North Carolina boosts 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 adult 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 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 in a wide range of prices. New communities are being added each year to meet the needs of the growing 55+ population.
See below for a description of 55+ communities located across the Triangle.
Carolina Preserve is an active adult community built between 2006 and 2014 by Del Webb (Pulte). The neighborhood consists of 1268 duplex and single-family homes. Home prices range from the upper $200,000s to $500,000s. HOA dues are around $200/month.
At the neighborhood clubhouse residents can swim, take a pottery class, work out at the fitness center, learn photography, and participate in plenty of social events. There are over 100 clubs and interest groups providing something for every resident. The neighborhood also has 5 parks, ponds for fishing, and walking trails.
Heritage Pines, located near Green Hope High School, is a 55+ neighborhood made up of nearly 300 residences, with both attached villas and single-family homes. The single-family homes range in size from 1400 to 2400 square feet, and are priced in the $300,000s. HOA dues are $179/month.
The neighborhood clubhouse hosts a variety of activities, including community events, clubs, and classes. The community also has a fitness center, pool, spa, tennis courts, and walking paths.
The Courtyards at O’Kelly Chapel is a new active adult community designed by Epcon Communities. Conveniently located in the northwest side of Cary. Neighborhood amenities include a clubhouse, pool, walking trails, plenty of green space, and a fitness center. The community features 149 ranch-style homes, in 3 models, that will range in size from 2 to 3 bedrooms and 1500 to 2700 square feet. Homes range in price from the upper $200,000s to $300,000s. HOA fees are $220 monthly.
Woodhall is an active lifestyle community in Western Cary just over the Chatham Co line. Upon completion it will feature 145 low maintenance homes with first-floor master bedroom. Stanley Martin offers several floor plans ranging from 1600 to 4100 square feet. The homes have two to five bedrooms with two and three car garages. The community will have a gazebo, picnic area and green space for get-togethers. The low HOA fees are only $140 annually.
Blakeley, located on Hwy 55 in Western Cary, takes a new approach to the age-qualified restrictions by allowing one resident to be 55+ but not restricting the age of the rest of the household members. Featuring a combination of single-family and attached homes with first-floor living and maintenance free exteriors.
Plans for 137 homes ranging in size from 900 to 2300 square feet with two or more bedrooms and attached two-car garage. All of the homes include a first-floor master bedroom and screened porch. HOA fees are $149 monthly.
Sears Farm North is a 55+ active adult condominium community. Located in a prime location for many activities. The two buildings will offer 21 units with reserved garage parking and provides residents with a maintenance-free lifestyle. One and two-bedroom plans are available. Prices range from the low $500s to the high $800s.
The Orchard Villas, located in Apex, is an Epcon Community with 86 homes built in quads. Resale homes, built in the last few years, start in the mid $300s, and range in size from 1500 to 2300 square feet. They are two or three bedrooms with an attached garage. Amenities include a clubhouse with a fitness center, heated pool, bocce ball court and a variety of activities. HOA fees are $303 monthly.
Regency at White Oak located on Green Level Church Road is an active lifestyle, low maintenance ranch home neighborhood that is not age restricted. There are 209 homesites that will range from the low $400s to the low $600s. Seven ranch floor plans are offered with optional second floor and two car garage. HOA fees include lawn maintenance. The community clubhouse has an outdoor pool and fitness center.
Del Webb at Traditions is a quiet, resort-style 55+ community located in the Traditions neighborhood in Wake Forest. The neighborhood consists of 452 new homes conveniently located just minutes from downtown Wake Forest. Homes range in price from the low-$300s to low $600s. The nine different floor plans range in size from 1600 to 2500 square-feet of living space. They include two to four bedrooms with attached two-car garage. HOA fees are $179 monthly.
The 18,000 square foot clubhouse will feature a wide variety of amenities, including group fitness classes, bocce courts, pickleball and tennis courts, and a coffee bar.
The Villas of Wake Forest, an Epcon Community, is an active adult community with 144 homes. Homes are set up in quads. Floor plans have 2 or 3 bedrooms ranging from 1,500 to 1900 square feet. New and re-sale homes priced in the high $200s to the mid $300s.
