Popular Gated Communities in Coastal North Carolina

by Robert Borges on July 14, 2020

From quaint historic towns to bustling beaches, there are a variety of experiences to be had along The Tarheel State’s 300 miles of coastline. For those who desire the comfort, security, and privacy of a gated community that’s never far from the water, here are some of the best gated communities in Coastal North Carolina.  


Compass Pointe- Leland, NC 

Awarded the 2016 Bliss Award for “Best North Carolina Community of the Year,” this gated community in coastal North Carolina offers a relaxed lifestyle and plethora of amenities along the Atlantic beaches of Cape Fear. The community’s master plan features two full-service amenity centers, a shopping village, and 1000 acres of preserved wildlife sanctuaries. Residents also enjoy an 18-hole golf course, tennis and fitness facilities, resort-style pool, indoor pool, lazy river, dog park and a private freshwater lake.


Landfall- Wilmington, NC

A gated environment five minutes from Wrightsville Beach on the Cape Fear Coast, this verdant 2,200-acre property blends an upscale sports club with tranquil residential neighborhoods. Situated just west of the Intracoastal Waterway, members of this gated North Carolina coastal community gain access to 45 holes of golf designed by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye, along with two full-service clubhouses, tennis and fitness facilities, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and other member-owned social and recreational amenities.


Waterford of the Carolinas- Wilmington, NC

A coastal community epitomized as water takes center stage at this North Carolina gated community. Covering 17 miles of shoreline, Waterford of the Carolinas is a unique lakefront community with homesites on creeks and finger-lakes that sprout in every direction. Outdoor fun is in abundance with canoeing, fishing, swimming, and tennis. Homebuyers in this affordable North Carolina gated community have many choices, from custom designed homes to single-level patio homes with low maintenance.


Ocean Ridge- Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Set in beautiful Sunset Beach, NC, between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC, this gated coastal community offers a country club lifestyle with privacy, championship golf, and a full calendar of social activities. Pristine beaches and 300+ acres of nature preserves with ancient maritime forests account for the community’s diverse natural surroundings, where members can enjoy the walking and biking trails, kayaking and canoeing, swimming, and fishing. And the five, award-winning Big Cats golf courses offer 90 holes of golf amid an array of native and exotic foliage, elevation changes, diverse fairways, and sloping greens. 


Porter’s Neck- Wilmington, NC 

Along the Intracoastal Waterway, this gated North Carolina community is just minutes from Wrightsville Beach on the Atlantic Ocean and downtown Wilmington's historic district. Known as "Wilmington's address for gracious living," Porter’s Neck offers a full complement of resort-style amenities including an 18-hole championship Tom Fazio golf course, named the #1 Coastal Golf Course in North Carolina by Golf Digest, an elegantly appointed clubhouse, and a recreation center, all surrounded by a diversity of home styles.


Winding River- Bolivia, NC 

A desirable North Carolina gated community, Winding River is located between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC. The community offers a waterfront lifestyle with an award-winning low country golf experience featuring the on-site Carolina National Golf Club. Residents are treated to the magnificent 27-hole Audubon-Certified Sanctuary Golf Course set along the banks of the Lockwood Folly River. As an added bonus, property owners get access to the 9,000-square-foot clubhouse, the River House & Marina, and the private beach club on Holden Beach.