5 Stunning Oceanfront Communities

by Robert Borges on June 28, 2021

Few master-planned communities give residents the opportunity to stay active while still enjoying a relaxing and laid-back lifestyle like those situated on the water. Specifically, oceanfront communities come with a wave of incomparable perks all their own—the gentle sea breezes, the sunrises, the sunsets, the fresh seafood, the distinct sounds and smells…and so much more.

But finding the perfect oceanfront retirement community can be challenging. With great expectations (and often lofty budgets) potential homeowners have a well-defined checklist of everything their oceanfront community must have.

To help make sure you check the boxes before deciding, we’ve assembled a list of luxury communities defined by posh, elegance, and year-round beach vibes. Here are five of the most stunning oceanfront communities for active adults.

Brays Island- Sheldon, SC

Brays Island Oceanfront Community

Located between Charleston and Savannah, this 5,500-acre oceanfront community is set against a striking coastal Lowcountry backdrop. Acclaimed as “America’s Premier Sporting Community,” Brays Island offers a range of quality amenities, including hunting and shooting facilities, over 60 miles of equestrian trails, fresh and saltwater fishing, Har-Tru tennis courts with river views, and an 18-hole golf course designed by Ron Garl.

Grand Harbor- Vero Beach, FL

Grand Harbor Oceanfront Community

Grand Harbor is an oceanfront community located in Vero Beach, Florida. It offers a variety of residential options including golf-view condominiums, single family homes, marina front residences, and river front properties. Residents enjoy the resort-like amenities such as two championship golf courses, a private oceanfront beach club, and a marina. The community is known for its beautiful beaches and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

Grandview at Bay Beach- Fort Meyers, FL

Grandview at Bay Beach Oceanfront community

Welcome to a a luxurious oceanfront community nestled on the southern tip of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. This 11-story gated complex boasts 58 waterfront condominiums offering panoramic views of the Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Residents can enjoy a resort-style lifestyle with amenities like a pool, spa, fitness center, club room, and even private guest suites. Step outside your condo and onto walking paths or lighted tennis courts, or relax by the fire pits and barbecue area. The best of Fort Myers Beach is at your doorstep, with waterfront shops, restaurants, and marinas within walking distance.

The Island Club on St. Simons- St. Simons, GA

Island Club on St. Simons

Nestled on Georgia's captivating St. Simons Island, The Island Club offers an unparalleled coastal lifestyle. This private community boasts custom-built homes and world-class amenities like golf and tennis, all just a short drive from pristine beaches, vibrant shops, and delicious dining. St. Simons Island itself, the jewel of the Golden Isles, enchants with its timeless beauty, warm Southern hospitality, and historic charm. Imagine serene beaches stretching along the Atlantic coast, picturesque homes nestled amidst vibrant landscapes, and the sweet scent of blooming azaleas filling the air. The Island Club isn't just a place to live, it's a way of life – a chance to unwind amidst natural wonders, embrace rich history, and forge lasting connections in a welcoming community.

Port Ludlow- Port Ludlow, WA

Port Ludlow Oceanfront Community

Nestled on the picturesque shores of Puget Sound, Port Ludlow offers a vibrant coastal lifestyle. This resort-style community boasts stunning views of the Olympic Mountains, just a short drive from bustling Seattle. Residents can enjoy an active social scene, luxurious amenities like a waterfront spa and award-winning restaurants, and all the beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Whether you're golfing on the world-class course, kayaking in the bay, or simply relaxing by the water at The Fireside restaurant, Port Ludlow promises an idyllic waterfront living experience.


Want to see more oceanfront communities? View the full list on PCR’s website here.