These 55+ communities in the Charlotte area are within 40 minutes to Charlotte, NC (verify). Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and growing fast.
The Charlotte area is home to a variety of communities, each with its own unique character and amenities. From the bustling city center to the quiet suburbs, there's a community for everyone in the Charlotte area. The city of Charlotte is made up of several distinct neighborhoods, each with its own flavor. Uptown is the city's central business district, home to towering skyscrapers and a lively nightlife scene.
Lakes in the area are Lake Norman, the largest, and Lake Wylie, the nearest. From minutes to one hour to Lake Norman. Most start from mid-$200's.
You will find entertainment, arts, culture, history and nightlife at these senior communities. Wellness is emphasized because of the recreational amenities and culture and a good economy with jobs and transportation facilities. (Activities listed may not be a complete list. Verify all.)
North Carolina with no age restriction
Current cities with 55+ communities: Charlotte, Indian Trail, Mount Holly, Lake Wylie, Belmont, Tega Cay, Stallings, Stanley, Wesley Chapel
Cresswind Charlotte Clubhouse-Photo by Kolter Homes
FEATURE: Resort community near downtown Charlotte
CONTACT: 8913 Silver Springs Court - 888-476-3017 - Open Daily
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Clubhouse, Fitness Center, Sports Courts, Outdoor and Indoor Pools, Activities Director, Pickle ball, Bocce Ball, Event Lawn, Many Walkways
By Kolter Homes. Resort community - Craftsman-styled homes from $300's - Adjacent to Larkhaven Golf Club - miles of walking trails. 25 minutes to Uptown.
LOCATION: Indian Trail in Union County and 16 miles to Charlotte
FEATURE: Taylor Morrison TMLivewell™ features; nearby shopping, restaurants, golf and more.
CONTACT: Indian Trail - 704-357-6632 (Charlotte region office) - Shown by appointment only.
Single ranch homes priced from $400's.
FEATURE: Luxury ranch designs near downtown Charlotte
CONTACT: 13410 Canterbury Castle Dr., Charlotte - By appointment only - 877-205-0259
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Clubhouse, Fitness Center, Pool, Pickleball, Tennis Court (verify all information)
By Lennar - 1-story ranches and lofted ranches. Near shopping and restaurants. From $300's.
LOCATION: Mount Holly (Between Charlotte and Lake Norman)
FEATURE: "Gateway to the South" location; On Mountain Island Lake
CONTACT: 1024 Dali Blvd. - 704-759-6048
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Clubhouse, Fitness Center, Boat Launch (kayak, canoe), Pickleball, Swimpool, tennis, trails
Pricing from $500's for the Meadows and Pinnacles collections (the lower priced Grove collection is sold out) for single homes by Lennar.
FEATURE: In Palisades master community on Lake Wylie
CONTACT: 15110 High Bluff Court, Charlotte - 704-504-3939 - Open Daily
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Clubhouse, golf, tennis, water sports (verify), Lifestyle Director, pools, Fitness Center, Billiards, Bocce, Pickleball
Starting $500's. Large 2 and 3-bedroom single homes. Final opportunities now.
(Phases 1 and 2 sold out--please see their website for more info.)
FEATURE: On Lake Wylie in master community - not 55+
CONTACT: 175 Armstrong Rd., Belmont, NC - 980-949-0723
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Clubhouse, pool, Fitness Center, Bocce, Event Lawn, Fishing pond, Dogpark
2 builders in the Conservancy neighborhood of the master community called McLean, in honor of former owner, are the nearest to an over 55 community in the development. Essex homes cottage-styled homes, and M/I Homes. Prices started in $200's, and low maintenance (verify what features for low maintenance there are). Medium to large single homes. Also waterfront homesites. Amenities include fishing pond, clubhouse, pool and more. The community is near a marina and harbor and botanical gardens.
FEATURE: 14 miles to Charlotte; courtyard homes
CONTACT: 5800 Allen Black Rd. - 704-246-3809
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Fitness facility, clubhouse, pool, walk trails, bocce ball, pickle ball
Rooms are built around a garden courtyard. I like this concept for more light and the indoor-outdoor feeling. Pricing starting in $300's. 146 ranch homes to be built.
FEATURE: Brick and stone homes
CONTACT: Ph: 704-905-7203 - 5483 Hickory Grove Rd.
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Sidewalks
23 miles to Charlotte - By Rudisill - Small country community of planned 71 brick 3-bedroom villa homes priced starting in $200's (verify). Adjacent to Creek Walk subdivision.
