North Carolina Over 55 Communities (53)

North carolina over 55 communities on this page are located in the lake areas, the "Triangle" area, the coastal areas and more.  North Carolina is one of the most active states for a 55+ retirement.

The "Triangle" area composed of Raleigh, Cary and Chapel Hill, is one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. due to employment opportunities in tech fields.  The area's mild climate contributes to North Carolina's amenities.  Whether you are interested in lakes, mountains, oceans or urban, North Carolina has it all.  It touches four states and the Atlantic Ocean. 

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Charlotte/Lake Norman area

Research Triangle area Raleigh, Fuquay Varina, Chapel Hill, Durham, Apex, Wake Forest, Mebane, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Clayton

Wilmington area Wilmington, Carolina Shores, Bolivia, Hampstead

Brunswick County Southport, Shallotte, Leland, Calabash

Burlington/Greensboro area Burlington

Cumberland County Spring Lake

Resales

Guide: Most Popular on this page, Newest Communities and Map

Separate Pages:

Charlotte and Lake Norman Areas

Myrtle Beach 55+ Communities

North Carolina with no age restriction



Charlotte and Lake Norman Areas (separate page):

Sophisticated Charlotte urban areas and popular Lake Norman retirement communities.

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 55+ Communities in Charlotte and Lake Norman Areas.

See the Chart of new and coming Charlotte and Lake Norman over 55 communities, resale communities, independent communities, and most popular in these retirement areas.

55+ Communities in the Research Triangle Area  

Known for its employment and technology centers, and the home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Chapel Hill has a small-town feeling even though part of this large population center.  It is worth mentioning that Raleigh is an easy 2-hour drive to Wilmington. 

LOCATION:  Chapel Hill

FEATURE:    Research Triangle area

CONTACT:   117 Boone St. - 877-542-9240/919-659-1562 (It is recommended to make an appointment to see models and talk to reps for popular communities.)

From low $300's - Desired area - 55+ community within master community of Briar Chapel with many amenities.  Resident for a day pass try-out. Encore communities by David Weekly Homes.

LOCATION:  Durham

FEATURE:   Between Durham and Raleigh

CONTACT:  1003 White Bark Lane, Durham - 919-337-9420

By Lennar   |  From $300's   |   Open Daily

Regency at White Oak rendering of model homeRendering by Toll

LOCATION:  Apex

FEATURE:   Luxury ranch homes in Cary

CONTACT:   8113 Green Level Church Rd., Apex - 919-466-9300

Cary area by Toll Bros.- Luxury  spacious 2-bedroom ranch homes - Hundreds of options - Pool, recreation, trails.  Clubhouse now open.  Includes lawn care.  Starts $400's.

LOCATION:  Durham

FEATURE:   Good price in  Research Triangle location - 
Start pricing in the $200's.  2-3 bedroom ranches.  Small and large floorplans available.  Clubhouse, pool, social activities, garden and more.  Medical Centers, universities and airport nearby.  

CONTACT:   6511 Crown Parkway, Durham (Sales Center) - 919-626-3500 - Open Daily by Taylor Morrison

LOCATION:  Cary

FEATURE:   Well-priced in Cary - Almost Sold Out

CONTACT:  108 Pittard Sears Rd., Cary - 1-888-743-8630

By Epcon - 2 and 3-bedroom ranch homes in low maintenance community - Resort-style with clubhouse, walking trails and more.  Upper $200's. 

LOCATION:  Cary

FEATURE:   Assisted living and healthcare available - New Urbanism - Research Triangle area - age 62+ - Family farm became a Lifecare community.  Assisted Living and healthcare services available.  Entry fee and monthly fee. Homes and apartments.

CONTACT:   17001 SearStone Dr., Cary - 877-235-1894

LOCATION:  Clayton

FEATURE:   18 Miles to Raleigh - Aging in Place design

CONTACT:   Bramble Lane, Clayton - 910-672-7296

Resort amenities include 3 pools and playground for grandchildren.  Medium to large ranch homes with Aging in Place features.  Stepless entry; wide hallways. Prices start high $200's. Open daily except by appt Wed/Thurs

LOCATION:  Durham

FEATURE:   Del Webb resort amenities

CONTACT:   Ph: 877-266-0297 - 3055 Del Webb Arbors Dr., Durham - Nearing Sellout

By Del Webb - Durham -  Large community of singles and town homes. Sister community is Carolina Preserve at Cary.  Price: start mid-$270's -   Amenity Center, 2 pools, gardening area and more - 1, 2 and 3-bedroom single homes.  37,000 SF clubhouse.

