Riverside retirement Communities
Riverside retirement communities feature a wide variety of waterfront locations from the mountains to the sea. If you’re looking for the perfect active-adult lifestyle in a retirement community on or near a free-flowing river, these choice destinations want to welcome you home.
- Boaters and kayakers in riverside retirement communities have direct access to the water with private marinas and docks.
- Waterfront homesites in many retirement communities offer sweeping views of major rivers and the tributaries that feed them.
- Historic port towns and cities along coastal and inland rivers feature revitalized waterfront downtown areas with restaurants, shops and professional services.
Coastal Riverside Communities
Some of America’s premier retirement communities in the South are located along rivers that flow into bays and harbors on the Atlantic Ocean. Many major Southern cities like Wilmington, Charleston and Savannah were established as ports on tidal estuaries and offered access to both the ocean and inland waterways.
Full-service marinas are a featured amenity in riverside retirement communities located on the coast. For boaters who want to go deep-sea fishing in the offshore waters of the Gulf Stream or just cruise the protected channels on the Intracoastal Waterway, these retirement communities are an ideal destination.
Coastal riverside community homesites are among the most scenic in the South, often overlooking rivers, streams and tidal wetlands. Championship golf courses and four-season nature trails are some of the most popular featured community amenities.
Many coastal retirement communities are often located near historic riverfront towns with waterfront boardwalks, fresh-catch restaurants, boutique shops and specialty medical services for seniors.
Riverside Communities in the Mountains and Midlands
For retirees who enjoy kayaking, canoeing and whitewater rafting, riverside communities in the mountain and midlands regions of the South are choice destinations for the active-adult lifestyle. Many of those premier retirement communities in the highlands of Tennessee and the Carolinas are also located near state and national parks with spectacular hiking and biking trails.
Like their coastal counterparts, riverside retirement communities in the Southern mountains and midlands are often set along the waterways near historic inland ports. Many of those downtown areas today feature revitalized waterfronts with dining, shopping and professional services that meet the needs of retirees who are moving to those areas in increasing numbers every year.
Freshwater fishing in the region’s rivers, streams, lakes and ponds are a major attraction for retirees in these riverside communities. Complete marina services, including boat maintenance and storage, as well as kayak launches and other support facilities, are welcomed amenities in these riverside retirement communities.
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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.
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.
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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)
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.
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Savannah Lakes Village is on the 71,000-acre freshwater Lake Thurmond in McCormick, South Carolina with 1,200 miles of shoreline. The community boasts two championship lakefront golf courses with restaurants and pro shops, fiber-optic Internet to each homesite, a 23,000 square foot recreation center with 6 lighted tennis courts (4 HarTru and 2 hard surface), pickleball, bowling alley, indoor & outdoor pools, sauna, fitness room, private card rooms, library, 50+ social clubs, yoga studio, Rod & Gun Club, and so much more. This is active retirement in its truest form…
We are a short 45-minute drive to Augusta and a 2-hour drive from Atlanta. The community abuts three state parks and offers 100+ miles of hiking and biking trails. Our new Lakefront Condo project offers amazing views of the lake with luxurious finishings and direct access to a full-service marina and sandy beach. Boat slips are offered to all homeowners regardless of location. Come stay and play at Savannah Lakes Village for only $199 for 2 nights!
New homes from the low $200s. Pre-construction pricing on lakefront condos starting at $270,000. Visit SavannahLakesVillage.com or call 864-391-5259 to book your tour!
K. Hovnanian’s ® Four Seasons at Kent Island is an active lifestyle community offering waterfront living with new single family homes and luxury elevator condominiums. After decades of anticipation, this community is finally open—and homes are selling fast. Set along the banks of Maryland’s Chester River and Macum Creek, Kent Island offers stunning views and a wealth of outdoor recreation, from a canoe and kayak launch to in-community trail system, connected to the popular Cross Island Trail.
There’s even more shopping, dining and recreation to explore in nearby Washington, DC, Baltimore and Annapolis, MD. Future amenities at the waterfront Chester House clubhouse include indoor and outdoor pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis and pickleball courts, and a 450-foot in-community pier overlooking the Chester River. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime new home opportunity. Schedule a tour of five fully decorated single family model homes today! Condo models are coming in 2019! K. Hovnanian’s ® Four Seasons at Kent Island is an active lifestyle community offering waterfront living with new single family homes and luxury elevator condominiums. After decades of anticipation, this community is finally open—and homes are selling fast. Set along the banks of Maryland’s Chester River and Macum Creek, Kent Island offers stunning views and a wealth of outdoor recreation, from a canoe and kayak launch to in-community trail system, connected to the popular Cross Island Trail.
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.
Discover the Fun of Living Well
At Wellen Park, begin each day with a smile, surrounded by everything you need to be your best and happiest self. Thriving connections. Friendly neighborhoods. A downtown with shops, restaurants, and sunsets galore. Hundreds of ways to brighten your days, enlivened by the natural wonderland of Florida’s always amazing West Coast.
There’s something wonderful happening here. A place that’s all about fun and good vibes. A feeling that you’re part of a vibrant community – one that is always changing, and forever familiar.
Imagine your best day ever… every day.
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.
Lucero is located in the “La Estrella” suburb of Boquete (valley of the flowers) in the Province of Chiriqui, which is Panama’s southwestern-most province, immediately next to Costa Rica”s southern border.
Also known as a Paradise in the Sky, Lucero is the perfect property to retire and to find a second home. You can choose from our Duplex Villa, our Townhomes, or our condos, each or them will be designed with attention to detail and keeping you preferences in mind. With us you will find a place to disconnect from the world and get lost in nature.
The property is 15 to 20 minutes by car from Boquete and about 45 to 50 minutes by car from David, the capital of Panama’s Chiriqui Province.
In Lucero you will find a challenging world class par-72 golf course designed by J. Michael Poellot at 3,600 feet above sea level. Not only is it the best in the country, but also the only one with 360 views that will blow your mind.
Besides that you will find classic clay tennis courts, with everything you might need to play. After practicing your favorite sport, you can take a dip in our infinity pool and our jacuzzi while you enjoy the view surrounding our whole Club House.
Beautifully built on 1,400+ acres nestled between the majestic James and Chickahominy Rivers, The Governor’s Land at Two Rivers is a private, member-owned country club community of distinction where new neighbors become family and peace of mind is a priority. Discover an immediate sense of serenity in our pleasantly spacious, hidden gem of a neighborhood that embodies the charm of Williamsburg, Virginia and features first-class amenities, including our deep-water marina, private beach, and our top-rated Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course. The Governor’s Land at Two Rivers is a natural haven where our diverse community of families and retirees have discovered an undeniable allure and wish to preserve our place of beauty and tranquility. Easily access the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown and the College of William & Mary.
Schedule your Discovery Visit and experience our lively, welcoming, one-of-a-kind community in the “South’s Best Small Town” of 2020. After all, The Governor’s Land at Two Rivers is where you belong.
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
Get In the Flow
Check out these featured riverside retirement communities with a visit to their websites and a virtual tour of their waterfront homes, homesites and amenities. Then, plan an in-person look at some of those riverside communities in the coastal, mountain or midland regions that most appeal to you. Discovery Packages can include waterway excursions hosted by community boating, fishing and kayaking clubs that hope you’ll soon become a member.