Is retirement knocking on your door? Better answer its call! Now’s a great time to consider Charlotte as an ideal spot to call home during your retirement years.
Charlotte ranks high on Forbes’ list of recommended places to retire every year, and, as of early 2018, it's also ranked as one of the hottest real estate markets. Time is of the essence: you'd probably much rather spend your free time pursuing all the events and activities this area offers rather than lost in endless speculating over where to live. To help make up you’re mind, here are a few of the top reasons Charlotte should become your retirement headquarters.
1. Budget-Friendly Suburbs
Queen City boasts nearly 900,000 residents, more than 10 percent of whom are over 65. Queen City is surrounded by many attractive, desirable suburbs where you can maximize your housing budget. Consider Pineville, a town of just over 8,000, where median prices for retiree-friendly one-story homes are at a low 160s. Or take a drive over to Lake Park, half Pineville’s size, where home prices are just a bit higher in the 180s.
If you prefer to remain in Charlotte properly, you should know that urban neighborhoods are a bit pricier but still quite affordable. Median home prices in the city are just over $200,000.
2. Plenty of Retirement Living Options in Charlotte
Many seniors prefer to relocate to neighborhoods and communities built specifically for them. These areas tend to offer more services, usually for a monthly fee, to take care of the home and yard work. You can live out your retirement years as royalty in places such as Del Webb’s Sun City Carolina Lakes, which is just a few miles outside of the city, nestled along the Catawba River. This 55+ neighborhood features community centers, a golf course, and a daily activity schedule.
If you’re ready to go a step beyond independent living, Charlotte is also home to some fantastic assisted living communities that can help you with daily tasks such as medication management and personal hygiene while removing obligations that can become increasingly difficult as you age, including cooking and maintenance.
3. Countless Activities for Seniors
Mecklenburg County operates senior centers throughout the region, so wherever you choose to locate, you’ll likely have one nearby. These senior centers are open to anyone age 55 and older, often at low or no cost. Get involved in classes like Jazzercise or tai chi, join programs to optimize your self-care of chronic diseases, sign up for educational courses, dive into crafting, play your favorite card and board games or go bowling at any of the affiliated senior centers in the area.
There’s a reason AreaVibes gives the Queen City an A+ for amenities: this area is full of museums, theaters and working farms that are open for tours, and the city has a scenic downtown area. Feeling outdoorsy? You're covered there as well. Check out Freedom Park, the McDowell Nature Center or go plant yourself on the shores of Lake Norman. No matter what you’ve dreamed of doing with your retirement time, it’s here in Charlotte waiting to be discovered.
Senior Care Advocate
Barbara Thompson is a senior care advocate with Senior Homes dedicated to raising awareness about strategies that can help seniors maintain independence and their quality of life while staying connected to their community.