North Carolina 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

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81 Communities in North Carolina


  • High $100s–Low $200s
  • 260 Homes
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • New and Resale Homes
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Sunset Ridge - Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Sunset Ridge

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Sunset Ridge

Ocean Isle Beach, NC
  • Mid $200s–High $200s
  • 258 Homes
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • New and Resale Homes
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Knollwood Village - Southern Pines, NC

Knollwood Village

Southern Pines, NC

Knollwood Village

Southern Pines, NC
  • Below $100k–Low $200s
  • 240 Homes
  • No Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
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  • High $300s–High $400s
  • 209 Homes
  • No Age Restriction
  • New Homes Only
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3 Cherry Way - Denver, NC

3 Cherry Way

Denver, NC

3 Cherry Way

Denver, NC
  • Low $200s–Mid $300s
  • 202 Homes
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • New and Resale Homes
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Crowfields - Asheville, NC

Crowfields

Asheville, NC

Crowfields

Asheville, NC
  • High $100s–Mid $300s
  • 192 Homes
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
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Pinehurst Trace - Pinehurst, NC

Pinehurst Trace

Pinehurst, NC

Pinehurst Trace

Pinehurst, NC
  • Mid $100s–High $100s
  • 190 Homes
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • New and Resale Homes
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Riverwind

Etowah, NC

Riverwind

Etowah, NC
  • Mid $100s–High $100s
  • 190 Homes
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
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Encore at Briar Chapel - Chapel Hill, NC

Encore at Briar Chapel

Chapel Hill, NC

Encore at Briar Chapel

Chapel Hill, NC
  • Low $300s–High $400s
  • 185 Homes
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • New Homes Only
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The Villages at Oak Tree - Mooresville, NC

The Villages at Oak Tree

Mooresville, NC

The Villages at Oak Tree

Mooresville, NC
  • High $100s–Mid $200s
  • 173 Homes
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
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Bella Sera Villas - Matthews, NC

Bella Sera Villas

Matthews, NC

Bella Sera Villas

Matthews, NC
  • Low $200s–Mid $300s
  • 166 Homes
  • No Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
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Abbey Glen - Gibsonville, NC

Abbey Glen

Gibsonville, NC

Abbey Glen

Gibsonville, NC
  • Below $100k–High $100s
  • 162 Homes
  • No Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
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  • Low $300s–Mid $300s
  • 147 Homes
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
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Villas of Wake Forest - Wake Forest, NC

Villas of Wake Forest

Wake Forest, NC

Villas of Wake Forest

Wake Forest, NC
  • High $200s–Low $300s
  • 144 Homes
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • New and Resale Homes
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Beaverdam Run - Asheville, NC

Beaverdam Run

Asheville, NC

Beaverdam Run

Asheville, NC
  • High $300s–High $500s
  • 136 Homes
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
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Pinebrook Farms - Asheville, NC

Pinebrook Farms

Asheville, NC

Pinebrook Farms

Asheville, NC
  • Low $300s–Mid $500s
  • 127 Homes
  • No Age Restriction
  • New and Resale Homes
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Millhaven Landing - Winston-Salem, NC

Millhaven Landing

Winston-Salem, NC

Millhaven Landing

Winston-Salem, NC
  • Low $200s–High $300s
  • 124 Homes
  • No Age Restriction
  • New and Resale Homes
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  • Low $300s–Low $500s
  • 123 Homes
  • No Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
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  • High $200s–Mid $300s
  • 115 Homes
  • No Age Restriction
  • New Homes Only
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  • High $200s–Low $300s
  • 113 Homes
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • New Homes Only
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  • High $100s–Mid $200s
  • 112 Homes
  • No Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
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Pointe Club Cabanas - Leland, NC

Pointe Club Cabanas

Leland, NC

Pointe Club Cabanas

Leland, NC
  • High $300s–Mid $400s
  • 109 Homes
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • New Homes Only
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Courtyards at Ashley Woods - Gibsonville, NC

Courtyards at Ashley Woods

Gibsonville, NC

Courtyards at Ashley Woods

Gibsonville, NC
  • Low $200s–Low $300s
  • 106 Homes
  • No Age Restriction
  • New and Resale Homes
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Bee Tree Village - Swannanoa, NC

Bee Tree Village

Swannanoa, NC

Bee Tree Village

Swannanoa, NC
  • Mid $200s–Low $300s
  • 103 Homes
  • No Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
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Villas at Sedgefield - Greensboro, NC

Villas at Sedgefield

Greensboro, NC

Villas at Sedgefield

Greensboro, NC
  • Low $200s–Mid $300s
  • 102 Homes
  • No Age Restriction
  • New and Resale Homes
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North Carolina Retirement Communities

Overview

Retirees have favored retirement communities in North Carolina since the twentieth century. Famous names, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, made this state their home during summer months and ultimately during their retirement years. Today, retirement communities in North Carolina have grown in popularity. Before, many retirees sought quiet retirement in warm coastal areas, like Florida; however, now, they re seeking destinations with four-season-climates, continuing education, and proximity to cultural and recreational attractions.

North Carolina retirement communities have emerged as popular second retirement destinations for the so-called "half-backs" or "second chance" retirees. These individuals first retired in places like Arizona and Florida and then settled in North Carolina for one reason or another.

Many 55+ aged individuals who have settled in retirement communities in North Carolina continue to work part-time or full-time. The state provides a great environment for those who want to continue to work. North Carolina is the most industrialized state in the south and is a major hub for the high-tech industry, as well as government and research.

Climate & Geography

North Carolina's climate varies depending on where you re located. Most of the state experiences a humid, subtropical climate, except for in the far western part of the state in the Appalachian Mountains and are some of the best places to retire in North Carolina. Along the coast, the ocean moderates the temperature and provides residents with milder winters and slightly cooler summers. Summer highs along the coast are often in the upper 80s. The central region, from Charlotte to Raleigh-Durham, experiences slightly hotter summers and cooler winters. It's not uncommon for winter highs in Central North Carolina to exceed 50 degrees. The coolest temperatures in North Carolina are experienced in the higher altitudes in the western part of the state. Here, summer highs are in the mid-80s and winter highs are in the 40s. Annually, this region averages 17 inches of snow. The rest of the state experiences just two inches that tends to melt within a day or two.

Recreation, Culture & Entertainment

Recreational enthusiasts at 55+ communities can enjoy everything from beaches to mountains. Golf is a favorite activity for many residents of North Carolina retirement communities. Golf course communities in North Carolina are plentiful. The Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains make for great hiking, biking, fishing and camping. The colleges and universities throughout the state provide countless sporting and cultural events. Places like Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham Chapel Hill offer a wide variety of performing arts, museums and art galleries.

Cost of Living & Taxes

North Carolina ranks slightly lower than average in overall tax burden on its residents. The state income tax is graduated from 6 to 8.25 percent, depending on your income bracket. In addition, there is a $7,200 deduction for married couples who are 65 and older. Social Security income is exempt. There is a state sales tax of 4.25 percent but local governments can add to that. There are no sales tax exemptions. Real estate taxes in North Carolina range from 0.8 to 1.6 percent of the home s value.

Healthcare

Some of the country s best healthcare is found in North Carolina. There are 126 hospitals throughout 83 counties and Charlotte has highest concentration of hospitals with seven in the city. There are four nationally ranked hospitals throughout the state, and Duke Medical Center is consistently ranked among the top ten healthcare organizations in the country. It s the largest in the state and makes up one of four hospitals in the Academic Medical Center: Duke University Hospital, Vidant Medical Center, UNC Hospitals, and Wake Forest Baptist Center.

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