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Best Places to Live & Retire in Wilmington

Historic Charm with Beaches Aplenty

 

Wilmington is a happening place. With beaches, rivers, history, water sports, music, the 4th Friday Art Walk downtown, indoor and outdoor theater, the Azalea Fest, River Fest, the largest movie studio on the East Coast, breweries, wine shops, and a mile-long list of dining options, the only trouble you’ll have here is fitting it all in.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

Average Temperatures

Winter: 58/37 Spring: 74/52

Summer: 88/71 Fall: 76/55

Population:

112,067

Airport

Wilmington International Airport

Average Property Tax

0.64%

Sales Tax

7%

Many locals are transplants who have come to Wilmington to step the pace back a notch. Recognizing the finer things of life – R&R and doing more of what you love – has pulled many outsiders in, and changed their lives for the better.

Whatever your speed, Wilmington has you covered. With restaurants that rival those in any city, music, theater, and night life galore, after a day of adventure on the water, relaxation or both, treating yourself and your entourage is easy here.

With the free tools that Ideal-Living offers, you can compare the best communities in

Wilmington to find the one that best suites you. Our website offers an abundance of great information and fun articles on a regular basis. You have questions, we have answers. We can:

  • Put you in touch with representatives from the top luxury home communities
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  • Provide information on state tax strategies
  • Specific locale information such as climate, amenities, local restaurants, events

There are plenty of options for you, which is great, but it can also seem overwhelming. Buying a second home or a retirement home is a major decision, and we are here to help you with that decision. All of our resources are free, so sign up for any or all of our publications using the simple form above and we’ll send what you need directly to your doorstep.

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Homes Built for Comfort and Entertainment

Single-family, one-story homes are the norm in active adult communities. They can be customized to each household’s needs. Homes usually offer layouts and features that are standard in modern homes. Generally, master suites are complete with a spacious closet and an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in tub. Newer homes also include office spaces for working seniors.

Houses in these neighborhoods are made for entertaining. Open living spaces, large patios, and screened porches make for ideal social gatherings. Visiting friends and family can stay overnight in the guest bedrooms.

Landscaping maintenance is often provided for all residents.

Elevated Amenities for Residents

While many active adult communities operate independently, some are located within larger master-planned residential developments. Both types of communities offer exclusive amenities such as pools and clubhouses.

Workout facilities deliver classes and programs that cater to all fitness levels. Low-impact aerobics and yoga are some of the most popular programs offered.

Those who would rather be outdoors can take advantage of walking trails, parks, and picnic areas. Pickleball courts, tennis courts, and lawns for croquet and softball games are available for athletic residents to use.

Active adult communities may also include services that cannot be found in regular neighborhoods. Residents can walk to onsite restaurants, golf courses, and water features like lakes or ponds. For those who want services to come to them, hair stylists and physical therapists may be available on-call.

Hubs and Clubs for Various Interests

Activity directors help new residents connect with their neighbors. They organize clubs for community members of various interests such as gardening, cooking, and woodworking.

Residents can keep sharp by attending academic classes and visiting lectures in the community centers. Live concerts and film screenings will appeal to those who love performance arts.

Community service clubs are popular, too. Neighbors can organize charities, drives, and other public service events for the community at large.

Idyllic Communities in Ideal Locations

The best active adult communities are located near town or city landmarks. Hospitals and healthcare facilities, for example, are situated nearby. Residents have easy access to physicians and dentists that specialize in senior wellness.

Prospective residents should choose a community that best fits their lifestyle. Some neighborhoods are only a short walk or ride away from bustling city centers. Others are closer to quieter, small-town shops.

Sample Communities to Discover

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