LExplore the Finest Land Preservation Communities
The nation's best land preservation communities are committed to the conservation of natural areas and wildlife habitat for future generations. If you're a nature lover who is considering retirement or relocation, a premier land preservation community may be the right destination for you.
Why choose a land preservation community?
Is your idea of a great day one that includes a long walk in an unspoiled natural area? Do you enjoy photographing wildlife in a pristine setting or canoeing on a lake that doesn't allow motor boats? How convenient would it be if a large tract of undeveloped land was located next to your residential neighborhood? If your retirement or relocation plans include spending more time in the great outdoors, a land preservation community should be at the top if your list.
What are the benefits of living in a land preservation community?
- Land Preservation Trusts. Also sometimes called conservation easements, land preservation trusts are usually created by the original property owners or by the community developers. Depending on the size of the community master plan, this can result in dozens or even hundreds of acres being left untouched in their natural state. The benefit to community residents is that they know this protected land will be free of future development and available for enjoyment in the years ahead.
- Community design. Land preservation communities often group their residential neighborhoods and amenity centers in specific areas that are separated by undeveloped land. Community residents can then enjoy more peace and quiet at home, relaxing nature views from the back porch and access to undisturbed areas that are walking distance from their homes' front door.
- Outdoor recreation. Residents in land preservation communities are naturally drawn to open spaces and woodlands. Whether your healthy exercise plan includes leisurely strolls or more vigorous hikes, most land preservation communities have many miles of pathways within their designated natural areas. Bike riders, birdwatchers, photographers and artists can also enjoy their favorite activities in these serene preserved spaces. If lakes, ponds and other wetlands are part of the conservation area, then kayaking, canoeing and fishing may be additional outdoor recreation options.
- Nature clubs. Social activities in land preservation communities are nearly always nature-oriented and community clubs are quick to form among like-minded neighbors. Members of these nature clubs volunteer their time to regularly inspect the protected areas, keep walking trails free of debris, monitor water and woodland quality, and engage in other healthy activities that keep these natural areas both pristine and accessible. Club members may also serve as guides for community visitors and organize field trips to nearby state and national parks.
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The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach is a special community just 1 mile away from the beautiful sand and waves of Ocean Isle Beach. Residents at The Retreat are positioned uniquely within walking distance to the local grocery store, incredible restaurants and quaint shops that make Ocean Isle Beach so desirable. The colorful homes and lush landscape pay homage to the bold and bright colors you’ll find lining the oceanfront streets just across the causeway.
With a sparkling crystal blue lap pool and an outdoor cabana that features a built in gas grill, large gathering area, and a big screen outdoor television, you’ll find neighbors at The Retreat taking full advantage of their outdoor spaces on any given summer day. Palm tree lined streets, shuffleboard courts and sidewalks throughout the community combined with the mild climate lend itself to daily walks, bicycle rides, and outdoor activities year round. As one of the area’s premier new home communities, The Retreat is known for offering the best value at the very best price.
Find Out More About The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach – A North Carolina Retirement Community
If you would like to learn more about this mix of relaxation, fun and slow pace of life retirement community in North Carolina, offering world class amenities, you can request more information and compare this community with many others to find your ideal lifestyle. All you have to do is request more information here.
Southeastern NC’s shimmering coast is home to St. James Plantation. This uber popular community is nestled along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), near the charming seaside village of Southport and historic Wilmington. Residents enjoy our over 100 million dollars of completed first-class amenities, including a private oceanfront beach club, a 475-Wet Slip/Dry Stack ICW marina and marketplace, fitness clubs including a $4 million dollar Signature Wellness Center, 4 welcoming clubhouses, 81-holes of championship golf, 36+ miles of biking, walking trails, dining, Har-Tru tennis, pickleball, parks and community gardens as well as over 100 social clubs. Our residents also enjoy a mild Carolina climate as living here means four distinct seasons, perfect for enjoying the great outdoors and exploring nearby antiques, shops, boutiques, gourmet restaurants and historical landmarks dating back to the 1700’s. Moreover, our area boasts well- supplied adult educational institutions and first-class medical centers. Real estate options range from spacious custom homes to patio homes and condominiums. Single family homes range from the $300s to $1 million plus, and homesites range from the $60s.