LOCATION:  Raleigh

FEATURE:   CCRC 

CONTACT:   8801 Cypress Lakes Dr., Raleigh - 919-870-9007

Phase 3 coming in 2020.  Equity-based CCRC of cottages and villas in mid-rise building. Rosewood memory care. Homes priced from $325,000.   

LOCATION: Wake Forest

FEATURE:   Research Triangle area

CONTACT:   905 Del Webb Manor Ave. - 877-804-2340 - Open Daily

Part of Traditions master community.  Medium to large single homes - Minutes to downtown Wake Forest and north of Raleigh.  On-site lifestyle director.  Starts low $300's.

LOCATION:  Fuquay Varina

FEATURE:    Southwest Wake County and 25 minutes to Raleigh; large Amenity Center (clubhouse).

CONTACT:   9036 Purfoy Rd., Fuquay Varina - 888-717-4383 - Not open yet

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LOCATION:  Mebane

FEATURE:    Attached cottages

CONTACT:   601 Blue Lake Dr., Mebane 

One mile from historic Mebane - near Duke and UNC hospitals - Condos. Attached cottages. Green and energy efficient.  Condos from $230's  - Models open daily.     

Wilmington Retirement Communities for ocean amenities

Del Webb Wilmington rendering of pool areaRendering by Del Webb

LOCATION:  Wilmington

FEATURE:   Del Webb with resort amenities

CONTACT:   4204 Passerine Ave., Wilmington - 866-216-3695 

Located in the award-winning RiverLights riverfront master community - Over 55 community of small to spacious single homes - resort amenities including trails and indoor and outdoor pools. Small to large homes start mid $200's.   Open Daily. 

LOCATION:  Carolina Shores

FEATURE:   Farm theme

CONTACT:   61 Carolina Farms Blvd., Carolina Shores - 843-655-0347

With a Farm theme, ranch homes from low $200's.  Near Wilmington and Myrtle Beach.  Beaches less than 5 miles and plentiful golf in area.

LOCATION:  Wilmington

FEATURE:   Large Village area

CONTACT:   Off 17 in Wilmington.  877-542-9240

By David Weekley Homes - proximity to beach, canoeing, kayaking, pool, tennis, trails, clubhouse and more.  Inside Brunswick Forest master community. Starting in low $400's (verify as can change).

LOCATION:  Bolivia

FEATURE:   Active adult lifestyle

CONTACT:  1800 Bard Dr. SE, Bolivia, NC  (Brunswick County) - 910-821-8553 - Call for appointment

Medium to spacious single homes priced from upper $100's - Short drive to Oak Island and Wilmington, NC, and 55 miles to Myrtle Beach SC.  Planned clubhouse and pool.

Village at Motts LandingMotts Landing Model Home

LOCATION:  Wilmington

FEATURE:   Not over 55 but retirees-focused and main residents - 

CONTACT:   River Rd. at Sanders Rd. - 910-799-6830 (Terry/Jim)

By Premier Homes - homes have retirement living features - pool, tennis, walking trails, kayak river access, clubhouse and more. New garden homes - Prices start mid-$300's.  Also, Pamela's Place - By Premier Homes - separate gated community within Mott's Landing.   Large detached villas and patio homes.

LOCATION:  Wilmington

FEATURE:   Independent living and life care

CONTACT:   1200 Porters Neck Rd.

Scenic location - villas, duplexes and apartment homes. Independent living and also life care. 

LOCATION:  Hampstead

FEATURE:   Manufactured homes community

CONTACT:   531 Loblobby Trail, Hampstead - 910-270-3520

By Jensen Communities - 15 miles north of Wilmington - 15 miles to U. of North Carolina - affordably priced manufactured homes start under $100,000 - land lease 

Brunswick County COASTAL HOMES

The following communities by True Homes (Tribute Collection with amenities for active adults) while not age restricted are geared to active adult living on the North Carolina Coast.  See their website for more. 

