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  • Del Webb Proposes New Community in Durham, NC

    Posted Under: General Area in North Carolina, Home Buying in North Carolina  |  December 10, 2011 11:50 AM  |  1,098 views  |  No comments
    Carolina Preserve by Del WebbThe Durham News recently reported that PulteGroup has won City Council approval for a new active adult community in Durham County. While the plans are in their early stages, the new Del Webb community has been zoned for 1,314 units. This is great news for active adults in North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham area, and another step in the right direction for the recovering housing market.

    There was a time when East Coast retirees only saw North Carolina as a state to drive through on their way to Florida. Yet over the past decade or so, the Tar Heel State has grown to become a popular retirement destination. The state has a beautiful and diverse climate, friendly beaches and thriving cities.

    North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham area, also known as Research Triangle, is home to high-tech companies, excellent healthcare, respected universities and professional sports teams. Shopping centers, restaurants and entertainment venues are also abundant.

    The PulteGroup has already enjoyed success in the area with their Del Webb brand at Carolina Preserve in Cary. This luxurious active adult community (pictured above) boasts a 34,000 square-foot clubhouse, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, multiple sports courts, hobby and game rooms, and plenty of space for socializing with friends.

    Now that Carolina Preserve is reaching completion, the area is likely to see an increased demand for homes in active adult communities. While it may be three or four years before the PulteGroup’s new Del Webb community is ready to sell houses, potential homebuyers can still buy new construction and resale homes in Carolina Preserve and will soon have new construction options at the nearby Four Seasons at Renaissance community by K. Hovnanian.

    Located in Durham, Four Seasons at Renaissance is a new age-restricted community which will one day contain 455 single-family and attached homes. Though the recent economy had slowed the community’s development, plans are back underway and new construction homes are now being sold.

    Though the housing market has impacted neighborhoods throughout the country, many active adult communities have managed to hold up better than adjacent all-age communities. There are various reasons for this trend, but the most common is that there tend to be less foreclosures in active adult communities. Therefore, the development of new age-restricted communities in the Raleigh-Durham area can be seen as a positive sign for the future market.

    While it’s too early to know what amenities and housing the PulteGroup’s new active adult community will contain, the City Council’s approval for zoning, annexation and utilities is a step in the right direction. To stay in the know, check back with 55Places.com for future updates on this and other active adult community developments.

    This article originally appeared on 55Places.com. For more articles like this or for information about hundreds of 55+ active adult retirement communities across the country, please visit 55Places.com.

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  • Intimate Sized Age-Targeted Communities in North Carolina

    Posted Under: Home Buying in North Carolina  |  August 31, 2010 10:44 AM  |  1,866 views  |  No comments
    Active Adult CommunitiesHome shoppers will find some amazing active adult communities in North Carolina. From the sprawling resort-style communities with thousands of homes to the smaller, more intimate sized neighborhoods with less than 100 homes. There is something for everyone in this popular retirement destination.

    Many active adults are in search of a smaller-sized neighborhood where they can really get to know their neighbors. North Carolina is home to numerous options for age-targeted living. Below are three great communities offering maintenance-free living and wonderful amenities perfect for living an active lifestyle.

    Stuart’s Landing, Cramerton, NC
    Home to just 60 luxury townhome units is Stuart’s Landing (pictured left) located just minutes from historic Charlotte. This elegant townhome community offers homes from the low $200’s to the low $300’s. There are four floor plans to choose from ranging from 1,600 to 2,129 square feet. The homes all feature a first floor master suite, private courtyard, fireplace, granite countertops, hardwood flooring, vaulted ceilings, luxury moldings and a 1 or 2-car garage. Residents appreciate the security of a 10-year warranty as well as the convenience of low-maintenance living. Amenities at Stuart’s Landing include a nicely appointed 3,000 square foot clubhouse with a fitness center and outdoor swimming pool. The Cramer County Country Club is adjacent to the community and offers membership opportunities to residents of Stuart’s Landing.

    Ridge Road Villas, Charlotte, NC
    Just 10 miles north of downtown Charlotte is the friendly Ridge Road Villas community. The community offers 76 ranch style single-story villas priced from the high $100’s to the high $200’s. This maintenance-free community is ideal for someone seeking a smaller sized age-targeted community. Amenities at Ridge Road Villas include a 3,000 square foot clubhouse complete with a fitness center, billiards, card room and an outdoor swimming pool plus lovely walking trails. The floor plan designs are very unique and offer spacious great rooms with soaring ceilings, gourmet kitchens and beautiful fireplaces. Homeowners appreciate the quality construction and luxury included features.

