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Retirement Communities

Thinking about where to retire and wondering how to find a retirement community? There are several things to consider when researching retirement communities, such as location, lifestyle, amenities, and levels of care they provide. Retirement communities include senior living options for active adults who need little to no assistance, as well as assisted living, memory care, and more. This includes 55+ retirement communities, golf retirement communities, gated retirement communities, retirement resort communities, and independent living communities, to name a few. Amenities, clubs, and activities in the best retirement communities cater to health, wellness, and an active adult lifestyle.

Living in a retirement community is especially attractive to those who want to live around people in a similar stage of life. Although many retirement communities are open to all ages, there are some things all prospective residents should keep in mind. Whether you want to spend your retirement living in a luxury home or maintenance-free condominium, you've come to the right place to begin your search for the perfect retirement home.

Broken down by state, region, and city, you’ll find community details, lot and home pricing, photos, and contact information for the nation’s top retirement communities near you, or in the retirement destination you’re researching.

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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 $90,000 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 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 $300,000s to the $500,000s. Read More...


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Fendol Farms

Durham, North Carolina Retirement Community
Durham, North Carolina

This Durham, North Carolina 55+ community is located in a country setting convenient to city attractions of the Research Triangle region. Amenities include an amenity center, clubhouse, fitness center, tennis & pickleball courts, bocce ball courts, walking trails, a dog park, community gardens, and an event lawn. Homes and townhomes priced from $350,000 to $600,000. Read More...


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Flowers Plantation

Clayton, North Carolina Retirement 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 and townhomes from the mid $200,000s. Read More...


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Grande Pines

Pinehurst, North Carolina Retirement 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 Retirement 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 Presented by ASAP Realty

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina Retirement 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 Retirement 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 $20,000 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 Retirement Community
Sunset Beach, North Carolina

This 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 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 $39,900 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 Walk at East Village

Clayton, North Carolina Retirement 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 the low $300,000s to the mid $400,000s. 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 low $300,000s to the $500,000s. Read More...


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Waterford of the Carolinas

Wilmington, North Carolina Retirement 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 Retirement 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 Retirement 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 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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Chestnut Ridge at Rodale

Emmaus, Pennsylvania Retirement Community
Emmaus, Pennsylvania

This 62+ senior living community offers independent living and a wellness-focused lifestyle for active adults. Amenities include a restaurant, pub, fitness center & wellness studio, indoor swimming pool, community gathering places, walking & biking trails, dog park, community gardens, and more. Apartment homes monthly rates range from $3,500 to $4,400. Read More...


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Lake Naomi Club

Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania Retirement 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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Brays Island

Sheldon, South Carolina Retirement Community
Sheldon, South Carolina

A private residential sporting community located between Charleston and Savannah, combining world-class hunting and shooting facilities and over 60 miles of equestrian trails with traditional resort-style amenities including championship golf, tennis, swimming, fitness, dining and concierge services. Lots from $220,000 to $550,000; Homes from $1.495 million to $2.9 million. Read More...

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Carolina Orchards by Del Webb

Fort Mill, South Carolina Retirement Community
Fort Mill, South Carolina

A Del Webb active adult community in the Charlotte area, this 55+ retirement community is located three miles south of the North Carolina state line, in the historic town of Fort Mill, SC. Planned amenities include a clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis and pickleball courts, an outdoor pavilion, garden plots, and a dog park. Golf, recreation, shops and dining can be found 5 minutes away. Priced from $258,999 to $375,999. Read More...


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Celadon

Beaufort, South Carolina Retirement Community
Beaufort, South Carolina

Celadon is a wellness-centered community located in Beaufort, South Carolina designed to promote healthy living and neighborly interaction. Community parks, ponds, walking trails, and picnic areas allow residents to enjoy the natural surroundings. Lots are priced from $85,000 to $150,000. Condos and Single-Family Homes featuring Lowcountry architecture are priced from the $300,000s to the $800,000s. Read More...

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