Explore the best retirement communities in North Carolina

North Carolina Retirement Communities

Don't know where to retire in North Carolina? Retirement communities in North Carolina can be found in the mountains, on the coast, in the renowned Research Triangle, and on the state's beautiful lakes. Active retirement communities in North Carolina offer hiking & biking trails, golf courses, swimming, and resort-style amenities. Retirees and active adults over 55 enjoy four-season outdoor recreation such as boating, fishing, skiing, and equestrian activities. Explore these communities and discover the best places to retire in North Carolina.

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Albemarle Plantation

Hertford, North Carolina Retirement 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 Retirement 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 Retirement 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 Retirement 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 $80,000 to $200,000; Homes, Townhomes and Condos priced from $311,000 to $1 million. Read More...

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Cresswind Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina Retirement 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 the mid $200,000s to the $400,000s. Read More...


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Del Webb Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina Retirement 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 $238,990 to $340,990. Read More...

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Hasentree

Wake Forest, North Carolina Retirement Community
Wake Forest, North Carolina

This resort-style community is situated in a serene setting adjacent to Falls Lake, just minutes from downtown Raleigh, NC. Unparalleled amenities include a Tom Fazio Championship Golf Course, Hasentree Lake and Family Activity Club with Aquatics and Tennis Complex. Homes and Golf Villas from the upper $300,000s to over $740,000. Read More...


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Legacy Lakes

Aberdeen, North Carolina Retirement Community
Aberdeen, North Carolina

Located in the popular Pinehurst Sandhills region in Aberdeen, North Carolina, Legacy Lakes surrounds Legacy Golf Links - a Nicklaus Design golf course rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest. Residents have access to all of the club's facilities, including the Plantation House, with its racquet and fitness club. Additional amenities include a resort-style swimming pool, pool house and formal gardens. Single-family residences, garden homes and townhomes are priced from $239,000 to more than $1 million; Lots from $43,900 to $150,000. Read More...


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The Coves Mountain River Club

Lenoir, North Carolina Retirement 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 $299,000 to $999,990. Read More...


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Trilogy® Lake Norman

Denver, North Carolina Retirement 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 mid $200,000s to the mid $400,000s. Read More...

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