North Carolina Retirement Communities


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Best Places to Retire in North Carolina

Asheville – Asheville is a mountain resort community with a population of about 70,000, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. The community has a very active arts calendar with music and theater of every kind. Asheville is also the resource center for the area which helps support its strong business base and considerable amenities. The climate is somewhat cooler than its latitude would suggest since the city is 2,200 feet above sea level. (Click here to view full report)

Beaufort – Beaufort (pronounced “bo-furt”) is located in the Crystal coast region of the state. It is a small seaport community (population 4,000) with a very rich history. It has an interesting waterfront with many transient private craft that travel up and down the coast. Beaufort is a charming community that maintains its character while welcoming everyone. It is very close to miles of sand beaches and protected bays, salt marsh, and seascapes. Pleasant and laid back, Beaufort is an area that has recently been discovered as a place to retire. (Click here to view full report)

Blowing Rock – Blowing Rock (population 1,500 year round, 8,000 at peak season), known as the “Crown of the Blue Ridge,” is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina. It is a resort community with many amenities, including civic and cultural events, art, music, free outdoor concerts, festivals, and many dining choices. Appalachian State University is close by. Recreational opportunities include golf, miles of hiking trails, fishing, skiing, white water rafting, and more. Situated at nearly 4,000 feet elevation, it enjoys moderate summer weather. (Click here to view full report)

Brevard – Brevard is a small mountain community (population about 7,500) in the Blue Ridge Mountains of extreme western North Carolina. It is 2,300 feet above sea level and surrounded by Pisgah National Forest. It is a tourist Mecca with 250 waterfalls and other natural beauty, and many miles of forest trails. It is also home to the internationally known Brevard Music Center and Brevard College. (Click here to view full report)

Cashiers – Cashiers (population 1,700) is a scenic mountain village at 3,487 feet above sea level, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, 65 miles south of Asheville. The hallmark of the area is its roaring waterfalls, spectacular vistas, temperate seasons, and the “off the beaten path” lifestyle it affords. At the same time Cashiers is within easy distance of the amenities and culture of Asheville, Brevard, and Hendersonville. (Click here to view full report)

Chapel Hill – Chapel Hill (population 50,000) is located in the north-central part of the state and is home to North Carolina University (24,000 students). It is a cosmopolitan city with a great many amenities, a well-educated and sophisticated population, and a very active cultural scene. The Research Triangle area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) has grown rapidly over the past decade and a half and does have some heavy traffic at times. It has outstanding healthcare. (Click here to view full report)

Durham – See Chapel Hill report.

Hendersonville – Hendersonville (population approximately 10,500) is a charming community in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. The area is surrounded by natural beauty and enjoys a moderate, four-season climate. It offers outstanding opportunities to enjoy the arts, excellent healthcare services, and an abundance of outdoor recreation activities. Asheville, its nearest resource city, is 25 miles north. (Click here to view full report)

New Bern – “Historic New Bern” was founded in 1710 and today has a population of 30,000. A Mecca for tourism, it boasts of its historic roots, its community spirit, its outstanding waterfront, and quaint downtown area. It sits at the juncture of the Neuse and Trent Rivers. The Neuse is over a mile wide at New Bern with excellent cruising and sailing, even down onto the Intracoastal Waterway. It has a small but active arts program and seems to bustle with a Mum Fest, Ghost Walk, Christmas Boat Parade and other civic events. It is 35 miles from Atlantic Ocean beaches. (Click here to view full report)

Pinehurst – Pinehurst (population 4,800) and Southern Pines (population 11,000) are in the Sandhills area, in the south-central part of the state. It has been called “The World Capital Of Golf” and also features great tennis and many other outdoor activities. It is a major equestrian center with training activities, and events from dressage, to polo, steeple chasing and harness racing. It has a small town atmosphere with cosmopolitan elegance. There are many cultural opportunities, boutique shopping and fine dining. (Click here to view full report)

Raleigh – See Chapel Hill report.

Southern Pines – See Pinehurst report.

Southport – See Wilmington report.

Surf City – See Wilmington report.

Topsail – See Wilmington report.

