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Cottage Home Communities

Quaint and charming with a distinct architectural style, the houses you’ll find in a cottage home community may elicit visions of fairy tales, but for today’s retirees and active adults, they’re very real. Perfect for those looking to downsize and simplify, cottage-style homes usually range from about 600 to 1,500 square feet and are known for their comfort, functionality, and character. For those looking to reduce their footprint and live more modestly while still enjoying a low-maintenance lifestyle full of amenities and friendly neighbors, cottage home communities are a great option. In this section, we’ll explore cottage home communities with small homes for sale.

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Balsam Mountain Preserve

Sylva, North Carolina Cottage Home Community
Sylva, North Carolina

This low-density club community in the mountains of western North Carolina has fewer than 400 homes and nearly 3,500 of its 4,400 acres permanently protected from development by conservation easements. Amenities include an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, The Ruby Valley Fitness & Wellness Center for classes, training and massage therapy, an Equestrian Center, The Boarding House Lodge and Restaurant, a Nature Center with onsite naturalists, horseback riding, 38 miles of fishing streams, and over 42 miles of private hiking trails. Fractional Shares starting at $75,000; Lots are priced from $150,000 to $1 million; Homes from $600,000 to $3 million+. Read More...

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Bear Lake Reserve

Tuckasegee, North Carolina Cottage Home Community
Tuckasegee, North Carolina

This lakefront mountain resort community features a Nicklaus Design golf course, a lake club with pools, restaurant and fitness center, tennis & pickleball courts, a 500-acre private lake, an outdoor events amphitheater, and miles of scenic hiking trails and fly fishing. Located along one of the last undeveloped lakes in Western North Carolina, near Cashiers. Craftsman-style cottages, custom homes, villas and mountain lodges are priced from the high $200,000s to $4 million; Lots priced from the low $100,000s to the high $500,000s. Read More...

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Crescent Communities on Lake Keowee

Seneca, South Carolina Cottage Home Community
Seneca, South Carolina

With 18,500 acres of clear blue water and 300 miles of shoreline at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains in South Carolina's Upstate region, the Crescent Communities on Lake Keowee provide ample outdoor recreation opportunities. Amenities include clubhouses, tennis, swimming pools, nature trails and community boat slips. The communities are less than 45 minutes from Greenville, SC, and 90 minutes from Atlanta. Lots from the $200,000s; Homes starting in the $700,000s. Read More...


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Cullowhee River Club

Sylva, North Carolina Cottage Home Community
Sylva, North Carolina

Located next to Western Carolina University, on the banks of the Tuckasegee River this residential and recreational community offers something for everyone. Residents will have access to a variety of amenities, the endless hiking and biking trails of 3 Blue Ridge Mountain national parks just minutes away, and the cultural attractions of Asheville (less than an hour’s drive.) Cabins and cottages priced from the low $400,000s. Read More...


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Grand Palm

Venice, Florida Cottage Home Community
Venice, Florida

Encompassing about 1,000 acres, this pedestrian-friendly Sarasota County community offers resort-style amenities, community parks and conservation areas in a location midway between Tampa and Fort Myers in the Gulf Coast city of Venice. The property is five minutes from Interstate 75 and 15 minutes from the beach, with a choice of Paired Villas priced from the $500,000s to Single-Family homes priced from the $600,000s. Read More...


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John's Island

Vero Beach, Florida Cottage Home Community
Vero Beach, Florida

Surrounded by miles of Intracoastal Waterway and pristine beaches is this private and luxurious 1,650-acre community. World-class amenities include three championship golf courses (Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio), oceanfront Beach Club, newly renovated Clubhouses, 17 Har-tru tennis courts, squash, pickleball, croquet, fitness center and outstanding social and recreational activities. Lots from $3 million to $9 million; Condominiums, Townhomes & Golf Cottages from $950,000 to $5 million; Homes from $3 million to $20 million. Read More...


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Lakeshore by Simple Life

Oxford, Florida Cottage Home Community
Oxford, Florida

A new cottage home community in Central Florida, Lakeshore by Simple Life provides residents with a relaxed yet active lifestyle. About an hour from Orlando and just over 30 minutes to Ocala, residents of this Oxford, FL, community have access to an array of private amenities including a clubhouse, resort-style swimming pool, fitness center, walking trails, bocce and pickleball courts, and onsite lake. Lot lease from $275/mo.; The 223 cottage homes in this Florida community range from 585 to 1,085 sq. ft and start at $199,000 to $328,000. Read More...