  • St. James Plantation - Seaside 

LOCATION:  Southport

FEATURE:   Within master community near beaches

CONTACT:   4006 St. James Dr. - 910-292-4830 - Open Daily

Golf, marina, tennis, pool, beaches.  2 and 3-bedroom small to spacious homes from $300's.  Not 55+ but amenities for active living.

LOCATION:  Shallotte

FEATURE:   Near beaches - location is between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach

CONTACT:   791 Thistle Trail NW, Calabash - 910-294-9059 (Derek) - Open Daily (This is the tour location at Savannah Lakes at Meadowlands.) Community address is 4869 Sugarberry Dr., Shallotte

By True Homes -   Pool, tennis, clubhouse, 15 minutes to beaches.   2-5 bedroom medium-large single homes from $200's.  Country-like area between large resort areas like Wilmington and Myrtle Beach.

  • Rourk Woods Grove Pointe

LOCATION:  Shallotte

FEATURE:    Small to medium floor plans; 15 minutes to beach - If you've been looking for a smaller floorplan, here's your chance to get one.   2-3 bedroom small to medium-sized homes from $170's.  Single homes with good functional utility with cottage-styled appeal.

CONTACT:    791 Thistle Trail NW, Calabash - 910-292-4830 - Open Daily

  • Parkway Crossing at Brunswick Forest

LOCATION:  Leland

FEATURE:  In master community Brunswick Forest near beaches - Medium to spacious homes from mid-$200's.  Amenities include indoor/outdoor pools, tennis, fitness, river access for kayaking and fishing, social activities and walk trails.

CONTACT:  1229 Crosswater Circle - 910-292-4830 - Open Daily

  • Meadowlands Golf Club

LOCATION:  Calabash

FEATURE:   18-hole golf

CONTACT:   1000 Meadowlands Trail in Calabash (Seafood Capital)

Medium to large 2-5-bedroom homes in resort community minutes to top beaches of Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach.  Priced from $200,900.

Active Adult in Burlington/Greensboro

LOCATION:  Burlington

FEATURE:   Small town life

CONTACT:   119 Granger Trail, Burlington - 800-798-0616

Starts in low $200's. In the Mackintosh master community with clubhouse, pool, park and more.  2-bedroom ranch homes for active adult living.  Access to Mackintosh Lake, restaurants and shopping.  By DR Horton.

Cumberland County

LOCATION:  Spring Lake

FEATURE:   18-hole championship golf; gated in resort master community

CONTACT:   125 Whispering Pines Dr., Spring Lake

55 plus gated community located inside a resort-styled community with access to championship golf and other amenities.  Clubhouse, pool, recreation.  There is also an Inn.  Military discounts. $200's.    

North Carolina Over 55 Resales:

  • Carmel Place by Holiday Retirement -  Independent living senior apartments - Holiday has 16 communities for 55+ in North Carolina - 1-800-322-0999

  • Carolina Ridge at Ingleside by Del Webb - has decided to not go forward with project at this time - no future date given - please check with Del Webb website on status.
  • Carolina Preserve by Del Webb at Cary - At Cary near the "Research Triangle" area. Located within master planned community called Amberley. Cary NC has been called one of the best small cities by Money Magazine.   Start $200's.   107 Arvind Oaks Circle  
  • Chapelwood - Chapel Hill - This is one of the nicest locations in the Triangle area - near UNC and historic downtown.  Large brick 3-bedroom singles.  Nearby golf. Builder is Hagood Homes.  Green building.  Reserved open space.  Durham County taxes. Start $300,000's. Recently sold out-check if anything available.
    Barbee Chapel Rd. 
  • Courtyards at Regency - In the Landfall gated master community - Active adult lifestyle - Upscale prices for European-styled villa homes built among nature and intracoastal waterway near marina, historic downtown and more. Enjoy outstanding amenities at Landfall including golf. Hagood Homes.
    601 Bedminister Lane, Wilmington
  • Falls Village - The Pines - Falls Village is a golf course community near the Research Triangle area; condos with pool and clubhouse amenities.  By DR Horton.  131 Falls Village Lane, Durham
  • Four Seasons at Olde Liberty by K. Hovnanian - In Youngsville - Franklinton County - farm and woods ambience - Clubhouse, pool. Spacious single family homes. Great for commuters near I 40. 
  • Four Seasons at Gold Hill - Fort Mill near Charlotte SC by K. Hovnanian - Gated one-level condominiums
  • Four Seasons at Renaissance at Durham  - Prime area in Triangle location offers single ranches, townhomes and villas collections starting in upper $190,000's to low $300,000's. Resales.
  • Heritage Pines at Cary - by K Hovnanian - single family - Resales

