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Lakefront Communities

Whether boating, fishing, kayaking, strolling along the beach or boardwalk, or simply enjoying the waterfront sunset, lake communities offer plenty of recreation and enjoyment—with equal parts peace and tranquility. Lakefront retirement communities are a popular choice for 55+ active adults, but many communities offer affordable lakefront homes for sale that appeal to families and residents of all ages.

From New Hampshire to California, and everywhere in between, the communities featured here all have one thing in common: they all center around sparkling lakes. There is perhaps no better way to bring residents and neighbors together than gathering for fun and relaxing lake activities—so start your search here for the community that meets your lake-loving lifestyle.

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Bear Lake Reserve

Tuckasegee, North Carolina Lakefront Homes 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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Brunswick Forest

Leland, North Carolina Lakefront Homes Community
Leland, North Carolina

Located on North Carolina's Cape Fear coast, just minutes from historic Wilmington, Brunswick Forest offers a wide array of neighborhoods and lifestyles. Amenities include 18 holes of championship golf at Cape Fear National®, a Clubhouse, Town Creek River Launch , Fitness & Wellness Center, parks, natural areas and more than 100 miles of pathways linking residences and amenities. Lots priced from the $80,000s to $250,000; Townhomes, Cottages, Villas and Single-Family Homes priced from the $300,000s to the $800,000s. Read More...

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Cannonsgate at Bogue Sound

Newport, North Carolina Lakefront Homes Community
Newport, North Carolina

Cannonsgate at Bogue Sound is a gated waterfront community located just across the Intracoastal Waterway from Emerald Isle on North Carolina's Atlantic Coast, near the historic town of Beaufort. Amenities include a plantation-style clubhouse, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a 75-slip marina, and a network of walking and biking trails. Homes priced from the high $500,000s; Lots starting at $19,000. Read More...


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Chinquapin

Glenville, North Carolina Lakefront Homes Community
Glenville, North Carolina

This 2,000-acre gated community is located near the Nantahala National Forest and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. Residents enjoy an abundance of outdoor activities, and community amenities include a clubhouse, an adventure trail, and equestrian, hiking and biking trails. Homesites priced from $99,000 to $350,000; maintenance-free home packages starting in the $500,000s. Read More...

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Connestee Falls

Brevard, North Carolina Lakefront Homes Community
Brevard, North Carolina

For over four decades, Connestee Falls has offered scenic mountain real estate and single-family homes for sale in a gated Blue Ridge Mountain community with golf, tennis, lakes, waterfalls, hiking trails and other active lifestyle amenities. Homesites are priced from about $10,000 to $99,900; Single-family homes from $125,000 to $1 million. Read More...


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Governors Club

Chapel Hill, North Carolina Lakefront Homes Community
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

A 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course highlights this gated community in North Carolina's prosperous Research Triangle metropolitan area. Governors Club combines a family-friendly, neighborhood atmosphere with the social and recreational benefits of a private country club. Members have access to golf, tennis, fitness, swimming and clubhouse facilities with over 400 events a year, plus boating and fishing on nearby Jordan Lake. Lots priced from $50,000 to $500,000+; Homes from $400,000 to $3 million+. Read More...

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Grande Pines

Pinehurst, North Carolina Lakefront Homes Community
Pinehurst, North Carolina

This North Carolina gated community is located minutes from the famed Pinehurst Village and offers an active lifestyle in a natural setting of rolling hills, creeks, and pastures. Amenities include a community cabin, barbecue area, swimming pool, and trails for walking, biking, and horseback riding. Golf & social memberships are available at Pinehurst Country Club. Homesites from $70,000 to $200,000; Homes from the $300,000s to $2 million. Read More...

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Landfall

Wilmington, North Carolina Lakefront Homes Community
Wilmington, North Carolina

This established Wilmington, North Carolina country club community is situated just west of the Intracoastal Waterway, five minutes from Wrightsville Beach. A long list of amenities is topped by 45 holes of golf designed by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye. Lots are priced from about $250,000 to $2 million; Homes, Condos and Townhomes are priced from about $500,000 to $3.5 million. Read More...


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Ole Plantation

Rutherfordton, North Carolina Lakefront Homes Community
Rutherfordton, North Carolina

Ole Plantation is a private gated community in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just minutes from Lake Lure and Chimney Rock. Situated in the small town of Rutherfordton, the North Carolina community provides peace, privacy, and an abundance of nearby recreational activities for families, active adults, and retirees. Spacious 1-3 acre lots with long-range mountain views start in the mid $30,000s. Homes priced from the mid $300,000s. Read More...