Callawassie Island, located in the heart of the Lowcountry, is a private, gated island community offering world-class Tom Fazio golf and a full complement of amenities including a tennis center, clubhouse, pools, fitness center, and River Club. Secluded from the noise and congestion of the highway, Callawassie lies miles from Hilton Head and is also convenient to Beaufort and Bluffton (15 minutes away); historic Savannah, GA (a 30-minute drive); and the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (40 minutes away). A half-mile causeway provides a relaxing, slow-paced approach to the island, where peace and quiet are as plentiful as vibrant activity.
The community hosts numerous social events, activities and clubs connecting members by their passions for nature, art and giving back locally. Members take full advantage of the island parks, historical sites and recreation areas for enjoying remarkable views of undisturbed nature. Island dwellers have access to four community docks providing leased slips, kayak launches and excellent opportunities for fishing, crabbing and shrimping. The River Club, overlooking the Colleton River, is a warm gathering center with a library and fireplace, family swimming pool, and offers seasonal dining.
For those seeking a golfing experience like no other, the 27-hole, Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course is truly spectacular. Voted one of South Carolina’s top 50 courses, Callawassie recently enhanced the design with a four-million-dollar renovation in 2014. This renovation resulted in a brand-new pro shop with three Class A PGA Golf Professionals. The courses meander intimately along the waterways and salt marshes in a way that environmental regulations have made difficult for newer courses; visual interest is natural not manmade.
Callawassie Island is the first South Carolina gated community to have been designated a “Community Wildlife Habitat” by the National Wildlife Federation. This coexistence brings a true community balance with nature. The island is covered with live oaks and palmettos, egrets and herons, and encompasses a thriving salt marsh ecosystem.
Today, Callawassie is one of only four South Carolina communities holding this distinguished designation. The homes and homesites, including waterfront property, are among the best values in the area.
Welcome to The Landings.
Our vibrant, island lifestyle is made even richer by our proximity to the culture and excitement of Savannah, GA. The best of both worlds? You bet!
All the natural beauty of an island and the modern amenities of a city blended to make one of the most amazing places to live in the entire United States. You’ll always feel connected to the exhilaration of Savannah, while enjoying the privacy and security of having a home inside a gated community – better yet, a gated community on an island!
World-class, resort-style amenities, the feel of a small town and a number of distinct neighborhoods… each detail has been considered in creating a community of incomparable standards. With 40 years of national awards for golf and community excellence, The Landings on Skidaway Island offers a range of real estate opportunities fit for any lifestyle.
Life at The Landings comes with many outdoor opportunities too, including fishing in one of our many lagoons, 30 miles of nature trails, playgrounds, dog parks, not to mention year-round watersports. Set off on an adventure from either of our two full-service, deep-water marinas: Landings Harbor and Delegal Creek Marina. Both offer easy access to the Atlantic, and the Intracoastal Waterway – two ideal locations for enjoying the best maritime experience that the Southeast has to offer.
Here you’ll also find The Landings Club, our private luxury golf club offering 6 Championship golf courses, 4 Clubhouses, 7 Dining options, 31 Har-Tru tennis courts, Pickleball, Bocce, 5 pools, a 50,000 sq ft Wellness Center and much, much more. While you don’t have to join The Landings Club to live in The Landings, becoming a member of The Landings Club takes life at The Landings to a whole new level.
Discover more about The Landings on Skidaway Island by taking advantage of one of our Island Discovery Packages today! Learn more at www.thelandings.com or contact The Landings Welcome Center at 912-598-0500.
Bayside is an award-winning classic beach resort community developed by the regionally renowned Carl M. Freeman Companies. Tree-lined streets showcase a community of stunning homes – all inspired by the New England coastal towns.
Located just outside Fenwick Island, DE, Bayside is removed but certainly not remote, with the perfect blend of privacy and location.