  • Four Seasons at Charlotte Metro by K. Hovnanian

  • Lake Point Landing Retirement Village at Hendersonville - Also assisted living - Call to visit at 828-693-7800
  • Lighthouse Cove -  Carolina Shores  (Adjacent to Calabash) - Prices started from $160's - near beach - 189 Lighthouse Cove Loop, Carolina Shores  
  • The Meadows at 12 Oaks -  Holly Springs - Raleigh metro area by David Weekley Homes in the 12 Oaks master golf course community.  Planned amenities.  Was from $300's.
    Sour Mash Court, Holly Springs 
  • Moyock Crossing -  Moyock - Currituck County - Water access; near border with Virginia  -  Features for active adults  |   Single ranch homes convenient to Greenbriar Mall.   |  Nearby Outer Banks  |  Started mid-$200's  - -  192 Shingle Landing Rd.  
  • The Orchard Villas Apex - By Cornerstone Homes. Triangle Area.  Historic downtown.  86 homes - Clubhouse, pool and more. 1520 Orchard Villas Ave., Apex.   Started from $270's.  Sold out.
  • Villas of Wake Forest  Sold - By Cornerstone Homes for over 55.   In North Raleigh. Ranch-style 2 and 3-bedroom condominiums were from $270's - Clubhouse, pool and more.  In heart of Wake Forest - 989 Bluebird La., Wake Forest
  • Weston Corners - While not just for over age 55, this is a popular style for seniors - 35 2- and 3-bedroom luxury town homes, urban-styled, with walking to shopping and restaurants at Park West Village.  Easy access to technology centers.  Freedom Homes.  Started upper $200's. 303 View Dr., Morrisville

In South Carolina but near the Charlotte area:

  • Sun City Carolina Lakes - Sold - Fort Mill - By Del Webb - From low $200's.  Singles and villas in large community with clubhouse, golf, 100 clubs, 10 lakes, dog park, pools, bocce, garden and more. See local Realtors for resales. Ph: 866-578-5831 - 5074 Grandview Dr. 
  • The Villas at Culp Arbor - Chapel Hill - college town with quaint downtown area - 2 and 3 bedroom courtyard homes. Features sidewalks throughout, clubhouse, fitness, pool.  By Epcon.
    108 Culp Hill Dr.  
  • The Village at Aversboro - Garner near Cary and Raleigh - walking distance to Lake Bensen park - large ranch homes started in $200's. 
    Ph: 919-662-5507 - 201 Easy Wind La.
  • Villages at Isle of Pines - Mooresville. Started $240's for over 55. Recreational activities on Lake Norman and 30 miles from Charlotte. Also, walking trails, large 2/3 ac. homesites and RV and boat storage.  816 Brawley School Rd., Mooresville - 704-662-0105 

Also see:

Charleston, South Carolina street

See homes in South Carolina for 55+

Guide

Newest 55 Plus Communities in North Carolina

Name Starting Location Type Design Size
Briar Chapel $300's Chapel Hill Single Classic Large
Regency at White Oak $400's Apex Single Euro Large.
Del Webb at Traditions $300's Wake Forest Single Ranch M-L
Creekside at Bethpage mid-$200's Durham Single Craftsman S-L
Carolina Gardens $Coming Fuquay Varina Coming Coming Coming
Farm at Brunswick Low$200's Carolina Shores Single Ranch M-L
Avalon Upper $100's Bolivia Ranch Classic M-L

Most Popular Communities on this page

  • Briar Chapel, Chapel Hill
  • O'Kelley Chapel, Carey (Nearing closeout)
  • Creekside at Bethpage, Durham






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