Learn About North Carolina’s Best Communities
There’s a reason James Taylor has gone to Carolina in his mind...this is a place worthy of a daydream. North Carolina is a hotspot for those looking to relocate with family or retire. Read on to learn why people are flocking to North Carolina and consider if it’s the ideal place for you.
Why make the move to North Carolina?
North Carolina has it all. Mountains? Sure—the Appalachians. Beaches? Plenty, try Wrightsville. Cities? Head to Charlotte or Raleigh. Sleepy beach towns? Beaufort is calling you. Universities? So many to choose from. North Carolina offers diverse options for living, so no matter what you love or what you’re prioritizing, you’ll find it here.
What are the benefits of living in North Carolina?
North Carolina offers a great balance, so you can build the life you want. Read on to get a taste of the benefits of living in the Tar Heel state.
- Natural landscapes: From the Blue Ridge Parkway’s red-orange autumn display to the dunes of the Outer Banks, North Carolina isn’t short of natural beauty.
- Mild seasons: If you’re a warm weather lover but still like to bundle up in the fall with a cup of cocoa and flaunt a sweater from time to time, North Carolina is probably for you. Most places here, especially coastal towns, you’ll experience light seasons so you can get a taste of winter and summer without a blazing hot sun or a brutally cold January.
- Low taxes and cost of living: North Carolina’s known for low taxes and affordable living, which makes it an excellent place for starting a family or retiring.
- Education and healthcare: With more than 30 public universities and some of the nation’s best hospitals, North Carolina offers affordable, top-tier education for those with families, and world-class healthcare for those who want to retire with peace of mind.
- Outdoor activities: Want to get a boat and navigate the Intracoastal every morning? Spend your weekends hiking in the mountains? Go fishing off the pier? There’s plenty to do, so you can find new hobbies or carry on doing the things you love.
Gone to North Carolina in your mind?
Start to make your future lifestyle a reality by browsing the North Carolina communities below. Consider: Am I looking for a seaside life? A mountain town? A city with great accessibility and entertainment? Take your time exploring the options below to see what’s right for you.
When you spot some communities that pique your interest, use the information request form to contact a local representative from each. When you chat with them, you can ask questions about the community, get a feel for the lifestyle in North Carolina, and learn about the amenities it provides. You can even get specifics like health care options, clubs and activities offered, and the best barbeque around.
If you’re seeking a city or feature, try using the filtering options on the left to narrow down your options and find your ideal North Carolina community.
Research and Explore the Best Communities in North Carolina
Click to explore the following North Carolina communities. Request information from multiple communities by selecting the checkboxes to the right and completing the form below.
Brunswick Forest, the Coastal South’s fastest growing community, is located on North Carolina’s Cape Fear coast, just minutes from historic Wilmington. This 4,500-acre retreat features a wide array of neighborhoods and lifestyles, 18 holes of golf at Cape Fear National, a Clubhouse, Fitness & Wellness Center, Hammock Lake Park & Pool, Town Creek River Launch, and more than 100 miles of walking, biking and nature trails linking residences and amenities.
Buyers at Brunswick Forest choose from a wide range of prices and lifestyle options, from low maintenance luxury town homes to home sites and spacious custom homes. Secluded neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive flavor, can be found throughout the community. This 4,500-acre retreat includes a host of amenity centers, offering golf, tennis, pickle-ball, wellness/fitness facilities, pools, parks, paths and trails, and a river launch, all thoughtfully positioned within the natural topography of the land to take advantage of spectacular views of woodlands, creeks, forests and natural areas. A commercial village just outside the entrance provides residents with easy access to shops, restaurants, entertainment, and professional and medical services.
If you would like to learn more about this vibrant, coastal 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.
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.
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
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.
North Carolina Premier Home Builder – Logan Homes
Logan Homes offers 80+ beautiful home plans, endless personalization choices, quality craftsmanship, energy efficiency and innovation that will enhance your lifestyle – all for a very smart price.
Decades of experience, streamlined processes, regular communication with clients and a professional team ensures that projects are completed on time and on budget.
Dream Big. Build Smart. ®
Logan Homes has been creating dream homes since 1986, within a host of premier communities. That means building with them will be pleasant, straightforward and that you’ll get the home of your dreams. It also means that not only can they build your home, but they can help you find the perfect homesite. Logan Homes knows the coast’s premier communities inside and out, and they can show you all of it!
At Logan Homes, value is so much more than price. It’s the intangibles…integrity, service, promises kept, getting more than you expected – like their Design Studio pros who can help you with all your home choices, and their Drafting Team that can personalize your plan for your homesite and offer exact pricing – on the spot!
