When you start thinking about retirement, everyone’s looking for that little slice of heaven.
After all, you’ve worked long and hard to save up and plan for your golden years. So, of course, you have high expectations and hopes!
You want a place that is a personal sanctuary, offering you rest and relaxation, but at the same time provides opportunities for socialization and fulfillment.
Above all, you want a place that is affordable.
Well, look no further than Edenton, North Carolina, an idyllic small town nestled in the northeastern coastal region of Chowan County.
With a rich cultural history, diverse outdoor activities, and a vibrant local community, Edenton offers the perfect setting for you to take the next steps on the road to retirement.
Here are 10 reasons you should retire to Edenton:
1. Fabulous Weather
With temperate winters and warm summers, Edenton provides its residents with comfortable weather year-round.
You won’t spend your days huddled inside to escape extreme temperatures. In Chowan County, we enjoy most of our time outdoors, relishing the sunshine and optimal weather!
2. Picturesque Beauty
Located on the shores of the Albemarle Sound, Edenton boasts some of the most beautiful scenery. Vintage homes, water views, and gorgeous sunsets make Edenton a picturesque place to call home.
You’ll find all kinds of ways to take in the views – from golfing on a course overlooking the water to sitting in a comfortable rocking chair at the Penelope Barker House to take in a stunning sunset!
You’ll be glad you get to call this beautiful place your new home.
3. Close to Nature
Take a kayak ride down the Chowan River, explore a nearby National Wildlife Refuge, or birdwatch from the banks of the Albemarle Sound.
You’ll find a host of outdoor activities here in Edenton, and with the temperate weather, you’ll be able to enjoy them year-round.
So, if you imagine yourself boating, fishing, or simply taking nature walks, Chowan County’s nature will provide the peace and enjoyment you’re looking for.
4. History Buffs Rejoice
Edenton was established in the late 17th century and is one of the oldest towns in the United States – a perfect place for history buffs to explore!
This town was the first Colonial capital of North Carolina, and you’ll find all kinds of historic attractions and events celebrating Edenton’s heritage.
5. Local Events and Attractions
Edenton offers plenty of entertainment for everyone, from weekly Trivia Nights and Vinyl Nights at Edenton Bay Trading Company to annual events like Boogie on Broad and Shrimp By the Bay.
Whether you’re an avid golfer, bird-watcher, or art lover, we’ve got activities and organizations that will help you connect and meet like-minded retirees.
So, whenever you’re in the mood to get out and meet up, you’ll find something to do in Edenton!
6. Convenient Shopping and Dining
One of the nice things about living in Edenton is the convenience of having all of your shopping needs right out your front door.
In fact, many retirees leave their cars in the driveway and opt to walk to nearby Broad Street where you’ll find a bookstore, coffee shop, bakery, movie theater, hair salon, restaurants, pharmacy, jewelry, clothing and hardware stores.
And whether you’re a fan of seafood or craving a taste of home-cooked southern comfort, Edenton’s variety of restaurants won’t disappoint.
Virtually anything you could need or want is right around the corner.
7. Easy Access and Travel
Chowan County is positioned right near major highways, waterways, and airports, so you’ll have easy access to travel and metropolitan areas.
In less than two hours, you can plant your toes in the sand at the Outer Banks, go shopping in Virginia Beach, or catch a flight out of Raleigh.
But, while living in Edenton, you won’t have to deal every day with the congestion of a city!
It’s the best of both worlds – being able to retreat from the hustle and bustle but also being able to get anywhere you want to go.
8. Affordable Housing
One of the biggest concerns when it comes to retirement is cost of living. You want an affordable place to spend your hard-earned retirement.
With a median house price below the national average and a low cost of living, Edenton offers retirees a chance to buy or rent a home that is perfect for their budget.
We’ve got lots of options to choose from including new builds, historic homes, waterfront condos, and country cottages.
If you want wide-open space with lots of land, we’ve got it. If you’re looking for walkability in a friendly neighborhood, we’ve got that, too.
And one special aspect of moving here is getting to enjoy breathtaking views of the Albemarle Sound right from your living room with our many waterfront properties.
9. Friendly Neighbors
Edentonians are some of the friendliest folks around. You’ll never be at a loss for friendly conversation in this close-knit community.
We care about our neighbors, and we pride ourselves on looking out for one another.
You’ll be greeted with a smile, friendly hello, or wave as you shop around town. People will stop you in the grocery store and greet you by name.
Some folks may find it strange at first, but they soon appreciate the common courtesy and friendliness that characterizes Edenton.
Access to quality healthcare is a top concern for most retirees.
Living in Chowan County doesn’t mean you have to forgo access to excellent healthcare.
Because it is affiliated with the award-winning ECU Healthcare system, Edenton offers its residents a wide selection of high-quality healthcare options and plenty of specialists.
ECU Health Chowan Hospital is connected to East Carolina University and the Brody School of Medicine, so you will get world-class healthcare with a small-town, neighborhood feel.
You can have peace of mind as you enjoy your retirement years in Edenton!
So, whether you’re looking to relax with a leisurely stroll through town or spend your days fishing on the tranquil waters of the Albemarle Sound, Edenton provides the perfect setting for beginning the next chapter of your life.
You’ll enjoy the peace and beauty of living in our coastal town as well as all the amenities and community that you’re wanting during retirement.
We invite you to come visit Edenton and Chowan County to see all that we can offer you.