Asheville and Western North Carolina offer many options for living your "golden years" in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area's Active Adult Communities allow you to choose the lifestyle, location, and amenities you're looking for with lots of perks like fitness centers, parks and trails, swimming, tennis, golf, and more. Some even offer recreational, educational, cultural, and social programs and are conveniently located so you can enjoy nearby shopping, dining, art galleries, events, and more. (Feature photo: Pinnacle at Arabella)

Active adult communities in Western NC include single-family homes, townhomes, cluster homes, multifamily housing, and manufactured housing with resident monthly fees that include yard maintenance. Some communities offer a "village-like" setting with a combination of these home types. 

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Simple Life - The Hamlet

Though there are two types of active adult communities, age-restricted and age-targeted, you'll primarily find more age-targeted communities in the Western NC region. 

Age-Restricted Communities
These communities are geared towards persons 55 and older with rules set by the US. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), which requires at least 80% of the residents to be 55+. No one age 19 or younger may be a permanent resident. Residents enjoy a country club setting where they can live an independent and active lifestyle with amenities like clubhouses, walking trails, hobby centers, computer labels, golf courses, and more. These communities do not provide any health-related services. 

Age-Targeted Communities 
These communities essentially follow the same guidelines as above, only there are no age restrictions. Residents enjoy the same independent, active lifestyle with all the amenities mentioned above with no health-related services. Leisure communities also fall under this umbrella with mostly two and three-bedroom homes designed for empty nesters. They offer an array of home features designed for your changing lifestyle.

Active Adult Communities

Carolina Living Choices

Carolina Living Choices is a print and online guide for active, senior living retirement in Western North Carolina. They offer a wealth of information and expertise on real estate, 55+, and retirement communities near Asheville, including lifestyle resources for education, enrichment, recreation, and travel. See helpful articles and request a free digital retirement guide on their website. 

Simple Life-The Hamlet, Flat Rock

This unique gated community offers cottages and tiny homes in a village-like setting. Ideal for active and independent people who want to downsize and improve their lifestyle while leaving a… read more

This unique gated community offers cottages and tiny homes in a village-like setting. Ideal for active and independent people who want to downsize and improve their lifestyle while leaving a smaller footprint. Cottages offer 1-2 bedrooms, an option to add a loft, high-end appliances, and other customizable options. Amenities include pool, yoga rooms, fitness room, clubhouse, bocce ball court,…

Brooks Cove

Windsor Built, a trusted North Carolina home builder, is proud to introduce Brooks Cove. This new home active adult community is coming to Black Mountain, North Carolina. New home and land… read more

Windsor Built, a trusted North Carolina home builder, is proud to introduce Brooks Cove. This new home active adult community is coming to Black Mountain, North Carolina. New home and land packages will be available in Summer of 2023.

Homes will feature Arts and Crafts architecture while blending the beauty of Western North Carolina with high-quality home construction – all at an…

The Authors, Fletcher

Windsor Built Homes presents a master-planned community of feature-rich homes suited to active lifestyles. The Authors is located in convenient South Asheville just minutes from the Asheville… read more

Windsor Built Homes presents a master-planned community of feature-rich homes suited to active lifestyles. The Authors is located in convenient South Asheville just minutes from the Asheville Airport. Package price includes both lot and home, starting from $469,900. 

The Pinnacle at Arabella

Perched above the French Broad River, this community offers sprawling mountain range views from hillside to hillside. In this low-maintenance planned community, you’ll find beautiful homes… read more

Perched above the French Broad River, this community offers sprawling mountain range views from hillside to hillside. In this low-maintenance planned community, you’ll find beautiful homes featuring main-level living with 2 to 5 bedrooms, and many upgrades (as standards) other builders would charge to include.  Amenities include lawn maintenance, a clubhouse with fitness center, nature trails…

Edgewood, Single Family Homes

Introducing Edgewood – Asheville’s newest Windsor Built community offering the perfect blend of comfort and convenience. A new planned single family home community located off Sweeten Creek Road… read more

Introducing Edgewood – Asheville’s newest Windsor Built community offering the perfect blend of comfort and convenience. A new planned single family home community located off Sweeten Creek Road in south Asheville, North Carolina. This neighborhood of 24 homesites features low-maintenance single family homes with 3 – 4 bedroom and 2 – 3 bathroom floorplans. Only a few homes remain!

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