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.

To search efficiently, try using the filtering options on the left to narrow down your options and find the destination you love.

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K. Hov Four Seasons Lakes of Cane Bay | Gated Community near Charleston SC

K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay

Summerville, SC

K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay, a 55-plus active lifestyle community in Summerville, South Carolina, is centered on an expansive 300-acre lake system that is ideal for a variety of activities, such as fishing, boating, kayaking, walking and bird watching. The community’s spectacular clubhouse offers resort-style amenities that are second-to-none: two zero-entry outdoor saline pools, including a dedicated children’s pool; an indoor saline pool with lap lanes; a state-of-the-art fitness center and movement studio offering fitness classes, such as yoga and Pilates; a grand ballroom with a stage, seating for up to 300 and a demonstration/catering kitchen; a social lounge; a game room with billiards and card tables; bocce, pickleball and tennis courts; a lakeside amphitheater, and more. Homeowners in this inviting, parklike setting enjoy 24-hour gated security via a manned security gatehouse, as well as convenient access to area shopping, schools, recreation, dining, prestigious medical facilities, I-95, I-26 and Charleston International Airport. Live the Lake Life at Lakes of Cane Bay and experience the unsurpassed lifestyle you deserve.

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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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The Isles of Collier Preserve

Naples, FL
Homes: $400K - $600K

Nestled within a pristine natural setting just minutes from Downtown Naples, Florida’s preeminent new home builder is creating a colorful update of classic coastal living. Inspired by the timeless architecture and traditions of Old Naples, elegant new Minto homes overlook miles of scenic kayak and hiking trails. With over half of the 2,400-acres dedicated to lakes, nature preserves and natural habitat, combined with outdoor-inspired amenities, The Isles of Collier Preserve is an extraordinary new active adult gated community where the magic of Old Naples and unspoiled nature still coexist.

Enjoy all aspects of an active lifestyle influenced by wellness at The Isles Club, featuring resort-style amenities such as a resort-style pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis and pickleball courts, and a yoga lawn. After a scenic day exploring this beautiful community, sip on cocktails and savor coastal Florida flavors with family and neighbors at the resident-exclusive Overlook Bar & Grill, overlooking the Cypress Waterway.

The Isles is a master-planned community boasting 1,600 unique coastal themed new construction residences for sale, including cottages in the 400s, luxury, maintenance-included villas starting in the $500s and single-family homes from the $500s, many with stunning water and nature views

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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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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.

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