Active Adult Communities 55 and Over in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill NC. area


I’m often asked for information regarding Active Adult communities in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area. Builders have finally recognized the demand for this type of housing in the Raleigh-Durham and Chapel Hill area.  I’ve put together a list for 2010. There are many other communities in the area that offer and promote active lifestyles however they may not restrict the age of the home owner to 55 years or older.

Chapelwood. Chapel Hill, NC. 55+ community. Located on Barbee Chapel Road just off Highway 54 across from Meadowmont, Chapelwood is surrounded by the wooded property of the UNC Alumni-Faculty-Staff Recreation Association. This exceptional address is just a few minutes from Finley Golf Course, University of North Carolina (UNC) campus, and Downtown Chapel Hill, with many shopping options as well as numerous other fascinating points of interest.

The community features classic all brick exteriors and impressive single story plans ranging from 1,820 – 2,577 square feet, all Chapelwood homes include three bedrooms, two or more baths, spacious living areas, “Carolina” sunrooms, covered porches, over-sized two-car garages, the utilization of green building techniques and the EPA’s Energy Star for New Homes Program, and an abundance of options for homeowner customization. Sidewalks gracing the neighborhood connect with the pool, tennis courts, and walking trails throughout Downing Creek, our adjacent community. New walking trails have been cut in the almost 30% of undeveloped land Chapelwood has designed to complement our natural surroundings.

Carolina Preserve by Del Webb. Cary, NC.  Active 55+ community. Carolina Preserve by Del Webb at Amberly, is located in prestigious Cary, North Carolina. in the heart of the Triangle, adjacent to Research Triangle Park, and only minutes away from Raleigh-Durham International Airport and the state’s capital.Located a short distance from some of the best hospitals in the nation, including the Duke University Hospital system, UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, and Wake Med in Cary & Raleigh, Carolina Preserve has partnered with the University of North Carolina Wellness system to provide residents with fitness and wellness programs along with educational seminars and health screenings.

Bradford Hall, the 30,000 square foot clubhouse facility provides residents access to numerous activities and amenities including indoor year round pool, state of the art fitness center, billiard room, multi-purpose room and lounge area, a second outdoor pool, tennis courts, bocce ball courts and picnic pavilion. Residents of Carolina Preserve will also have access to Amberly’s 12,000 square foot  Amenity Center, swimming pools, Gymnasium and Amphitheater.  

Types of Homes available: Single Family, Villa/Town homesHome Sizes: There are 3 Collection of Homes:

  • Cardinal Collection:  1103-1414 square feet
  • Dogwood Collection:  1590-1919 square feet
  • Emerald Collection:  2050-2597 square feet

Price Range:  $200,000-$390,000 approximately

 Fearrington Village-Millcroft.  located on a historic farm near Chapel Hill, North Carolina in the town of Pittsbor,. Fearrington boasts a vibrant Village Center with unique shops and restaurants surrounded by pastures containing Belted Galloway cows. The Fearrington House Country Inn and Restaurant, a Relais & Chateaux property offers fine dining, lodging, Southern weddings and corporate retreats and celebrations. Fearrington offers custom homes as well as new and existing homes. Low maintenance single family homes and one and two level floor plans are available from 1,600 – 2,500 square feet. One or two car garages are also available and lot prices range from approximately $60k to $80k.  Prices range from  $350k-$450k.

Four Seasons at Renaissance. – Coming Soon to Durham, NC.  And located just minutes from  Research Triangle Park the new K. Hovnanian Active 55 community will feature amenities that will include a 7,000 square foot clubhouse with ballroom, fitness center, craft room, and library/card room.  The community will also offer an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, putting green and walking trails. $190,000 to Mid  $300,000 1087 sq. ft to 2534 sq. ft.

Heritage Spring.  Wake Forest, NC.  From the $220s.  1,372 -2,225 sq. ft. Not an actual Active Adult community but marketed as one. Maintenance-free homes helps to simplify life allowing  residents  time to relax and enjoy themselves while professionals take care of all the maintenance and landscaping within the community.
You will have the freedom to enjoy the abundant recreation and leisure activities the Heritage Wake Forest Community offers, including miles of walking trails, parks and greenways, a fishing pond and the option to join the Heritage Golf Club, Swim and Tennis Club. 