Our Bayside community is ideally nestled in this quiet resort town with access to all that it has to offer. As one of Delaware’s finest coastal destinations, Fenwick Island is beautifully serene but with plenty to do. Once you’re here, you might notice your cares melting away as the beaches of Fenwick Island call your name.
Whether you see yourself in a townhouse, villa-style duplex or single-family dwelling, there is an ideal Bayside home for you, ranging from cozy to grand. Our selection of designs, by the area’s top builders, offer a selection of varied floor plans and settings to meet your personal taste, budget and lifestyle.
Located on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, only 10 minutes from Wilmington, Compass Pointe is a gated, private community that offers an unmatched resort lifestyle. Every day feels like a vacation where you can relax by our award-winning pool, float along the lazy river, join one of 100+ community clubs, or get some exercise at our fitness center, indoor pool, or golf club. Come see for yourself why Compass Pointe was honored with the 2020 Best Health & Fitness Community and America’s Best Places to Live 2021.
- Private, Gated Entrance
- The Grand Lanai
- Resort Oasis Pool
- Compass Pointe Golf Club
- Clubhouse (under construcion) & Pro Shop
- The Pointe Wellness Center & Spa
- Indoor Pool
- Lazy River
- Tennis & Pickleball Courts
- Recreation Lawn
- Putting Greens
- Latitudes Restaurant and Bar
- Dog Park
- Cardinal Lake with Canoe & Kayak Launch
- Outdoor Amphitheater
- Sidewalks Throughout for Walking and Biking
- Golf Cart Paths Throughout
- Club Member Pool & Bar
- Club Member Fitness Center
- Club Member Golf Simulator
Tennessee’s rolling hills and invigorating mountains invite you to tune up your bicycle, dust off your golf clubs and take a deep breath. The most active years of your life await. Their beautiful climate and stunning scenery set the perfect state for chasing your passions. So come on outside and stretch your legs. Tennessee’s got plenty of room to roam.
Retirees of discerning tastes from across the country are giving Tennessee a second look. The latest statistics show that Tennessee is growing rapidly as a retirement destination, and everyone who’s been to the state understands why.
In their friendly neighborhoods, Southern Hospitality is more than an empty cliche. Tennessee is a state where people still smile at you on the street and you’re never a stranger anywhere. Newcomers often remark at how warm the locals are and how openly they embrace new faces.
The Peninsula on the Indian River Bay creates a lifestyle full of the activities you’ve been searching for. Come live, dine, relax and play in this one-of-a-kind resort community in Coastal Delaware that combines best-in-class amenities that fit your lifestyle with beautifully designed new homes from the $300s to $3M+
The Peninsula has something for everyone! Our private gated resort community features an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature designed golf course, racquet club with tennis and pickle ball, a full service spa, state-of-the-art athletic club, indoor and outdoor pools that include a poolside grill, a signature wave pool, and sand beach. We also have three points of water access to the surrounding bay: the nature and exploration center with a kayak launch, our bay beach, and our floating dock and fishing pier. You’ll live every day like you’re vacationing in a five-star resort at The Peninsula.
Single-family, single -family detached villas and townhomes are available.
Check out what our residents are saying.. http://schellbrothers.com/the-peninsula
Sunset Ridge is located in Sunset Beach, North Carolina and has been one of Bill Clark Homes’ longstanding flagship communities. At its completion, it will showcase just over 400 single family homes and is planned for 100 townhomes. Just 3 miles from the Sunset Beach barrier island, Sunset Ridge offers its residents the easy access to both the beach and the Intracoastal Waterway all at a very affordable price point. For the golfing enthusiasts, Sunset Ridge is surrounded by many premier golf courses that are open to the public.
Featuring a community pool, clubhouse, walking paths, sidewalks and a fitness center, the homeowners may find they don’t need to leave the neighborhood to enjoy the beautiful coastal weather. Bill Clark Homes takes pride in the fact that Sunset Ridge is made up of both local residents and those coming from out of town looking to live at the beach. The number of friends and family that start out as visitors and have now become homeowners is a testament to the welcoming sense of community that Sunset Ridge offers.
