Guide to 55+ Communities in North Carolina



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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

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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Carolina Riverside by Del Webb

Belmont, NC
Ranch homes from the low $400ks

Ideally situated near historic downtown Belmont and bordered by the South Fork of the Catawba River, you’ll find Carolina Riverside, a vibrant 55+ community of new homes designed by nationally recognized Del Webb home builders. Active lifestyles begin here, with a future recreation hub featuring an exclusive 19,000 square-foot clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, an onsite lifestyle director who will plan regular events and activities, pickleball courts, bocce ball courts, and more. Carolina Riverside will offer 11 flexible, open-concept ranch-style floorplans designed with the buyer in mind. Residents will have easy access to the Catawba River, offering opportunities for boating, fishing, kayaking, and more. Carolina Riverside is located minutes from downtown Belmont with great local restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. If you’re interested in a bustling scene, residents have easy access to Uptown Charlotte’s sporting events, shows, and entertainment.

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Cresswind Charlotte

Charlotte, NC
Homes from the $400s to $700s

Cresswind Charlotte is a luxury age-55+ community that is ideal for active adults and retirees who seek a private retreat that’s still convenient to uptown attractions.

Kolter Homes brings its national reputation for building top-quality, energy- efficient residences to Cresswind Charlotte. Here, you’ll choose from 11 ranch- style floorplans ranging from 2- to 3-Bedrooms and 2-Car Garages. Kolter’s Built Around You approach provides hundreds of structural and design personalization options to create your ideal home. Designer-decorated models are open daily or you can choose from a selection of Move-In Ready homes.

Club Cresswind is the heart of community life at Cresswind Charlotte, where the full-time Lifestyle Director schedules weekly events and interest club meetings that keep everyone engaged. The fully-equipped fitness center features yoga and aerobics studios, while the indoor pool has lap lanes and a spa. Just outside is the resort-style pool, sports courts for tennis, pickleball and bocce ball, and trailheads for walking paths that meander throughout the 370-acre woodland property.

Just beyond the Cresswind Charlotte entranceway are grocery stores, restaurants and the Novant Health Mint Hill medical complex. Cultural arts centers and entertainment attractions in Uptown Charlotte are only a 25-minute drive away. Additional options include day trips to national forest hiking trails and cozy weekend getaways to nearby mountain ski resorts.

When you request more information below, you’ll be on your way to a healthier and happier lifestyle at Cresswind Charlotte.

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