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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Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch, FL
Homes, Townhomes: $300K - $1M

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 $400s 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

Tres Esquinas, Provincia de Alajuela, Los Angeles, San Ramon, CRI
Luxury villa homes starting at $385K.

Arenal Hills is Costa Rica’s finest luxury community for those seeking a truly unique international location for their retirement or vacation home.

Set in a 123-acre valley surrounded by mountains, rivers, and rainforests, the Arenal Hills residences feature panoramic views. The one- and two-story villa homes offer a choice of five floor plans with up to 3,600 square feet of total indoor/outdoor living space. Interiors feature native laurel, teak and bamboo milled on-site and furniture built by Costa Rican craftsmen. Accents include granite countertops and Peruvian marble flooring, plus large balconies with waterfall pools and Jacuzzi tubs. Every home comes with a four-seat golf cart for getting around in the community and hi-speed Internet service to stay connected with family and friends.

Arenal Hills homeowners enjoy complimentary shuttle service and VIP access to the nearby Springs Resort & Spa. This renowned vacation destination includes four fine-dining restaurants, 28 artisan hot springs, and hiking, biking, horseback riding, and kayaking in the surrounding wildlife sanctuary. Among the on-site amenities taking shape at Arenal Hills are Club Vida with pools, a fitness center, and pickleball courts, as well as the lakeside Club Lago for casual gatherings and a full-service equestrian center.

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Albemarle Plantation

Hertford, NC
Homes, Condos: $99K - $899,750 Lots: $10K - $399K

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.

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Solivita – Taylor Morrison

Kissimmee, FL
Single-Family homesites and quick move-in homes from the low $200K - $300K

“Solivita” combines “sun” and “life”, the perfect name for this gated 55+ community in Kissimmee, Florida. The incomparable Solivita offers an exciting and unique active lifestyle filled with amenities, events and beautifully designed single-family residences, and is well-located with easy access to the many allures of Central Florida. Choose from a variety of open-concept floor plans to build your new home or browse the available quick move-in homes. Solivita offers single-family homes ranging in size from 1,364 – 2,929 square feet. Visit the Solivita Welcome Center, open 7 days per week, to tour the model homes and learn more about 55+ Living in Florida.

The highly praised golf-cart friendly community in Kissimmee, Florida has received an impressive variety of awards. Honors include a designation as one of America’s Best Master-Planned Communities for active adults by Where to Retire Magazine and has earned more than 70 design and community planning, environmental sustainability and other awards.

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Beau Coast | Communities in Beaufort | Coastal Living in NC | The Carolinas

Beau Coast

Beaufort, NC
Homes from the mid $300K and Homesites starting at $149.5K

Beau Coast is found in the quaint coastal town of Beaufort, NC, which was named “South’s Best Small Town” by Southern Living Magazine. If you’re wondering why Beaufort deserves those accolades, the explanation is simple: it’s a small town with big character.

Historic Beaufort, NC is more than just a small coastal town, it’s steeped in a distinct history. First established in 1709, it’s the third oldest town in North Carolina and was a port town visited by patriots, merchants, and craftsmen. When you call Beau Coast home, you’ll find yourself at the center of it all. The coastal charm. The compelling culture. The stunning natural areas. And so much more.

Beau Coast’s Best Features also include:
• 365 Day Lifestyle
• Prime Location
• Beautiful Clubhouse
• Resort Style Pool
• Kayak Barn
• Event Lawn
• Onsite Deli
• Gathering Areas
• Community Day Dock
• Miles of Sidewalks
• Numerous Social Events
• Townhomes, Single-Family Homes and Homesites Available
• Low HOA Dues
• Affordability
• Trusted Developer

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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.

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