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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Homes Lookout Mountain TN near GA | The Cottages Brow Wood

The Cottages at Brow Wood

Lookout Mountain, TN
New one level, maintenance-free homes from the upper $200K

Located on the TN/GA Line in Lookout Mountain, GA. 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.

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55+ Community Wilmington NC | Master Planned | Del Webb Wilmington

Del Webb Wilmington

Wilmington, NC
Ranch homes starting from the upper $200K

Del Webb Wilmington, in the master-planned Riverlights community, features resort style amenities for active adults 55 and greater. Residents will enjoy an indoor and outdoor pool, walking trails, tennis and pickleball courts, and social clubs. All homes are ranch style with flexible, open concept inspired designs in a low maintenance living environment.

There are 3 collections of home series with bedroom ranges of 2 to 5, bathroom ranges of 2 to 4 and square footages of 1,262 to 2,565 and up. Homes are priced from the upper $200Ks plus with many options to customize and personalize your home.

Riverlights is a large community where residents can enjoy everything at their fingertips. Take a golf cart ride to Marina Village, a retailer hub onsite or Smoke on the Water, a restaurant with live music. Riverlights is on the Cape Fear River with 38 acres to kayak, paddleboard or canoe. There are miles of trails and an abundance of amenities and planned resident activities. Del Webb Wilmington features an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, tennis, pickleball and bocce courts, dog park, lifestyle director and clubhouse with a fitness center.

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Retire NC

Cary, NC

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.

City of Reidsville

City of Reidsville

LIVE SIMPLY, THINK BIG isn’t just our tagline, it’s our way of life. We aren’t limited by
our size and neither are our dreams. Whether you want to spend your retirement volunteering,
spending time with friends or finally opening that small business you always dreamed of, you
can "Do What You Love in Reidsville"; Being "retired" doesn’t mean you can’t live out your
dreams, it means you now have the freedom to do it!
https://www.riseupreidsville.com/retire

Johnston County

Johnston County

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.
https://www.johnstoncountync.org/retire-joco/

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River Landing

Wallace, NC
Homes and lots $300K - $750K+

Tucked away near the coast of Eastern NC is a picture-perfect community, complete with world-class club amenities while still maintaining the charm and ease of a small hometown. River Landing’s two championship golf courses are ideal for working on your game. Or perhaps you prefer exploring the outdoors along the scenic walking and biking trails? Whether you are starting a family or starting your retirement, River Landing has something for everyone. From enhancing your golf game to exploring the outdoors, the River Landing community offers a wide variety of activities for residents of all ages. A grand Clubhouse, Outdoor Pool, and expansive homesites are just some of the things you’ll find to enjoy.

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Arenal Hills

Tres Esquinas, Provincia de Alajuela, Los Angeles, San Ramon, CRI
Luxury villa homes starting at $365K.

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.

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Natural Oceanfront Community near Charelston SC | Seabrook Island

Seabrook Island

Seabrook Island, SC
Homes and lots $100K - $2M+

A private, welcoming oceanfront community just miles from historic Charleston, SC, Seabrook Island offers a vibrant lifestyle with endless amenities among the 2,200 acres of natural environment, including four miles of unspoiled beaches. Designated a Certified Sustainable Community by Audubon Intnl. 36 holes of championship golf on two Audubon-certified courses, ranked among “Best You Can Play” in SC, offer uncrowded playing conditions. Crooked Oaks (by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.) winds through marsh and century-old live oaks. Ocean Winds (by Willard Byrd, renovated by Rees Jones, Inc) takes you to the Atlantic Ocean.

The 2021 PGA Championship was held on nearby Kiawah Island. The renovated Beach Club boasts a cafe, beach store, pools, and oceanfront dining. A full-service, 22-acre Equestrian Center features trail and beach rides. The Racquet Club sports 15 Har-Tru tennis courts, 2 pickleball courts, and pro shop. The Lakehouse has indoor/outdoor pools, fitness and more. The Clubhouse with ocean/golf views has renovated dining spaces and new golf veranda with fire pits. Idyllic settings for special events and weddings. Nearby marina and shopping center.

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Legacy Homes by Bill Clark

Wilmington, NC
Homes from the low $300K

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.