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Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach, Florida Cottage Home Community
Daytona Beach, Florida

This Daytona Beach, Florida 55+ community inspired by the music and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett offers resort-style amenities and low-maintenance new homes. Amenities include a fitness center, bandshell with live music, theater with stage performances and dancing, pet spa, business center, arts/crafts and card rooms, restaurant with indoor/outdoor bar, swimming pool, tennis & pickleball courts, and much more. Homes priced from the high $200,000s to the mid $400,000s. Read More...


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Latitude Margaritaville Watersound

Panama City Beach, Florida Cottage Home Community
Panama City Beach, Florida

This 55-and-better community on Florida’s Emerald Coast between Pensacola and Panama City is a short drive from the scenic Highway 30A corridor and convenient to Gulf Coast beaches and the Intracoastal Waterway. Residents can enjoy an active lifestyle while appreciating the natural environment. Homes from the high $200,000s to the high $400,000s. Read More...


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Oldfield

Okatie, South Carolina Cottage Home Community
Okatie, South Carolina

Deep in South Carolina's Lowcountry, between Beaufort and Hilton Head, is the club community of Oldfield. Amenities include a Greg Norman golf course, Equestrian Center, Sports Club with 6 tennis courts, fitness center, resort-style swimming pool and lap pool, the River Club with fine and casual dining and the Outfitters Center - a hunting lodge with outfitters store and wildlife education center. Lots priced from $50,000 to $400,000; Homes from $479,000 to $1.9 million. Read More...

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Palmetto Bluff

Bluffton, South Carolina Cottage Home Community
Bluffton, South Carolina

Situated in the picturesque South Carolina Low Country along the May River, Palmetto Bluff offers an array of amenities including a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, a Sports Campus, an interior freshwater river system, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff--ranked the #1 Top U.S. Resort by the readers of Conde Nast--and a Spa. Lots ranging from 1/3 acre to 15-acre family compounds are priced from the $400,000s to $3.75 million; Homes from $2.5 million to $5 million+. Read More...


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Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow, Washington Cottage Home Community
Port Ludlow, Washington

This waterfront resort and golf community on the Puget Sound offers a mountainside retreat while also allowing easy access to city life of Seattle, WA. The myriad of amenities include an 18-hole golf course, a marina with watercraft rentals, two clubhouses, walking and biking trails, and tennis and pickleball courts. Call for prices. Read More...


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St. James Plantation

Southport, North Carolina Cottage Home Community
Southport, North Carolina

Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, along the North Carolina coast near Wilmington and Southport, St. James Plantation offers numerous amenities: four championship Audubon-Certified golf courses, private beach club, full-service marina village, tennis courts, swimming pools, fitness centers, waterfront park, over 15 miles of walking and biking trails and 500 acres of nature preserves. Lots priced from $200,000 to $500,000; Condos and Townhomes from the low $300,000s and up; Homes from $500,000 to over $1.5 million. Read More...

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The Hamlet by Simple Life

Flat Rock, North Carolina Cottage Home Community
Flat Rock, North Carolina

Just 15 minutes from historic downtown Hendersonville, NC, and 30 minutes to Asheville, NC, this charming North Carolina cottage home community sits at the base of The Blue Ridge Mountains, with homesites sprinkled throughout scenic wetlands. Offering all-inclusive low-maintenance living, the active adult North Carolina community provides exclusive private amenities for residents. Cottage homes with distinct mountain-rustic designs are priced from the $160,000s to the $200,000s. Read More...


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The Isles of Collier Preserve

Naples, Florida Cottage Home Community
Naples, Florida

Nestled within a natural setting just minutes from Downtown Naples, this community is a colorful update of classic coastal living and offers a choice of single-family homes, and villa-style condominium residences, with a clubhouse and recreation center and optional membership in the adjacent Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club. Lots priced from $25,000 to $200,000; Villas and single-family homes are priced from $460,000 to over $1.5 million. Read More...

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