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Guide to 55+ Communities in North Carolina

Retirees and seniors who prefer an active lifestyle may want to consider 55+ communities. With resort amenities such as golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools and social clubs, the biggest problem residents may face is fitting all this fun into the daily schedule. These communities are a great place to make new friends who share your desire to be active and social in retirement.

Resort Living

Residents of 55+ communities enjoy a resort lifestyle every day. Clubhouses with spa and fitness facilities are available for daily use. Onsite restaurants and bars give residents a night on the town without having to leave their neighborhood. 

Houses within these communities provide a mix of comfort and luxury. Generally, these single-family homes can be updated and customized. Newly constructed houses are outfitted with energy-efficient appliances. In some communities, landscaping and lawn care are also included in HOA dues so residents don’t have to spend hours trimming the lawn and shrubs.

Common areas within the neighborhood are also maintained. Residents will find manicured lawns, clean clubhouses, and trimmed pathways.

Safety and Privacy

Entry gates allow only residents and their guests into the neighborhood. There may also be extra security systems or patrolling units that make sure streets are safe.

Active Social Calendars

Holiday parties, themed dinners, golf tournaments, and tennis mixers are just a few events that are often on the calendar. Clubs for special interests, such as gardening and woodworking, are available so like-minded residents can gather and share their love for their hobbies.

Sample Communities to Discover

St. James Plantation | NC Gated Community | Best Places to Retire in NC
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St. James Plantation

Southport, NC
Townhomes and Condos: $300K+, Homes: $500K, and Homesites: $200K

Southeastern NC’s shimmering coast is home to St. James Plantation. This uber popular community is nestled along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), near the charming seaside village of Southport and historic Wilmington. Residents enjoy our over 100 million dollars of completed first-class amenities, including a private oceanfront beach club, a 475-Wet Slip/Dry Stack ICW marina and marketplace, fitness clubs including a $4 million dollar Signature Wellness Center, 4 welcoming clubhouses, 81-holes of championship golf, 36+ miles of biking, walking trails, dining, Har-Tru tennis, pickleball, parks and community gardens as well as over 100 social clubs. Our residents also enjoy a mild Carolina climate as living here means four distinct seasons, perfect for enjoying the great outdoors and exploring nearby antiques, shops, boutiques, gourmet restaurants and historical landmarks dating back to the 1700’s. Moreover, our area boasts well- supplied adult educational institutions and first-class medical centers. Real estate options range from spacious custom homes to patio homes and condominiums. Single family homes range from the $500s to $1 million plus, and homesites range from the $200s.

Plan your visit right now! Call 800-245-3871 or visit our website: www.StJamesPlantation.com.
View our article Reasons to Love St. James Plantation!

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55+ Community Wilmington NC | Master Planned | Del Webb Wilmington

Del Webb Wilmington

Wilmington, NC
Ranch homes starting from the upper $200K

Del Webb Wilmington, in the master-planned Riverlights community, features resort style amenities for active adults 55 and greater. Residents will enjoy an indoor and outdoor pool, walking trails, tennis and pickleball courts, and social clubs. All homes are ranch style with flexible, open concept inspired designs in a low maintenance living environment.

There are 3 collections of home series with bedroom ranges of 2 to 5, bathroom ranges of 2 to 4 and square footages of 1,262 to 2,565 and up. Homes are priced from the upper $200Ks plus with many options to customize and personalize your home.

Riverlights is a large community where residents can enjoy everything at their fingertips. Take a golf cart ride to Marina Village, a retailer hub onsite or Smoke on the Water, a restaurant with live music. Riverlights is on the Cape Fear River with 38 acres to kayak, paddleboard or canoe. There are miles of trails and an abundance of amenities and planned resident activities. Del Webb Wilmington features an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, tennis, pickleball and bocce courts, dog park, lifestyle director and clubhouse with a fitness center.

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55+ Community in Charlotte NC | Cresswind Wesley Chapel | Active Adult

Cresswind Wesley Chapel

Unionville, NC
Single-Family Homes from $400k - $500k

Cresswind Wesley Chapel is the Charlotte Area’s newest active adult community. This gated 55+ community will feature an array of new single-family homes specifically designed for active adults. The community offers a collection of unique Move-In Ready homes and 2- to 4-Bedroom floorplans with hundreds of available structural and design options to help you build the ideal home to fit your lifestyle and needs. With a full-time Lifestyle Director and a wide range of resort-style amenities, classes, and social clubs based around residents’ interests, our award-winning lifestyle program has been designed to help you live better, longer.

The Wesley Chapel area is one of the top-rated suburbs in Greater Charlotte, offering a relaxed, natural feel with a blend of modern conveniences and country charm. Located roughly 40 minutes from Charlotte City Center, Cresswind Wesley Chapel provides its residents with easy access to the Village of Wesley Chapel, Weddington, Waxhaw, SouthPark, Charlotte International Airport, Uptown, and the many attractions that consistently rank the Queen City region among the nation’s top retirement destinations.

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