Savannah Quarters is just minutes from historic Savannah – where beautiful homes and outstanding amenities combine with a vibrant club experience to create a unique lifestyle. Graceful, well-groomed landscaping in a beautiful Lowcountry setting creates the perfect sanctuary for residents to build their dream home. There are so many home-styles to choose from, with a selection of single-family homes, paired villas, townhomes, and estate lots.
The Club at Savannah Quarters features an 18-hole Greg Norman Signature Golf Course, a resort-style swimming pool and fitness center, tennis courts, fine dining and gracious Southern service.
The Village at Savannah Quarters features upscale shopping, local cuisine and is anchored by Publix. Enjoy all of the culture, history and the eclectic vibe of downtown Savannah and the beaches of Tybee Island and Hilton Head, and still enjoy the convenience of a community built with a modern, active lifestyle in mind. Savannah Quarters is also conveniently located close to a major airport, healthcare facilities, restaurants and hotels.
Nestled within a pristine natural setting just minutes from Downtown Naples, Florida’s preeminent new home builder is creating a colorful update of classic coastal living. Inspired by the timeless architecture and traditions of Old Naples, elegant new Minto homes overlook miles of scenic kayak and hiking trails. With over half of the 2,400-acres dedicated to lakes, nature preserves and natural habitat, combined with outdoor-inspired amenities, The Isles of Collier Preserve is an extraordinary new active adult gated community where the magic of Old Naples and unspoiled nature still coexist.
Enjoy all aspects of an active lifestyle influenced by wellness at The Isles Club, featuring resort-style amenities such as a resort-style pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis and pickleball courts, and a yoga lawn. After a scenic day exploring this beautiful community, sip on cocktails and savor coastal Florida flavors with family and neighbors at the resident-exclusive Overlook Bar & Grill, overlooking the Cypress Waterway.
The Isles is a master-planned community boasting 1,600 unique coastal themed new construction residences for sale, including luxury, maintenance-included villas starting in the low $400’s, and single-family homes from the $500s, many with stunning water and nature views.
Welcome to Jasper Highlands, a unique residential mountain community, nestled along the bluffs of Jasper Mountain in Tennessee. This remarkable piece of residential real estate is positioned above the clouds with majestic views of Lake Nickajack and the Tennessee River Valley, with property taxes starting at $162.10 a year!
An affordable mountain bluff gated community, Jasper Highlands is perfect as a second home mountain retreat, a retirement hideaway or as a primary residence. It is designed for the economy of our future, but surrounded by our past, hovering above the historic towns of Jasper, Kimball and South Pittsburg, which offer all the amenities for everyday living. Just 25 minutes away is Chattanooga, recently voted the number one best mid size city in America. Choose Tennessee Planned Communities.
Riverlights is the coastal community where salty air meets southern hospitality. We like to say it feels something like wiggling your toes in the sand with a sangria in hand. Our perfect location makes all the difference – along the Cape Fear River and just five miles from historic Wilmington, rated the most charming beach town on
the East Coast with award-winning restaurants and shops.
When you live in Riverlights, your days radiate with the positive energy that happens when you live on the water in the Carolina sunshine. Eat up as the sun goes down at our waterfront restaurant. Venture through the art gallery and local shops at our Marina Village. Kayak on still waters for a sun-soaked day on the river. Walk and bike our trails. Join new friends for sunrise paintings on the boardwalk, front porch happy hours or book clubs that give back to local charities. This all sounds good to us. Hopefully, it sounds good to you.
Our array of single-family homes, luxury townhomes and apartments, low- maintenance homes, and Del Webb 55+ neighborhood means something for everyone. So, schedule your personal tour with our community specialists, Jared and Baylee, or start your virtual tour here.
