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3 Luxury Retirement Communities in North Carolina

Author: Matthew Williams

North Carolina is among the top 10 retirement destination states in the United States with many moderately priced and luxurious designated retirement communities. Overall, the state is desirable for its beautiful beaches and generally mild winters.

As of 2011, the inflation-adjusted per capita income is just under $30,000, and real estate is generally more affordable to accommodate this figure. As of 2015, Zillow Group reported the average home price in the state to be $150,000; however, homes in large cities and more affluent neighborhoods sell for a minimum of $250,000. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), custom-built homes in luxury retirement communities often exceed $1 million.

Among the most popular and luxurious retirement communities in North Carolina are Albemarle Plantation, Anderson Creek Club and Carolina Arbors by Del Webb.

Albemarle Plantation

Albemarle Plantation is a 1,300-acre gated community with easy access to the various beaches of the Outer Banks. The community is noted for its close proximity to the Albemarle Sound and its Dan Maples custom-designed 18-hole golf course, driving range and practice bunkers.

Albemarle Plantation is stocked with luxurious amenities, many of which are located in and around the community's waterfront clubhouse. The clubhouse features various social and recreational activities including several restaurants, a fitness center, and rooms for crafts and other hobbies. In the outdoors, residents can swim in a large resort-style pool, fish in the marina or utilize a network of hiking and biking trails.

The community has a range of condominiums and homes for sale ranging from nearly $130,000 to almost $800,000. Albemarle also has vacant lots that can be purchased and custom-built homes constructed by a builder of the buyer's choosing. Most of the homes ready for purchase have two bedrooms and bathrooms, and are equipped with new major appliances.

Anderson Creek Club

The community of Anderson Creek Club is located on nearly 2,000 acres of land in the Carolina Sandhills. The community has several real estate options including townhomes, condominiums and single-family homes. Most residences have one or two bedrooms and bathrooms, though some have three. The least expensive condos in Anderson Creek Club sell for around $200,000, while single-family homes, particularly those with customizations, sell for over $1 million.

Anderson Creek Club is noted for a Davis Love III Championship 18-hole golf course that consistently receives a 4.5-star or five-star rating. The community also features a clubhouse that offers residents access to an expansive fitness center and spa, game rooms and several multipurpose rooms. In the outdoors, residents can canoe and fish on one of several ponds, swim in the resort-style pool or utilize the community's network of walking and hiking trails.

Carolina Arbors by Del Webb

Carolina Arbors is part of the Del Webb family of retirement communities and is recognized for the world-famous luxury amenities and homes it has to offer. The community's centrally located 37,000-square-foot clubhouse is flush with activities and events to suit any active adult. The clubhouse includes several swimming pools, a fitness center, and game and craft rooms. In the outdoors, residents can play tennis, pickleball and croquet, or utilize one of many nature trails. Carolina Arbors also has a full-time activities and lifestyle director who, among other things, coordinates group activities and special events.

Buyers also have a range of housing options with one to four bedrooms, several bathrooms and some with loft options. The smallest of the homes in the community is just over 1,100 square feet, and the largest is nearly 4,000 square feet. Houses range in price from $230,000 to over $600,000.

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