Explore the Nation’s Best Waterfront Communities
Oceans, rivers, lakes...oh my! From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the white-sandy beaches of Florida to the shady creeks of South Carolina, this country is filled with waterfront locations to explore. Read on to learn about waterfront communities, their benefits, and how to start your search for a life by the water.
Why choose a waterfront community?
Stick your toes in the sand by the beach, or relax in an Adirondack by the lake. Take your canoe out for a morning paddle, or simply watch the tides come and go for a lazy afternoon. The waterfront has endless opportunity for those who love nature and a healthy lifestyle.
What are the benefits of living in a waterfront community?
Life on the water comes with plenty of benefits, including outdoor activities, great views, and a healthy lifestyle. But those living on the waterfront will tell you there’s even more to love. Read on for the benefits of living in a waterfront community.
- Water views: Waking up to an ocean, inlet, or river view is never a bad way to start the day. Plus, waterfront homes tend to keep—and increase—their value.
- Healthy and active lifestyle: Take the boat for a spin, go fishing, go for a paddle...the options are endless when you’re by the water. All you have to decide is: what to do first?
- Temperate climate: Summers tend to get a breeze and winters often stay a little warmer when you’re on the waterfront.
- Sense of community: Ever wonder why boaters wave to each other? There’s just something about the water activities that brings people together. In waterfront areas you’re likely to find a strong sense of community.
- Nature out your front door: When you’re on the waterfront, you can encounter birds, sealife, and all sorts of plants on a simple afternoon walk. For those who live to spot plant species or listen for bird calls, the waterfront is the place to be.
Ready to get to the waterfront?
Put on your sandals and bring a towel. The water is waiting for you! There are plenty of waterfront communities to explore across the U.S. Take your time exploring the options below. From the dunes of North Carolina to Georgia’s coastal lagoons to islands in the Caribbean, there’s plenty of waterfront property out there. All you need to do is choose the combination that’s right for you.
When you see a few options that pique your interest, use the information request form to contact a local expert in each community. You can ask questions, find information on the destination, and get a feel for the lifestyle. You can even inquire about specifics like HOA fees, the neighborhood social scene, or the home prices.
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Research and Explore the Best Waterfront Communities
Click to explore the following waterfront communities. Request information from multiple communities by selecting the checkboxes to the right and completing the form below.
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.
There is a place off the South Carolina coast, near the charming town of Beaufort, where nature and luxury share center stage. Shaped by the Intracoastal Waterway and a rich Southern history, the SC gated golf community of Dataw Island is a pristine parcel of 870 acres waiting to be discovered.
The Dataw Island Club is the perfect choice for you. Golf and Social memberships are available for island residents. If you live in the area and are interested in joining the club, call to find out about the special Country Club Membership incentives. For membership information call (843) 838-3838. Ask about their vacation memberships!
The Dataw Island Club has completed its two year renovation of their golf courses. The Cotton Dike course, designed by Tom Fazio, was completely renovated in 2011, and the Arthur Hills designed Morgan River course has also completed its renovation.
“Top 100 Amenity Communities” – ideal-LIVING Magazine
“Best in Value Golf Community” – Links Magazine
“Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” – The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses
Dataw Island is a luxurious and private residential golf community nestled in an unrivaled South Carolina landscape. Within the gates, there is 24-hour security. There’s vibrancy there, a constant bustle of activity that reflects the area’s rich wildlife and Dataw’s collaborative culture. Residents can walk, bike or travel by golf cart to social gatherings, functions and meetings.
From deepwater slips that lead to blue waters to the manicured golf courses named for legends; from an indoor lap pool to a whirlpool spa; from tennis lessons to Spanish lessons, Dataw Island is humming with leisure. Start the day sunny side up in your Lowcountry residence. Uncover cozy, shaded nooks perfect for soaking in the coastal breeze. Join neighbors for a Yacht Club meeting or challenge friends to a game of croquet on the lawn. From a calendar of social events to thoughtful gathering spots woven throughout, Dataw Island’s connected community is inspired by you.
Terra Vista is Florida’s premier master-planned community featuring incredible resort-style retirement living just minutes from the spectacular Gulf Coast. This amenity-rich community is set in unique surroundings characterized by rolling hills, towering oaks, and moderating Gulf breezes.
The Villages of Citrus Hills stands as a truly unique departure from the traditional Florida lifestyle experience. Citrus Hills is amenity-rich, resort- style living, at its finest. The community is set in unique surroundings characterized by rolling hills, with an elevation up to 260 feet, towering oaks, and incredible landscaping. While one of the highest elevations in Florida the community is just miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Terra Vista at Citrus Hills offers a beautiful selection of customizable, single-family homes with a wide variety of world-class amenities just minutes from your door including: championship golf, first-class tennis, private dining and a spectacular spa and fitness complex.