When you choose Logan Homes, you’ve made a smart choice. And ‘smart’ means a lot to them: Energy efficient. Innovative designs. Incredible value. Proven processes.
And that’s just the beginning. In fact, everything they call The Logan Difference adds up to what makes working with them smart. So dream big and build smart with Logan Homes!
Logan Homes is currently building in these communities:
- Brunswick Forest (Leland, NC)
- Compass Pointe (Leland, NC)
- Salters Haven (Hampstead, NC)
- Summerhouse on Everett Bay (Holly Ridge, NC)
- St. James Plantation (Southport, NC)
- Cottage Woods (St. James Plantation, NC) * Logan Homes Neighborhood
- The Towns (St. James Plantation) * Logan Homes Neighborhood
- Waterford of the Carolinas (Leland, NC)
- Woodlands Grove at Echo Farms (Wilmington, NC)
- Dataw Island (Beaufort, SC)
- Osprey Lake (Hardeeville, SC) * Logan Homes Neighborhood
- Hampton Hall (Bluffton, SC)
- Hampton Lake (Bluffton, SC)
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.
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.
Cresswind Charlotte is a luxury age-55+ community that is ideal for active adults and retirees who seek a private retreat that’s still convenient to uptown attractions.
Kolter Homes brings its national reputation for building top-quality, energy-efficient residences to Cresswind Charlotte. Here you’ll find customizable single-family homes with 11 distinctive floor plans from which to choose, with two or three bedrooms and two-car garages. Designer models and a choice selection of move-in-ready homes are available for live or virtual tours.
Club Cresswind is the heart of community life at Cresswind Charlotte, where the full-time activity director schedules weekly events and interest club meetings that keep everyone engaged. The fully-equipped fitness center features yoga and aerobics studios, while the indoor pool has lap lanes and a spa. Just outside is the resort-style pool, sports courts for tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball, and trailheads for walking paths that meander throughout the 370-acre woodland property.
Just beyond the Cresswind Charlotte entranceway are grocery stores, restaurants, and the Novant Health Mint Hill medical complex. Cultural arts centers and entertainment attractions in Uptown Charlotte are only a 25-minute drive away. Additional options include day trips to national forest hiking trails and cozy weekend getaways to nearby mountain ski resorts.
When you request more information below, you’ll be on your way to a healthier and happier lifestyle at Cresswind Charlotte.
North Carolina has always been recognized for its natural diversity and gracious hospitality, which now has made it into an extremely popular retirement destination. Choices abound for a healthy, happy retirement setting, whether you want to relax on the beach or enjoy the great outdoors in our mountains or stay busy in a bustling city. The North Carolina Certified Retirement Community designation means a city has completed a comprehensive evaluation process with requirements outlined by the North Carolina General Assembly. These Certified Retirement Communities are recognized for providing the amenities, services and opportunities retirees need to enjoy active and productive lives.
LIVE SIMPLY, THINK BIG isn’t just our tagline, it’s our way of life. We aren’t limited by
Johnston County has become the first county in North Carolina to be designated a Retire NC destination. Johnston County’s top retirement destination, Clayton, is located at the crossroads of I-95 and I-40. Experience rural small-town living, just 15 minutes from Downtown Raleigh. Retirees will find rural farmland and small town charm in and around the Research Triangle Park region. Find out more about the 55+ communities located in the Clayton area and visit us for a weekend to see what awaits you in retirement — local festivals, unique boutique shops, a little nightlife, good people, even better BBQ and quality built homes.
If you are looking to build or purchase in an exceptional mountain golf community, it’s time to look closer at Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure. You will find a few choice, undeveloped properties within our community at pleasantly affordable prices along with several spectacular homes in a variety of settings. You can come today; enjoy our lake and golf, and choose the opportunity to live in a remarkable community.
Kingfish Bay is resort-style community with a Caribbean flare located in the quaint coastal town of Calabash, NC. The development design meanders through 62 acres of natural waterfront property, creating a tropical-themed, private-gated community consisting of bungalow homes, cottages, courtyard homes, and custom single-family homes.
Set along the banks of the Calabash River, approximately one-third of the property is maintained in its natural state. Two piers with pavilions and day docks are provided with direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway. A waterfront park with fire pits and palm trees with hammocks are available for the residents’ enjoyment, as well as nature trails with fitness stations. Fostering a sense of “community by design”, Kingfish Bay also offers a community center with clubhouse, fitness center, and resort-style pool with bath house. An exclusive oceanfront clubhouse on Sunset Beach is now under construction and due to open in June 2019.