LOCATION: Tega Cay on the shores of Lake Wylie and minutes to Highway 160. 20 miles to Charlotte
FEATURE: Single ranch homes near Lake Wylie
CONTACT: 1612 Corwin Bend Rd., Tega Cay - Open daily - 980-446-2025
3 collections by Lennar Homes probably going fast - the Meadows Collection is for active adult. Future pool (verify). Priced from $400's--prices are subject to change.
LOCATION: Wesley Chapel
FEATURE: 40 minutes to Charlotte; Award-winning lifestyle program.
CONTACT: Call 888-476-3017
FITNESS: Clubhouse, pool, Fitness Center, pickle ball, tennis, and more planned.
2-5 bedroom homes starting low $400's.
LOCATION: Wesley Chapel, NC
FEATURE: Small town 21 miles to Charlotte
CONTACT: Weddington Rd. Highway 84 and Potter Rd.
FITNESS: Clubhouse, Fitness Center, recreation, pocket parks and more.
Just 60 homes by Taylor Morrison starting in $500's (verify prices). Final opportunities now.
Cities in this area with over 55 communities: Denver, Hickory, Iron Station, Cornelius
Photo of Captivate model permission of Trilogy® at Shea Homes
FEATURE: Few miles to Lake Norman
CONTACT: 800-685-6494 - By appointment only - 6844 Shoal Creek Dr.
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Clubhouse, indoor lap and outdoor pools, Fitness Center, Trails, Bocce Ball and Pickle ball courts, Boat Club, Game Room
Tour Center is open daily. Active adult resort community by Shea Homes just north of sophisticated Charlotte in a woodsy locale. A few miles from Lake Norman for fishing, hiking and boating. Small to large single homes starting $300's.
The 30,000SF Twin Mills Club:
FEATURE: Small town
CONTACT: 1425 21st Dr. SE - 828-569-2424 - Open M-F and Saturday by appointment.
FITNESS: Surrounding area has fitness opportunities
Wooded area close to major highways. Townhomes priced in $200's in first phase. Low homeowner's fee (verify).
LOCATION: Iron Station
FEATURE: Minutes to Lake Norman; geared to active adult
CONTACT: 383 Secretariat Dr. - 704-345-1069 - Open Daily
FITNESS: Minutes to Lake Norman, clubhouse, zero-entry pool, Fitness Center, planned walking trails.
One can ask the sales rep what is meant by "geared to active adult." Usually it means this is not strictly for 55+ but may be mostly seniors living there and there are activities for seniors. By Freedom Homes and DH Horton. Medium to spacious ranch homes priced in $300's. (Final homes selling)
FEATURE: Minutes to Lake Norman and short drive to Charlotte
CONTACT: 11909 Meetinghouse Way, Cornelius - 704-896-7016
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Clubhouses, pools, Lifestyle Director, pickle ball, tennis, bocce, croquet, putting green, golf driving net, Horseshoes park, yoga room (inquire if fee), community gardens
Voted in top ten best affordable suburbs - 372 homes and 96 condominiums for 50+. Resort lifestyle with 2 pools, clubhouse and many activities. Recreation at Lake Norman includes fishing, sailing, rowing, water ski and more. Small to large homes were from $279,900 (these are now sold).
New Baileys Glen homes called The Forest are now priced from $500's and there is a new development of condos called The Oasis now open estimated from $399's.
FEATURE: CCRC for 62+
CONTACT: 3442 Cypress Club Dr., Charlotte - 704-714-5500
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Activities Coordinator, pool, spa, pickleball, dances, water aerobics, fitness programs
Equity-based continuing care community for 62+ - cottages priced in $700's and villas in mid-rise elevator building starts mid-$200's for one-bedroom and 2-bedrooms high $300's including membership fee. Country club ambience. Two restaurants.
FEATURE: Independent Living apartments
CONTACT: 5512 Carmel Rd., Charlotte - 704-310-5479
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Fitness equipment, billiards, walking paths
By Holiday Retirement - Independent living senior apartments.
Holiday has 16 communities for 55+ in North Carolina.
FEATURE: Large homes
CONTACT: 958 Meadow Vista Dr.
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Area recreation centers
Near recreation and shopping. By Pulte. Large 2-4 bedrooms start upper $400's. 22 miles south of Charlotte. Sold out.
LOCATION: Fort Mill, SC on border of NC
FEATURE: On border between NC and SC
CONTACT: 1277 Carolina Orchards Dr., Fort Mill, SC
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Indoor and outdoor pools, planned Fitness Center, Game rooms, Sporting facilities
2-bedroom small to large homes. Golf courses in area. Low South Carolina taxes (verify) Clubhouse, Pool, Recreation, including pickle ball, tennis and more.