At Citrus Hills you’ll discover Skyview, the region’s most elaborate country club, along with two other challenging 18-hole golf courses, two tennis centers, private restaurants and a 50,000-square- foot Spa and Fitness Center. Best of all Citrus Hills blends suburban charm with easy access to cosmopolitan Tampa Bay, Orlando and Ocala, so you are close to everything you want, yet far enough away from what you don’t want.
The Villages of Citrus Hills offers customizable single-family homes and detached villas from $360,000 – $1.5 million in a choice of beautiful neighborhoods designed to accommodate a wide variety of tastes and needs.
The Villages of Citrus Hills unquestionably is one of the Southeast’s most exciting resort-lifestyle opportunities. You must see it to believe it.
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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Enjoy the Lowcountry lifestyle in this 400 acre community along the Coosaw River on beautiful Lady’s Island in South Carolina. Fall in love! Settle into your very own home by the River. Feel the breeze, breathe in the ocean air, slow down time and know you’re home at Coosaw Point.
Beafort, SC was recently featured in The New York Times and named “Best Small Southern Town”, as well as “Top 25 Small City Arts Destination” and “Top 50 Adventure Town”. Beaufort has charm and intrigue all wrapped up in one package.
Home and homesties are available. The homes in Coosaw Point have been designed to reflect the historic architecture in cities such as Beaufort, SC, Charleston and Savannah. Distinctive details and open floor plans make these homes ideal for families.
Welcome to The Landings.
Our vibrant, island lifestyle is made even richer by our proximity to the culture and excitement of Savannah, GA. The best of both worlds? You bet!
All the natural beauty of an island and the modern amenities of a city blended to make one of the most amazing places to live in the entire United States. You’ll always feel connected to the exhilaration of Savannah, while enjoying the privacy and security of having a home inside a gated community – better yet, a gated community on an island!
World-class, resort-style amenities, the feel of a small town and a number of distinct neighborhoods… each detail has been considered in creating a community of incomparable standards. With 40 years of national awards for golf and community excellence, The Landings on Skidaway Island offers a range of real estate opportunities fit for any lifestyle.
Life at The Landings comes with many outdoor opportunities too, including fishing in one of our many lagoons, 30 miles of nature trails, playgrounds, dog parks, not to mention year-round watersports. Set off on an adventure from either of our two full-service, deep-water marinas: Landings Harbor and Delegal Creek Marina. Both offer easy access to the Atlantic, and the Intracoastal Waterway – two ideal locations for enjoying the best maritime experience that the Southeast has to offer.
Here you’ll also find The Landings Club, our private luxury golf club offering 6 Championship golf courses, 4 Clubhouses, 7 Dining options, 31 Har-Tru tennis courts, Pickleball, Bocce, 5 pools, a 50,000 sq ft Wellness Center and much, much more. While you don’t have to join The Landings Club to live in The Landings, becoming a member of The Landings Club takes life at The Landings to a whole new level.
Discover more about The Landings on Skidaway Island by taking advantage of one of our Island Discovery Packages today! Learn more at www.thelandings.com or contact The Landings Welcome Center at 912-598-0500.
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.
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
Tellico Village is Eastern Tennessee’s premier active-adult community for retirees and remote workers of any age who want to enjoy the region’s finest collection of resort-style amenities.
Set on 4,800 acres around Tellico Lake in the Great Smoky Mountain foothills, Tellico Village is an outdoor recreation paradise. Three lakeside golf courses host a year-round schedule of league events, plus pro and amateur championships. The Tellico Village Yacht Club, one of three community marinas, offers complete boating services and lakefront dining. Fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis/pickleball courts, and 50+ miles of local hiking trails give residents a choice of healthy activities every day of the week. The 200+ Tellico Village social clubs and volunteer organizations make it easy for neighbors to become friends. At the same time, the on-site Summit Medical Center offers convenient primary care and physical-therapy services.
More than 2,300 buildable lots and waterfront homesites are available at Tellico Village. An impressive roster of 15 local builders offers a fantastic variety of floor plans with customizable options to create the new home of your dreams. There are also a number of existing homes on the market at any given time, plus rentals available for a week to a year while you check out all of the choices.
Located just 31 miles from Knoxville, Tellico Village residents are just a short drive away from the region’s finest night-life venues, cultural events, shopping centers, and top-rated health care facilities.
Request more information below, and you’ll be on your way to enjoying the good life at Tellico Village.
You Have Arrived. Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake is an award-winning gated lakefront community that combines waterfront living with mountain views and amenities that include a country club, championship golf course, tennis and pickleball facilities, swimming pool, community docks, horseback riding, hiking trails, and more.
With approximately 900 existing homeowners already enjoying the Bay Way of Life, Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake is fast becoming the region’s first choice for anyone seeking an active lifestyle in a premium residential community.
Come be a part of it and make the majestic Smoky Mountains and serene, clear waters of Tellico Lake the backdrop for your vacation home, second residence or forever home.
Bayside is an award-winning classic beach resort community developed by the regionally renowned Carl M. Freeman Companies. Tree-lined streets showcase a community of stunning homes – all inspired by the New England coastal towns.
