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Senior housing types near Charlotte, NC

  • Poplar Grove Apartments

    Poplar Grove Apartments

    421 N Poplar Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
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    Senior 62+, Market and Section 8 Property Some rent is based on income. Floor Plan Studio, 1 Bath | 426 Sq. Ft. 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath | 502 Sq. Ft. 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath | 587 Sq. Ft. Amenities and Features Appliances Included Laundry Facilities Newly Renovated Utilities Included

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  • MerryWood on Park

    MerryWood on Park

    3600 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209
    (41)
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    Located in the heart of Charlotte, Myers Park and Dilworth neighborhoods.

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  • Overture Cotswold 55+ Apartment Homes

    Overture Cotswold 55+ Apartment Homes

    4830 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211
    (2)
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    Description of Overture Cotswold 55+ Apartment Homes - conveniently located in Charlotte, North Carolina At Overture Cotswold 55+ Apartment Homes we have a wide variety of community features. Pets such as dogs and cats are permitted in private quarters. Our community conveniently offers both...

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  • Brookdale Charlotte East

    Brookdale Charlotte East

    6053 Wilora Lake Road, Charlotte, NC 28212
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    Aging well can mean living well, especially with the resort-style amenities available at our community. Start your days strolling through expansive courtyards and along flower-lined walking paths, perhaps stop at the wellness center and then enjoy a stage play at the on-site theater. Or maybe you’d...

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  • Brookdale Carriage Club Providence

    Brookdale Carriage Club Providence

    5800 Old Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226
    (59)
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    Care Today, Care Tomorrow If you’re ready to exchange the burden of things like cooking, cleaning and laundry for a community that offers exciting activities and events, custom care that meets your specific needs and amenities and services that resemble life at a destination resort rather than a...

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  • Carmel Place

    Carmel Place

    5512 Carmel Road, Charlotte, NC 28226
    (49)
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    Carmel Place provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Conveniently located in South Charlotte near some of the city's best shopping, dining and healthcare, you'll enjoy living in our beautiful and peaceful community. You'll wish you called us home sooner. Our...

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  • Shads Landing

    Shads Landing

    9131 Benfield Road, Charlotte, NC 28269
    (18)
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    Shads Landing provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Built upon ten-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with a large pond at the center, Shads Landing offers you all the convenience of Charlotte with a lovely park-like setting to call their own. Yet we're...

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  • Overture Providence 55+ Apartment Homes

    Overture Providence 55+ Apartment Homes

    6805 Walnut Branch Lane, Charlotte, NC 28277
    (2)
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    Welcome to Overture Providence, your premiere 55+ active adult living destination. Here, you will discover beautifully designed apartment homes, one-of-a-kind services and over 12,000 square feet of resort-inspired amenities. We offer everything you’ll need to maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle;...

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  • Senior Villages

    1705 Queen City Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208
    (13)
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    Senior Villages has the perfect mix of comfort and affordability, if you are looking for an independent living apartment Senior Villages is conveniently located near shopping, the library, the YMCA, Uptown Charlotte, major interstates, and the airport. Our activities include resident get together...

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  • Providence Meadows

    Providence Meadows

    4123 Kuykendall Rd, Charlotte, NC 28270
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  • Madison Saints Paradise South

    1821 Bishop Madison Ln, Charlotte, NC 28216
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  • Willow Grove

    Willow Grove

    10043 Idlewild Road, Matthews, NC 28105
    (35)
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    Willow Grove provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Our hometown of Matthews is a largely residential community that is warm, friendly and safe. Between our quaint downtown and network of charming parks, there's plenty to see and do right here in town. Our...

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  • The Dorchester South

    The Dorchester South

    12930 Dorman Rd, Pineville, NC 28134
    (20)
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    About The Dorchester Active 55+ Independent Senior Living Community The Dorchester is an Active 55+ Independent Senior Living Community in Pineville, NC! The Dorchester is designed for an independent senior who values lifestyle choices, community amenities & plenty of activities to keep you busy!...

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  • The Manor

    The Manor

    12940 Dorman Rd, Pineville, NC 28134
    (4)
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    About The Manor Active 55+ Independent Senior Living Community The Manor is an Active 55+ Independent Senior Living Community in Pineville, NC! The Manor is designed for an independent senior who values lifestyle choices, community amenities & plenty of activities to keep you busy! All services &...