Kingfish Bay is located within walking distance of downtown Calabash, a delightful waterfront destination known as the “Seafood Capital of the World” for it’s numerous casual-dining restaurants and boutique shopping.
Small town life blends perfectly with gracious amenities at The Courtyards at Mint Hill, a 55+ active lifestyle Epcon Community in beautiful Mint Hill, North Carolina.
The Courtyards at Mint Hill is a small neighborhood, with only 38 homes within the community. Ranging from 1,519 to 4,058 square feet, buyers have a variety of choices in available floor plans. Add ons like a multipurpose sunroom, a selection of two kitchen upgrades, and firepits help personalize each home. There’s also the option of adding a second story bonus suite.
But the real highlight of each luxury ranch home at The Courtyards at Mint Hill is the signature private garden courtyard, which allows you to incorporate the outdoors in your everyday living.
When you want to socialize, the grand central garden, gazebo, and wonderful walking trails in the community provide ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with friends comfortably.
Minutes away, downtown Matthews is a small storybook town with cafes, cheese shops, pizza joints, and a farmer’s market. The Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts provides theater classes and performs well-attended amateur productions several times throughout the year. Neighboring Mint Hill is a small, intimate community where you’ll get to know everyone. Food Truck Friday at Barking Duck Brewery is a town favorite and draws attendees for miles around.
The Courtyards at Mint Hill are only about 13 miles from the heart of Charlotte, where you can explore the Levine Center for the Arts, including the Mint Museum Uptown and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.
The Courtyards at Mint Hill is filling in quickly- only ten lots remain. Sign up below to receive more information to learn how beautiful life can be at The Courtyards at Mint Hill.
The Courtyards on Lawyers Road will offer 146 beautifully designed, signature courtyard homes from the mid $300’s to $500’s in a 55+ active lifestyle community located in the town of Stallings in Union County, North Carolina.
Conveniently located at the crossroads of Lawyers and Allen Black Roads, this community will be private retreat, rich with resort-style amenities, including the grand clubhouse with fitness center, outdoor saltwater swimming pool, bocce ball and pickle ball courts, scenic walking trails, and park areas for homeowners to enjoy.
In addition to the allure of living in a brand new home and active adult community without the worries of yard work, Epcon homeowners are drawn to the private courtyard that is the unique focal point of every luxury ranch home. Each home is uniquely designed around the courtyard so that it can be enjoyed from just about any light-filled room.
We invite you to discover for yourself why so many are falling in love with Epcon Communities.
Summerhouse on Everett Bay – Ideal Coastal Lifestyle
Summerhouse on Everett Bay, a North Carolina coastal community less than ten minutes from Topsail Island, is a breath of fresh air. It’s that community where neighbors are like family. Full-timers are the norm. And, the pace barely vacillates from season to season.
Life at Summerhouse revolves around the water. Whether you’re fond of sailing, boating, kayaking along the Intracoastal Waterway, or hanging out by the community’s spectacular pool complex, it’s every water-lover’s paradise. And, nearby Topsail Island, called the “Best Little Beach Town in the USA” by TripAdvisor.com knows how to keep things interesting. Seafood restaurants, boutique shops, and miles of expansive beaches abound.
Coastal Casual Meets Luxury
Summerhouse residents can kayak and paddle board on the Intracoastal Waterway in the mornings eight months out of the year, then join friends by the pool or at the clubhouse in the afternoons. In summer, a trip to the crab traps before dinner is a must. A coastal North Carolina summer evening just isn’t complete a sunset cruise coupled with an incidental wildlife tour.
Are quick trips to town important to you? Perfect. Surf City and Downtown Wilmington are less than 45 minutes away.
And, if you’re design-focused, then you’re in luck. Summerhouse on Everett Bay is also famous for its warm and welcoming signature homes. In each home, luxury blends with coastal casual and open floor plans sprawl. Equally important, (and equally sprawling) is the ocean… just beyond most front porches.
We’re such big fans of Summerhouse’s signature homes that we voted one Summerhouse Everett Bay home the 2017 Ideal Home. Check it out! Then, sign up for the Summerhouse Discovery Travel Package to get in before the crowd.
