Most Popular 55+ Communities in North Carolina

by Robert Borges on November 30, 2020

At PCR, we’re all about connecting active adults with the community that best aligns with your unique essence. If you’re looking to find and settle down in the perfect community—based on climate, taxes, amenities, lifestyle activities, proximity to family, and everything in between—rest assured we know just the place. 

Not surprisingly, North Carolina is a sought-after destination for retirees and adults seeking a comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle. Here’s a shortlist of this year’s most popular 55+ communities in North Carolina.

Carolina Gardens by Del Webb- Fuquay-Varina, NC

Carolina Gardens 55-plus NC community

The newest Del Webb community in North Carolina’s Triangle region, Carolina Gardens encompasses 400 acres with 900 single-family homes and a 25,000-square-foot clubhouse with amenities and activities to suit a variety of interests. Residents 55 and over stay active and healthy at the fully equipped fitness center, swim laps or relax at the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hone artistic skills at the craft studio, and enjoy friendly competition at the tennis, pickleball, and bocce courts. There are also miles of walking trails, community gardens, and pocket parks.

Cresswind Charlotte- Charlotte, NC

Cresswind Charlotte popular NC 55+ community

Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city yet still within easy reach of Uptown attractions with this popular 55+ community in Charlotte, NC. Specifically-designed for seniors in search of an active lifestyle, 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!

Trilogy Lake Norman®- Denver, NC

Trilogy Lake Norman 55+ community in NC

This North Carolina 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 popular North Carolina community a dream come true for many retirees.

The Walk at Village East- Clayton, NC

The Walk at East Village NC 55+ community

Nestled in charming Clayton, NC, The Walk at East Village is a premier 55+ active adult community boasting a resort-style clubhouse with a pool, fitness center, and endless activity options. Hike and bike on scenic trails, challenge friends to pickleball, or relax in your low-maintenance dream home. The Walk puts you close to top-rated healthcare, Clayton's delightful Main Street, and the excitement of Raleigh, making it one of North Carolina's most sought-after active adult communities.

Riverlights- Wilmington, NC

Riverlights 55-plus community in NC

Designed for all ages with a focus on active adults over 55, this Wilmington area gem offers scenic beauty with miles of trails, a freshwater lake for kayaking, and a charming boardwalk along the Cape Fear River. Explore the natural surroundings, or venture to nearby historic downtown Wilmington for cultural activities and nightlife. Riverlights offers a variety of single-family homes and luxury townhomes, perfect for those seeking a wellness-centered lifestyle in a friendly community. 


While those are the 55+ North Carolina communities that generated the most interest from your peers when searching for their dream homes this year, rest assured it’s just the beginning. Visit PCR for a full listing of The Tar Heel State’s most desirable communities