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  • Greenway Square Retirement Community (Opening Spring 2022)

    Greenway Square Retirement Community (Opening Spring 2022)

    2230 Orson Drive, Indian Land, SC 29707
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    Greenway Square, the luxurious Resort Lifestyle Community, is currently under construction on Orson Drive in Indian Land. We look forward to opening brand new Spring of 2022! Greenway Square will offer all of the comforts and conveniences of modern-day living that allow you to enjoy your retirement....

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  • Crescent Heights

    Crescent Heights

    240 Branchview Drive Northeast, Concord, NC 28025
    (22)
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    Crescent Heights provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. You'll be delighted with the rich history of downtown Concord, a charming little area just to the northeast of Charlotte. With mild winters and warm summers, you'll be free to enjoy all the sites and...

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  • Chandler Place Independent Living

    Chandler Place Independent Living

    745 Dilworth Lane, Rock Hill, SC 29732
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    Welcome to Chandler Place. Our newly constructed apartment homes provide a distinctive combination of service and independence which enables you to make choices and enjoy life. With a choice of one or two bedroom apartments, you may select the option that best meets your needs. Your apartment home...

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  • HarborChase of Riverwalk NOW OPEN

    HarborChase of Riverwalk NOW OPEN

    749 Dunkins Ferry Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730
    (1)
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    HarborChase of Riverwalk Conveniently located close to the unique dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities of the distinctive Riverwalk community, HarborChase of Riverwalk is a seamless combination of timeless elegance, modern conveniences and Southern hospitality. Here, you'll happily...

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  • Atria Lake Norman

    Atria Lake Norman

    140 Carriage Club Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117
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    Located just west of downtown Mooresville, Atria Lake Norman is a vibrant community designed to help older people enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle – and experience greater well-being. This inviting residence offers a selection of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, most with a full...

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  • Oak Park Retirement

    Oak Park Retirement

    548 White Oaks Drive, Salisbury, NC 28147
    (16)
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    We believe that Oak Park Retirement is so much more than walls and windows - it's a place to enjoy home-cooked meals, game night, or a quiet evening with family and friends. It's where you always feel comfortable, safe, and secure. At Oak Park Retirement, our management teams live on-site, and are...

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  • Pinecrest

    Pinecrest

    915 29th Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601
    (39)
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    Pinecrest provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. You'll be instantly charmed by our peaceful, rural setting that's just a short drive from Charlotte, Asheville, Blowing Rock and Boone. Residents enjoy the convenience of being close to all the entertainment, dining...

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  • Summit Hills

    Summit Hills

    100 Summit Hills Dr, Spartanburg, SC 29307
    (12)
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    Summit Hills is a luxury continuing care retirement community in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Located on 50 acres and just minutes from downtown Spartanburg, our private gated community offers a lifestyle that is second to none. Members enjoy beautiful accommodations, industry-leading Care Services,...

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  • Pacifica Senior Living Skylyn

    Pacifica Senior Living Skylyn

    1705 Skylyn Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29307
    (85)
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    Welcome to Pacifica Senior Living Skylyn, an award-winning full-service luxury senior apartment community located in beautiful Spartanburg, SC. Our senior apartments and well-landscaped neighborhood offer luxurious care, peace of mind, and maximum comfort tailored to the needs of each resident. We...

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  • Heritage Woods

    Heritage Woods

    3812 Forrestgate Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
    (16)
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    Heritage Woods is a full service rental retirement community in Winston Salem, North Carolina offering monthly rentals for Independent and Assisted Living. Beautifully landscaped on six acres, the community is private and yet accessible to area Hospitals, Hanes Mall, physicians' offices and historic...

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  • Creekside Terrace

    Creekside Terrace

    3895 Old Vineyard Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104
    (24)
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    Creekside Terrace provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Located near Winston-Salem, you'll love the elegant grace of our facility and all that the community has to offer. We're conveniently close to shopping, world-class medical facilities, vineyards, golfing and...

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  • Arbor Ridge at Stanleyville

    Arbor Ridge at Stanleyville

    350 Arbor View Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
    (25)
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    Arbor Ridge at Stanleyville, in North Winston-Salem, NC, is the newest option in retirement living — offering an independent lifestyle with the in-house personal home care assistance you or your loved one may need to maintain that independence! Located on 12 beautiful acres, our community is...

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  • Forsyth Court

    Forsyth Court

    2945 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
    (36)
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    Welcome to Forsyth Court, an independent senior living community with compassionate staff and friendly neighbors. Boasting amenities and services, it's easy to picture what your life will be like here with us. As a resident, you'll enjoy a spacious studio, one-, or two-bedroom apartment suite...

