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Independent Living in North Carolina

Overview of Independent Living in North Carolina

For families considering options for senior living, North Carolina is often at the top of the list — and for good reason.

Whether you prefer laid-back beach towns, mountain hikes, or something in between, North Carolina has something to offer — and that’s what makes it an ideal retirement destination. The Outer Banks region along the state’s eastern coast is a popular tourist spot, featuring lighthouses, beaches, and countless other aquatic activities. It’s also home to Kitty Hawk, the seaside town where the Wright brothers made their historic first airplane flight. Then, on North Carolina’s western edge is where the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains run through the state. Peppered throughout all of North Carolina are small yet vibrant college towns like Asheville and Chapel Hill, along with larger metropolitan areas like Charlotte. Add mild weather and low property taxes to the mix, and it’s clear why the Tar Heel State has one of the fastest-growing populations in the United States.

Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 150 independent living communities, sometimes simply called retirement communities, in North Carolina.

The median monthly cost of independent living in North Carolina is about $2,600.

Top-rated Independent Living facilities in North Carolina

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Holiday Gardens at Wakefield

12800 Spruce Tree Way, Raleigh, NC 27614
9.9
Review Score
103 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Beth M - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The Gardens has provided a friendly atmosphere for my mom. They have looked after her and made sure she was assigned to someone who could show her around. She has enjoyed the meal choices, and all the...

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Cadence at Mooresville

198 E Waterlynn Rd, Mooresville, NC 28117
9.9
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25 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I always rate for room to improve. Cadence has taken excellent care of our relative and we are HIGHLY pleased with him being there! I recommend it with confidence! Like most: quality of care &...

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LaurelHurst and LaurelWoods

1064 West Mills St., Columbus, NC 28722
9.9
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51 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The facility seems immaculately clean each time I visit. Communication with the family is excellent. The move in process was easy and seamless. I have only eaten there once. Frankly, the food could have been...

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Top-rated Independent Living facilities in Raleigh

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Holiday Gardens at Wakefield

12800 Spruce Tree Way, Raleigh, NC 27614
9.9
Review Score
103 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Beth M - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The Gardens has provided a friendly atmosphere for my mom. They have looked after her and made sure she was assigned to someone who could show her around. She has enjoyed the meal choices, and all the...

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Brookdale North Raleigh

1200 Carlos Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609
9.8
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70 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The lead staff is very knowledgeable and caring. They have been very helpful to my mom and have reached out to me to ensure she everything she needs. Apartments are a decent size and easy to locate for...

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Atria Oakridge

10810 Sandy Oak Lane, Raleigh, NC 27614
9.8
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62 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Ruth T - I'm a current/former resident or client

Atria Oakridge has brought me wonderful fellowship and wellbeing. The activities keep me busy all day- such as pottery, painting, the games and more. The staff treats you like a real person and as a member...

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Top-rated Independent Living facilities in Charlotte

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Providence Meadows

4123 Kuykendall Rd, Charlotte, NC 28270
9.5
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15 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Christine K - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

After touring seven different facilities we hit GOLD. My mother was completely against leaving her home. After a mild stroke we had no choice but to place her in a facility. This facility is wonderful. My...

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MerryWood on Park

3600 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209
9.2
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63 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Amy - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Everything has been wonderful so far. No complaints.We are very happy with Merrywood, the staff and all we have experienced so far. Great choice! We picked this community because of the location and what...

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Brookdale Charlotte East

6053 Wilora Lake Road, Charlotte, NC 28212
9.1
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79 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

They're so friendly and welcoming. It has a homey feel. The staff care. It does look a bit tired although they are trying to do some up dates. If you want to feel at home I would recommend it. If you are...

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Top-rated Independent Living facilities in Winston Salem

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Arbor Ridge at Stanleyville

350 Arbor View Ln, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
9.3
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32 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Patsy - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

What our family likes the most about the Arbor Ridge at Stanleyville community is the helpfulness and friendliness of staff, it is well organized, well run and our loved one likes the food.

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Holiday Forsyth Court

2945 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
9.0
Review Score
60 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Michelle B - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

We went with Forsyth Court because they had a room available on the first floor and the overall value was better than other places we looked. The staff is so helpful and kind.

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Heritage Woods

3812 Forrestgate Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
9.0
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32 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Karen - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

She loved the staff, facilities and activities. Only issue was the food. Lack of healthy eating options and flexibility of menu choices. For example the food was generally over salted and there were not...

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Top-rated Independent Living facilities in Asheville

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Bella Vista

55 Piney Mountain Drive, Asheville, NC 28805
9.2
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46 reviews
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I think that I would recommend Bella Vista to others. My mom's biggest complaints are about the food and how long they have to sit for the meals, but she does like all of the activities that they have for...

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Harmony at Reynolds Mountain

41 Cobblers Way, Asheville, NC 28804
8.1
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44 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Vicki - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Having had my spouse in a different facility before Harmony, it was such a great experience to move there. From the start all employees have been supportive and friendly. They have offered assistance to us...

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Brookdale Hendersonville East

2601 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792
9.0
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62 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Scott - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I would recommend Brookdale Hendersonville East to others. The staff are very all very friendly from what I experienced and what my Dad has commented to me.The price is good for the level of service...

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Top cities in North Carolina for independent living

9.2
Raleigh, NC
26 facilities
8.8
Wilmington, NC
7 facilities
8.8
Charlotte, NC
25 facilities
8.6
Greenville, NC
15 facilities
8.4
Asheville, NC
9 facilities
7.8
Winston Salem, NC
12 facilities

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