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Guide to Active Adult Communities in North Carolina

Active adult communities are designed for retirees and working seniors who prefer a dynamic lifestyle in a fun, social environment. These master-planned communities offer resort-style amenities such as clubhouses and pools, as well as lively social and activity calendarsScreen Shot 2021-09-03 at 7.11.19 AM.png

While many active adult communities are age-restricted—which typically means that at least one member of the household must be 55 years or over—others welcome residents of all ages.

Homes Built for Comfort and Entertainment

Single-family, one-story homes are the norm in active adult communities. They can be customized to each household’s needs. Homes usually offer layouts and features that are standard in modern homes. Generally, master suites are complete with a spacious closet and an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in tub. Newer homes also include office spaces for working seniors.

Houses in these neighborhoods are made for entertaining. Open living spaces, large patios, and screened porches make for ideal social gatherings. Visiting friends and family can stay overnight in the guest bedrooms.

Landscaping maintenance is often provided for all residents.

Elevated Amenities for Residents

While many active adult communities operate independently, some are located within larger master-planned residential developments. Both types of communities offer exclusive amenities such as pools and clubhouses.

Workout facilities deliver classes and programs that cater to all fitness levels. Low-impact aerobics and yoga are some of the most popular programs offered.

Those who would rather be outdoors can take advantage of walking trails, parks, and picnic areas. Pickleball courts, tennis courts, and lawns for croquet and softball games are available for athletic residents to use.

Active adult communities may also include services that cannot be found in regular neighborhoods. Residents can walk to onsite restaurants, golf courses, and water features like lakes or ponds. For those who want services to come to them, hair stylists and physical therapists may be available on-call.

Hubs and Clubs for Various Interests

Activity directors help new residents connect with their neighbors. They organize clubs for community members of various interests such as gardening, cooking, and woodworking.

Residents can keep sharp by attending academic classes and visiting lectures in the community centers. Live concerts and film screenings will appeal to those who love performance arts.

Community service clubs are popular, too. Neighbors can organize charities, drives, and other public service events for the community at large.

Idyllic Communities in Ideal Locations

The best active adult communities are located near town or city landmarks. Hospitals and healthcare facilities, for example, are situated nearby. Residents have easy access to physicians and dentists that specialize in senior wellness.

Prospective residents should choose a community that best fits their lifestyle. Some neighborhoods are only a short walk or ride away from bustling city centers. Others are closer to quieter, small-town shops.

Sample Communities to Discover

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Brunswick Forest

Leland, NC
Homes, Townhomes, Condos: $300K - $800K Lots: $80K - $250K

Brunswick Forest, the Coastal South’s fastest growing community, is located on North Carolina’s Cape Fear coast, just minutes from historic Wilmington. This 4,500-acre retreat features a wide array of neighborhoods and lifestyles, 18 holes of golf at Cape Fear National, a Clubhouse, Fitness & Wellness Center, Hammock Lake Park & Pool, Town Creek River Launch, and more than 100 miles of walking, biking and nature trails linking residences and amenities.

Buyers at Brunswick Forest choose from a wide range of prices and lifestyle options, from low maintenance luxury town homes to home sites and spacious custom homes. Secluded neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive flavor, can be found throughout the community. This 4,500-acre retreat includes a host of amenity centers, offering golf, tennis, pickle-ball, wellness/fitness facilities, pools, parks, paths and trails, and a river launch, all thoughtfully positioned within the natural topography of the land to take advantage of spectacular views of woodlands, creeks, forests and natural areas. A commercial village just outside the entrance provides residents with easy access to shops, restaurants, entertainment, and professional and medical services.

If you would like to learn more about this vibrant, coastal community in North Carolina, offering world class amenities, you can request more information and compare this community with many others to find your ideal lifestyle, all you have to do is request more information.

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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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Landfall
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Landfall

Wilmington, NC
Homes: $550K - $3.5M Lots: $300K - $1.9M

For more than 25 years, Landfall has been one of the premier gated communities in the southeast. Located in the heart of historic Wilmington, North Carolina, Landfall encompasses over 2,200 acres of serene, coastal living along the Intracoastal Waterway just across from Wrightsville Beach.

The community of Landfall is anchored by the private, member-owned Country Club of Landfall with a diverse membership base from all around the world. The Club boasts two clubhouses, 45 holes of Championship golf by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye, and a state-of-the-art tennis/pickleball and fitness center. CCL features various categories of membership to meet the needs of most residents.

Opportunities are plentiful for entertainment with annual festivals such as the North Carolina Jazz Festival and the Azalea Festival; outdoor recreation including boating, fishing, surfing, kayaking; and arts and historical culture with Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts, Screen Gems Studios and Kenan Auditorium on the campus of UNCW. Upscale restaurants, cafes, boutiques and galleries can be found throughout Wilmington with a local flair, southern cuisine and hospitality. The region’s best shopping is within minutes of Landfall, as is many of Wilmington’s best and most diverse restaurants.

Find Out More About Landfall – A Top North Carolina Gated Community

If you would like to learn more about this uniquely located, stable and mature water front community, you can request more information and compare this community with many others to find your ideal lifestyle.

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