Grand Highlands, a North Carolina Gated Mountain Community
Grand Highlands is one of the dreamiest mountain communities in North Carolina. The most recent of a long list of awards was Community of the Year by the Asheville Builders Association (ABA). Grand Highlands encompasses 300 acres of woodlands and meadows. It offers panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as proximity to downtown Asheville, Hendersonville, and Lake Lure. Sprawling wooded home sites are among its most coveted features. A spacious, lodge-style clubhouse, private parks, and adjacent nature preserves are also bonuses. All home sites are just below 4,000 feet elevation. And, each has underground utilities.
Life as a Resident
A communal spirit is embraced by residents. Finally able to live on their own terms in such an idyllic place, they come together both in celebration and in peace and solitude. Whether on trails, on Grand Lodge verandas, or at the Community Barn for events, coming together is a way of life at Grand Highlands.
Nearby Hendersonville is a charming mountain town. It provides access to all necessities, along with a vibrant restaurant and shopping scene. Theatre and music venues are also plentiful in Hendersonville. And whatever Hendersonville doesn’t offer, Asheville, just 25 miles away, does.
Grand Highlands home sites are priced from $70,000 to $650,000. Homes range from $475,000 to $3.5 million.
Discover this breathtaking North Carolina mountains community. Grand Highlands is an ideal place to call home.
Carolina Colours brings to life the very best of small Carolina towns-past, present and future. A mere 30 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, the waters of the Trent and Neuse Rivers converge to surround the vibrant waterfront town of New Bern, NC. Community amenities include the 25+-acre Carolina Lake, a Harris Teeter grocery, parks, trails and sidewalks, an Activity Campus with golf, fitness, tennis, swimming, pickleball and-for those quiet moments-rocking chairs.
Located in New Bern, NC, perhaps North Carolina’s most desired small town retirement destination for the past 25 years, CAROLINA COLOURS offers a variety of living environments and lifestyle choices. While typical homesites are of a size that many modern communities consider over sized, these half acre and larger sites have proven popular and have allowed numerous custom homes to be constructed, giving the core of the community an eclectic but attractive architectural composition, with trees abundant.
With quality custom builders ready to help you design and build on any homesite you purchase and with three regional/national builders constructing dozens of homes for sale that will be ready for occupancy in the summer of 2022, your choices of location within the community are varied. Carolina Colours Realty, located on-site, sells only new and resale properties within Carolina Colours and is staffed with agents that know all there is to know about the many properties and activities within the community and the New Bern area. In this period of high inflation, Carolina Colours still provides one of the best values in the coastal plain of North Carolina for those that want an attractive, planned community with numerous amenities and activities to fit any lifestyle. And for golfers, the Carolina Colours course is widely considered the premier layout in the region.
The Carolina Colours Golf Course has been very well received. The course is considered by many one of the most attractive and fairest tests of golf in the region, with six teeing alternatives allowing players from scratch golfers to beginners the proper challenge, with sufficient variety for those that play four times a week. Unlike many new courses that create a setting, the Carolina Colours course, designed by Bill Love, the long time chairman of the environmental committee of the National Association of Golf Course Architects, fits into a wooded, rolling landscape as though it belongs. Even non-golfers love to ride or walk its paths.
What sets Carolina Colours apart, however, is its incredible sense of community. From Friday night gatherings for drink and food at the Pavilion, the 16,000-square-foot community clubhouse, to seemingly endless scheduled activities, both active and passive, neighborhood gatherings, walking and biking, organized trips and more, the community welcomes newcomers with a smile and an open invitation to join with others as frequently as one desires.
New Bern, North Carolina’s first capital city, has its historical districts and quaint shopping areas right downtown, where the Neuse and Trent rivers converge, giving many an Annapolis feel. With abundant local marinas and the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean only about 30 miles away, water activities abound. And with a commercial airport and close proximity to major highways, New Bern is easy to get to. Once there, the quality of medical care and the numerous regional cultural and festival type events allows for a life that can be as active or inactive as suits any chosen lifestyle.
The Home Place of Southport is located in coastal North Carolina, just between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach. The community will feature 52 charming, brick low-maintenance homes with highly desired retirement smart features. The Home Place of Southport offers single-family Villa and Garden Home Duplex designs with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and optional bonus rooms. Prices begin in the high $300s. The community is located just a few minutes from the seaside town of Southport, North Carolina which is home to the North Carolina State 4th of July Festival, a historic waterfront, and dozens of restaurants and eclectic shops. The Home Place of Southport is an ideal community to enjoy an active, yet relaxed lifestyle.
