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Active Adult Communities

Active adult communities are becoming increasingly popular among baby boomers entering retirement. These active retirement communities are designed to complement active adult living and usually feature low-maintenance homes, resort-style amenities, and proximity to healthcare and entertainment. Some are age-restricted over 55 communities, while others are simply age-targeted and non-restrictive.

Location is key to an active adult lifestyle. Active adult communities provide quick access to daily conveniences, with locations near shopping centers, restaurants, cultural attractions, airports, and metropolitan areas. Perhaps the best part of living in an active adult community is the low-maintenance lifestyle. Many HOAs incorporate lawn care, trash pickup, and exterior home maintenance, so that residents can spend more time doing the things they enjoy. Explore these amenity-rich active living communities to find your low-maintenance single-family home, condominium, or townhome.

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Auburn Village

Garner, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Garner, North Carolina

Conveniently located in North Carolina’s renowned Research Triangle region, this 55+ community offers a low-maintenance lifestyle and resort-style amenities designed for active adults. Amenities include a clubhouse, fitness center, saltwater pool, event lawn, pickleball courts, bocce ball and more. Homes priced from $262,490 to $411,990. Read More...


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Carolina Gardens by Del Webb

Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

This Wake County, North Carolina 55 plus community offers an active adult lifestyle with a 25,000-square-foot clubhouse, outdoor recreation, and quick access to the attractions of the Triangle region. Amenities include a fitness center, swimming pools, tennis & pickleball courts, bocce ball, walking trails, community gardens, and a dog park. Homes priced from the high $200,000s. 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 the upper $200,000s to the $500,000s. Read More...


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Del Webb Wilmington at RiverLights

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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Flowers Plantation

Clayton, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Clayton, North Carolina

This 3,000-acre gated community is located just 20 minutes outside of North Carolina's Research Triangle. Along with quick access to the Triangle's renowned healthcare, shops, dining, and entertainment venues, this master-planned community offers a diverse selection of amenities, including a clubhouse, fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis, walking trails, and more. Homes priced from $175,900 to $900,000+; Townhomes from $171,000 to the $270,000s. Read More...


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Grande Pines

Pinehurst, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Pinehurst, North Carolina

This North Carolina gated community is located minutes from the famed Pinehurst Village and offers an active lifestyle in a natural setting of rolling hills, creeks, and pastures. Amenities include a community cabin, barbecue area, swimming pool, and trails for walking, biking, and horseback riding. Golf & social memberships are available at Pinehurst Country Club. Homesites from $70,000 to $200,000; Homes from the $300,000s to $2 million. Read More...


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Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation

Leland, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Leland, North Carolina

This North Carolina gated golf community offers an active lifestyle just five minutes from historic downtown Wilmington. Amenities include 27 holes of championship golf, indoor and outdoor pools, a pro shop & restaurant, a brand-new fitness & wellness center, walking trails, and tennis courts. Lots priced from $40,000 to $100,000; Homes from $200,000 to $850,000; Condos/Villas from $130,000 to $250,000. 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 $14,000 to $250,000; Homes from $325,000 to over $800,000. Read More...

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Rivers Edge Golf Club & Plantation

Shallotte, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Shallotte, North Carolina

Rivers Edge Golf Club & Plantation is conveniently located close to three of the most pristine beaches on the east coast. Rivers Edge is known for its all-inclusive amenities and active lifestyle which includes an award-winning 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, River Hall Residence Club, 27-acre freshwater Palmer Lake, oceanfront beach club, walking & biking trails, and views of the Shallotte River and its tributaries. Water, golf, and nature view homesites, homes, and townhomes are available. Lots from $10,000 to $200,000; homes & townhomes from the $200,000s to $1 million+. 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 $49,900 to $139,900; Cabins from $155,000+; Cottages from $369,000+; Homes from $379,000 to $729,000. 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 Walk at East Village

Clayton, North Carolina Active Adult Community
Clayton, North Carolina

The Walk at East Village is a 55+ active adult community in the small Southern town of Clayton, North Carolina. Amenities include clubhouse, swimming pool, fitness center, demonstration kitchen, sports lounge, arts & crafts room, and much more. Outdoor recreational amenities include walking & biking trails, community gardens, a dog park, pickleball courts, a putting green, and a bocce ball court. The community hosts year-round activities, such as lifelong learning programs, cooking demonstrations, and parties. Homes priced from $265,000 to $312,000. 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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Amblebrook Gettysburg

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Active Adult Community
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

This 55+ community in Adams County, Pennsylvania offers a farm-to-table lifestyle and single-story new homes designed for active adults. Amenities include a town center, clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pools, tennis & pickleball, bocce ball, lakes & fishing streams, community gardens, and more. Historic Gettysburg is minutes away. Homes priced from $300,000 to $500,000. Read More...


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Buck Hill Falls

Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania Active Adult Community
Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania

This four-season resort community encompasses 4,500 acres in the Pocono Mountains and features a wide selection of recreational amenities and social activities. Amenities include a golf course, recreation center, swimming pool, fitness center, tennis & pickleball courts, hiking & biking trails, lawn bowling, and fly fishing streams. Lots priced from $5,000 to $40,000; Townhomes from $160,000 to $300,000; Homes from $200,000 to $2 million. Read More...


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Lake Naomi Club

Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania Active Adult Community
Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania

This country club community in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a Five Star Platinum Club of America offering year-round recreation for the entire family. Members enjoy social gatherings at the lakefront clubhouse, sports and fitness at the 48,000 sq. ft. community center, boating and fishing on Lake Naomi, and nearby ski resorts. Philadelphia, North Jersey, and New York City are within two hours. Homes priced from $250,000 to $1.2 million. Read More...

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