubhouse houses a catering kitchen, a 50-person multipurpose room, a fireplace, and an outdoor pool and spa. The Small Clubhouse has two meeting rooms and a library. Riverwind also offers a parking lot for RVs.

With 15 floor plans to choose from, prospective homebuyers have plenty of options. Ranging from 1,100 to 1,825 square feet, the homes in Riverwind offer three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a one- or two-car garage. The homeowners' association (HOA) fee covers common area maintenance, ensuring that residents can enjoy a fun and active lifestyle in one of the most stunning natural settings the region has to offer.

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Connestee Falls - Brevard, NC

Low $100s - High $1Ms

Located a short drive from Asheville in the small town of Brevard, the large community of Connestee Falls features a combination of 1,300 single-family and attached homes, both of which have options on the market in the $250k range. The community’s attached homes vary from 1,200 to 3,000 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. The single-family options range from 1,300 to 5,000 square feet with five bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and an attached two- or three-car garage.

Connestee Fall’s list of amenities includes an expansive clubhouse that houses a dining room, meeting rooms, a fitness center, a library, a card room, and a theater. There’s also an on-site sports grill and bar, an 18-hole golf course, a heated outdoor pool and patio, multiple athletic courts, and 13 miles of walking and biking trails.

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Meadowlands Golf Club - Calabash, NC

High $100s - Low $300s

Meadowlands Golf Club is a non-age-restricted community in Calabash with single-family homes and a low-maintenance lifestyle. The community amenities include a clubhouse with an exercise room and lounge, a golf pro shop with a cafe and bar, an 18-hole championship golf course, and a resort-style pool and patio.

This golf community started construction in 2005 and will feature 450 homes upon completion. These homes range from 1,430 to 2,711 square feet with two to five bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages. Homes include features like gourmet kitchens, walk-in closets, and first-floor master suites.

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St. James Plantation - Southport, NC

Low $100s - Low $1Ms

Located in the scenic coastal town of Southport, St. James Plantation is a popular active adult community that offers both single-family homes and condos for around $250k. The development’s low-maintenance condos range from 1,848 to 2,042 square feet with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, while the single-family homes vary between 1,280 and 1,940 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and one- or two-car garages.

The community’s list of amenities includes four golf courses, several clubhouses, a 151-boat marina, private beach access, on-site restaurants and grills, resort-style pools, tennis courts, and several fitness centers.

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