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Why I Retired Here

Durham Magazine, June/July Issue 2018

There are many reasons why you might consider our area as you search for retirement options: our well-rounded quality of life, mild climate, renowned dining, robust arts scene, continuing education programs and top-rated health care are just a few. This year, the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 places to retire. In 2017, Durham was recognized by Condé Nast Traveler Editor Mark Ellwood as the No. 5 destination in the U.S. to spend your golden years for many of the reasons listed above. And we have a large number of retirement communities that strike the perfect balance between offering first-rate care and promoting independence. We asked a few folks to share the reasons they chose to spend their golden years here—since we know navigating the many pricing and contract options can be overwhelming—we also put together a guide to the area’s best retirement centers and 55+ communities.

“My husband, Dennis, and I are originally from Florida, but we moved to Cary a few years ago. From there, my husband took a position at Duke Regional, so we relocated [to Durham]. We became empty-nesters recently, and it felt like we were ready fro a change. We were looking for an active lifestyle community that offered more that just a place to live. I think, especially coming from Florida, we had a preconceived notion of what a 55+ community might be like. So when we started looking around the area [and] stumbled upon Creekside at Bethpage, we immediately felt that it was such a great spot. There’s a great sense of community that Creekside has to offer, people who are in similar places of life.

We started playing pickleball; they have regulation courts here. It’s actually more of a social game [than tennis]. It can be played single, but most people play doubles. It’s such a popular sport, especially within our particular age group—it makes it easy to stay physically fit.

And we look after one another —the residents really pull together. A group of residents who were here at the beginning actually started a non-profit called Creekside Pay-It-Forward, a medical equiptment loan library, and [Creekside’s building company] AV Homes underwrote the first year of insurance. We have all of these great opportunities to start something. Last November, I partnered with one other resident, and we invited a lot of local businesses to host a shopping bazaar in our clubhouse. It gave our residents an opportunity to do holiday shopping, but at the same time, support locals, where it really matters.

It’s been surprising to us that this is not anything like a retirement community. It’s so much more than we could have ever imagined it to be. We just really are so happy, and Durham has so much to offer. Here, there’s just a great sense of, ‘You live in Creekside? Oh, they’re really nice over there!”

—Lori College, Creekside at Bethpage


This excerpt was taken from the 2018 June/July Durham Magazine. To see the full article and read more, click here.