Retirement Guide to Raleigh

Raleigh, North Carolina Skyline
Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina, and just inside the Top 50 biggest cities in America. Raleigh is part of what’s referred to as the “Research Triangle” (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill). If you’d like to find a retirement community near an educational and cultural hub of the southeast, check out Raleigh and the surrounding area.

Local Links

GoDowntownRaleigh.com – This site features a ton of great information on restaurants, shopping, the farmer’s market, and more.

Greater Raleigh Entertainment – There’s so much to see and do in Raleigh. This site covers entertainment, nightlife, gold, museums, and more.

Fodor’s Raleigh Travel Guide – Features everything from travel tips, the best hotels, and even sample itineraries.

Images from around Raleigh

North Carolina State Fair

Each year in mid-October, Raleigh plays host to the North Carolina State Fair.


North Carolina Capitol Building


North Carolina Governor's Mansion

Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina. Here we see the Capitol Building and the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh.


Downtown Raleigh


Park in Raleigh, NC

Raleigh provides residents and visitors a perfect blend of downtown commercial areas including shops and restaurants, as well as open spaces such as Pullen Park.

Popular Raleigh Retirement Communities

Fearrington Village – Fearrington Village, built on a 1700’s farm in Pittsboro, North Carolina, attracts a diverse mix of active 55+ retirees, professional adults and young families. The Village’s center features the Fearrington House Country Inn and Restaurant, offering fine dining and lodging, Southern weddings, corporate retreats and teambuilding activities. Just minutes from Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, Fearrington is considered one of the best North Carolina retirement community options for active adults, though the community is open to people of all ages.

Governors Club – A spirit of southern hospitality pervades the 1,600 acres of forests, hills and greens of this gated residential community to provide its members with a gracious atmosphere for comfortable living. Among the North Carolina retirement communities, Governors Club recognizes that healthy living for the active adult revolves around establishing and keeping healthy lifestyles. An emphasis on promoting wellness and sports activities set in the pristine, breathtaking countryside makes for life lived at its best for its Chapel Hill active adult communities.

Heritage Wake Forest – If you are looking for a North Carolina retirement community with a lot of variety, Heritage Wake Forest may be an option. Developers have created a community with more than 20 different neighborhoods. Heritage Wake Forest is designed to appeal to singles, families and retirees, with industry and technology, top-rated schools, outdoor recreation and entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities – some even located within the community.

McLendon Hills – McLendon Hills is a 600-acre, gated equestrian community in the Sandhill region of central North Carolina. Here, a strip of ancient beach dunes decorates the landscape with rolling sand hills and long-leaf pines. Just west of Pinehurst (site of the 2005 US Open), McLendon Hills is close to golf, shopping and dining.

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