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Old 04-18-2013, 03:32 PM
 
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Are there many retirees in Chapel Hill, or is it mainly a university-dominated town? Any particular neighborhoods we should look?
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Yes, lots of retirees in CH. Are you looking for a retirement community (there are several really nice ones) or just a house in a neighborhood? Urban or suburban or more rural?
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:41 PM
 
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We would prefer an over-55 community, but like the Chapel Hill area better than Raleigh/Cary where we last saw one. Looking for a single-level home, so if there is no over-55 type neighborhood, I was wondering if there is a neighborhood of mostly single level homes, where there might be more people our age. We are still in our 50s, but our son is moving to Greensboro from our home in Northern Virginia and we would like to be closer to him.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly NoVA and Phila
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The two big developments that appeal to the over-55 crowd in Chapel Hill are Fearrington Village and Governor's Club. Both are outside the Chapel Hill town limits (Chatham County). I believe Fearrington has at least one section that is just 55 and over. They are both very nice, upscale communities.

Your journey sounds a bit like ours. We just moved here from Northern Virginia. And my mother-in-law lives in Greensboro.

ETA: Meadowmont may appeal, too, but I don't think there are any one-level homes there or very few.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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There is an over 55 called Chapel Wood. It's pretty new.

Fearrington Village is also popular with retirees. They have a CCRC on site, but also many single family homes. It's not all over 55 — there are plenty of families in the neighborhood, too, but it's popular with retired folks. It's out about 15 minutes south of Chapel Hill and has a 4 or 5 star inn Fearrington House, two or three restaurants, a lovely bookstore, etc.

Any of the older neighborhoods in town will have folks 55+. You might like to look at Falconbridge, too. Just a neighborhood in the town of Chapel Hill, but right over the Durham co line so it doesn't have Chapel Hill schools. I think there are several folks in your age bracket. I think it's a mix of single story and 2 story homes.

Do you have a price range? Pretty easy to find anything from $250-$300 to $1million+.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:30 PM
 
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Thank you everyone! We will check these out.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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you will probably want to stay out of Chapel Hill/Carrboro school district. Our taxes are high to support a terrific school district. If we didn't have kids I think we would try Fearington Village. It's beautiful. Still even if you avoid the school district you will find housing expensive. The further sway you get from the school in the district, the better house you will get for the money.
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Carolina Meadows and Carol Woods are two more senior housing options. There are a HUGE number of retirees in Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, just south of there (and probably a lot cheaper).
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:48 AM
 
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There are probably better sources (I think this one understates the CH COL), but we're serious about moving to the Triangle area and COL is the obstacle to Chapel Hill for us. Otherwise it's almost ideal for us, provided we don't live too close to UNC.

We've also gotten the impression that Fearrington Village | North Carolina Homes for Sale, Fine Dining, Bed & Breakfast, Southern Weddings and Meeting Retreats in the Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh, NC area. is pretty expensive, though clearly a beautiful choice.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Well, to some extent you get what you pay for. Many folks relocate to Chapel Hill area for the proximity to great health care at UNC and Duke, plus the performers and programs the universities bring in, etc.

The homes in Fearrington aren't especially expensive. If you look on an aggregate site like Zillow or Trulia instead of just on Fearrington's own site you can find many homes in the $200s as well as some in the $100s. Galloway Ridge, the CCRC is very expensive. The Fearrington Inn is a 5-star hotel and award-winning restaurant and prices reflect that. The bookstore, McIntyre's, just has regular bookstore prices, but is very charming. Fearrington is not in Chapel Hill. It's about 10-15 minutes south of the city limits in Chatham Co, so does not have the higher CH taxes.

Cary is very nice, clean, safe, too, and it suits many people just fine.
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