Heritage Pines.  Cary, NC. Built by K. Hovanian & Westminister Homes. Home to active adults 55 and over who want to enjoy the the fun lifestyle offered to its residents. The 298 home community offers a mix of ninety 2-, 3-, or 4-unit one-story villas and 208 single family residences, varying in size from around 1400 square feet to 2400 square feet. Amenities include a community clubhouse, swimming, tennis, bocce ball, and other activities.  Villas start in the low $200s. Single Family Homes start in the mid-200s. 

Ivy Hall.  East Raleigh, NC. Low $200,000 – Mid $300,000. Although not age restricted its 116 1 story patio homes make this neighborhood ideal for the Active 55+ community.  Amenities include a clubhouse and outdoor pool. Ivy Hall is conveniently located near I-540, 440 & Capital Blvd. Shopping, dining and medical facilities are minutes away. Triangle Town Center Mall is a 10 minute drive and downtown Raleigh is 15 minutes away. The community offers maintenance-free single level attached patio homes that are arranged in a unique pinwheel design so that each home feels like an end unit. Floor plans range from 1,520 to 1,700 square feet and all homes include 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a 2-car garage. WKB Properties, Inc. is the builder.

Johnson’s Landing.  Fuquay Varina/Angier, NC.  New Villas from the $220s w/2-Car Garages.  2,050-2,600 sq. ft. Located in Southern Wake County just 25 minutes from downtown Raleigh & 35 minutes from Fort Bragg. The community offers a combination of Victorian elegance and carefree Adult living designed to suit an active lifestyle.   Choose from Stunning Victorian-style homes on one side of the 10 acre pond, and First floor Master bedroom Adult Villa homes on the other.  With access to the community pool and spacious clubhouse, you and your family can socialize with your new-found neighbors for endless hours of carefree entertainment.

The Orchard Villas. Apex NC. Low $200,000 to high $300,000. Marketted as an “age targeted” adult community there are no age restrictions in this community of 86 ranch style single story homes. However residents enjoy a maintenance free lifestyle and amenities that includes a 3,000 square foot clubhouse, heated outdoor pool, fitness center, bocce ball courts, putting green and card room.

Summerwind Plantation. Garner NC, 55+ Single family, cluster homes, condominium, A neighborhood with features and amenities designed for an active adult lifestyle. Townhomes start in the $150s, Cluster homes featuring covered porches with one and two-car garages and full yard maintenance from $200,000. Custom-built single-level homes and first floor masters on 1/4 to 1/3 acre homesites from the $270’s with optional lawn care service.  The community will have a wellness center on 3 acres overlooking a stocked 4 acre fish pond complete with fishing pier for use by the owners and their guests, and a large gazebo and fountain. Activities include regular exercise programs, a full complement of aquatic programs, diagnostic help, nutritional assistance, indoor and outdoor pools, and much more.

Treyburn. Durham, NC. From the $300s. 2057-2408+ sq. ft. Distinctive homes, walkable, tree-lined streets, nearby offices, green space, schools, and parks. Treyburn is the latest neighborhood from Bryan Properties, the developer of Southern Village, Sunset Ridge, and Skybrook. Treyburn offers custom-built new homes from $300,000 to over $2,000,000, some on our Tom Fazio-designed golf course. 

The Village at Aversboro. Garner, NC.  55+ Community. New Homes From the $250s. 1,650-2,600 sq. ft.   147 Total Homesites.  A neighborhood of 147 all brick ranch homes w/2 car garages and screened porches within walking distance to Lake Benson Park, grocery and drug stores and other retail and eating establishments, all within minutes to downtown Raleigh and Cary. Maintenance free lifestyle.

The Village at Culp Arbor. Chapel Hill, NC. 55+ Community. New Villas and single family 1 story garage homes from the $180s – 290s. 1134-1806 sq. ft. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, a clubhouse with an inviting great room, fully eqipped kitchen and fitness center, pool table and well-appointed common spaces. The community is designed with the active adult in mind and features well-appointed common spaces and winding sidewalks that double as walking paths.

The Villas at Wake Forest. The Villas of Wake Forest features 144 ranch style luxury condominium homes where all exterior maintenance is provided. Prices from the $200s.  This close-knit community is perfectly suited for active adults, empty nesters, young professionals and others that enjoy a carefree lifestyle in a village-like setting.Located near the town of Wake Forest, the Villas is convenient to shopping, health care facilities, restaurants, and other services. There is easy access to downtown Raleigh and the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Lifestyle amenities include a beautiful clubhouse bustling with activities, heated swimming pool, fitness center and other outdoor gathering places including a putting green to enhance your game. Builder is Cornerstone Homes.   

If you are thinking of moving to the Triangle I’d love to help you find the perfect active adult living community.


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