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55+ Agri-community | Community Garden Farm | Chickahominy Falls

Chickahominy Falls

Glen Allen, VA
Carriage Homes and Villa Homes from $350K

Virginia’s 2020 Community of the Year! Situated on 180 acres hugging the Chickahominy River, Chickahominy Falls is redefining 55+ communities through a commitment to healthy living and special amenities that balance play with purpose. Chickahominy Falls is the first agri-community in Greater Richmond, Virginia and the first agri-community solely focusing on active adults in the nation.

This 400 home community combines over 73 acres of farmland, wooded preserves and green spaces to keep its rural feeling. The heart and soul of the community is Woodside Farms, a 10-acre, four-season, professionally managed farm that produces a curated mix of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers selected for their health and wellness benefits for active adults. Other signature amenities include The Barn, which carries on the farm theme with traditional red-siding, tin-roof, handcrafted barn doors, and covered porches. This welcome center and event space is the educational and social center of the community. Demonstration kitchen hosts neighborhood socials, harvest festivals and chef-led cooking classes. A 5-star Clubhouse complex consisting of main clubhouse, fitness building, resort style pool, porches, outdoor fire pits, and event lawns all with postcard views of a beautifully landscaped fishing pond. Other amenities include miles of walking trails and outdoor fitness stations, all to keep you active and healthy!

Chickahominy Falls, a community connected to a working farm where every home, community feature and amenity is designed to foster healthier, happier living. A place where healthy living comes naturally, friendships come easily, and good times roll all year long.

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Four Seasons at Kent Island | Active Adult Living in MD

K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Kent Island

Chester, MD
Homes: $400K - $580K

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.

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Wild Dunes | Buyers Agents Serving the Charleston SC Area | 55 Plus

Wild Dunes

Charleston, SC
Charleston Area Homes, Condos, and Townhomes $150K - $10M+

We are your Buyers Agents for the Charleston area specializing in beach, golf, downtown and 55 plus active adult communities. We are committed to supporting the 55 Plus community in making key life decisions in the real estate market. We have a passion to help clients who are searching for life solutions to their next stage in life challenges. From historic downtown Charleston to the Flowertown of Summerville to the beach communities such as Kiawah Island, let us help you find your ideal home today.

Wild Dunes

Wild Dunes is an example of one of our oceanfront communities in South Carolina located on Isle of Palms that also has homes, condominiums, and penthouses for sale. Just minutes from downtown Charleston, Wild Dunes is surrounded by beaches and is the ideal location for a retirement or vacation home. Homes and also fully furnished condominiums for sale, ensuring that there is something for every price range.

Amenities include championship golf courses, swimming, tennis, or relax in a salon and spa. The Links Course and Harbor Course at Wild Dunes are two of Charleston most sought after golfing experiences.

To learn more about Wild Dunes and other Charleston area communities visit us at

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Homes in Lake Lure NC | Rumbling Bald | Mountain Community

Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure

Lake Lure, NC
Homes from $250K. Condos from $75K. Homesites from $10K.

Welcome to Rumbling Bald, Lake Lure’s idyllic retreat for outdoor exploration and relaxation. Our home here in the mountains is built for tranquility and adventure for every age. The natural gifts surrounding us are our greatest asset, offering a canvas to create memories, unwind, and reconnect. Whether you’re most at home wandering the trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains, floating or fishing the serene waters of Lake Lure, or challenging yourself on one of our championship golf courses, unlock the charms of the North Carolina mountains here.

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River Dunes

Oriental, NC
Homes: $225K - $1.1M Lots: $90K - $585K

River Dunes is an award-winning coastal retreat on the coast of North Carolina. You’ll find big water, big views, and big adventure here. River Dunes offers the best in coastal living and year-round boating, set in an unparalleled location with fourteen miles of shoreline on the big waters of the Pamlico Sound, Intracoastal Waterway and Neuse River. The award-winning master plan embraces gathering spaces, spectacular water views, and outdoor living. Traditional coastal architecture and a bustling Harbor Village draw upon the rich heritage of life on the coast. River Dunes is a place for enjoying the back porch with neighbors, the peace of an early-morning kayaking trip and fellowship on the docks in the afternoon. Enjoy luxurious guest accommodations, live music at the Pavilion and dining with friends.

The 400 slip Marina features floating docks, fuel, dockage and deep water access for boats up to 150′. The Harbor Village in the heart of the community offers dining, shopping, provisions, fitness, tennis courts, a day spa, accommodations, bikes, kayaks, trails and the new Design Center. The Harbor Club has a spectacular clubhouse with waterfront dining, pool, and hot tubs.

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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.

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