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Charlotte, NC is the largest city in North Carolina. With a population of around 700,000 people, it’s the 18th largest city by population. This makes it an easy place to live since there are a plethora of activities to do no matter what your interests.

Charlotte’s home to many major corporation and is the biggest banking center in the U.S. outside of New York City. It’s also home to many racing enterprises since NASCAR is headquartered here with 75% of its employees within 2 hours of downtown Charlotte. In recent years, renewable energy has been booming to the point where Charlotte is known as the “New Energy Capital.”

No matter what you want for retirement, Charlotte is a great place to consider due to its diverse economy, increasingly urban living, and plenty of cultural activities to go around.

Many consider Charlotte North Carolina to be among the best retirement cities in the U.S.

Charlotte 55+ apartment s for rent

Retirement 55+ Housing Options: Charlotte, NC There are unique housing options which include condos, apartments for rent, hi-rises, retirement communities, lofts, co-ops, luxury condominiums, top end townhouses and other housing for over 55 boomers and seniors.

The Cypress of Raleigh
is dedicated to your quality of life, and is perfectly designed for your retirement lifestyle. It’s a community that has been carefully and thoughtfully planned to ensure the highest level of service and the highest degree of satisfaction.

Charlotte Retirement Living
Charlotte Retirement Hi Rises are mostly located in South Park, South End, and Uptown Charlotte.

Center City Property - This guy specializes in selling real estate in a variety of neighborhoods including Center City Charlotte, Uptown Charlotte, Downtown Charlotte, Dilworth, Myers Park, and No Da. Seems to be the go to guy in Charlotte urban city residential real estate.

The Vue - Charlotte The VUE is a new 51-story, 409 unit high rise coming to Charlotte's Uptown on the corner of Fifth and Pine Street. This project has been met with excitement and anticipation as it seeks to add architecturally and culturally to Charlotte. 51 stories of luxury condominium residences in Charlotte's Uptown. Making your home here means leading an active city life with countless conveniences and amenities. It means living close to where you work and where you play - your whole life within walking distance.


In the computer age, there have been many sites created to help people mingle. The best one is meetup.com. It’s an online directory of all kinds of offline clubs. It provides an online home to these clubs so new members can inquire about joining. Charlotte’s page can be found at www.meetup.com/cities/us/nc/charlotte

Another area to possibly find clubs is to join a local country club as a social member. Many clubs have this level of membership where you can attend events without golfing on the course. This is a great way to get connected into the community.

No matter your political party, you can always look for clubs related to politics by searching on national registries for local clubs or groups.

Public Transportation

Charlotte’s mass transit system is known as CATS (Charlotte Area Transit Authority). It operates buses, shuttles, trolleys, and a new light rail system known as LYNX which opened in 2007.

There are 546 vehicles in this fleet. With the LYNX system experiencing growth and a new line slated to be finished to the University of North Carolina-Charlotte campus by 2018, it’s pretty easy to get around. The system also provides special fares and services to seniors and those with disabilities.

Access to Medical Services

The Carolinas Medical Center (http://www.carolinasmedicalcenter.org) is a big hospital group in the Charlotte area. They have experienced rapid growth by adding new hospitals in Fiscal Year 2009. At the start of 2012, they added a group of hospitals in Western North Carolina.

Access To Local Businesses

With a wide array of road networks, it’s easy for seniors to get in the car and drive to local areas for entertainment or necessary services. By living in the center of the city, there will be tons of different restaurants and service providers ready to cater to your every need. Since Charlotte has experienced a lot of growth in urban living (20 skyscrapers have been completed, under construction, or planned), you can be sure that if you live in a high rise condo that you’ll have almost any service provider within a quick distance from you.


For higher end Italian dining, Luce Ristorante e Bar (http://www.luceristorante.net/) is a downtown favorite.

For sushi lovers, Joel’s Grille and Sushi is a local favorite (http://www.joelsgrill.com/) over in Mooresville

There are loads of other restaurants that can be found on http://www.urbanspoon.com/c/38/Charlotte-restaurants.html


For fitness lovers, Charlotte offers some very unique opportunities. The U.S. National Whitewater Center is located west of Charlotte. You can visit it year round to ride the man-made rapids.

Lake Norman is north of the city and is home to state parks. You can visit it for hiking, camping, and other outdoor fitness activities.

Continuing Education

There are many universities in the Charlotte area. The biggest however is the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. It has over 24,000 students and is the fastest growing campus in the state system. Located nearby is a corporate research park spanning 3,200 acres.

With the UNC campus so close by, you could take classes in the morning and visit museums in the afternoons, and attend a seminar in the evening.

The Charlotte Library system also has 1.5 million books and 24 locations around the metro area so it’s easy to pick up new books no matter where you live.

Cultural Attractions

There are many cultural attractions related to Charlotte’s history dating back to the American Revolution. Some highlights include:

1. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (http://www.bechtler.org) is a brand new in early 2012 museum dedicated to mid-20th century European artists. It houses the private collection of the Bechtler family of Switzerland.

