Pinehurst Village : North carolina


What It Is Like to Retire in Pinehurst Village

Pinehurst Village is a popular and growing community of just under 15,000 in south central North Carolina, 75 miles east of Charlotte. This classic village is set in a serene and beautiful forest. The Pinehurst Resort is located within the village. The resort is so low-key and private that you could drive by the entrance to the town and not realize that you were there. The community was founded by James Walker Tufts in 1895 with the goal of being a healthful retreat. Famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted assisted in the design. Then the golf followed. The U.S.(golf) Open Tournament is held here periodically at the famed Pinehurst #2 course. Payne Stuart won here shortly before his tragic death – a statue on the course commemorates that exciting victory. The village is self-contained with an elegant but small downtown. A number of small hotels and B & B’s offer luxurious accommodations.

Pinehurst is located in Moore County. (for more details see Pinehurst Resort). For a list of profiles on over 900 cities and towns go to retirement communities


Where to Retire in Pinehurst Village and Home Prices

Owning a lot in the village normally gives one the privilege of joining the Pinehurst Golf Club. The village and the resort within it tend to be quite exclusive. Surrounding communities have sought to capture some of Pinehurst’s cachet with “piney-sounding” names like Southern Pines, Whispering Pines, etc. Many of these communities are exclusive; some offer a budget version of the golf community. Single family homes are the predominant form of housing.
Homes are available in a variety of price ranges. According to Zillow, the median home value in Pinehurst was $311,392 in early 2021. Prices can vary depending on size of home. Communities near Pinehurst, such as Southern Pines, will be less expensive.


What Is Special about Pinehurst Village

Classic and legendary village and golf course. National landmark status for its role in national golf history. Quiet and understated. The resort offers 9 golf courses, including famous Pinehurst #2. 43 golf courses within 15 miles. Traditional and charming downtown. Huge clubhouse with restaurant, plus many nice B & Bs and restaurants.


What Is Not Special about Pinehurst Village

The community has many traditions and might seem too conservative or waspy for some people. Reflecting its exclusivity, it tends to be more expensive than surrounding communities. It is far from larger cities.


Who Will Like Retirement in Pinehurst Village

Pinehurst Village has just under 15,000 residents. Many of the people here are affluent and very interested in golf.

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Local Economy Is Driven by

The population within the corporate limits of the Village (14.3 square miles) has increased by an astonishing 91% since 1990.

Climate and Physical Environment

Pinehurst North Carolina is set in the Sandhills region of south central NC. Rolling hills and pine forests characterize the terrain. The mean January temperature is 40 and the mean July temp. is 79.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Many excellent restaurants are in the resort or nearby. There is a lovely library in the Village. Sandhills Community College offers possibilities for adult education. Golf is the main focus here, but the town does attract an affluent, educated population.


The crime rate is extraordinarily low in Pinehurst.

Medical Facilities

First Health Moore Regional Hospital


Charlotte is a major airport about 75 miles distant. Moore County Airport just outside of town handles private and corporate planes.

Valuable Links

See this travel article: "It's a Golfers World in Pinehurst"

What people are saying about Pinehurst Village

Pinehurst is one of the cutest places on the planet. It is so subdued that you almost can't find it. Once there every house and building is adorable - kind of reminds me of Chatauqua Institution in western New York, or a small New England village - with pine straw on the ground. One affliction is a lot of very conservative, prosperous people wandering around in golf clothes. If you don't like a golf course atmosphere (and the sport is worshiped here) then stay away. Prices in the village reflect how nice it is. But if you like the area, the area is chock-a-block with nice towns and active adult developments with golf courses. Check out Southern Pines and Aberdeen, which is a real town with an actual bookstore. Homes and developments in these places will usually be cheaper, and you can still eat dinner at one of the fancy Pinehurst Village inns.
Posted by ruth on December 01, 2008

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