Why Raleigh is a Great Place to Retire

Curious about Raleigh retirement communities? Before you consider retiring in Raleigh, there are a few things worth considering—like what Raleigh senior living is like and where to find the best Raleigh golf courses. Here is the downlow on some of those things with a few ideas for retirement communities in the area.


Cost of Retiring in Raleigh

Before you consider any Raleigh retirement communities, it’s wise to know what the cost of living will be like in the area. Overall, North Carolina is a more affordable place to live than other states in the US. But living in the heart of Raleigh will cost a little extra.


While the overall cost of living sits at about a 91 out of 100 on the cost of living index in North Carolina, Raleigh is indexed at about 102. Housing in particular, is more expensive, sitting at an index of about 119 compared to the rest of North Carolina housing, which is only about 81 on the index.


If you’re looking to find affordable Raleigh area retirement communities, it might be worth looking just outside the city. Carolina Gardens in Fuquay-Varina, or Carolina Overlook in Clayton, are both good options to explore. Both offer homes starting in the low 300s with a commute that’s a little as 30-minutes from Raleigh’s downtown area.


Raleigh Active Senior Living

If you’re already sold on the Raleigh area, you’re probably still curious about what retiring in Raleigh would be like. Here are a few Raleigh senior living activities that are worth considering.


Raleigh Golf Courses

If you’re a big golf fan you’ll delight in the fact that Raleigh has so many different options for golfing.


Pine Hollow Golf Course

Just 20 minutes North of Downtown Raleigh, Pine Hollow is a friendly course with affordable prices. With origins that date back to the 1960's—Pine Hollow has been overseen by the same family for most of its history, and although it’s undergone a number of updates it still manages to stay true to its old-school North Carolina golf roots.


The course has plenty to offer for golfers of a wide range of abilities, giving you ample opportunity to level up your game across repeat visits. Rather than focusing on one defining feature, Pine Hollow is a well-rounded tour of everything you might see on a more "destination" course, making it an ideal vehicle to test out your technique before hitting the road for a bigger outing.


Duke University Golf Club

A half hour jaunt from Raleigh, tucked behind the ivy of Duke University's historic campus lies one of the finest golf courses in the Southeastern United States. Though the university's golf program was conceived in the 1930's, the outbreak of WWII forced the idea onto the backburner until its eventual realization with the help of designer Robert Trent Jones in 1957.


Exceptionally well-maintained, Duke's course is a tough one, on par with its collegiate associations. You'll face numerous elevated greens, favoring those with a well-defined approach shot, and the tight fairways are notoriously unforgiving.


Other Raleigh Activities

If you’re looking for activities that are closer to retirement communities in the Raleigh area, you might consider hitting the downtown area of Fuquay-Varina. With plenty of history under its belt, downtown Fuquay offers a large walkable area with plenty of restaurants and local businesses to explore.


Or if you prefer to have a more scenic backdrop you might consider the Clayton River Walk, a 4-mile 10-foot wide path that allows for walking and biking along the river.


If you enjoy low-cost living that mixes laid back vibes with plenty of scenic views, then retiring in the Raleigh area could be a good move for you. Decide if buying a home before retiring is a good move for you and set yourself up for your dream retirement.



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Published 12.30.21  

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