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Riverlights

Wilmington, North Carolina Lakefront Homes Community
Wilmington, North Carolina

This Wilmington, NC river-front coastal community is set along the Cape Fear River and is located less than 5 miles from historic downtown Wilmington and 12 miles from area beaches. The community features a 38-acre fresh water lake for non-motorized boats, miles of multi-use trails with a waterfront boardwalk, 8+ parks and open spaces, public day docks, a separate 55+ active adult community with private amenities, and the Marina Village community hub, which is home to local shopping, dining and more. Townhomes priced from the $300,000s to high $600,000s; Homes priced from the $300,000s to $1 million+. Read More...

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Rivers Edge Golf Club & Plantation

Shallotte, North Carolina Lakefront Homes Community
Shallotte, North Carolina

Rivers Edge Golf Club & Plantation is conveniently located close to three of the most pristine beaches on the east coast. Rivers Edge is known for its all-inclusive amenities and active lifestyle which includes an award-winning 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, River Hall Residence Club, 27-acre freshwater Palmer Lake, oceanfront beach club, walking & biking trails, and views of the Shallotte River and its tributaries. Water, golf, and nature view homesites, homes, and townhomes are available. Lots from $20,000 to $200,000; homes & townhomes from the $200,000s to $1 million+. Read More...


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Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure

Lake Lure, North Carolina Lakefront Homes Community
Lake Lure, North Carolina

This Blue Ridge Mountain gated mountain community offers championship golf courses, a variety of resort-style amenities, and vacation homes and rentals on Lake Lure. Members stay connected with the outdoors with hiking & biking trails, water recreation on the lake, fishing, and a white sand beach. Lots priced from $5,000 to $150,000; condos from $40,000 to $250,000; homes and townhomes from $200,000 to $1 million. Read More...

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Sea Trail Plantation

Sunset Beach, North Carolina Lakefront Homes Community
Sunset Beach, North Carolina

This golf and resort community offers the best in coastal living, along with championship golf courses, resort-style amenities, and a wide variety of homes. Recreational offerings include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, walking & biking trails, tennis & pickleball courts, fishing ponds, and weekly activities for all interests. Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand is just 30 minutes away. Lots priced from $30,000 to $150,000; condos from $99,000 to $249,000; townhomes from $129,000 to $299,000; homes from $209,000 to $649,000. Read More...

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The Settlement at Thomas Divide

Bryson City, North Carolina Lakefront Homes Community
Bryson City, North Carolina

This mountain community of Western Carolina borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is just 10 minutes from downtown Bryson City. Amenities include a community center with lodging, equestrian facilities, and trails for walking, biking, and horseback riding. Residents also have easy access to more than 500 miles of trails, trout fishing streams, whitewater rafting, boating, and more. Lots priced from $68,500 to $395,000; Cabin priced at $549,000. Read More...

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Trilogy® Lake Norman

Denver, North Carolina Lakefront Homes Community
Denver, North Carolina

Trilogy® Lake Norman is a new gated and master-planned 55+ retirement community about half an hour northwest of downtown Charlotte. The community will combine resort-like social and recreational amenities with a selection of new homes for sale near Lake Norman and Interstate 77. Homes priced from the low $300,000s to the $500,000s. Read More...


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Waterford of the Carolinas

Wilmington, North Carolina Lakefront Homes Community
Wilmington, North Carolina

Located along the Cape Fear River in North Carolina, Waterford of the Carolinas offers the best of coastal and city living. Resort-style amenities coupled with immediate access to downtown Historic Wilmington and Atlantic beaches give residents ample room to relax and explore. Most of the homes and lots are lakefront or offer water views. Lots priced from $59,900 to $269,900; Homes from $239,900 to $499,900. Read More...

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Amblebrook Gettysburg

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Lakefront Homes Community
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

This 55+ community in Adams County, Pennsylvania offers a farm-to-table lifestyle and single-story new homes designed for active adults. Amenities include clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pools, tennis & pickleball, bocce ball, lakes & fishing streams, community gardens, and more. Historic Gettysburg is minutes away. Homes priced from $300,000 to $500,000. Read More...


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Berkeley Hall

Bluffton, South Carolina Lakefront Homes Community
Bluffton, South Carolina

Berkeley Hall is a gated golf community in Bluffton, SC, the heart of the Coastal Lowcountry. Anchored by two complementary Tom Fazio golf courses, the community features a myriad of private club activities to keep the whole family active and engaged. With peaceful and scenic surroundings, Berkley Hall blends finely crafted architecture and natural splendor. Lots priced from $50,000 to $1,200,000; Homes from $600,000 to $3 million. Read More...

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Crescent Communities on Lake Keowee

Seneca, South Carolina Lakefront Homes 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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Cresswind Charleston

Summerville, South Carolina Lakefront Homes Community
Summerville, South Carolina

This active-lifestyle community just outside of Charleston, SC is designed to meet the needs of active adults, offering a clubhouse, fitness center with classes and nutrition programs, an activities director, walking trails, and resort-style amenities. Several golf courses are located nearby and the community is convenient to Folly Beach and Isle of Palms. Homes are priced from the $300,000s to the $500,000s. Read More...


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