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.
Decades of experience, streamlined processes, regular communication with clients and a professional team ensures that projects are completed on time and on budget.
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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)
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Arkansas is home to diverse cities and communities, each with something unique to discover – from metropolitan areas to rural settings, and adventure sports to relaxing retreats. No matter where you choose to visit or relocate, you’ll find friendly and helpful people everywhere you go.
It’s not always easy figuring out how to move to another state, but we can help. Request your free Arkansas Relocation Guide! This handy guide contains a wealth of information for people considering relocating to or retiring in Arkansas, including facts about the state’s cost-of-living, quality of life, real estate, communities, military and medical facilities, and more.
Arenal Hills nestles in a fertile valley surrounded by rainforest and rivers. Homes are designed to showcase the panoramic views and forested setting surrounding the Arenal volcano. Two clubhouses will host multiple dining options. And the Springs Resort nearby offers more.
Only the finest materials are used in Arenal Hills homes, whether it’s the marble flooring imported from the mountains of Peru or the cascading two-story waterfall pools sculped by hand, Arenal Hills homes are designed to be instruments of timeless beauty for you and your family.
Owners of Arenal Hills homes are granted VIP access to the renowned Springs Resort and Spa, a world-class luxury resort located just a short drive away.
Arenal Hills stretches over 123 acres of magnificent volcano views that will leave you breathless. Stroll along the beautifully landscaped walking paths and you’ll encounter world-class home designs, luxurious amenities, and a breathtaking landscape surrounded by the peaceful sounds of nature. Arenal Hills is specifically designed to make owning a vacation home, second home, or retiring to the paradise of Costa Rica affordable yet luxurious.
Retreat to Home at The Cottages at Brow Wood while immersing in breathtaking mountain views, indulging in the local southern hospitality, and embracing the city’s historic culture. Offering the comfort and convenience of a low maintenance lifestyle, The Cottages of Brow Wood allow you to explore and enjoy the whimsical sights of Lookout Mountain. Just a short 20-minute drive from Chattanooga, every courtyard cottage includes low maintenance living equipped with energy efficient features to help lower your energy bills. Each one level living home features a minimum of 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths with the flexibility to expand to the second level: adding a bonus room or third bedroom with full bathroom and walk-in storage. These open concept plans are perfect for entertaining guests and creating an inviting atmosphere. Enjoy your morning coffee from your gated-private courtyard and watch the sunset from your sunroom or backyard patio. Each floorplan has the creative flexibility to use the sunroom space as an office, sitting room, library – whatever you choose!
Just a few miles away, enjoy golf and swimming at the Lookout Mountain Club; walk or hike Lula Lake’s 8,000-acre Land Trust & Trails; and relish in the local shopping & dining along Scenic Highway. Nearby Rock City offers spectacular sights with unique rock formations and gardens that are open to the public year-round. Additionally, Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga’s top-rated attractions include Ruby Falls, Cloudland Canyon State Park, the Downtown Riverwalk, The Tennessee Aquarium, and the Incline Railroad; all of which help to encapsulate the natural beauty of the area. To learn more about this community or to set up your personalized appointment, please contact our Online Consultants at 423-226-3223 or goodallhomes.com/brow-wood.
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.
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.
Shepherdstown, convenient to Metropolitan Washington, D.C. nestled in the Shenandoah-Potomac Valley Highlands, was chartered by Colonial Virginia’s General Assembly in 1762. Today it still offers its quaint and unspoiled charm to the sophisticated adventurer with Boutique Shops, Refined Dining and Culture, and a diverse array of Activities and Entertainment.
Gated Community near Washington, DC
Shepherds Cove is a small private community on the edge of the Potomac River of five acre estates located in the shadow of Shepherdstown, designed to provide a few discerning Owners the level and quality lifestyle they seek for themselves and their Families. It is a resort-like community with private access and marina on the river as well as a number of amenities including a pavilion, putting green, country club membership among others.
Also available for your convenience are design, construction, and financial guidance, if you wish. Additional information is on our website, feel free to contact our Owner Representative, Sarah Britt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.