120 Flowers Parkway, Clayton, North Carolina 27527
All Ages Community of Flowers Plantation Has a 55+ Neighborhood, a Spa, Tennis Courts, Miles of Trails and a Good Selection of Home Prices
Less than 15 miles from fast-growing Raleigh in north central North Carolina, Flowers Plantation stretches across 3,000 lush acres and is one of the largest master-planned communities in the Research Triangle area. Homesites sit along quiet lanes that wind through wooded areas and along creeks. Builders such as Lennar, Capitol City Homes, and Saddler Construction are responsible for the 15 different neighborhoods within the community.
Although Flowers Plantation is not age restricted, it appeals to baby boomers, retirees and empty nesters. It also has a 55+ only neighborhood called Sweet Grass. Cottages in this section have three bedrooms, two baths, a garage and a maintenance-free yard. Sunroom conversions and whole house audio wiring are some of the options. Prices start at $350,000.
Residences in the rest of the development range from town homes and cottages to luxurious single family homes and estates. Floor plans vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. A high end model might have four bedrooms, a formal dining room, a chef's kitchen, and a study with a fireplace. Prices start in the mid-$100,000s and top out in the $700,000s. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they may change.
The Plantation's 20,000 square foot Pineville Club has indoor and outdoor pools. Its fitness center is furnished with the latest cardio and weight training equipment. A spa, tennis courts, and a cafe round out the club's amenities. Four miles of walking trails wind through the community. The historic Doctor Watson Inn has guest rooms for visitors. Flowers Crossroads, a retail village adjacent to Flowers Plantation, sponsors a free concert series.
Homeowners may also enjoy the history room, book fairs, and readings at the nearby Clayton library. Clayton's active parks and recreation department offers classes in anything from gardening to zumba. Its greenways run along the Neuse River and reach all the way to Raleigh.
Raleigh has several accredited hospitals, including Duke Health, Wakemed Health and Rex Hospital.
This area has hot, humid summers with temperatures in 80s and 90s and mild winters with temperatures in the 40s, 50, 60s. On average, Clayton receives 45 inches of rain per year.
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Sir Walter Raleigh sent English colonists to North Carolina in 1585 and 1587 to settle Roanoke Island. Permanent settlements were established in 1653, and early conflicts included pirate raids, the Quaker-led Cary Rebellion and the Tuscarora Indian War.
North Carolina didn't see much fighting during the American Revolution, but many residents went out of state to fight. A lot of locals were pro-Union and anti-slavery, but the state joined the Confederacy during the Civil War.
The state is the nation's largest tobacco producer, furniture maker and brick and textile manufacturer. Papermaking, chemicals, and metalworking are important to the state economy, too. Most lithium and mica come from here.
Tourists spend more than $1 billion in North Carolina annually. Sporting options include skiing, golfing and fishing. Major attractions include the Great Smoky Mountains, Cape Hatteras, the Blue Ridge National Parkway, the Wright Brothers memorial, Carl Sandburg's home, and an Old Salem re-creation in Winston-Salem. North Carolina's climate is warm and tropical most of the time, but it can be subject to fierce storms part of the
Population - 10,146,788
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 28%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 9%
White persons, not Hispanic - 65%
Median household income - $46,848
Median home value - $154,500
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Newer Communities vs. Older Communities
Retirement communities come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These days new communities have a lot of bells and whistles, often including a large clubhouse with a state of the art fitness center, a resort-style swimming pool, an 18 hole championship golf course (or two or three), concierge services, transportation services, a rental program and much more. Something to keep in mind with newer communities is how the development will look when it is completely built out. And who will the residents be? Older communities often cannot match the amenities of newer ones, but they make up for that by having an established group of residents. You have a better idea what you are getting when you buy into an older development.
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