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Waterfront Communities

Living near water comes with tranquility, health benefits, recreational opportunities, and scenic views. Waterfront real estate is not limited to luxury beachfront property. Waterfront communities offer a variety of home types and property on lakes, rivers, oceans, and wetlands.

Whether you are looking for a year-round home, vacation home, or retirement destination, waterfront communities offer homes to complement all lifestyles. In addition to water recreation, such as boating and fishing, waterfront communities provide access to amenities such as golf courses, clubhouses, fitness facilities, tennis, and more. Explore these communities and discover the best waterfront homes.

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Brunswick Forest

Leland, North Carolina Waterfront 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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Chinquapin

Glenville, North Carolina Waterfront 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 $80,000 to $350,000. Read More...

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Compass Pointe

Leland, North Carolina Waterfront Community
Leland, North Carolina

Awarded the 2016 Bliss Award for “Best North Carolina Community of the Year,” Compass Pointe offers new homes, townhomes and lots for sale in a gated resort and retirement community near North Carolina's Cape Fear coast, with golf, tennis and other club amenities under development. Lots from $85,000 to $200,000; Homes, Townhomes and Condos priced from $315,000 to $1 million. Read More...

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Connestee Falls

Brevard, North Carolina Waterfront 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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Cullowhee River Club

Cullowhee, North Carolina Waterfront Community
Cullowhee, 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 mid $300,000s+ Read More...

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Del Webb at Traditions

Wake Forest, North Carolina Waterfront Community
Wake Forest, North Carolina

This 55+ community in Wake Forest, North Carolina features a variety of resort-style amenities designed specifically for active adults. The The planned 18,000-square-foot amenity center will include a fitness center, coffee lounge, demonstration kitchen, billiards, swimming pool, tennis, pickleball, bocce, and more. More than 50 miles of trails wind throughout the community. Raleigh's shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions are just 20 miles away. Homes priced from the mid $300,000s to the $500,000s. Read More...

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Imagery

Mount Holly, North Carolina Waterfront Community
Mount Holly, North Carolina

This Charlotte, North Carolina-area active adult community offers lakefront living on the shoreline of the Mountain Island Lake peninsula. Amenities will include a clubhouse, fitness center, art studios, swimming pool, walking & biking trails, a dog park, and courts for tennis and pickleball. Homes priced from $294,000 to $460,000. Read More...


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Landfall

Wilmington, North Carolina Waterfront 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 $175,000 to $1.5 million; Homes, Condos and Townhomes are priced from about $300,000 to $3.5 million. Read More...

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Ocean Club Estates

Sunset Beach, North Carolina Waterfront Community
Sunset Beach, North Carolina

This coastal gated community is offering a limited opportunity to own a dockable waterfront homesite on the island of Sunset Beach, North Carolina. All 68 homesites feature docks with deepwater access to the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. There are also private walking trails, boardwalks to remote islands, and a canoe and kayak launch. Myrtle Beach and Wilmington are within a short boat ride or 1-hour drive. Homesites priced from $160,000 to $350,000; Turn-Key Home Packages priced from the $400,000s to the $600,000s. Read More...

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Ocean Ridge Plantation

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina Waterfront Community
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

90 holes of championship golf, coastal living, and protected woodlands are defining features of this community located between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC. Amenities include three clubhouses, a private beach club, tennis, racquetball, swimming, fitness, a nature park, and a community garden. Lots from the $18,000 to $250,000; Homes from $325,000 to over $800,000. Read More...

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Porters Neck Plantation

Wilmington, North Carolina Waterfront Community
Wilmington, North Carolina

Located 4 miles from the scenic port city of Wilmington, North Carolina, Porters Neck Plantation encompasses 675 acres of coastland adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway. With a Tom Fazio 18-hole championship course, ranked “Number #1 on the North Carolina Coast” by Golf Digest, the community also offers tennis, swimming pools, a sports center, dining and social activities in a family-oriented atmosphere. Lots are priced from $120,000 to $315,000; Patio Homes, Custom and Resale Homes from the $275,000 to $849,000. Read More...


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River Bluffs

Castle Hayne, North Carolina Waterfront Community
Castle Hayne, North Carolina

This gated community offers a gated, waterfront village lifestyle along the banks of the North East Cape Fear River. Amenities include a community farm, cafe, fitness center, swimming pool, marina, tennis & pickleball courts, nature trails, parks, the longest private walkway over the river in the country (2,700'), and more. Downtown Wilmington is accessible within 10 minutes via boat or car. Lots priced from $80,000 to $505,000; Homes priced from $349,500 to $1.5 million. Read More...


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RiverLights

Wilmington, North Carolina Waterfront Community
Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington, NC’s newest 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 Marina Village that will include local flavors. New townhomes priced from the low $300,000s to the mid $400,000s; New homes priced from the mid $200,000s to the low $600,000s. Read More...


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RiverSea Plantation

Bolivia, North Carolina Waterfront Community
Bolivia, North Carolina

This coastal North Carolina gated community offers an active lifestyle in a location convenient to the attractions of Wilmington and Myrtle Beach. Amenities include a clubhouse, fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, miles of walking trails, and a boat ramp offering quick access to the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. Lots priced from $14,000 to $149,000; homes from $250,000 to $650,000; Courtyard/Patio Villas from $250,000 to $300,000. Read More...


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Sea Trail Plantation

Sunset Beach, North Carolina Waterfront Community
Sunset Beach, North Carolina

This gated 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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St. James Plantation

Southport, North Carolina Waterfront 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 $55,000 to $500,000; Condos and Townhomes from the high $100,000s to over $300,000; Custom Homes from $270,000 to over $1.5 million. Read More...

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The Coves Mountain River Club

Lenoir, North Carolina Waterfront Community
Lenoir, North Carolina

Set on 3,600 acres, this gated mountain community borders Pisgah National Forest and is 30 minutes from Blowing Rock, NC. Amenities include 5 miles of river frontage, equestrian facilities, a mountaintop Lodge, 39 miles of hiking and horse trails, four waterfalls, two community gardens, low HOA fees, and mild four season weather. Lots priced from $39,990 to $169,000; Homes from $89,900 to $999,990. Read More...


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The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina Waterfront Community
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

This coastal North Carolina community offers a low-maintenance lifestyle and cottage homes near the renowned Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach. Amenities include a clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pool, and walking & biking trails. Shops, restaurants, healthcare, tennis, pickleball, and golf courses are minutes away. Homes priced from $230,000s to the $400,000s; Townhomes from the $180,000s to the $230,000s. Read More...

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The Settlement at Thomas Divide

Bryson City, North Carolina Waterfront 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 $51,000 to $450,000; Cabin priced at $549,000. Read More...


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Trilogy® Lake Norman

Denver, North Carolina Waterfront 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 $270,000s to the $550,000s. Read More...

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