CONTACT: 12910 Dorman Rd., Pineville, NC
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Clubhouse, pool, Fitness Room, Putting Green
Medium sized single-family homes with amenities and services. Started $200's. Sophisticated cottage-styled. 15 miles south of Charlotte.
FEATURE: Near Lake Norman
CONTACT: 120 Blume Rd.
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Clubhouse with recreation, Pool, Fitness Center, Walk Trails
Luxury single homes started low $300's by Epcon.
LOCATION: Huntersville, NC
FEATURE: Near Lake Norman
CONTACT: 8024 Parknoll Dr., Huntersville
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Clubhouse, pool, fitness facility, walk paths. Single homes were in $400's. Sold out.
LOCATION: Harrisburg (just outside Charlotte Metro area)
FEATURE: Ranch homes with lawn care (verify)
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Clubhouse, pool (shared)
Medium to large single homes by Ryan Homes were from mid-$300's. 10492 Black Locust Lane, Harrisburg
FEATURE: Large 1- and 2-Story Townhomes; age-focused
CONTACT: 1144 Greenbridge Dr.
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Walk Trails
By David Weekley Homes - Matthews, NC - spacious town homes with downstairs retreats - near downtown and Matthews Trail - 30 minutes to Charlotte and one hour to Lake Norman - Started from the $300's. Not restricted but is 55+ age focused.
The Glens at Stillwell Village - This villa rental and purchase community has 2 and 3-bedroom cottages with single garage. Were priced in very low $200's. Rental villas are separate. 15504 Sullivan Glen Way, Huntersville (14 miles to Charlotte)
FEATURE: Walk to Lake Norman
CONTACT: 2461 Royal Anne Way, Denver
FITNESS ACTIVITIES: Clubhouse, pool, water aerobics (verify if has a fee), fishing and boating with public ramp, pickleball
Near Charlotte, within walk distance to Lake Norman. Will have 200 2-bedroom single level homes (optional 2nd floor bonus room) with flexible floor plans, 2-car garages, sunrooms, 9' ceilings, some vaulted for a spacious feeling. Village Center, clubhouse, and more. Golf courses in area. Pricing started high $200's. Sold out.
Name Starting Location Type Design Size
Cresswind Wesley Chapel $400's Wesley Chapel Single
Regency at Palisades $500's Charlotte Single LuxRanch Large
Chateau East $300's Charlotte Single Ranch M-L
Esplanade at Northgate $400's Indian Trail Single Ranch M-L
Windhaven-Meadows Collection $400's Tega Cay Single Ranch Traditional M-L
Bailey's Glen-The Oasis $399's Cornelius Condo Medium
|1. Cresswind Charlotte||Charlotte/$300's||More|
|2. Trilogy Lake Norman||Lake Norman/$300's||More|
|3. Esplanade at Northgate||Indian Trail/$400's||More|
A: Villas at Creek Walk which is nearly sold out. This 55+ community is selling below $250,000, which is below the U.S. median sales price. The fact that this community doesn't have the luxury amenities of resort-styled communities may be the reason for a lower price range.
A. Cresswind Charlotte by Kolter Homes (over 10 luxury amenities for an active lifestyle.
A. Lake Norman is the most mentioned area amenity. Also, water recreation near lakes and boating are featured. Being near an urban lifestyle in Charlotte is also an attraction.
A. The Imagery active adult community by Lennar has a nearby kayak boat launch (verify).
Added New in 8/21: Sweetwater Village, Baileys Glen-The Forest
---Added to Coming in 8/21: Cresswind Wesley Chapel (Fall 2021); Pinnacle at Wesley Chapel; The Farm at Ingleside-The Preserve (Coming Fall 2021); Bailey's Glen-The Oasis condos; Added 10/26/21: Coming in early 2022 Esplanade at Northgate in Indian Trail
---From Coming to Open 10/26: Pinnacle at Wesley Chapel priced in $300's.
---Added to Last Chance to buy 8/21: Carolina Orchards; The Farm at Ingleside - 9/28: Enclave at Holcomb Woods (Final Phase)(See sold)
---Added to Sold Out list in August 2021: 3 Cherry Way; Conservancy Phase 1 and 2 sold; Cottages Charlotte; Courtyards at Blume Point; 10/26: Lake Walk sold out; Dec. 2021 Enclave at Holcomb Woods sold
---Prices Changed: Regency at Palisades from $300's to $450's; Carolina Orchards from $200's to $400's; Chateau East $200's to $300's; Trilogy Lake Norman from mid-$200's to low $300's; Enclave at Holcomb Woods from $200's to mid-$300's; December 2021 Carolina Orchards by Del Webb from $400's to $500's (almost sold)
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