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  • Arbor Ridge at Kernersville

    Arbor Ridge at Kernersville

    1237 Masten Dr, Kernersville, NC 27284
    (11)
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    All the independence you desire, and all the on-site assisted services you need or one day might need. Private studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments in a beautiful modern setting. Our on-site home care agency provides peace of mind that we can accommodate your changing needs as you age in...

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  • The Stratford

    The Stratford

    1573 Skeet Club Road, High Point, NC 27265
    (20)
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    The Stratford provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Situated in a quiet, residential community on beautiful landscaped grounds in North High Point, you'll love coming home to The Stratford. We're close to exciting shops, top-rated healthcare, golfing and a...

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  • Harmony at Columbia

    Harmony at Columbia

    2300 Clemson Rd, Columbia, SC 29229
    (9)
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    The Harmony at Columbia located in Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina expanded in July 2018, becoming a continuum of care community offering Independent options to our community, complimenting our Assisted Living for seniors looking to help them with their daily needs. Columbia has much to...

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  • LaurelHurst & LaurelWoods

    LaurelHurst & LaurelWoods

    1064 West Mills St., Columbus, NC 28722
    (8)
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    Experience lodge-like living while soaking up gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at LaurelHurst. From thoughtfully designed one- and two-bedroom floor plans to the world-class services and myriad recreational and social opportunities, residents may just find that we have thought of...

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  • Heritage Greens

    Heritage Greens

    801 Meadowood St, Greensboro, NC 27409
    (4)
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    Three decades of experience means senior living that you can depend on. Heritage Greens offers a thoughtfully arranged, relationship-rich campus that includes a full continuum of senior lifestyle options from Independent Living apartment homes to Assisted Living and Memory Care. Pathways meander...

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  • The Waterford at Columbia

    The Waterford at Columbia

    9370 Windsor Lake Blvd, Columbia, SC 29223
    (20)
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    Experience the utmost in Southern hospitality at The Waterford at Columbia. Our desired amenities and convenient services welcome residents to live a vibrant lifestyle that encourages independence with innovative recreational, educational, health and wellness programs. Our Independent Living...

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  • Harmony at Greensboro (Assisted Living and Memory Care Opening Summer 2020)

    Harmony at Greensboro (Assisted Living and Memory Care Opening Summer 2020)

    3420 Whitehurst Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410
    (2)
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    Now Accepting Deposits Welcome to Harmony at Greensboro! Visit our new sales office to select the apartment of your choice that includes beautiful granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Our senior living community is located in the heart of Greensboro, a short drive to downtown,...

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  • Southern Pines

    Southern Pines

    205 SE Service Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387
    (12)
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    At Southern Pines Gracious Retirement Living, we have an abundance of heart, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Our caring management team is here for you any time, day or night, because we live here too. We participate in activities +pour coffee at mealtime and take time to get to know each of...

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  • Lakeview Retirement Community (Opening Spring 2021)

    Lakeview Retirement Community (Opening Spring 2021)

    2134 N Lake Drive, Columbia, SC 29212
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    Lakeview, the luxurious Resort Lifestyle Community, is currently under construction on Lake Drive in Columbia. We look forward to opening brand new during the Winter of 2021! Lakeview will offer all of the comforts and conveniences of modern-day living that allow you to enjoy your retirement....

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  • Forest Pines

    Forest Pines

    1720 Devonshire Drive, Columbia, SC 29204
    (15)
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    Forest Pines provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Situated just outside of Columbia's downtown, you'll enjoy our beautiful grounds and facilities while enjoying all of the convenience and culture of the state's capitol. We're just minutes away from shopping,...

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  • Harmony at Five Forks

    Harmony at Five Forks

    345 Five Forks Rd, Simpsonville, SC 29681
    (6)
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    Situated in Simpsonville, South Carolina, Harmony at Five Forks has 176 units, with 100 Independent Living apartments, 48 Assisted Living apartments and 28 Memory Care apartments. The community provides warm, attractive apartments on a conveniently located, well landscaped campus. The community is...

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  • Carolina Estates

    Carolina Estates

    4434 Old Battleground Road, Greensboro, NC 27410
    (28)
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    We believe that Carolina Estates is so much more than walls and windows - it's a place to enjoy home-cooked meals, game night, or a quiet evening with family and friends. It's where you always feel comfortable, safe, and secure. At Carolina Estates, our management teams live on-site, and are...

