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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
Homes, Townhomes, Condos: $100,000 - $1,500,000 Lots: $60,000 - $500,000

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 $300s to $1 million plus, and homesites range from the $60s.

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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Del Webb at Traditions

Wake Forest, NC
Homes: $300,000 - $500,000

Del Webb at Traditions, located in Wake Forest, North Carolina, is within the Master Planned community of Traditions minutes away from downtown. Specifically designed for active adults 55+, our upcoming clubs and classes will be for residents and by residents with the help of an onsite Lifestyle Director, coming soon. Prices start in the low $300’s and there are 9 thoughtfully designed floorplans to choose from.The community will feature a 18,000 square foot amenity center and social hub where activity abounds, from aerobics in the morning to dancing and parties in the evening. Meet new friends on the pickleball and tennis courts or relax with old friends at the coffee bar. Del Webb at Traditions will offer a quiet resort style atmosphere, nestled around more than 50 miles of greenway trails and within walking distance to 132 acre Wake Forest Reservoir Park. Cool off on hot summer days at the indoor pool. Expand your interests and your social circle attending classes and community events at the amenity center.

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Cresswind Charlotte

Charlotte, NC
Homes: $300K - $500K

Encompassing 370 woodland acres, Cresswind Charlotte is a 55+ community in Charlotte, North Carolina. This active adult community is situated away from the congestion of the city, but within a 25-minute drive of Uptown Charlotte.

Cresswind Charlotte is specifically designed for those 55 and over, with resort-style amenities and a variety of activities. Miles of walking trails meander throughout the community, and the 18,000-square-foot clubhouse will feature a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis, pickleball, and bocce courts. A full-time activities director organizes fitness programs and clubs for every hobby.

Charlotte is home to NASCAR, Carowinds Amusement Park, and U.S. National Whitewater Center. The Nantahala National Forest, Pisgah National Forest, and ski resorts at Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain are close enough for day trips and weekend getaways. Tour 9 designer model homes. Move-In Ready homes available now.

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