Raleigh Retirement Communities

Raleigh retirement communities are boomingand it's no wonder since Raleigh has one of the nation’s fastest growing population of people 55 and older. It is listed as one of the top "50 Fabulous Places to Retire in America".

Home to 3 major Universities, North Carolina State University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, as well as the renowned Research Triangle Park, it’s not surprising that it tops the list of Most Educated U.S. Cities. About 90% of the population has a high school diploma and nearly half of those have gone on to get their undergraduate degree.

There are lots of cultural activities with numerous theaters, museums and art galleries as well as the North Carolina Symphony, the first state sponsored symphony in the country. You can enjoy touring Broadway plays, the ballet and local entertainment at The BTI Center for The Performing Arts.

If you enjoy the outdoors, there are over 7,500 acres of parkland and greenways, with over 40 miles of trails for hiking and biking. There are over two dozen public and semi-private golf courses, so no matter what you ability is, you can enjoy your game. With 3 major Universities, an NHL Hockey team, AA baseball team and a professional soccer team, retirees can enjoy a wide variety of sporting events.

Once a year, for ten days, The North Carolina State Fair is held at the Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The rest of the year, retirees can enjoy a huge flea market every weekend. There is also a huge Farmers Market in the city where you can get farm fresh fruits and vegetables year-round.

The climate is considered mild with temperatures that rarely drop below 30 degrees F in the winter, and although the summers can be hot and somewhat humid, the temperature usually peaks at about 90 degrees F. On occasion when it snows, the average snowfall amount is about two to three inches making it just enough to enjoy the beauty but not lasing long enough to cause any major problems. Another advantage to Raleigh is that you are only a two hour drive to either the beach or the mountains.

In nearby Cary, retirees will find a new Del Webb retirement community called Carolina Preserve. Located just a short distance from some of the best hospitals in the nation including Duke Hospital in Durham, UNC in Chapel Hill, and Wake Med in Cary & Raleigh, this Active Adult Retirement Community consist of about 1300 homes ranging in price from $200,000 to approximately $390,000. It is close to several world-renowned championship golf courses including Prestonwood CC, Briar Creek CC, Lochmere and MacGregor Downs just to name a few.

If you are looking for a golf community, Brier Creek Country Club, Greenbrier Collection is a luxury condominium complex featuring single-level living in three to four-story buildings with a secure main entrance, elevator access, and personal garage access. Surrounded by an 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, this community has a state-of-the-art fitness center as well as a swim and tennis complex. These are low-maintenance homes with prices in the 200’s.

If you are looking for an Assisted Living and/or continuing care community, Carol Woods Retirement Community won the National Pathways to Greatness Award in 2007 for strong leadership, superior performance, distinctive impact, best practices/innovations and customer feedback. It is situated on 120 wooded acres and is an accredited, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community that attracts active, independent residents from across the country.

Is Raleigh on your list of "Best Places To Retire"? If so, these are only a few of the many Raleigh retirement communities that retirees have to choose from but before you decide to make one of the Raleigh retirement communities or one of the many other retirement communities in North Carolina or any other state your home, make sure that you do your homework and be sure to visit at least twice, once in the summer and then again in the winter.

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