Most people spend the majority of their adult life planning and saving for retirement. Once the day comes, and you’re left with limitless free time and a destination in mind, you’re probably ready to say goodbye to the city life and enjoy Tuesday cocktails on the beach, or a light Friday hike in the mountains. From beautiful scenery, decent cost of living, and accessible amenities; it’s no surprise how popular a destination North Carolina is for retirees. Wondering where though? Here are ten great places to consider.
Pinehurst is a golf lover's dream. With one of the best golf courses in the nation, the whole town has a resort-like feel. The best part is you can retire your automobiles for a simple golf cart that will get you around town. Pinehurst is also ranked as one of the safest places in North Carolina.
2. Blowing Rock
For those looking to retire in the mountains, Blowing Rock is a great option. There are a number of retirement communities; some gated, some with golf courses. The town is fairly small and easily accessible for such mountainside views. You'll live a simple, laid back life here.
3. Bald Head Island
If you've always envisioned your retirement with a cold drink in hand, on a sandy beach, miles away from the world...than Bald Head Island could be for you. Accesible by boat, only golf carts are allowed on this 13,000 acre island. There are 300 full-time residents, and an array of cute coastal houses. There are also golf courses, resorts, and restaurants.
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Asheville consistently ranks on several 'Best Places To Retire List.' With an array of different retirement communities to choose from, you can sit up high on a mountain, or retain independence near the city. The beautiful views, reasonable cost of living, and decent weather make this a much sought after destination.
For those looking to remain active in a charming coastal town, look to Southport. With sandy shores, salty air, and a coastal feel...this is perfect for retirees who want the beach but not total isolation. Southport is a growing area and there are a number of private communities and golf courses.
Surrounded by beautiful, Blue Ridge Mountains, in the land of waterfalls, Brevard is perfect for active older adults. You get a small town feel, with friendly locals happy to greet you. Your days and weekends can be filled with visiting nearby falls, and enjoying views from your front porch. Brevard has appeared on several 'Best Places to Retire' lists.
Beaufort is a top-rated town for adults over 55. With plenty of historical charm, and some buildings dating back to colonial times, it's great for history lovers. This small coastal town has plenty of charm but is also perfect for those seeking a laid back lifestyle by the water.
8. Mount Airy
Mount Airy, or Andy Griffith's 'Mayberry' is a popular destination for retirees. You get a small town feel, with a lively downtown area filled with shops and classic restaurants like Snappy Lunch. Nearby you'll find Pilot Mountain State Park and you're in close proximity to the Triad.
9. Cashiers and Highlands
If you dreamed of your retirement being tucked away in tall mountains, hidden from the world, and enjoying some solitude with beautiful views...Highlands or Cashiers is your choice. Both Cashiers and Highlands have retirement communities. You're close to nearby cities and towns, and you can always stop in town to grab what you need.
Located near Winston-Salem and High Point, Lexington has become a popular destination for retirees. You can enjoy the culture of city life with Winston or Greensboro in a short drive, but remain away from it all in a retirement community or living on a golf course. The annual BBQ festival brings in thousands of tourists and is a fun event for all ages. Lexington has a reasonable cost of living for amenities offered.
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