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  • Quillen Manor Assisted Living and Villas

    Quillen Manor Assisted Living and Villas

    709 Quillen Ave, Fountain Inn, SC 29644
    (9)
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    Located in Fountain Inn, Greenville County, South Carolina, Quillen Manor is an assisted living community for seniors that also provides memory care for residents with memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease. The community is nestled in a quiet, rural area, surrounded by trees that help...

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  • Merrill Gardens at Columbia NOW OPEN

    Merrill Gardens at Columbia NOW OPEN

    2205 Gregg St, Columbia, SC 29201
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    Merrill Gardens at Columbia is a new senior living community offering independent living and memory care. We are located next to Segra Park, home of the Columbia Fireflies, one mile from the State House and downtown. We offer luxury senior living in the heart of revitalized BullStreet District. This...

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  • Abbotswood At Irving Park

    Abbotswood At Irving Park

    3504 Flint St, Greensboro, NC 27405
    (1)
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    The peaceful atmosphere with exquisite gardens and mature landscaping is ideal to enjoy your favorite pastime, such as reading a book under a shade tree, relaxing in the courtyard or enjoying an outdoor lunch with friends in the picnic area. There are perennial and annual gardens, and a community...

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  • Jenni-Lynn

    Jenni-Lynn

    915 Hook Ave., West Columbia, SC 29169
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    Jenni Lynn Assisted Living and Independent Living has been serving Seniors for over 30 years. We are located off Hwy 378 in West Columbia, 1 mile from Lexington Medical Hospital. We offer a wide array of services, amenities and activities that keep our resident healthy and safe, while providing...

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  • Avalon Place

    Avalon Place

    1030 Atlas Rd, Columbia, SC 29209
    (5)
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    Our 1 and 2 bedroom apartment homes are filled with energy efficient appliances, such as, stove, refrigerator w/ ice maker, dishwasher, garbage disposal and microwaves! Each apartment also has their own washer/dryer connections. The homes are a spacious 700-900 sq.ft. that is beautifully designed to...

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  • Haywood Estates

    Haywood Estates

    1180 Haywood Road, Greenville, SC 29615
    (53)
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    Haywood Estates provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Built upon the picturesque, rural landscape of the Blue Ridge foothills, you'll enjoy strolling along our paths and appreciate the scenic views that await you at every vista. Residents also love the...

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  • Deepwood Estates

    Deepwood Estates

    203 Old Chapin Road, Lexington, SC 29072
    (34)
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    Deepwood Estates provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Just minutes from the scenic shores of Lake Murray, you'll fall in love with our comfortable facilities, beautiful grounds and stunning views. Residents appreciate the convenience of being so close to the...

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  • Cascades Verdae

    Cascades Verdae

    10 Fountainview Terrace, Greenville, SC 29607
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    Cascades Verdae is a luxury continuing care retirement community in Greenville, South Carolina. Located on 40 acres and just minutes from downtown Greenville, our private gated community offers a lifestyle that is second to none. Members enjoy beautiful accommodations, industry-leading Care Services...

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  • Maple Brook Terrace Retirement Community (Opening Summer 2020)

    Maple Brook Terrace Retirement Community (Opening Summer 2020)

    150 Verdin Rd, Greenville, SC 29607
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    NOW OPEN August, 2020 Maple Brook Terrace is the NEW Premier All-Inclusive Independent Living Retirement Community in the Upstate of South Carolina. As an all-inclusive community we offer many amenities and activities that you are sure to appreciate and enjoy. Maple Brook Terrace offers 24/7...

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  • The Village at Southlake

    The Village at Southlake

    123 Gibson Road, Lexington, SC 29072
    (25)
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    The Village at Southlake is a senior community located in Lexington, South Carolina, in Lexington County, which offers superlative independent living. From the second you first enter the community you'll know there is something special about The Village at Southlake, from the care free atmosphere to...

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  • Brookdale Hendersonville East

    Brookdale Hendersonville East

    2601 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792
    (36)
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    Freedom to Live Your Life Nestled in the culturally-rich city of Asheville, North Carolina, there is a beautiful independent living community just waiting to welcome you home. You can trade in the burdens of things like cooking, cleaning and laundry for a retirement rich in deep friendships and...