David Weekley’s first 55+ active adult community is coming soon to the brand new, master-planned community of The Highlands! Located in Porter, TX, The Highlands is dedicated to everything you know and love about home and nature. The Highlands is a 2,300-acre exploration of natural beauty and will be built to take full advantage of its densely forested, national park-like setting. David Weekley’ section in The Highlands – Encore will feature 45- and 55-foot, single-story homesites along with top-quality construction, open-concept livability and a splendid Montgomery County location near shopping, dining and entertainment. In The Highlands, you’ll soon experience the best in Design, Choice and Service from one of Houston’s top home builders as well as a variety of amenities, including:
• Lifestyle Director to schedule activities
• 55+ clubhouse
• 18-hole golf course and tennis courts
• Hiking, biking and adventure trail system along the San Jacinto River
• Event lawn and pavilion, recreation field and playgrounds
• Acres of parks, greenspaces and onsite lakes for fishing and kayaking
• Waterpark with lazy river
Cresswind Charleston brings the award-winning Cresswind active adult lifestyle to the Charleston area. This gated community is integrated within the thriving community of The Ponds while maintaining its own privacy. Cresswind features a full list of resort-style amenities, all located within a natural, Lowcountry setting.
Residents can take a short walk to the 12,000-square-foot clubhouse, enjoy pickleball and tennis or participate in activities at the event lawn and amphitheater. Additionally, homeowners have the opportunity to enrich their lives with cooking and yoga classes or bocce ball. Residents also can nurture their talent in the art room, play pool, swim in the resort-style pool, fish or kayak – and stay fit and healthy at a well-equipped fitness center.
Cresswind Charleston offers spacious homes featuring a wide range of personalization opportunities, designer choices, uniquely designed with careful attention to details. Single-family, ranch-style homes will include designer features, energy efficiency and designs complementary to active living. Tour nine designed model homes. Move-In Ready homes available now.
Imagine for a minute you’re visiting the private club community of Hampton Hall in Bluffton, SC. You’ve gotten over the awe of the dramatic and picturesque Lowcountry landscape, and you’re starting to take in your surroundings. The first thing you’re probably going to hear is laughter. Depending on where you’re standing, it could be coming from the lakeside resort pool, or the Pete Dye golf course, or maybe one of the various dining venues. For while everything here is beautiful to look at and expertly maintained and cared for, the key component is fun and enjoyment.
We thought you should be prepared for that because, sure enough, the tennis pro will coax you on to the courts, or the threesome about to tee off will enlist you into completing their group. You see, the minute you pass through the gates at Hampton Hall, something changes. You are at once connected with this club and community. A place you may have never known existed, right up until the moment you fall in love with it.
We invite you inside the gates to tour Hampton Hall. Come see if you feel a connection with this Lowcountry private club community. Come see if Hampton Hall feels like home.
Fawn Lake – Best Places to Live in Virginia
There are places to live in Virginia, and then there are the best places to live in Virginia. Fawn Lake is the latter. An idyllic lakeside living development nine miles west of historic Fredericksburg, VA, Fawn Lake spans 2,350 acres of lush, rolling hills. It features an Audubon Certified wildlife Sanctuary. And, Fawn Lake’s deepwater marina is available to all residents.
Best Lake Living Community in Virginia
In addition to the laid-back, nature-based lake lifestyle, Fawn Lake provides the security offered in a gated community. An Arnold Palmer designed golf course and a private country club are also perks. Fawn Lake is 288 acres deep with over seven miles of shoreline that runs alongside much of the course. Fawn Lake’s lush canopy of trees complement the distinctive homes and home sites within the gates. Lakefront retreats, golf cottages and wooded estate home sites alike add architectural diversity. There’s a uniqueness here that is unparalleled in surrounding Virgina communities. Fawn Lake’s proximity to culture and excitement found in large cities and small towns also adds substantial value.
More to Love at Fawn Lake
Boating, water-skiing, and fishing are among favorite pastimes in this ideal Virginia community. And, nature-lovers have found a piece of heaven here with more than ten miles of hiking and walking trails. Residents have been known to take a midsummer dip after a long hike at the lake beach. The community pool is also a great choice. Clubs, leagues and groups are abundant at Fawn Lake. So, if you’re the social type, you’re in luck. Additionally, schools, top area hospitals and shopping are all easily accessible. A fitness club is on site, and tennis, boating, kayaking, sailing, and a community clubhouse are available to all residents. Fawn Lake offers a wide variety of custom builders to suit your needs. Home prices range from the high $500s to $2.5 million.
It’s not hard to find the best fit at Fawn Lake.
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