Welcome back and thanks for continuing to tune in to the Alair Homes, Everything you Should Know Series. The place where Alair Homes Hickory expert, Cody Byrd, shares his advice and tips for designing and building a home for aging in place. 

This month Cody is sharing insight into Hickory, NC which was recently rated one of the top ten towns to retire. Making it one of the best places in the Appalachian foothills to age in place. 


Hickory was recently ranked among the top ten places to retire by both Realtor.com and SmartAsset. These studies consider factors such as affordability, tax rates, access to medical care and the availability of recreational and social activities. 

The growing community of Hickory, NC is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge and a convenient one hour drive from Charlotte International Airport. Hickory has an array of highly rated restaurants, an art museum, an aviation museum, boutiques for shopping and its own choral society and symphony. For all your medical needs, there are two hospitals, Catawba Valley and Frye Regional.

If you are an outdoor enthusiast, Hickory is just minutes away from the Blue Ridge Parkway, offering some of the best outdoor landscapes and scenic mountain vistas in the southeast. 

Hickory’s setting is picturesque and perfect for those of us who can’t get enough of the beauty of the mountains.  The landscape also provides an endless list of outdoor activities from hiking, to skiing, to bird watching and fishing on the 4,223 acres offered by Lake Hickory.  As if that isn’t enough, golfers will be thrilled to know that Hickory has 24 golf courses within a 20 mile radius. 

Hickory also offers a variety of beautiful communities where you can build or buy your forever home. The Coves Mountain River Club, The Old Wildlife Club, Bear Cliff on Lake James, Waterfront Club on Lake Rhodhiss, and many others are sure to offer cozy homes to fit your retirement needs. 

However, if you are not looking to build a forever home, Hickory also offers many beautiful historic homes that can be renovated to fit your aging in place needs. 

Cody and the rest of the Alair Homes Hickory team are all certified aging in place specialists. Click here to give them a call today about your aging in place design/build needs.