Hagood Homes’ focus is to create with care & integrity a superior living environment for our customers. We call it Live Better Design. Whether it be a custom design or a neighborhood plan, we design our homes in-house so that Hagood Homes is a part of the process from the start. Homeowners benefit from our constant attention to details, energy efficiency and personalized design services.
As one of the leading home builders in the coastal Carolinas, we know what today’s buyers want, and we can help bring your vision to life. We’ve been building custom homes throughout the Carolinas for more than 20 years. Our proven process and numerous customer testimonials are testaments to what buyers can expect in a custom Hagood home. If you’d like to learn more about our custom home building services or discuss modifying an existing plan, we’d love to connect!
On the North Carolina’s Inner Banks is a golf and marina community with a lifestyle like no other! Albemarle Plantation is perched between historic Edenton and Elizabeth City, NC, it’s an easy drive to any major city along the coast going north or south. With easy access to Tidewater Virginia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, you will experience small town charm and big city culture at its finest. Spend days honing your game on the greens, charting a course to boating adventures and bountiful fishing or simply enjoying life amid the tranquil environment that surrounds you.
The broad blue waters of Albemarle can be right outside your door. You can put your boat in the slip and be on the Dan Maples designed golf course in minutes. Every amenity you would expect from a private waterfront community is here. All amenities are complete and owned “debt free” by the Property Owner’s Association. Homesites range from $32,500 to $425,000; Homes start at $299,900.
Beau Coast is found in the quaint coastal town of Beaufort, NC, which was named “South’s Best Small Town” by Southern Living Magazine. If you’re wondering why Beaufort deserves those accolades, the explanation is simple: it’s a small town with big character.
Historic Beaufort, NC is more than just a small coastal town, it’s steeped in a distinct history. First established in 1709, it’s the third oldest town in North Carolina and was a port town visited by patriots, merchants, and craftsmen. When you call Beau Coast home, you’ll find yourself at the center of it all. The coastal charm. The compelling culture. The stunning natural areas. And so much more.
Beau Coast’s Best Features also include:
• 365 Day Lifestyle
• Prime Location
• Beautiful Clubhouse
• Resort Style Pool
• Kayak Barn
• Event Lawn
• Onsite Deli
• Gathering Areas
• Community Day Dock
• Miles of Sidewalks
• Numerous Social Events
• Townhomes, Single-Family Homes and Homesites Available
• Low HOA Dues
• Trusted Developer
Gated Riverfront Living, Boundless Joy in Nature
The Bluffs on the Cape Fear is a vibrant, master-planned community perched on a pristine stretch of the Cape Fear River. Just 15 minutes from the classic waterfront hometown of historic Wilmington, NC, The Bluffs is a private, coastal haven for the families who call it home.
The unique vision of The Bluffs is realized every day: natural woodlands and the unspoiled riverfront landscape are preserved and celebrated. Classically-styled coastal homes exist in harmony with lush woodlands, and the riverfront.
Our visionary developers created The Bluffs with access and abundance in mind. Accordingly, residents here enjoy a close-knit, active lifestyle with total access to the riverfront and an impressive collection of amenities. We invite you to experience the joy of our authentic riverfront community, The Bluffs on the Cape Fear, with our 3 day-2 night Discovery Package.
– 50-Slip Marina with Scenic Boardwalk
– 2-Acre Riverfront Park with Boat & Kayak Launch
– Lakefront Clubhouse with Resort-Style Salt Water Pool
– Private Beach Club on Oak Island – with Full Ocean Access
– Winding Walking & Biking Trails
– Golf Cart Friendly Community
– Tennis & Pickleball Courts
– Fully-Stocked Lake
– Community Boat & RV Storage
– And soon, a New State-of-the-Art Fitness & Wellness Center
Carolina Gardens is Fuquay-Varina’s premier 55+ active adult community by Del Webb in Southwest Wake County. Situated near NC 55, US 401 and the future I-540, Carolina Gardens is a few minutes from downtown Fuquay with breweries, boutique shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Residents will also enjoy nearby Holly Springs with new UNC Rex medical centers, dining, shopping and grocery stores.
There are 11 new ranch consumer inspired home designs within a maintenance free living environment – 9 of the plans are modeled and open daily for touring. Homes have options for up to 5 bedrooms, loft and flex spaces and 3 car garages.
Coming soon amenities are resort style and include a 20,500 square foot clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pool, fitness center, yoga studio, pickleball, bocce ball, tennis court, dog park, community garden, walking trails and pocket parks. The community has an onsite lifestyle director with social clubs, events and classes scheduled daily. HOA dues include Spectrum cable TV and high speed internet.
