I am also a yankee transplant and have been in NC for over 20 years, so if you want to know more about the area and differences or perhaps the adjustments you will have to make, please give me a call or email and I will be happy to assist.
I would be happy to answer any questions you have about moving to the area and finding the right place for you.
Have you been here for a visit? If not, I would suggest that you come to spend time driving around to get a feel for the area. I live in Chapel Hill, am moving from a very large house to a large condo in downtown Chapel Hill. I moved here in my mid-40s with 2 young kids so we moved to Chapel Hill for the schools, and I love it here. However, if I did not have kids, I would move to Durham because there is so much going on there. Fortunately Durham and Chapel Hill are close so I get the benefit of both.
Most people who live in Governor's Club love living there and it is very beautiful. Check out the HOA dues.
Whatever you decide to do, enjoy the process.
Vivian Olkin, aka CrazyViv
If you're interested in finding out more about this development or others in the area, check out my website (link below) I have a lot of information about a large number of communities throughout the Chapel Hill, Durham, Cary and surrounding areas.
Governors Club is not sold as a retirement community. There are no age restrictions in the community, nor are there sales only to people of certain ages. Depending upon when you were visiting Governors Club you may have seen only older people due to the fact that others were at work or otherwise occupied. It is a common misconception that the population of Governors Club is only older. I suggest that you pull the demographics for Governors Club area to see what the actual breakdown is since as a real estate broker I am not permitted to discuss this under the fair housing laws. Here is one site that might help: http://www.city-data.com/neighborhood/Govenors-Club-Chapel-H
I encourage you to look at homes in this beautiful neighborhood. There are some wonderful listings and a wide array of prices and choices.
Jessica Bryan, Broker