Waynesville – Waynesville (population approximately 9,700) is a charming mountain town nestled in the far western part of the state, 30 miles from Asheville. Resting between the Pisgah Forest and Great Smoky Mountain National Park, it offers spectacular vistas and outstanding outdoor recreation. It is 30 miles from the Asheville airport and has easy access to Interstate Route 40. (Click here to view full report)

Wilmington – Wilmington, with a population of 93,000, is located on the Cape Fear River, and is an historic Atlantic seaport that was settled in 1732. It has a very rich southern history and a large number of its historic buildings have been restored. The city offers excellent amenities, including performing arts, entertainment, fine dining, and shopping. The many beach-oriented communities in the area offer unlimited water sports and many good golf courses. (Click here to view full report)

Wrightsville Beach – See Wilmington report.

Retirement Community Directory

Find North Carolina retirement communities, including active adult communities, independent living, assisted living, memory care, nursing care and more.

Active Adult Communities

Bermuda Run Bermuda Village Retirement Community (Visit our site)
142 Bermuda Village Drive
Bermuda Run, NC  27006
(Near Winston-Salem)
— E-mail us –
336-998-6672
Brevard College Walk Retirement Community (Visit our site)
100 North College Row
Brevard, NC 28712
— E-mail us —
828-884-5800 or 800-280-9600
French Broad Place (Visit our site)
P.O. Box 1910
Brevard, NC 28712
(Not age restricted)
828-877-4455
Columbus Tryon Estates (Visit our site)
617 Laurel Lake Drive
Columbus, NC 28722
800-633-2718
Jefferson Jefferson Landing On The New River (Visit our site)
P.O. Box 110 – NC Hwys 16/88
Jefferson, NC 28640
800-292-6274
Kinston Herritage Elite Senior Retirement Community (Visit our site)
910 N. Herritage Street
Kinston, NC  28501
— E-mail us —
252-527-9131
Lake Lure The New Chimney
Rock Land Company (Visit our site)

c/o Fairfield Mountains Real Estate
747 Buffalo Creek Road
Lake Lure, NC 28746
800-355-5093
Lumberton Wesley Pines (Visit our site)
1000 Wesley Pines Road
Lumberton, NC  28358
— E-mail us —
919-738-9691
Matthews Plantation Estates (Visit our site)
733 Plantation Estates Drive
Matthews, NC 28105-9114
704-847-4800 or 800-582-4316
Mebane Ashbury Crossing (Visit our site)
100 Krestrell Court
Mebane, NC 27302
919-304-1118
Raleigh Harrington Pointe (Visit our site)
Leesville Road
Raleigh, NC 27613
919-846-6678
Southern Pines Longleaf/Lifestyle  (Visit our site)
Communities, LTD  

301 Magnolia Circle
Southern Pines, NC 28387
910-692-3111 or
800-522-9426
Wake Forest Heritage Hills (Visit our site)
Rogers Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587
919-453-2890
Wilmington Coastal Plantation (Visit our site)
by JENSEN communities®
27 Loblolly Trail
Hampstead, NC  28443
(Located near Wilmington)
— E-mail us —
888-716-9744 or 910-270-3520
Plantation Village (Visit our site)
1200 Porters Neck Road
Wilmington, NC  28411
— E-mail us —
910-319-1416
Winston Salem Bermuda Village Retirement Community (Visit our site)
142 Bermuda Village Drive
Bermuda Run, NC  27006
(Near Winston-Salem)
— E-mail us –
336-998-6672
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Independent Living Communities

