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The 5 Best Retirement Communities in North Carolina

There are many choices of retirement communities in beautiful North Carolina. Here are five communities for residents older than 55. The list includes the amenities for each community and the price points for purchasing a home.
There are many choices of retirement communities in beautiful North Carolina. Here are five communities for residents older than 55. The list includes the amenities for each community and the price points for purchasing a home.

Whether you are from North Carolina or just wish to retire there, there are many options of retirement communities in the Tar Heel State. In fact, there are so many well-ranked active adult communities, that it will be difficult to narrow down your list of choices.

Regardless of which community you decide to buy or rent in, North Carolina is the perfect place for active seniors to live. The mild climate and access to both mountains and the beach are perfect for on-the-go seniors who enjoy outdoor recreation. Those new to the state will enjoy the plethora of cultural and historical attractions found within driving distance of your new home.

Here are five of the best retirement communities that are available in North Carolina. Although the list is not exhaustive, it will give you an overview of the amenities and price points that you should consider when picking out where you want to live.

Once you have made your choice, it is prudent to have a real estate agent to help you with the purchasing process. Don’t worry. You can negotiate the commission fees to make sure that professional assistance is affordable.

Are you selling your family home before you retire? Contact an agent who has expert knowledge in selling homes for retirement.

Albemarle Plantation

Located in Hertford, North Carolina, this gated community is located west of historic Kitty Hawk in the northeastern part of the state. If you have always dreamed of living within a short golf cart ride to your boat, the Albemarle Plantation is the place for you.

This community offers townhomes, condos, and homes that range from $99,000 to $899,750. The property spans 1,300 acres and still has undeveloped lots.

You probably don’t want to go out on your boat every day. Albemarle Plantation offers many amenities for older adults who wish to stay active.

There is a golf course, 25-meter pool, tennis courts, and fitness facilities. There is also a waterfront clubhouse where you relax after a day full of sun and exercise.

Cresswind Charlotte

The only bad news concerning the Cresswind Charlotte community is that you have to wait until you are 55 or older to live there. This retirement community is close enough to the city for inhabitants to be able to enjoy the amenities of Charlotte, but it is far enough away to make you feel like you retired to the country.

Crosswind Charlotte offers homes from $200,000 to $500,000. You will feel as if you live in a resort when you enjoy the clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pools, and tennis courts. Their full-time activities director will keep you busy with programs and social opportunities.

The community is spread across 370 acres and boasts miles of walking trails.

The Walk at East Village

As a more moderately-priced alternative, you may consider visiting The Walk at East Village, located in Clayton, North Carolina. The homes range from $265,000 to $425,000.

This 55 and older community offers the homeowner the charm of living in a small town, but the convenience of living near a metropolitan area.

The Walk at East Village has pools, fitness centers, an arts and crafts room, and a sports lounge. Enjoy the walking and biking trails, pickleball courts, and putting greens. The community gardens and dog parks are particularly popular with the residents of this community.

Trilogy Lake Norman

Located near Charlotte and minutes away from Lake Norman, Trilogy is another popular destination for the 55 and older crowd.

One of the selling points for this particular property is the huge clubhouse located at the center of the community. The clubhouse even has a demonstration kitchen and studio where inhabitants can learn new cooking techniques.

The property is also home to a signature restaurant and a club that offers billiards, poker, and shuffleboard.

If you purchase a property in a retirement community in North Carolina, you know there are going to plenty of outdoor amenities. Residents will have access to the resort pool, tennis and pickleball courts. There is even an amphitheater on the property where residents can enjoy live music.

Del Webb Wilmington

Five hundred homes make up the Del Webb Wilmington community. This 55 and older retirement destination offers access to nearby beaches and waterways for boating. Watch the sunrise as you fish and watch the sunset while you kayak.

If you would rather spend your time indoors, the Del Webb community also offers special interest clubs such as wine tasting, traveling, painting, and volunteering. And of course, it wouldn’t be a retirement community without an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.

Even though you may have been through the process of buying and selling property several times throughout your life, there are special considerations when purchasing a home in a retirement community. Have a real estate professional look at the fine print in the contract to make sure you understand the hidden fees and community rules that may affect your daily living.

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