Active 55 Plus Communities

Buying a home is a significant decision, particularly for active adults looking for their next place to call home.  Whether you’re considering downsizing, searching for an active adult community, or exploring other housing options, this guide will assist you in finding the ideal home for your needs.

North Carolina boasts about its mild climate and abundance of beach and mountain destinations. These features make the Triangle a popular place to retire. The increase of retirement-age adults relocating to the area has prompted an increase in active 55 plus communities to meet their needs. These communities feature low-maintenance homes, amenities, and activities not available in a standard neighborhood. Many of these communities employ Lifestyle Directors, who plan social activities for residents throughout the year.

Active adult communities typically require one household resident to be a minimum of 55 years of age. Age-restricted communities do not allow permanent residents under the age of 19, but children and grandchildren may visit for up to 3 months each year.

In the Triangle area, you can find a variety of active adult communities with homes and townhomes available at a wide range of prices. New communities are being added each year to meet the needs of the growing 55 plus population.

Retirement communities in North Carolina have grown in popularity partially because North Carolina has emerged as popular second retirement destinations for the so-called “half-backs” or “second chance” retirees. These individuals first retired in places like Arizona and Florida and then re-settled in North Carolina.


See below for a description of 55+ communities and Independent Living Communities located across the Triangle.

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