Arden Ardenwoods (Visit our site)
2400 Appalachian Boulevard
Arden, NC 28704
— E-mail us —
828-684-0041
Trinity View Retirement Community (Visit our site)
2533 Hendersonville Road
Arden, NC 28704
— E-mail us —
828-687-0068
Bermuda Run Bermuda Village Retirement Community (Visit our site)
142 Bermuda Village Drive
Bermuda Run, NC  27006
(Near Winston-Salem)
— E-mail us –
336-998-6672
Brevard College Walk Retirement Community (Visit our site)
100 North College Row
Brevard, NC 28712
— E-mail us —
828-884-5800 or 800-280-9600
French Broad Place (Visit our site)
P.O. Box 1910
Brevard, NC 28712
(Not age restricted)
828-877-4455
Chapel Hill Carol Woods Retirement Community (Visit our site)
750 Weaver Dairy Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
— E-mail us —
800-518-9333
The Cedars of Chapel Hill (Visit our site)
Retirement Community
100 Cedar Club Circle
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
— E-mail us —
919-259-7929 or 877-433-3669
Charlotte Brightmore of South Charlotte (Visit our site)
(Information Office)
10011 Providence Road West
Charlotte, NC  28277
— E-mail us —
855-833-8511
Carmel Place (Visit our site)
5512 Carmel Road
Charlotte, NC  28226
800-209-8955
Carriage Club of Charlotte (Visit our site)
5800 Old Providence Road
Charlotte, NC  28226
— E-mail us —
704-366-4960
Southminster Retirement Community (Visit our site)
8919 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
704-554-0141
Columbus Tryon Estates (Visit our site)
617 Laurel Lake Drive
Columbus, NC 28722
800-633-2718
Durham Bartlett Reserve (Click for details)
300 Meredith Drive
Durham, NC  27713
–E-mail us —
919-361-1234
Croasdaile Village (Visit our site)
2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway
Durham, NC 27705-1997
— E-mail us —
919-384-2475 or 800-960-7737
Greensboro Friends Home West (Visit our site)
6100 W. Friendly Avenue
Greensboro, NC  27410
— E-mail us —
336-292-9952
WhiteStone (Visit our site)
700 South Holden Road
Greensboro, NC 27407
— E-mail us —
888-558-6374
Greenville Cypress Glen (Visit our site)
100 Hickory Street
Greenville, NC 27858
— E-mail us —
252-830-2001 or 800-669-2835
Jefferson Jefferson Landing On The New River (Visit our site)
P.O. Box 110 – NC Hwys 16/88
Jefferson, NC 28640
800-292-6274
Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community (Visit our site)
1500 Sawmill Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
— E-mail us —
919-848-7080
Kinston Herritage Elite Senior Retirement Community (Visit our site)
910 N. Herritage Street
Kinston, NC  28501
— E-mail us —
252-527-9131
Lumberton Wesley Pines (Visit our site)
1000 Wesley Pines Road
Lumberton, NC  28358
— E-mail us —
919-738-9691
Matthews Plantation Estates (Visit our site)
733 Plantation Estates Drive
Matthews, NC 28105-9114
704-847-4800 or 800-582-4316
Windsor Run Retirement Community (Visit our site)
210 McKee Road
Matthews, NC  28105
800-357-4492
Raleigh The Oaks at Whitaker Glen (Visit our site)
501 East Whitaker Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27608
— E-mail us —
919-839-5604
Southern Pines St. Joseph of the Pines (Visit our site)
100 Waters Drive
Southern Pines, NC 28387
— E-mail us —
800-343-7463
Wilmington Brightmore of Wilmington (Visit our site)
2324 41st Street
Wilmington, NC  28403
— E-mail us —
910-350-1980
Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall (Visit our site)
(Information Office)
1202 East Road
Wilmington, NC  28403
— E-mail us —
866-455-0599
Coastal Plantation (Visit our site)
by JENSEN communities®
27 Loblolly Trail
Hampstead, NC  28443
(Located near Wilmington)
— E-mail us —
888-716-9744 or 910-270-3520
Plantation Village (Visit our site)
1200 Porters Neck Road
Wilmington, NC  28411
— E-mail us —
910-319-1416
Winston-Salem Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community (Visit our site)
1240 Arbor Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
— E-mail us —
336-724-7921
Bermuda Village Retirement Community (Visit our site)
142 Bermuda Village Drive
Bermuda Run, NC  27006
(Near Winston-Salem)
— E-mail us –
336-998-6672
Creekside Terrace (Visit our site)
3895 Old Vineyard Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
— E-mail us —
336-768-5350
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Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Arden Ardenwoods (Visit our site)
2400 Appalachian Boulevard
Arden, NC 28704
— E-mail us —
828-684-0041
Asheville Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community (Visit our site)
1617 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
— E-mail us —
800-284-1531
Chapel Hill Carol Woods Retirement Community (Visit our site)
750 Weaver Dairy Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
— E-mail us —
800-518-9333
Carolina Meadows Retirement Community (Visit our site)
100 Carolina Meadows
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
— E-mail us —
800-458-6756
The Cedars of Chapel Hill (Visit our site)
Retirement Community
100 Cedar Club Circle
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
— E-mail us —
919-259-7929 or 877-433-3669
 Charlotte Brightmore of South Charlotte (Visit our site)
(Information Office)
10011 Providence Road West
Charlotte, NC  28277
— E-mail us —
855-833-8511
Carriage Club of Charlotte (Visit our site)
5800 Old Providence Road
Charlotte, NC  28226
— E-mail us —
704-366-4960
Southminster Retirement Community (Visit our site)
8919 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
704-554-0141
Columbus Tryon Estates (Visit our site)
617 Laurel lake Drive
Columbus, NC 28722
800-633-2718
Durham Croasdaile Village (Visit our site)
2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway
Durham, NC 27705-1997
— E-mail us —
919-384-2475 or 800-960-7737
The Forest at Duke (Visit our site)
2701 Pickett Road
Durham, NC 27705
919-490-8000 or 800-474-2058
Greensboro Friends Home West (Visit our site)
6100 W. Friendly Avenue
Greensboro, NC  27410
— E-mail us —
336-292-9952
Well·Spring (Visit our site)
Retirement Community
4100 Well Spring Drive
Greensboro, NC 27410
— E-mail us —
800-547-5387 or 336-545-5468
WhiteStone (Visit our site)
700 South Holden Road
Greensboro, NC 27407
— E-mail us —
888-558-6374
Greenville Cypress Glen (Visit our site)
100 Hickory Street
Greenville, NC 27858
— E-mail us —
252-830-2001 or 800-669-2835
High Point Pennybyrn at Maryfield (Visit our site)
1315 Greensboro Road
High Point, NC 27260
— E-mail us —
336-886-2444
Laurinburg Scotia Village Retirement Community (Visit our site)
2200 Elm Avenue
Laurinburg, NC  28352
— E-mail us —
910-277-2000
Lumberton Wesley Pines (Visit our site)
1000 Wesley Pines Road
Lumberton, NC  28358
— E-mail us —
919-738-9691
Matthews Plantation Estates (Visit our site)
733 Plantation Estates Drive
Matthews, NC 28105-9114
704-847-4800 or 800-582-4316
Windsor Run Retirement Community (Visit our site)
210 McKee Road
Matthews, NC  28105
800-357-4492
 Raleigh The Oaks at Whitaker Glen (Visit our site)
501 East Whitaker Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27608
— E-mail us —
919-839-5604
Southern Pines St. Joseph of the Pines (Visit our site)
100 Waters Drive
Southern Pines, NC 28387
— E-mail us —
800-343-7463
 Wilmington Brightmore of Wilmington (Visit our site)
2324 41st Street
Wilmington, NC  28403
— E-mail us —
910-350-1980
Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall (Visit our site)
(Information Office)
1202 East Road
Wilmington, NC  28403
— E-mail us —
866-455-0599
Plantation Village (Visit our site)
1200 Porters Neck Road
Wilmington, NC  28411
— E-mail us —
910-319-1416
Winston-Salem Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community (Visit our site)
1240 Arbor Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
— E-mail us —
336-724-7921
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Assisted Living Communities

