Charlotte has repeatedly been voted one of the best cities in the country to retire, with recommendations from Money Magazine, Forbes, CNN, and others. It shares the South's famously mild climate and low cost of living. As both a college town and major financial and business center with 325 Fortune 500 companies and many banking headquarters, Charlotte is growing rapidly and gaining fun new cosmopolitan features all the time.
For shopping, theres SouthPark Mall http://www.simon.com/mall/southpark/stores and Concord Mills http://www.simon.com/mall/concord-mills, with shops like Aerosoles, Ann Taylor, Clarks, Chicos, J. Jill, Kate Spade, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, and more. There's also plenty of fun, funky boutiques in the new NoDa arts district http://www.noda.org/shops.cfm. Gaffney Premium Outlets offers deep discounts on Coach, J Crew, Crocs, Pottery Barn, Michael Kors, and more.
Sports fans have plenty to stay busy with seasons to season. The Charlotte Motor Speedway http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/ is a must for NASCAR fans, as is the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The North Carolina Panthers call Charlotte's Bank of America stadium home. http://www.panthers.com/stadium/index.html . The Charlotte 49ers are in Division 1 for college sports. Charlotte even has two roller derby teams.
There is no shortage of the arts, either, with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra http://www.charlottesymphony.org/, the Bechtler Museum of Art http://www.bechtler.org/Collection/Collection-strengths
(which features contemporary greats such as Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miro, Jean Tinguely and Barbara Hepworth), The Mint Museum of Art http://www.mintmuseum.org/, Blumenthal Performing Arts center,http://www.blumenthalarts.org/, and Harvey B Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture http://www.ganttcenter.org/web/. Plays, concerts, gallery exhibitions, educational seminars and more are all part of Charlotte's amazing buzz.
No matter what your interests or level of independence, Charlotte is a stimulating and exciting place to live. With Regency Retirement as your home base, you have all the benefits of a caring senior community and all the benefits of an interesting, adventurous city just moments away.