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Chapel Hill, NC is one of the best places to retire
Chapel Hill,NC and the Triangle in general are some of the best areas to retire in North Carolina and the country. The three universities, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State and Duke University provide an enriching atmosphere with always something going on. Art, music (all kinds!), dance, good food and learning, choosing what to do is so hard.
Medical care is stellar. The University of North Carolina Hospitals and Duke University Medical Center, both large teaching hospitals, are within 15 minutes of each other.
The weather is fine in Chapel Hill with 4 seasons. We may have a little snow or ice but it’s usually gone in a day or so and then the temp may be 70 a couple of days later. The summers are pretty hot in July and August but that’s a great time to head to the mountains or the beach, each around 3 hours or less away.
Clients from the Northeast tell me our taxes are low here. Triangle and Chapel Hill taxes vary depending on the county, city and school district. For example, the taxes on a $300,000 house in Chatham County with a Chapel Hill address would be around $2040 a yr. In the town of Chapel Hill the taxes for a $300,000 house would be $4620. Driving just a few miles will cut your taxes.
Many people want a real community with amenities when they retire. It makes it easier to meet friends when there are activities and good restaurants close by.
Briar Chapel has Encore, a new age restricted over 55 neighborhood with really nice one level homes by David Weekley. There is a private pool and clubhouse for Encore. Yards are maintained.
By Marianne Howell Wright