Andrews Oak Park Guest Home  (Visit our site)
288 6th Street
P.O. Box 549
Andrews, NC  28901
828-321-9501
Arden Ardenwoods (Visit our site)
2400 Appalachian Boulevard
Arden, NC 28704
— E-mail us —
828-684-0041
Trinity View Retirement Community (Visit our site)
2533 Hendersonville Road
Arden, NC 28704
— E-mail us —
828-687-0068
Bermuda Run Bermuda Village Retirement Community (Visit our site)
142 Bermuda Village Drive
Bermuda Run, NC  27006
(Near Winston-Salem)
— E-mail us –
336-998-6672
Brevard College Walk Retirement Community (Visit our site)
100 North College Row
Brevard, NC 28712
— E-mail us —
828-884-5800 or 800-280-9600
Chapel Hill The Cedars of Chapel Hill (Visit our site)
Retirement Community
DuBose Health Center
101 Green Cedar Lane
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
— E-mail us —
919-259-7903
 Charlotte Brightmore of South Charlotte (Visit our site)
(Information Office)
10011 Providence Road West
Charlotte, NC  28277
— E-mail us —
855-833-8511
Carriage Club of Charlotte (Visit our site)
5800 Old Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
— E-mail us —
704-366-4960
Southminster Retirement Community (Visit our site)
8919 Park road
Charlotte, NC 28210
704-554-0141
Columbus Tryon Estates (Visit our site)
617 Laurel Lake Drive
Columbus, NC 28722
800-633-2718
Durham Croasdaile Village (Visit our site)
2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway
Durham, NC 27705-1997
— E-mail us —
919-384-2475 or 800-960-7737
Lumberton Wesley Pines (Visit our site)
1000 Wesley Pines Road
Lumberton, NC  28358
— E-mail us —
919-738-9691
Matthews Plantation Estates (Visit our site)
733 Plantation Estates Drive
Matthews, NC 28105-9114
704-847-4800 or 800-582-4316
Raleigh Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community (Visit our site)
1500 Sawmill Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
— E-mail us —
919-848-7080
Southern Pines St. Joseph of the Pines (Visit our site)
100 Waters Drive
Southern Pines, NC 28387
— E-mail us —
800-343-7463
 Wilmington Brightmore of Wilmington (Visit our site)
2324 41st Street
Wilmington, NC  28403
— E-mail us —
910-350-1980
Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall (Visit our site)
(Information Office)
1202 East Road
Wilmington, NC  28403
— E-mail us —
866-455-0599
Plantation Village (Visit our site)
1200 Porters Neck Road
Wilmington, NC  28411
— E-mail us —
910-319-1416
Winston-Salem Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community (Visit our site)
1240 Arbor Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
— E-mail us —
336-724-7921
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Alzheimer’s Care

