Best 55 Plus Communities in North Carolina

by Robert Borges on June 17, 2019

If you’re here, chances are you’re on a quest to find the best 55 plus communities in North Carolina. You hit the jackpot. Sit back, relax, and prepare to immerse yourself in the diversity of coastal regions, scenic mountains, and metropolitan areas that make the Tar Heel State such a dynamic and desirable retirement destination for active adults 55 and over. Here are five of the best 55+ communities in North Carolina: 

Carolina Gardens by Del Webb- Fuquay-Varina, NC

Carolina Gardens by Del Webb North Carolina 55+ Community

The newest Del Webb community in North Carolina’s Triangle region, Carolina Gardens encompasses 400 acres with almost 900 single-family homes and a 20,500 square-foot clubhouse with amenities and activities to suit a variety of interests. An age-restricted 55+ community near Raleigh, residents stay active with the resort-style amenities at the fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, craft studio, tennis, pickleball, bocce courts, and more. 

Cresswind Charlotte- Charlotte, NC

Cresswind Charlotte North Carolina 55+ Community

Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city yet still within easy reach of Uptown attractions with this 55+ community in Charlotte, NC. Specifically-designed for those 55 and over, community highlights include miles of walking trails, an 18,000-square-foot clubhouse with fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis, pickleball, and bocce. Social activities and clubs are organized for every hobby!

Flowers Plantation- Clayton, NC

Flowers Plantation

The best 55+ communities in North Carolina list would be remiss not to mention this award-winning, multi-neighborhood, 3,000 acre gated community. The luxurious 20,000 sq. ft. spa features massage services, state of the art fitness center, and indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub. Step outside onto the lush grounds for an array of outdoor activities which include miles of walking and biking trails, tennis courts, a playground and sports field, all strategically located within 15 minutes of three highly rated golf courses. 

Riverlights- Wilmington, NC

Riverlights North Carolina 55+ Community

Looking for a 55 plus community in Wilmington? Riverlights has a variety of single-family, luxury townhomes, and 55+ homes designed to foster a coastal, wellness-centered environment offering the energy of a city amid miles of tranquil beauty. Set along the Cape Fear River, it’s a new kind of community that celebrates family, honors nature and breathes new life into Southern heritage.

Trilogy Lake Norman®- Denver, NC

Trilogy Lake Norman North Carolina 55+ Community

This Charlotte-area master planned retirement community was conceived with 55+ active adults in mind. The gorgeous 30,000 square foot club boasts a signature restaurant serving up fresh healthy fare with a southern twist, along with a sports and media escape complete with TVs, billiards, shuffleboard, an interactive demonstration kitchen and studio, event center, and even an amphitheater for live music and performances! Combining resort-like social and recreational amenities make this 55+ North Carolina community a dream come true for many retirees.