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Independent Living Charlotte, NC

Independent living communities are also known as retirement communities or 55+ communities in Charlotte. These communities offer a wide range of services to seniors who desire to live independently among their peers. The median monthly cost of independent living in Charlotte is $2,700 for the city proper and $2,600 for the metropolitan area. The median monthly cost of independent living in North Carolina is $2,600. When it comes to senior living, Charlotte, NC is a great option for you or your loved one because of its affordability compared to its size.

Cost of Living in Charlotte, NC

The city has a cost-of-living index rating of 99 and a grocery index rating of 99. These ratings are based on a sliding scale where 100 is equal to the national average. This means that the average cost of living in Charlotte is cheaper than the average city in the US.

Cost-of-living index Grocery index Health care Median rent Rent burden Median home value Median family income Estate tax
99 99 100 $1,210 18.1% $186,929 $58,202 no estate tax or inheritance tax

Local Hospitals

The top three highest rated hospitals in the city are:

  • Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center - A nonprofit, 622-bed tertiary medical center located in Charlotte that’s one of the largest medical communities in the region with over 700 physicians on staff
  • Atrium Health Pineville - A 235-bed acute care community located in the city of Charlotte
  • Carolinas Medical Center - The flagship hospital of Atrium Health: The region’s only level 1 trauma center and the largest hospital in the area, employing over 1,100 physicians specializing in all areas of medicine

Weather and Climate

Charlotte has a humid subtropical type of climate. As typical of the south, the city experiences hot and humid winters and mild summers. However, Charlotte tends to have a higher level of precipitation than cities farther south. On average, the humidity level for Charlotte is roughly 67%. The humidity levels are often highest during the month of August at about 72%.

Seasonal Temperatures

Average summer temp Typical summer high Typical summer low Average winter temp Typical winter high Typical winter low
79°F 92°F (July) 65°F (July) 45°F 58°F (February) 30°F (January)

Air Quality

Average air quality index rating Average maximum air quality index rating
48 (Good) 69 in the month of June (Moderate)

Moderate conditions mean that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should consider limiting the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.

Precipitation

Average monthly precipitation Average maximum monthly precipitation Average yearly snowfall
4" 5" (December) 2"

Demographics and Values

2016 Presidential Election in Mecklenburg County

Voted Democratic Voted Republican Voted Third Party
62.29% 32.89% 4.82%

Highest Level of Education

High-school diploma College degree Graduate degree
18% 43% 15%

Population Statistics

Population metro area Population city proper Population density Population trend
1,467,362 859,035 1,081 people per square mile Growing at a rate of 1.53%

Age

Median 55+ 60+ 70+ 80+
34 19% 8% 4% 2%

Race & Ethnicity

Asian Black Hispanic Native American Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian White Two or more
6.5% 35.1% 14.0% 0.4% 0.1% 41.9% 2.8%

Crime

Total Crimes Property crimes per 1,000 citizens Violent crimes per 1,000 citizens
36,202 39 3

Miscellaneous

Unemployed Participate in the labor force Have some form of disability Live in poverty Widows Veterans
7% 72% 9% 15% 4% 6%

Charlotte is considered friendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. This means that members of the community tend to be accepted by members of the general public and can usually participate in public life without fear of bigotry.

Arts, Culture, Entertainment, and Recreation

As a major city with a pleasant climate, Charlotte has no shortage of indoor and outdoor activities. Plenty of museums call Charlotte home, including museums of art, culture, and history. Designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art houses works in all mediums by some of the modern masters. The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is a cultural center focusing on all types of artistic expression celebrating African-American voices. North Carolina’s first art museum, The Mint Museum, is still a popular attraction spanning the artistic histories of various cultures and backgrounds. The Charlotte Museum of History gives insight and information into various cultural groups who have populated the Charlotte area throughout history. for fans of auto racing, Charlotte hosts both the NASCAR and Auto Racing Halls of Fame.

If you would like to take full advantage of the mild weather of the Southeast, there are a great number of outdoor attractions in the region to put on your list. Freedom Park is a 98-acre city park and a Charlotte favorite. In the summer, the park hosts free films and music performances, and every September organizes the 5-day Festival in the Park, attracting over 100,000 visitors. The Reed Gold Mine, located just outside Charlotte, is a living history museum constructed around the site of the earliest gold discoveries in the country, where visitors are invited to try their hand at panning for gold. And while it may be a few hours’ drive from the city, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a beautiful, must-see natural destination boasting over 10 million visitors each year.

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