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You may be wondering, “What are the best places to retire in North Carolina?” Lucky for you, I know all of the best cities to retire in North Carolina, and I will share them with you in this blog post.

North Carolina is known for its laid-back southern lifestyle, which many retirees find attractive. Several of the best retirement towns in North Carolina happen to be in close proximity to one another. This guide is split into four sections where I will highlight some premier 55+ active adult communities in each area.

Let’s get started!

Which Are the Best Cities To Retire in North Carolina?

There are a handful of great options for active adults looking to retire in North Carolina to consider. These include Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Wake Forest, Greensboro, and Asheville. Today I will be focusing on the first four cities listed.

Retirement in Greater Raleigh Area

Raleigh, NC is one of the best places to retire in North Carolina because it offers world-class healthcare, a mild climate, plenty of golf courses, and walking trails, along with shopping and dining galore.

So what are some of the best places to live in North Carolina for retirees? Raleigh has several 55+ active adult communities worth looking into.

Regency at Brier Creek

In the middle of the North Carolina Triangle, this 55+ active adult community offers residents a full suite of amenities. The neighborhood is centered around a 40,000-square-foot clubhouse and the Brier Creek golf course. There is a lap pool, a recreational pool, a fitness center, tennis courts, and a restaurant overlooking the golf course.

Del Webb at Carolina Gardens

Del Webb at Carolina Gardens has active adult ranch-style homes in a calm and quiet neighborhood. New construction homes range from 1,223 to 2,712 square feet. Since this is a new neighborhood, the 20,500-square-foot amenity center, outdoor pool, and bocce and tennis courts are in the works.

The Encore at Wendell Falls

The Encore at Wendell Falls is a neighborhood by David Weekley Homes and offers residents one and two-story options. All lawn-work is taken care of for residents in this 55+ active adult community, plus, there are plenty of amenities. The Farmhouse is the clubhouse of sorts that also features a fitness center, meeting rooms, and gathering spaces. Residents can stay active and utilize the 10+ miles of trails accessible from Wendell Falls and enjoy several nearby public parks.

Retirement in Durham

Durham is another excellent place to retire in North Carolina. There is a wealth of things to do in this fine city, including shopping at Brightleaf Square, catching a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center, and dining at one of the many local restaurants.

Here is one of the best 55+ active adult communities in Durham, NC.

Fendol Farms

This 55+ active adult community in Durham features single-family homes ranging in size from 1,436 to 3,619 square feet. There is a top-notch community clubhouse with multi-purpose rooms, a fitness center, and a patio with a bar and grill. There also is a spacious outdoor pool, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, and pickleball courts, along with a community garden and dog park. Residents can enjoy a relaxed lifestyle with plenty of opportunities to stay active and take in nature.

The Courtyards at Andrews Chapel

In the naturally wooded environment that The Courtyards at Andrews Chapel lies, residents enjoy three scenic ponds, walking paths, an outdoor pool, and a gazebo. The clubhouse at the entrance of the neighborhood offers residents multi-purpose rooms for gatherings. Homes in this neighborhood were built with low-maintenance exteriors and range in size from 1,519 to 2,769 square feet.

Carolina Arbors

Carolina Arbors is a Del Webb 55+ active adult community with low-maintenance homes perfect for retirement in North Carolina. There is a 34,000-square-foot clubhouse for residents to make use of, along with a state-of-the-art fitness center. Residents can relax and enjoy a library and lounge, play bocce ball, tennis, or pickleball at the courts, or cool off in one of the two pools.

Retirement in Cary

Cary is hands-down one of the best places to retire in North Carolina. It has a very relaxed pace of life but still offers plenty of shopping and dining along with art galleries, green spaces, and several lakes. Active adults who enjoy getting outside in nature will love the mild climate and public parks available.

There are many high-quality 55+ active adult communities in Cary, but here are the top four.

Buckhorn Preserve

Located in Apex, North Carolina, not far from Cary, Buckhorn Preserve is one of the best places to live in North Carolina for retirees. This new 55+ active adult community will feature two saltwater pools, a fitness center, and a clubhouse with multi-purpose rooms for residents. There are 11 different home models available for build in this neighborhood.

Carolina Preserves

Carolina Preserves is a Del Webb community in Cary with over 1,200 homes located in the Amberly master-planned community. This neighborhood for active adults offers a 34,000-square-foot clubhouse, a resort-style pool, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, a putting green, miles of walking trails, a sundeck, and more. Residents also have access to the Amberly Residents Club.

The Courtyards at O’Kelly Chapel

This new quiet neighborhood is close to many restaurants, shops, and local attractions in Cary. Residents of The Courtyards at O’Kelly Chapel can stay healthy with the exercise room in the clubhouse and the scenic walking and biking trails provided. Buyers can choose from three floorplan options in the Courtyard Series of homes. These homes feature first-floor primary suites and maintenance-free exteriors for ease of living.

Heritage Pines

Heritage Pines is a 298-home 55+ active adult community with a clubhouse, beautiful natural landscaping, and friendly neighbors. The central clubhouse offers events and classes for residents and also includes a fitness center, library, kitchen, craft room, card room, and an outdoor pool. Single-family and one-story townhomes are available, ranging from 1,370 to 2,600 square feet.

Retirement in Wake Forest

Let’s not forget Wake Forest on this list of the best cities to retire in North Carolina. Wake Forest is not too far from Raleigh and offers residents lots of opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. With the mild temperatures, walking, and biking trails, and Falls Lake State Recreation Area, active adults can stay healthy while exploring nature.

Here are two of the top 55+ active adult communities to consider in Wake Forest, NC.

Del Webb at Traditions

This centrally located community offers residents easy access to shopping, dining, and attractions in Wake Forest. Not far from downtown, Del Webb at Traditions features an 18,000-square-foot clubhouse perfect for socializing with friends and family. There is a fitness center, indoor pool, community garden, coffee bar, walking trails, and much more. With nine different ranch-style floor plans to choose from, you can’t go wrong!

The Courtyards at Heritage Grove

This new construction 55+ active adult community features low maintenance single-level homes. There is a brand new clubhouse that includes gathering spaces for social events, an exercise room, an outdoor patio, and a pool. There are community walking and biking trails for those looking to stay active. New homes range from 1,519 to 2,769 square feet.

I hope this guide to the best places to retire in North Carolina was helpful in your decision-making process.

Work With Oak Springs Realty To Find Your Ideal Community

If you are interested in finding an active adult community that fits your lifestyle needs, contact Oak Springs Realty. We can guide you through the home buying process one step at a time and provide you with the smoothest transition possible.

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