Explore low-maintenance active adult retirement communities in North Carolina

North Carolina Active Adult Communities

Retirees are increasingly opting for homes in North Carolina active adult communities. One reason is that North Carolina has a mild climate that allows for outdoor recreation in all seasons. Active adults can spend springtime on the golf course, summer at the beach, fall hiking in the mountains, and winter on the ski slopes. Don't forget the cultural and historical attractions of Asheville, Charlotte, and Wilmington! On top of that, North Carolina is home to the renowned Duke Medical Center. You don't have to be over 55 to enjoy low-maintenance living in North Carolina, but you can choose to live in an age-restricted community. Explore these active retirement communities in North Carolina that are just that - active!

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Albemarle Plantation

Hertford, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Hertford, North Carolina

A scenic Dan Maples signature golf course and a 166-slip deepwater marina highlight this gated waterfront community in the Albemarle Sound region of northeastern North Carolina. Choose from a selection of homes, townhomes and condos priced from $122,900 to $775,000; Lots from $29,500 to $439,000. Read More...

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Carolina Arbors by Del Webb

Durham, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Durham, North Carolina

This 55+ active adult community is conveniently located in the city of Durham, part of North Carolina’s Research Triangle. Amenities will include a clubhouse, fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, art room, demonstration kitchen, social clubs, tennis, pickleball, bocce, nature trails, community parks, a dog park, and more. Homes priced from the $300,000s to the $600,000s. Read More...

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Champion Hills

Hendersonville, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Hendersonville, North Carolina

This active member-owned club and debt-free mountain golf community boasts a Tom Fazio signature golf course and other country club amenities just 8 minutes from Hendersonville and 30 minutes from downtown Asheville. Lots from $25,000 to $349,000; Homes and Townhomes from $500,000 to $3 million+. Read More...


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Compass Pointe

Leland, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Leland, North Carolina

Awarded the 2016 Bliss Award for “Best North Carolina Community of the Year,” Compass Pointe offers new homes, townhomes and lots for sale in a gated resort and retirement community near North Carolina's Cape Fear coast, with golf, tennis and other club amenities under development. Lots from $85,000 to $200,000; Homes, Townhomes and Condos priced from $315,000 to $1 million. Read More...

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Cresswind Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Charlotte, North Carolina

This Charlotte, NC 55+ community is located away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but still within easy reach of Uptown attractions. Resort-style amenities include an 18,000-square-foot clubhouse, fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, pickleball, bocce, and walking & biking trails. Clubs and programs are offered for every hobby. NASCAR, golf, and mountains are easily accessible. Homes priced from $280,000s to the $500,000s. Read More...


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Del Webb Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Wilmington, North Carolina

This new Del Webb community offers an active lifestyle in the coastal retirement destination of Wilmington, North Carolina. Modern amenities are designed for 55+ residents, including an amenity center, swimming pools, fitness center, trails, tennis, pickleball, and bocce. Part of the RiverLights master-planned community, residents have access to a lake, parks, shopping and dining, and a marina village on the Cape Fear River. Homes priced from $249,990 to $344,990. Read More...

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Ocean Ridge Plantation

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

90 holes of championship golf, coastal living, and protected woodlands are defining features of this community located between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC. Amenities include three clubhouses, a private beach club, tennis, racquetball, swimming, fitness, a nature park, and a community garden. Lots from the $18,000 to $250,000; Homes from $325,000 to over $800,000. Read More...

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Sea Trail Plantation

Sunset Beach, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Sunset Beach, North Carolina

This gated golf and resort community offers the best in coastal living, along with championship golf courses, resort-style amenities, and a wide variety of homes. Recreational offerings include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, walking & biking trails, tennis & pickleball courts, fishing ponds, and weekly activities for all interests. Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand is just 30 minutes away. Lots priced from $30,000 to $150,000; condos from $99,000 to $249,000; townhomes from $129,000 to $299,000; homes from $209,000 to $649,000. Read More...

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The Coves Mountain River Club

Lenoir, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Lenoir, North Carolina

Set on 3,600 acres, this gated mountain community borders Pisgah National Forest and is 30 minutes from Blowing Rock, NC. Amenities include 5 miles of river frontage, equestrian facilities, a mountaintop Lodge, 39 miles of hiking and horse trails, four waterfalls, two community gardens, low HOA fees, and mild four season weather. Lots priced from $39,990 to $169,000; Homes from $89,900 to $999,990. Read More...


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The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

This coastal North Carolina community offers a low-maintenance lifestyle and cottage homes near the renowned Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach. Amenities include a clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pool, and walking & biking trails. Shops, restaurants, healthcare, tennis, pickleball, and golf courses are minutes away. Homes priced from $230,000s to the $400,000s; Townhomes from the $180,000s to the $230,000s. Read More...

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The Village at Mott's Landing

Wilmington, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Wilmington, North Carolina

This North Carolina retirement community features homes and amenities designed for active adults. Amenities include a clubhouse, two resort-style swimming pools, tennis & pickleball courts, putting green, and a gathering pavilion. Golf courses, Wrightsville and Carolina beaches, and the attractions of historic downtown Wilmington are just a few minutes away. Homes priced from $369,500 to $569,500. Read More...


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Trilogy® Lake Norman

Denver, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Denver, North Carolina

Trilogy® Lake Norman is a new gated and master-planned 55+ retirement community about half an hour northwest of downtown Charlotte. The community will combine resort-like social and recreational amenities with a selection of new homes for sale near Lake Norman and Interstate 77. Homes priced from the $270,000s to the $550,000s. Read More...

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Waterford of the Carolinas

Wilmington, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Wilmington, North Carolina

Located along the Cape Fear River in North Carolina, Waterford of the Carolinas offers the best of coastal and city living. Resort-style amenities coupled with immediate access to downtown Historic Wilmington and Atlantic beaches give residents ample room to relax and explore. Most of the homes and lots are lakefront or offer water views. Lots priced from $59,900 to $269,900; Homes from $239,900 to $499,900. Read More...

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Winding River Plantation

Bolivia, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Bolivia, North Carolina

This award winning master-planned community offers a waterfront club lifestyle with a 27-hole Fred Couples Signature Golf Course, tennis, swimming, deep water marina for boating and fishing, and more. The community is just 30 minutes from Wilmington, NC and one hour from Myrtle Beach, SC. Lots priced from $12,000 to $300,000; Homes, Townhomes, Villas & Condos priced from $100,000 to $1 million. Read More...


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