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The Forest at Duke
The Forest at Duke © Photo courtesy of The Forest at Duke
  • Location: Durham, North Carolina, 2 miles from Duke University
  • Type of facility: Not-for-profit CCRC
  • Accommodations: Apartments, cottages, single-family homes
  • Cost:
    • Entry fee $88,000 to $322,000
    • Monthly service fee $2,600 to $4,400

The idea for The Forest began more than 20 years ago when Duke faculty members and neighbors collaborated to create the 47-acre retirement community. Its on-site Health Center is directed by the Geriatric Department of Duke Medical Center. Residents have the option to participate in medical studies and trials.

The Forest's modified contract greatly reduces the costs of future on-site health care.

Residents may volunteer at Duke Hospitals, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, the Nasher Museum, the Rare Book Room, Ronald McDonald House, the Caring House and other sites on the Duke campus.

The Forest offers monthly on-site classes, arts and wellness activities. In addition, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke offers more than 100 free courses every semester, with a number of those held on The Forest's own campus.

Forest residents benefit from the educational, arts and cultural environment and opportunities not only at Duke, but also at nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University, both within 10 miles of the Forest community.

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