This award-winning community in Johnston County is located minutes from Raleigh, but still very much away from the urban bustle. Bordered by US Hwy 42, Buffalo Road, and the Neuse River in Clayton, this master-planned community was the first of its kind in Johnston County and was awarded North Carolina’s Community of the Year in 2013 and 2014 by the North Carolina Home Builders Association.
Flowers Plantation now features more than 40 unique neighborhood developments, over 10 miles of walking trails, 50 acres of lakes and two elementary schools. When complete, the development will total nearly 7,800 lots with prices starting at $150K to over $600K. Wherever you are on your housing and life spectrum, Flowers Plantation has a place for you to call home.
“You don’t need a car here. The streets are all golf-cart friendly,” says Reid Stephenson, Flowers Plantation’s Chief Executive. “You can get your kids to school, come home from work, enjoy our parks and recreation, and make convenient runs to the grocery store-all without leaving the community.”
Living in Flowers Plantation is ideal for homeowners who want a comfortable, relaxing lifestyle.
A unique waterfront community with new homes from the $300s – $1.5M+ and available lots starting at $80k.
Located just 10 minutes north of Downtown Wilmington, NC (by boat or car) sits River Bluffs, a gated community that overlooks the Northeast Cape Fear River. River Bluffs offers a wide variety of home plans, including affordable cottage-style homes for a growing family, single-level homes with retirement-smart features, low-maintenance townhomes, and even fully-custom homes built by the area’s most prestigious builders. River Bluffs boasts a variety of luxurious amenities such as a a 2,700 foot river walk with covered gazebos, 188 slip marina, miles of walking trails and parks, a beach-entry pool, high-end fitness center, tennis and pickle ball courts, a community General Store, over 30+ resident clubs including kayaking, boating, and much more.
Enhance Your Quality of Life by Moving to River Bluffs:
• No city tax and no traffic!
• Low county & state taxes. North Carolina residents enjoy some of the lowest cost of living expenses on the Eastern seaboard!
• Enjoy low HOA dues which include yard maintenance, trash service, recycling, and access to all community amenities.
• 5.499% flat income tax and 0% estate or inheritance tax.
Salters Haven is a new community destination for retirees and families who want a waterfront lifestyle at a great location in coastal North Carolina.
Oyster roasts, wine tastings, and sunset boat cruises are among the community activities that you can enjoy every week at Salters Haven. The 75-slip Salters Haven Marina features a private channel that connects directly to the Intracoastal Waterway for deep-sea fishing adventures on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also a perfect launching pad for kayakers, canoeists, and paddleboarders who want to explore the area’s coastal wetlands and estuaries. Overlooking the harbor is the Salters Haven Clubhouse, which offers event space, a kitchen and lounge, and a resort-style pool with sunning deck.
Salters Haven has been created by Logan Developers, following up on the team’s successful work at the Helms Port marina community in nearby Wilmington. The friendly, front-porch lifestyle is the goal in Salters Haven’s six distinctive neighborhoods with just 308 select homesites. Six of the region’s best builders, including Logan Homes and Legacy Homes by Bill Clark, offer a variety of customizable floor plans with spacious master suites and up to four bedrooms.
Perhaps best of all, Salters Haven enjoys an ideal location on the southern North Carolina coast. The growing waterfront town of Hampstead is just minutes away and features shops, markets, and heath-care services. A short drive to the east are the white-sand shorelines and seafood restaurants of Topsail Island and Wrightsville Beach. And only a bit further south is the City of Wilmington, renowned for its seasonal festivals and cultural attractions.
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Legacy Homes by Bill Clark is the crown jewel in a long line of North Carolina home building history. As one of the Nation’s “Top 100 Builders” for over a decade, the Legacy Homes division is a trusted partner in the Wilmington, NC region that spans four counties, and is a featured builder in many of the South’s premier planned communities, such as Brunswick Forest, Bluffs on the Cape Fear, Compass Pointe, River Bluffs, Riverlights, St. James, Summerhouse, with more to come. The Legacy Homes’ mission is to walk alongside each client as the dream of their new home becomes a reality… Best known for thoughtful floor plans, maximized living spaces, attention to detail, and custom trim work, any Legacy Home is destined to be a showstopper.
The goal at Legacy Homes is to make the homebuilding process as seamless for each client as possible. Whether choosing from one of the professionally designed available model homes or building from the ground up, a Legacy team member will be with you each step of the way. As a semi-custom builder, you will have the opportunity to create the dream home that fits perfectly with your lifestyle.
Plan your North Carolina visit
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