Best Active Adult Communities - Raleigh-Durham NC 2022

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Raleigh - Durham - One of the top Retirement Destinations 

Whether you're in the beginning stages of considering where to retire or you've been looking for a while, look no further. Raleigh-Durham has been one of the top places for people over 60 for quite some time. Our hospitals, Active Adult builders, and Continuing Care Facilities have been growing significantly to meet the needs of so many people who want to live here. Everyone has their own reason to move to the Capital City or the Bull City. The big questions is, which community and area are right for you?

Why is Raleigh - Durham one of the top US retirement destinations?

  • Moderate seasonal climate
  • Moderate taxes & cost of living
  • World Class healthcare and continuing care options
  • Less traffic than big cities with all the conveniences
  • Great restaurants,museums, and entertainment options
  • Tons of walking and hiking trails
  • Great lifestyle option as it's convenient to lakes, the mountains and the beach
  • It is beautiful here!
  • Education hub for life-long learners
  • Many Active Adult communities to choose from
  • The people are friendly!
  • They want to be close to their kids and grandkids

Which area of the Triangle is best for retirement?

Many times, people find an Active Adult community and begin their search there. There are so many little towns and a couple cities in the Triangle. I try to ask questions that lead people to be best area. People choose their location for many different reasons. Some want to be convenient to the city, walking trails, universities, healthcare, and some to their family. Understanding the reason is very important.  Raleigh and Durham are obvious choices. Other choices may be Cary, Apex, Pittsboro, Clayton, Fuquay Varina, or Wake Forest. There are other small towns as well. 

What are the top Retirement communities for Raleigh-Durham Triangle Area?

It all depends on what you're looking for in a retirement community.

Del Webb offers some of the most robust activities when it comes to retirement communities. Each Del Webb community has a variety of amenities which usually include an outdoor pool, gym and exercise room and may include in indoor pool, tennis, pickle-ball, shuffleboard, pottery room, etc. They have multiple clubs you can join. By the way, at the moment our local Del Webb communities do not have golf clubs or restaurants. There are many golf clubs in the area to join and many restaurants to check out. On a positive note, your monthly HOA fees are more affordable.

Del Webb might be for you if...

  • You're looking for social activities
  • You want to make friends
  • You want to join or start a new club
  • You want an activities director
  • You want exercise or fitness lead activities
  • You want dance classes
  • Tennis or Pickle ball are important to you
  • You want the most of your life!

Del Webb Communities in the Triangle include


There are many Active Adult communities that have a pool and a few other amenities or clubs. Some of my favorites are listed below.

Courtyard Communities include:

  • Courtyards at West Cary - Cary NC
  • Courtyards at O'Kelly Chapel - Cary
  • Courtyards on Holt - Cary
  • Courtyards at Kildaire Farm - Cary
  • Courtyards at Homestead Rd. - Chapel Hill
  • Courtyards at Andrews Chapel - Durham
  • Courtyards at Southpoint - Durham
  • Courtyards at Heritage Grove - Wake Forest

Lennar Communities include:

  • Auburn Village - Raleigh/Garner area
  • Fendol Farms - Durham/Brier Creek

David Weekley Homes include:

  • 12 Oaks - Holly Springs
  • Encore at Wendell Falls - Wendell
  • Encore at Briar Chapel - Chapel Hill/Chatham County
  • Coming Soon - Encore at Chatham Park - Pittsboro

Dan Ryan Communities include:

  • Adalyn Place - Fuquay Varina
  • Flowers Plantation - Forge Creek - Clayton

Toll Brothers communities include:

Other excellent Communities worth mentioning:

There are many other communities not mentioned here. Most communities are only offering resales at the moment. There are a couple new construction neighborhoods with new construction options and a few coming soon. If you would like assistance finding the perfect retirement home, please reach out to Carla at 919-602-8489 or





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Comments (10)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Carla and Thank You for the great information in your blog to share with us here in the Rain.  Make it a Super Day!


Apr 23, 2022 08:54 AM
Carla Freund

Thank you Will! You as well!

Apr 23, 2022 11:06 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

This was interesting, Carla... we have Del Webb, Courtyards, one Toll Brothers Community, Lenna, Kohler all building active adult communities. You have some builder at your end of the state that we don't have.

Apr 23, 2022 11:39 AM
Carla Freund

Do you have David Weekley at all? They're based out of Dallas. They build a very cute house. Their communities are just a bit further out. We have some others as well. 

Apr 24, 2022 05:34 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Saturday! bill

Apr 23, 2022 12:17 PM
Carla Freund

Thank you Bill. You as well!

Apr 24, 2022 05:31 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Carla, great post today for those seeking an active adult community.  We have Lennar and Toll Brothers.

Apr 23, 2022 03:15 PM
Carla Freund

Thanks Joan. I'm surprised you don't have Del Webb. 

Apr 24, 2022 05:31 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is great information to share. You should be attracting retirees from the DC Metro area.

Apr 24, 2022 09:13 AM
Carla Freund

Yes, people are definitely moving down from there. Thank you for the reblog!

Apr 24, 2022 10:09 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I like that there is moderate seasonal climate in your area, and the active adult communities must be doing well there!

Apr 25, 2022 04:11 PM
Carla Freund

Larry & Sheila, they can't build them fast enough. We have over 50 communities of all shapes and sizes. 

Apr 26, 2022 04:41 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Carla.

Have a great day and a very productive week.

Apr 26, 2022 06:49 AM
Carla Freund

Thank you Roy! You as well.

Apr 29, 2022 04:19 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I guess the idea is to go there and kind of figure out the set of style of living rather than than dying

Apr 28, 2022 11:28 PM
Carla Freund

Well, these folks are having almost as much fun as they did in their 20s. Some might say more. 

Apr 29, 2022 04:19 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Carla Freund you provided many compelling reasons why someone would enjoy retiring in Raleigh - Durham or one of the many surrounding cities. The information you provided is excellent and will definitely get people excited about considering NC their home and hire you to be a beacon of light to guiding them towards achieving their next destination!

Bravo! This is excellent!!!

Jun 04, 2022 08:52 AM
Carla Freund

Thank you so much Patricia!


Jun 05, 2022 10:43 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

So many good reasons to pursue an active community when looking for homes in your selling area, Carla. Thank you for providing such an extensive list of choices and reasons to do so!

Jun 07, 2022 06:35 PM
Carla Freund

Thank you so much Wanda! Have a wonderful weekend!

Jun 09, 2022 10:12 AM