Charlotte Brightmore of South Charlotte (Visit our site)
(Information Office)
10011 Providence Road West
Charlotte, NC  28277
— E-mail us —
855-833-8511
Carriage Club of Charlotte (Visit our site)
5800 Old Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
— E-mail us —
704-366-4960
Southminster Retirement Community (Visit our site)
8919 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
704-554-0141
Columbus Tryon Estates (Visit our site)
617 Laurel Lake Drive
Columbus, NC 28722
800-633-2718
Greenville Cypress Glen (Visit our site)
100 Hickory Street
Greenville, NC 27858
— E-mail us —
252-830-2001 or 800-669-2835
Matthews Plantation Estates (Visit our site)
733 Plantation Estates Drive
Matthews, NC 28105-9114
704-847-4800 or 800-582-4316
Southern Pines St. Joseph of the Pines (Visit our site)
100 Waters Drive
Southern Pines, NC 28387
— E-mail us —
800-343-7463
 Wilmington Brightmore of Wilmington (Visit our site)
2324 41st Street
Wilmington, NC  28403
— E-mail us —
910-350-1980
Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall (Visit our site)
(Information Office)
1202 East Road
Wilmington, NC  28403
— E-mail us —
866-455-0599
Plantation Village (Visit our site)
1200 Porters Neck Road
Wilmington, NC  28411
— E-mail us —
910-319-1416
Winston-Salem Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community (Visit our site)
1240 Arbor Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
— E-mail us —
336-724-7921
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Nursing Care

Arden Ardenwoods (Visit our site)
2400 Appalachian Boulevard
Arden, NC 28704
— E-mail us —
828-684-0041
Bermuda Run Bermuda Village Retirement Community (Visit our site)
142 Bermuda Village Drive
Bermuda Run, NC  27006
(Near Winston-Salem)
— E-mail us –
336-998-6672
Chapel Hill The Cedars of Chapel Hill Retirement Community (Visit our site)
DuBose Health Center
101 Green Cedar Lane
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
— E-mail us —
919-259-7903
Charlotte Carriage Club of Charlotte (Visit our site)
5800 Old Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
— E-mail us —
704-366-4960
Southminster Retirement Community (Visit our site)
8919 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
704-554-0141
Columbus Tryon Estates (Visit our site)
617 Laurel Lake Drive
Columbus, NC 28722
800-633-2718
Durham Croasdaile Village (Visit our site)
2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway
Durham, NC 27705-1997
— E-mail us —
919-384-2475 or 800-960-7737
Greenville Cypress Glen (Visit our site)
100 Hickory Street
Greenville, NC 27858
— E-mail us —
252-830-2001 or 800-669-2835
High Point Pennybyrn at Maryfield (Visit our site)
1315 Greensboro Road
High Point, NC 27260
— E-mail us —
336-886-2444
Lumberton Wesley Pines (Visit our site)
1000 Wesley Pines Road
Lumberton, NC  28358
— E-mail us —
919-738-9691
Matthews Plantation Estates (Visit our site)
733 Plantation Estates Drive
Matthews, NC 28105-9114
704-847-4800 or 800-582-4316
Raleigh The Oaks at Whitaker Glen (Visit our site)
The Oaks at Mayview (Nursing)
513 East Whitaker Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27608
— E-mail us —
919-828-2348
Southern Pines St. Joseph of the Pines (Visit our site)
100 Waters Drive
Southern Pines, NC 28387
— E-mail us —
800-343-7463
Wilmington Plantation Village (Visit our site)
1200 Porters Neck Road
Wilmington, NC  28411
— E-mail us —
910-319-1416
Winston-Salem Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community (Visit our site)
1240 Arbor Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
— E-mail us —
336-724-7921
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