7 great homes for retirees

Brevard, North Carolina

Address: 21 Gawanv Court
Price: $347,000
What you get: Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, 1,806 square feet
Price per square foot: $192

Nestled in the Connestee Falls community, this home features views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which you can take in from a large covered porch. Built in 2006, it's a newer home that offers an open floor plan and lots of natural light. There are wood floors throughout, high ceilings and a stone fireplace in the living room. The kitchen has stainless-steel appliances, granite counter tops and wood cabinetry. There's also a large two-car garage and an unfinished basement. The biggest bonus — there's an $8,000 one-time fee paid by the seller with an acceptable offer by Oct. 31, 2014.

Connestee Falls is a nature lover's paradise, with woods, mountain streams, lakes, waterfalls and hiking trails. It's not age-restricted, but the average resident is around 60 years old. The community boasts an 18-hole golf course, a heated pool, a wellness center, bocce ball, tennis courts and pickleball courts. There are also four stocked lakes for fishing, boating and swimming. And the clubhouse offers dining, a full bar, a sports grill and a performance arts center. HOA fees are $2,632 per year. Forbes likes this town for its low crime rate and below-average cost of living.

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Bridgette Shuler; Connestee Falls Realty; 828-885-2015