Twenty-five years ago, neighbors and faculty members of Duke University envisioned an exceptional retirement experience. They banded together, acquired land near the Duke campus and began to explore the possibilities.

Today they have something pretty impressive to show for it.

As the Durham renaissance has gained steam, The Forest at Duke has grown and flourished as well, welcoming hundreds of active, engaged people from around the Triangle and across the country. Residents may choose from 11 floor plans of cottages and apartments graciously spread across a beautifully landscaped and well-appointed campus, which offers a full continuum of on-site health services.

Since The Forest has long been committed to offering a lifestyle that nurtures the mind, body and spirit, residents take the lead in shaping what happens here — concerts and lectures, water aerobics and gardening, shopping expeditions and downtown excursions.

Currently the Fall Learning Series is underway at The Forest enticing people to explore the arts, financial planning and entertainment. The September sessions featured such notables as the North Carolina Poet Laureate and the Tar Heel Traveler.  The October and November sessions have something compelling for every taste – from Rock ‘n Roll to Islam, from long term health care insurance to Chagall.

 The Forest offers more than food for thought; it also serves up some exceptional meals. Four newly renovated dining venues offer service, options and choices that rival anything the Triangle has to offer.

The heart of any community is its people. The Forest is no different. In fact, as impressive as the community is, it’s really the people who live here who set The Forest apart.

 Maybe it’s the university connection, maybe it’s the great location, maybe it’s the energy that can be found all around Durham these days — whatever it is, The Forest teems with vibrant, vigorous, curious people who are always eager to learn, interested in what’s going on and ready to talk about it over coffee, a beer, or a great glass of wine as they reflect on another remarkable day.