Located just outside Fenwick Island, DE, Bayside is removed but certainly not remote, with the perfect blend of privacy and location.
Our Bayside community is ideally nestled in this quiet resort town with access to all that it has to offer. As one of Delaware’s finest coastal destinations, Fenwick Island is beautifully serene but with plenty to do. Once you’re here, you might notice your cares melting away as the beaches of Fenwick Island call your name.
Whether you see yourself in a townhouse, villa-style duplex or single-family dwelling, there is an ideal Bayside home for you, ranging from cozy to grand. Our selection of designs, by the area’s top builders, offer a selection of varied floor plans and settings to meet your personal taste, budget and lifestyle.
There’s no better place than Lakewood Ranch to live the Florida lifestyle you’ve dreamed of.
Here, living healthy and well is as much about nourishing the body as it is the heart, mind and spirit. That’s why, in addition to incredible active recreation and best-in-class medical facilities, you’ll also find that access to nature, educational opportunities, community traditions and creative pursuits abound.
Our natural areas and common spaces connect to homes through trails and parks, that in turn connect to gathering areas like three town centers, a sports campus, Sarasota Polo Club and a farmers’ market.
And just beyond our backyard, you can enjoy the dynamic shopping district of University Town Center, Sarasota’s white sand beaches and arts scene, Tampa’s sport teams and entertainment, and quick access to four airports.
In fact, living at Lakewood Ranch offers so many of the elements believed to positively impact our wellbeing that it has been selected as the home for a landmark, multi-generational research initiative that will have global impact on brain health.
These are just some of the reasons why Ideal Living named Lakewood Ranch Best Health and Fitness Community, and why it is the country’s #1 best-selling community.
With more than 20 distinctive villages, Lakewood Ranch blends unique home choices with a community designed to support wellness in all aspects of life. New homes rrange include townhomes, attached villas, single-family homes and estates, with prices from the high $200s to over $1 million.
Come explore Florida’s favorite place to call home.
What to expect at The Ranch:
• More than 20 villages (2 are 55+)
• 3 town centers and multiple Publix-anchored neighborhood centers
• 150 miles of multi-surface trails
• 10,000+ acres of lakes, parks, and preserves
• 60+ clubs and groups
• Over 200 shops and eateries
• 8 community parks
• 162 holes of golf
• 32 courts for racquet sports
• A-rated schools & higher education campuses
• Sarasota Polo Club
• Farmers’ market
• Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club
• 22 fields at Premier Sports Campus
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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.
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!
WindRiver is a stunning, lakefront and golf community located minutes outside Knoxville, Tennessee on Tellico Lake. Inside our gates, you will find world-class amenities surrounded by sparkling, fresh-water lakes and dramatic mountain views. This unique combination is what makes WindRiver the ideal place to call home and create a lakefront lifestyle you and your family will cherish.
You will sense it when you look towards the welcoming shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains. You will feel it standing on the gentle slope of five miles of shoreline along beautiful Lake Tellico, named one of the top inland boating destinations in the nation.
Members enjoy a collection of world-class club amenities which include: a full-service marina, a championship 18-hole golf course, Golf Club and Grill, the Sports Complex with a resort-style swimming pool, sports courts, and a state-of-the-art exercise facility at Overlook Manor, the elegant Lakeside Inn, and Citico’s Restaurant, a signature Member dining experience. For outdoor enthusiasts, WindRiver has access to over 30 miles of walking and hiking trails and a peaceful, lakefront retreat, Brightwater Park.
This is Life As It Should Be – this is WindRiver.
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.
Belize is as romantic and charming as it sounds. And, Ambergris Caye, is indeed the cream of the crop. The island is considered the #1 tourist and retirement destination in Belize and is one of the top retirement destinations in all of the Caribbean and Central America .
While Belize feels like that dreamy place you could never actually live, buying in Belize has never been more affordable, or more accessible.
The land title system in Belize is very similar to that of the UK, USA or Canada. There are no restrictions on foreign land ownership, and
there are plenty of English speaking lawyers ready to help you with your property purchase.
There is no capital gains tax, no inheritance tax, and property taxes are a fraction of what they are in Canada or USA.
Asset protection through creation of IBC (International Business Company) is very similar to the British Virgin Islands or The Bahamas. You may open an offshore bank account effectively protecting your assets from Tax Authorities and litigation.
And, Belize has an excellent retiree program. Under Belize’s Qualified Retired Persons program, buyers over 45 are eligible for tax benefits, including exemptions on retirement income. When moving to Belize, qualified retirees can import motor vehicles, boats, aircraft, and personal effects, duty free. For details visit www.belizeretirement.org or call 1 (832) 848-2812.
Plan your visit
Below you can explore waterfront communities from lakes to oceans to rivers and more. After you’ve selected a few areas that catch your eye, plan your visit to several so that you can take the next step towards your ideal life. You’ll find many of these waterfront communities offer discovery tours so you can get a taste of the neighborhood, lifestyle, and beyond.