3 Georgia 55+ Communities Big on Boating


If you love spending your time out on the water relaxing on your boat, chances are you’re looking for an active adult community that includes a marina, boat slips, places to fish, and direct lake access. If you’re thinking about moving to Georgia, there are three communities that cater to the boat-loving crowd.

Cresswind Lake Lanier – Gainesville

Mid $200s – Mid $600s

Recreation and Boating 

A tranquil, gated, active adult community with 934 single-family homes, Cresswind Lake Lanier is located on a wide finger of Lake Lanier, The setting has 692 miles of sparkling shoreline meandering past picturesque parks, picnic areas. and campgrounds.

On the dock behind the clubhouse, residents can purchase a boat slip to enjoy their retirement on the lake. The marina includes every available convenience you’d need for a leisurely day of boating on the lake.


Residents also enjoy a game of tennis, pickleball, bocce ball or horseshoes, and extensive walking trails are perfect for a quick jog or a leisurely stroll. The Club at Cresswind, an impressive 36,000 square-foot three-story clubhouse, offers all the amenities and activities needed to support a healthy, active lifestyle. Residents can stay in shape by visiting the state-of-the-art fitness center, taking a class in the aerobics studio or swimming laps in the indoor pool.


The single-family homes at Cresswind at Lake Lanier offer a versatile range of sizes and options to suit the needs of many different homeowners. There’s a variety of homes that range in size from 1,275 to 2,964 square feet and have two to four bedrooms.

They also feature touches that discerning homeowners will love, such as granite countertops in the kitchens and Energy Star rated appliances. Some of the homes offer basements and the finished basements are optional. Many homes sit on oversized lots with lovely wooded views.

The Springs at Sterling on the Lakes – Flowery Branch

Mid $200s – High $300s

The Springs at Sterling on the Lakes in Flowery Branch is nestled on 1,000 acres among natural and rolling terrain 45 minutes northeast of Atlanta. Though it’s not age-restricted, this community is still popular with active adults. Part of a larger 2,000-home Sterling on the Lake master-planned community, The Springs features 275 homes.


There are a variety of single-family floor plans to choose from in The Springs that range from 1,716 to 2,782 square feet. Some of the larger models offer optional lofts and basements.

These homes have two to four bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages. Situated in wooded areas, many of the lots have plenty of backyard space for the ultimate enjoyment of entertaining and outdoor living in a natural setting. 


Defined by lakes, waterfalls, and streams, this award-winning community encompasses 200 acres of open space accessible by biking and walking trails. Located at the Village Center and offering relaxing views of the lakes, residents of The Springs have use of the 8,000 square-foot Sterling on the Lake clubhouse. It contains a 24-hour fitness center, a gathering room with fireplace, catering kitchen, and a 27-stadium seating movie theater.

The grounds include eight lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, covered outside pavilion and fireplace, a two-acre village lawn with pavilion and amphitheater, lakeside pavilion, and an outdoor grill, The pool area has a free-form pool with a zero-entry edge, a competition pool with waterfall and infinity edge, and a wading pool.

Recreation and Boating 

All 75 acres of the community lakes are open for catch and release fishing and offer complimentary rowboat, canoe, and kayak rental which is free to residents.

The Village Park includes 4.5 acres of natural surroundings with a half mile of interconnecting walking, hiking and biking trails throughout the community to maximize the potential of the scenic landscapes within the community. In addition to the master-planned amenities available to all residents of Sterling on the Lake, The Springs residents have access to their own clubhouse. 

Del Webb at Lake Oconee – Greensboro

Low $300s – High $700s

Recreation and Boating 

First, let’s start off with what you’re really looking for: boating. Del Webb at Lake Oconee is wrapped around the shores of Lake Oconee, Georgia’s second largest lake. The man-made Georgia Power lake stretches along 400 miles of twisting shorelines and includes 19,000 acres of navigable water. The lake is home to some of the best fishing in the Southeast and is stocked with four kinds of bass, crappie, and catfish.

Plus, the shores of the lake are a haven for wildlife including deer, wading birds, and bald eagles. Water sports enthusiasts enjoy all sorts of lake activities including boating, sailing, water skiing, kayaking, and personal watercraft.

The hydroelectric power generating lake enjoys almost constant levels and is surprisingly one of the least crowded lakes in the region. Del Webb has 1,400 feet of direct lake access, which includes 38 boat slips, a boat launch, and boat storage facility.


Situated 75 miles east of Atlanta, Del Webb at Lake Oconee combines rural charm with convenient access to the culture and entertainment of Atlanta. This community is home to more than 800 households with 12 floor plans to choose from, including duplex villas and single-family homes. 

Homes range from 1,109 to 2,597 square feet, which include two to four bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half baths, and two to three-car garages. Some of the single-family models at Del Webb Lake Oconee offer an optional second-floor loft that includes an additional bedroom, bathroom, and recreation area.

Homeowners can truly enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle at Del Webb at Lake Oconee. The homeowners’ association includes services such as lawn maintenance, garbage pickup, amenities access, common area maintenance, and guard gated security.


At the heart of Del Webb at Lake Oconee is a 21,000 square-foot clubhouse and amenity center known as The Club at Lake Oconee. The clubhouse serves as the central hub for all community social and fitness activities.

It includes desirable amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center with the latest high-end cardiovascular and weight training equipment. There is also an aerobics studio, indoor lap pool, arts and crafts studio, ballroom, library, catering kitchen, billiard tables, and a card room.

Outside, the clubhouse at Del Webb Lake Oconee is surrounded by four clay tennis courts, two pickleball courts, four bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits, and a croquet field. There is also a softball field, dog park and miles of scenic walking and biking trails. A lakeside pavilion includes an outdoor fireplace, picnic tables and grilling area that is an ideal place for residents to gather and watch the sunsets over the lake.

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