Homes feature outdoor spaces, like private patios and courtyards. Amenities include a clubhouse with a fitness center, pool table, and outdoor pool. HOA dues are $268 per month.
The Courtyards at Heritage Grove is the newest Epcon Community in the area. Smaller than their typical neighborhood with only 83 homes. There is not an age restriction in this community. The single-family homes are low maintenance. Three floor plans are available ranging in size from 1500 to 2700 square feet. Each feature an attached two-and-a-half car garage. HOA dues are $220 monthly.
Regency at Brier Creek Country Club consists of 123 low-maintenance brick ranch homes with oversized two-car garages. Homeowners have access to the country club and all of it’s amenities: clubhouse, tennis and golf. The homes are resale only and range in size from 1800 to 3000 square feet with two to four bedrooms. Prices range from the low $300s to the low $500s.
The Tapestry is a new 55+ community located in Garner. Built by Fleming Homes, the maintenance-free community will feature 99 attached homes. Homes come in five floor plans ranging in size from 1600 to 2500 square feet with 2 or 3 bedrooms and attached 2 car garage. Home prices start in the mid-$200,000s. HOA dues are $145/month.
The 2900 square foot clubhouse, named The Lodge, will house a fitness studio and multi-purpose room. The neighborhood will feature a gazebo, BBQ area, fire pit, a dog park and bird watching park, and a community garden.
The Village at Aversboro is a 55+ community completed in 2015 with 147 homes priced in the $300s. The neighborhood features single family homes from 1600 to 2500 square feet. The low-maintenance homes offer two to four bedrooms and an attached two-car garage. At the clubhouse residents can play games and meet through the various clubs and classes offered. HOA fees are $100 a month.
Located in Flowers Plantation, in Johnston County, are two age-restricted neighborhoods, Evergreen & SweetGrass. Homes in these neighborhoods are detached, accessible single-family homes with two to three bedrooms and include an attached two-car garage.
Evergreen will feature 130 single-family homes from three different builders. There will be a variety of home styles to meet every taste and ranging from 1700 to 2300 square feet. Prices range from the high $200s to the mid $300s. HOA fees are $205 monthly and $150 annually.
SweetGrass has 19 single-family patio homes built by Kirkwood builders. The homes range in size from 1800 to 2200 square feet. Prices range from the high $200s to the high $300s. HOA dues are $250 per month and $160 annually.
Flowers Plantation is a large community with a 20,000 square foot clubhouse including tennis, basketball, trails, indoor and outdoor pools, and fitness center.
The Walk at East Village is a new home community with 300 homes planned, just a short walk from downtown Clayton. The community consists of pocket neighborhoods, where homes face each other separated by sidewalks and open green space, not streets. Garages are located facing the street at the rear of the homes. Homebuyers can choose from eight floor plans ranging from 1300 to 3000 square feet, with two to four bedrooms, and are priced from the mid $200s to the low $500s.
The neighborhood has a huge clubhouse that hosts a variety of activities, and includes a pool, fitness center, gathering spaces, and more. Homeowners can enjoy outdoor amenities including walking and biking trails, community gardens, dog park, pickleball court and bocce ball.
Chapelwood, a smaller community developed by Hagood Homes from 2009 – 2013, is located near UNC in Chapel Hill. Chapelwood is in the community of Downing Creek. Residences were built with green building techniques and utilize the EPA’s Energy Star program.
The neighborhood consists of 69 one-level homes, from 1700 to 2700 square feet, priced from the mid $300s to low $500s. All homes have an oversized two-car garage and include sodded lawns, irrigation systems, and lawn maintenance, covered by the HOA. HOA fees are $155 monthly. Amenities include tennis courts, a pool, walking trails, and a clubhouse.
Encore at Briar Chapel, located in the Briar Chapel neighborhood in Chatham County, is a new 55+ community by David Weekley Homes. The 185 homes offer ten distinct floor plans ranging in size from 1500 to 3100 square feet, and priced from the $300,000s. HOA dues are $298.50 per month.
