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. 


Charlotte/Lake Norman area

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

Wilmington area Wilmington, Carolina Shores, Bolivia, Hampstead

Brunswick County Southport, Shallotte, Leland, Calabash

Burlington/Greensboro area Burlington

Cumberland County Spring Lake


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: Hwy 54, Swepsonville

FEATURE:   Attractive location within 30 miles of Durham and more.  Single-family ranch style homes.

CONTACT:  Join the "First to Know" list on DR Horton-Freedom Homes website for updates.  Please check "active adult" status.

LOCATION:  911 Red Bay Dr., Durham

FEATURE:     Northeast Durham

CONTACT:   919-925-4050 - Open Daily 

Medium to large single-family ranch homes priced in $400's.  By DR Horton Freedom Homes.

LOCATION:   Raleigh

FEATURE:     Ranch homes

CONTACT:    143 Cashmere Ct. - 919-346-0471 - Call for appointment to show

Starting from lower $300's.  By Lennar.   

LOCATION:  Wendell (near Raleigh)

FEATURE:    Lots of amenities for recreation and social

CONTACT:   Call for appointment 919-348-4022

The first collection is called the Classic Series and features ranch homes  of 1-1.5 stories.  By David Weekley Homes.  Amenities include clubhouse, pool, tennis, pickleball, hiking at Lake Oliver and much more.  Join VIP List on their website for updates.


FEATURE:   Between Durham and Raleigh

CONTACT:  1003 White Bark Lane, Durham - 919-346-0471

By Lennar   |  From high $200's   |   Open Daily  |  Showing by Appointment only


FEATURE:  Research Triangle location - Start pricing in the low $400's.  2-3 bedroom ranches.  Small and large floor plans available.  Clubhouse, pool, social activities, garden and more. Medical Centers, universities and airport nearby.  

CONTACT:   6511 Crown Parkway, Durham (Sales Center) - 919-626-3500 - Appointments only at this time


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 $300's.  Requesting appointments at this time private or virtual.

LOCATION:  Raleigh


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

Equity-based CCRC of cottages and villas in mid-rise building. Rosewood memory care.   

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 mid-$300's.  Almost sold.


FEATURE:    Near Raleigh and Durham

CONTACT:   433 New Hill Olive Chapel Rd. - 844-840-5263; Shown by appointment only 

Medium to spacious single ranch homes. Amenities include pickleball, bocce ball, walking trails. Access to Hwy 64, I-40 and airport. 

LOCATION:  Fuquay Varina

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

CONTACT:   1401 Carolina Park Dr., Fuquay Varina - 919-736-6065

Small to large ranch homes starts low $300's. 

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 $290'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 $200's.  Near Wilmington and Myrtle Beach.  Beaches less than 5 miles and plentiful golf in area.

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.

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.  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


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:

  • Ashbury Crossing-Cimarron Homes - Mebane - Attached cottages - 601 Blue Lake Dr., Mebane  - One mile from historic Mebane - near Duke and UNC hospitals - Condos. Attached cottages. Green and energy efficient.  Condos were from $230's.  
  • Blakeley - The Reserve Collection - Cary - Adjacent to new YMCA; West Cary location  - Luxury single family large ranch homes with 2nd floor options for 3rd bedroom, storage, den, etc., started in $390's.  Low taxes and homeowners fee (verify).  - 2704 Hayes Hill Place
  •  Carolina Arbors - Durham - Del Webb resort amenities 3055 Del Webb Arbors Dr., Durham  Large community of singles and town homes. Sister community is Carolina Preserve at Cary.  Price: started mid-$270's -   Amenity Center, 2 pools, gardening area and more - 1, 2 and 3-bedroom single homes.  37,000 SF clubhouse.

  • 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. 
  • The Courtyards at O'Kelly Chapel - By Epcon - 2 and 3-bedroom ranch homes in low maintenance community - Resort-style with clubhouse, walking trails and more.  Started upper $200's. 108 Pittard Sears Rd., Cary
  • 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
  • Encore Brunswick ForestWilmington - Large Village area off 17 in Wilmington.  By David Weekley Homes - proximity to beach, canoeing, kayaking, pool, tennis, trails, clubhouse and more.  Inside Brunswick Forest master community. Started in low $400's.
  • Encore at Briar Chapel - Chapel Hill (Research Triangle area) 117 Boone St. - Started in low $300's - Desired area - 55+ community within master community of Briar Chapel with many amenities.  Encore communities by David Weekly Homes.  
  • 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.
  • Regency at White Oak Creek by Toll Bros. - Apex - Luxury ranch homes in Cary - 8113 Green Level Church Rd., Apex  Spacious 2-bedroom ranch homes - Hundreds of options - Pool, recreation, trails. Started $400's.
  • The Village at Mott's Landing - Wilmington - Not over 55 but retirees-focused and main residents - River Rd. at Sanders Rd.  By Premier Homes - homes have retirement living features - pool, tennis, walking trails, kayak river access, clubhouse and more. New garden homes - Prices started mid-$300's.  Also, Pamela's Place - By Premier Homes - separate gated community within Mott's Landing.   Large detached villas and patio homes.
  • 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+


Newest 55 Plus Communities in North Carolina

Name Starting Location Type Design Size
Briar Chapel $300's Chapel Hill Single Classic Large
Auburn Village $200's Apex Raleigh Ranch S-L
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 $200's Fuquay Varina(Cary) Single Ranch S-L
Retreat at Cedar Crossing $300's Apex Single Ranch M-L
Nichols Farm $400's Durham Single Ranch M-L

Most Popular Communities on this page*

  • Auburn Village, Raleigh
  • Del Webb at Wilmington
  • Creekside at Bethpage, Durham
  • Briar Chapel, Chapel Hill

*Determined by how many click throughs in most recent 3 months.

My Notes

Added New in 8/21:  Encore at Wendell Falls in Wendell; Retreat at Cedar Crossing in Apex; Nichols Farm

---Added to Coming in 8/21:  Quarry Hills  

---Changed Status to New from Coming:   

---Added to Last Chance to buy 8/21:  Del Webb Traditions   

---Added to Sold Out list in August 2021: Encore at Briar Chapel, Chapel Hill 

---Start Prices Changed 8/21: Auburn Village to $300's; Creekside at Bethpage to $400's; Carolina Gardens to low $300's; Del Webb Wilmington to upper $200's.

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