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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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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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Oak Island Estates

Caswell Beach, North Carolina Waterfront Community
Caswell Beach, North Carolina

This coastal North Carolina golf community offers a new clubhouse and 18-hole golf course, along with quick access to Caswell Beach, the Intracoastal Waterway, and charming downtown Southport. The clubhouse offers a restaurant & bar, pro shop, outdoor fire pit, and year-round events. Homes priced from $200,000 to $2 million; Lots from $50,000 to $500,000; Condos from $150,000 to $600,000. 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 $14,000 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

Wilmington, North Carolina Waterfront Community
Wilmington, North Carolina

This picturesque gated, waterfront marina community is located along the banks of the North East Cape Fear River. Amenities include Porches Cafe, a cardio fitness center, resort swimming pool, 188-slip marina, tennis & pickleball courts, nature trails & parks, plus a half-mile riverfront boardwalk. Downtown Wilmington with amazing restaurants and nightlife is a 10-minute drive via boat or car. Homesites priced from $80,000 and Townhomes/Homes priced from the low $300,000s. 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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Rivers Edge Golf Club & Plantation

Shallotte, North Carolina Waterfront 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 $10,000 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 Waterfront 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 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 Cliffs at Walnut Cove

Arden, North Carolina Waterfront Community
Arden, North Carolina

Bordered by the Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway, The Cliffs at Walnut Cove rests on 1,600 acres of dense forests, rolling meadows and clear streams. Membership provides access to over $150 million in completed amenities at all seven Cliffs Communities, including seven championship golf courses with designs by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio and Gary Player. Homes priced from the $850,000s to $4 million; Lots from the $150,000s to $1.8 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 $49,900 to $139,900; Cabins from $155,000+; Cottages from $369,000+; Homes from $379,000 to $729,000. 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 $68,500 to $395,000; 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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Waterford of the Carolinas

Wilmington, North Carolina Waterfront 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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Winding River Plantation

Bolivia, North Carolina Waterfront Community
Bolivia, North Carolina

This award winning master-planned community offers a waterfront club lifestyle with a 27-hole Fred Couples Signature Golf Course, tennis, swimming, deep water marina for boating and fishing, and more. The community is just 30 minutes from Wilmington, NC and one hour from Myrtle Beach, SC. Lots priced from $12,000 to $300,000; Homes, Townhomes, Villas & Condos priced from $100,000 to $1 million. Read More...


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Amblebrook Gettysburg

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Waterfront 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 a town center, 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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Lake Naomi Club

Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania Waterfront Community
Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania

This country club community in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a Five Star Platinum Club of America offering year-round recreation for the entire family. Members enjoy social gatherings at the lakefront clubhouse, sports and fitness at the 48,000 sq. ft. community center, boating and fishing on Lake Naomi, and nearby ski resorts. Philadelphia, North Jersey, and New York City are within two hours. Homes priced from $250,000 to $1.2 million. Read More...

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Berkeley Hall

Bluffton, South Carolina Waterfront Community
Bluffton, South Carolina

This traditional Lowcountry community is set on the Okatie River with homes featuring river, marsh, golf, lake and forest views. Two "core" Tom Fazio golf courses and a 30-acre golf learning center complete the golf experience. Other amenities include a Spa & Fitness Center, recreational River Park, and a clubhouse with concierge services. Lots priced from $1,000 to $525,000; Homes from $400,000 to $2 million. Read More...

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