The neighborhood has 10 parks and gardens, a dog park, 24 miles of trails, and a sports complex where residents can play basketball, tennis, and pickleball. The Lifestyle Director plans tons of fun activities for residents.
The Courtyards at Homestead Road one of the newest Epcon Communities located in Chapel Hill. The quiet, private neighborhood will have just 63 ranch style homes, in 3 styles that range in size from 1500 to 2700 square feet and have 2 – 3 bedrooms. New and resale homes are available and priced in the $300-400s. HOA dues are $225 per month.
The Courtyards will have lots of amenities for residents to enjoy, including a swimming pool and clubhouse. Residents can take advantage of the miles of walking trails and nature at the adjacent Carolina North Forest nature conservancy area covering 750 acres.
Villas at Culp Arbor, another Epcon Community, is an active adult neighborhood located near Durham in Chapel Hill. The neighborhood has both attached homes and single-family homes. The detached, 2 and 3 bedroom homes come in a variety of styles and range in size from 1500 to 2700 square feet. These homes have oversized two-and-half car garages. Prices are in the high $300s to high $400s. Condos are priced in the $300s. HOA dues are around $250 per month. Amenities include a clubhouse, fitness center, pool, and walking trails.
Carolina Arbors is a Del Webb community conveniently located on the border of Durham and Raleigh in Brier Creek. The finished community will have over 1200 homes. The homes come in a variety of floor plansfeaturing 1 to 4 bedrooms. The homes range in price from the mid-$200s to $600s. Construction began just a few years ago and continues today. HOA dues are $174 per month.
The 34,000 square foot clubhouse boosts amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts and fitness center. Activities include aerobics, dancing, book clubs, and much more. The full-time Lifestyle Director ensures there are plenty of activities for residents. Other community amenities include dog parks, community garden, and nature trails
Creekside at Bethpage is a 55+ community developed by AV Homes also located in the Brier Creek neighborhood in Durham. The neighborhood has over 600 homesites, and homes come in a variety of floor plans with 2 – 4 bedrooms. The homes are craftsman and farmhouse style, much different from the other neighborhoods in the triangle. Homes are priced from the mid-$300s to the high $500s. A new section of 56 townhomes is being built and will be priced in the high $200s to mid $300s. HOA dues are $209 per month.
The 13,000 square foot community center named Hemingway Hall, has a variety of amenities and activities for residents, including a recreation center, pool, tennis courts, and community garden.
The Courtyards at Andrews Chapel is another Epcon Active Lifestyle Community but is not age restricted. There will be 120 single-family homes from 1500 to 2700 square feet. They will consist of 2-3 bedrooms and two-and-a-half car garage. The homes will start in the high $300s. HOA fees are $220 a month and include exterior maintenance and lawn care.
The clubhouse will have fitness center and several multi-purpose rooms. The outdoor pool, gazebo, scenic ponds and walking trails complete the picturesque environment.
Fendol Farms Manor, the newest 55+ community, is being built by Lennar will break ground in 2018. There will be 500 single-family homes ranging in size from 2200 to 3600 square feet. The three available floor plans have two to four bedrooms and just as many bathrooms. Two and three door garage options will also be available.
The clubhouse will offer a fitness room, multi-purpose rooms, and a bar and grill patio. Outside plans call for a swimming pool, bocce ball, pickleball, and tennis courts. A community garden, a dog park and walking trails will be available through the community.
Corbinton is a new 55+ community located less than a mile from historic downtown Hillsborough. Blue Heel Homes is planning 70 attached and single-family homes. The single family homes are 1800 to 2100 square feet with two to three bedrooms and two-car garage. The attached plans are 1600 square feet, two bedrooms and two-car garage. Prices start in the low $300s. The stone and brick exteriors reflect the architecture of Historic Downtown. The HOA dues are $150/month and include exterior maintenance and lawn care.
The proposed clubhouse will have a fitness center and space for group gatherings. The community features walking trails, a community garden, and a dog park.