2. Carolinas Aviation Museum (http://www.carolinasaviation.org/) has over 50 airplanes and many smaller exhibits related to the history of aviation in North and South Carolina. It just moved from its original location in the original hanger of the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport to a brand-new facility that has more space and protection for the aircraft.

3. NASCAR Hall of Fame (http://www.nascarhall.com) is a brand new museum dedicated to the history of NASCAR. It has over 40,000 feet of exhibit space.

There are many other cultural attractions that can be found at www.charlottesgotalot.com/


Charlotte is home to more and more people all the time. As we grow older not all of us will want to move to the country. In fact studies show most of us boomers will stay put. Some will even move closer in to the city.


Charlotte zoning consultant Walter Fields: "We are on the verge of a large shift in housing patterns that is unprecedented since World War II."

What empty-nesters want are smaller homes -- often one-story -- with little or no maintenance requirements. Many are turning to an urban lifestyle. Sandy Kindbom, who heads the Center City office for Allen Tate Realtors, says about half the buyers of uptown condos are boomers with grown children.

But not all empty-nesters are heading for the center city or choosing multifamily living. Many want to stay in the neighborhoods where they have lived for decades, others want to live near their children and grandchildren, and some are buying that mountain or waterfront home they've always wanted.

Whatever choices boomers make, their tastes in housing have already impacted the local market. "There's growing pressure on developers to do infill projects," especially condominiums on suburban sites that have traditionally been reserved for single-family houses, says Maia Williams, president of Builder Services Inc., an arm of Allen Tate. "We're just seeing the beginning of this trend."

One way developers are responding, she adds, is through mixed-use developments that offer a variety of housing options with commercial components.

Such projects require higher density. Fields says local governments need to respond by changing zoning regulations. "Builders need to build what the market is looking for, and we need different kinds of developments. Right now, going through a rezoning is not always easy -- or popular."

Developers of single-family homes in suburban locations also recognize the power of the empty-nester market and are introducing products geared to their needs. For example, Crescent Communities has introduced a neighborhood at The Point called Sconset Village, that features homes that are smaller than those found in the community. Simonini Builders is building its 40 homes, which will be about 2,300 to 3,300 square feet. Homes elsewhere in The Point range from 4,500 to 12,000 square feet. Prices start in the $500,000s.

Of the five floor plans originally planned, only one was ranch style, but a second variation has been added.

"The demand for ranch plans is on the rise -- as we age, we don't want to go up those stairs," says Crescent's Leslie Mitchell, sales manager for the north Charlotte division.

The smaller homes at Sconset Village also have distinctive design features to suit empty-nesters. "The rooms tend to be less formal, but are designed for entertainment flow," Mitchell says. "And in the two-story homes, master bedrooms are on the first floor."

Like their counterparts living uptown, these lakeside buyers want hardwood floors, high-end appliances and well-equipped kitchens. "These people want to downsize, but not give up quality or nice amenities," Mitchell says.

Elsewhere, three communities targeting empty-nesters are planned at The Palisades. They will represent a small slice of the total community -- 58 homes of a planned 2,500 residences. Buyers won't have to sacrifice in size -- homes are expected to average 3,500 square feet and cost from $800,000 to $1 million. The communities -- Tree Tops, Westerham and The Lanterns -- will offer 24-hour security and yard maintenance.

Developers report strong interest in these communities from relocating boomers whose children live nearby.
from Charlotte Bizjournals

North Carolina Retirement Communities

Sconset Village - Simonini Builders, Inc. is preparing for the next phase of new homes at Sconset Village ... and two new floor plans will make their debut. A ranch-style home and a two-story home with a main-level owners' suite will be added to the mix.

Other features attracting buyers are the new enhancements (dormer windows, crown molding and more!), the gated entry and the opportunity to buy a boat slip. But, it gets even better … homes in Sconset Village start in the $500s!


Southminster Continuing Care Retirement Community
8919 Park Road, Charlotte NC.


Raleigh-Durham Ranch Condos - Cornerstone Homes currently has two maintenance-free ranch condominium communities located in the greater Raleigh-Durham area

We focus on communities inside the perimeter. For surrounding Charlotte cites visit SmallTownRetirement.com

Best Neighborhoods in Charlotte For Retirees:

Continuing Care Retirement Community - CCRCs are so named because they address the entire continuum of care with healthy seniors moving into independent living apartments, but having the security of knowing they can "age in place" thanks to assisted living and skilled nursing services on site. The number of CCRCs nationally has risen sharply over the past 25 years from 274 in the early 1980s to 2,240 in 2005, according to the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.


Other NC Metro Areas Include:

Asheville, NC
Burlington, NC
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC
Durham, NC
Fayetteville, NC
Goldsboro, NC
Greensboro-High Point, NC
Greenville, NC
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
Jacksonville, NC
Raleigh-Cary, NC
Rocky Mount, NC
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
Wilmington, NC
Winston-Salem, NC

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