    The Orchard Villas, Apex, NC
    Apex, NC is rapidly growing thanks to its unique combination of a small-town feel with big-town amenities. Residents enjoy a quaint historic downtown and scenic surroundings as well as national retailers, restaurants, hospitals and more. The Orchard Villas is an age-targeted community of 86 ranch-style villas. Priced from the low $200’s to the low $300’s, the homes are available in five unique floor plans ranging in size from 1,352 to 1,966 square feet. Exterior maintenance is included making this a truly maintenance-free community. The amenities include a 3,000 square foot clubhouse with fitness center, billiards, card room, outdoor swimming pool and bocce ball courts.

    All of the above featured communities are age-targeted meaning they are open to residents of all ages, yet are designed with the active adult homeowner in mind. Active adults who desire maintenance-free living in a more intimate sized community should take a look at the wonderful options in North Carolina.

    For more information and photos of these and other NC active adult retirement communities please visit 55Places.com. To stay in touch with us please join our Facebook page by clicking the Facebook link below.


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  • North Carolina Gaining in Retirement Popularity

    Posted Under: Home Buying in North Carolina  |  June 16, 2010 5:56 AM  |  1,584 views  |  No comments
    Carolina Preserve by Del WebbOver the past decade, North Carolina has emerged as one of America’s most popular retirement states. Its prime location offers several diverse regions. Residents can enjoy beaches along the Atlantic coast, scenic vistas along the Appalachian Mountains and thriving urban centers in cities such as Charlotte and Raleigh. Major interstates, such as I-95 make it easy to travel to neighboring states along the east coast, and the sub-tropical climate offers hot summers and mild winters.

    While some Baby Boomers and young retirees opt to live near North Carolina’s urban centers, others prefer to settle in one of the state’s lush mountain regions or coastal towns. Four of North Carolina’s popular retirement cities include: Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh, and Wilmington.

    Charlotte Active Adult Living
    As the largest city in North Carolina, Charlotte offers an active lifestyle for Baby Boomer retirees. The city has plenty of walking appeal, with many shopping, dining and cultural attractions set in a temperate climate. The city is celebrated for its diverse neighborhoods, low crime rate and affordable housing. Surrounding areas, such as Pineville and Matthews, offer a variety of age-restricted communities for those 55 and older. A couple of these communities include: The Village of Carolina Place and The Polo Club at Mountain Island Lake.

    Asheville Active Adult Living
    This beautiful western North Carolina area, set amid the Appalachian Mountains, is often listed among various top national ratings for desirable places to live. A few of its accolades include being named one of “The 50 Most Alive Places to Be” by Modern Maturity; one of the “Best Places to Reinvent Your Life” by AARP Magazine; and “the most vegetarian-friendly” small cities in America by PETA. With its lush natural surroundings and small city appeal, Asheville draws an eclectic mix of residents, including many retired active adults.

    Raleigh Active Adult Living
    This popular destination is the capital of North Carolina and the state’s second largest city. Together, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill make up the area known as Research Triangle, or The Triangle. The area is home to three major research universities, as well as the diverse attractions of a thriving urban center. Surrounding areas, such as Cary, Garner and Apex, offer great active adult communities, including: Carolina Preserve by Del Webb (pictured above), Heritage Pines, and The Village at Aversboro.

    Wilmington Active Adult Living
    Set on the Cape Fear River, near North Carolina’s southern Atlantic coast, Wilmington offers a humid, sub-tropical climate with mild winters. The city features a rich historic area and an active performing arts community. Wilmington has a relatively low cost of living, and revitalization efforts over the past decade have sought to bring the city out of an economic slump that had persisted through the 1980s.

    When looking for a retirement destination and active adult communities in NC, be sure to explore the various areas North Carolina has to offer. Whether you want to live near a rural mountain area, an urban center or a coastal town, there’s a good chance you will find an appealing retirement community in North Carolina.

    This article originally appeared on 55Places.com. For more articles like this or for information about hundreds of 55+ active adult retirement communities across the country, please visit 55Places.com.


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