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.
Sophisticated Charlotte urban areas and popular Lake Norman retirement communities.
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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.
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.
FEATURE: Ranch homes
CONTACT: 4400 Auburn-Knightdale Rd. - 919-337-9420
Starting from $200's. By Lennar.
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.
FEATURE: Between Durham and Raleigh
CONTACT: 1003 White Bark Lane, Durham - 919-337-9420
By Lennar | From $300's | Open Daily | New phases in Fall
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.
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
FEATURE: Adjacent to new YMCA; West Cary location
CONTACT: 2704 Hayes Hill Place, Cary - 919-337-9420
Luxury single family large ranch homes with 2nd floor options for 3rd bedroom, storage, den, etc., starting in $390's. Low taxes and homeowners fee (verify). Townhomes are sold out.
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
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
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.
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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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
FEATURE: Independent living and life care
CONTACT: 1200 Porters Neck Rd.
Scenic location - villas, duplexes and apartment homes. Independent living and also life care.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
In South Carolina but near the Charlotte area:
See homes in South Carolina for 55+
|Briar Chapel||$300's||Chapel Hill||Single||Classic||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|
|Blakeley||$390's||Cary||Single||Ranch(2nd fl options)||Large|
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