A coastal and affordable retirement is always on offer in Wilmington, NC.

The coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina is an idyllic location for active adults looking for a place to live that’s full of history, charm, and picturesque sights around every corner. During the summer the town comes alive with no shortage of things to do, including countless festivals and monthly happenings, a wide variety of historic sites to explore, and a plethora of nearby beaches to choose from.

While the off-season offers residents a more laid-back atmosphere than tourist season, there’s still plenty to do with several guided sightseeing tours, Cape Fear River cruises, deep-sea fishing charters, and a number of championship golf courses to play. Below are three 55+ communities to consider in the Wilmington area. 

Del Webb Wilmington — Wilmington

High $200s - High $400s

As the area’s first age-restricted community, Del Webb Wilmington, not only provides residents with a low-maintenance lifestyle that’s conveniently located near downtown, but it also offers its residents an active social scene with a full-time activity director who is dedicated to planning engaging events, classes, and community clubs.

The development consists to of 547 single-family homes that boast three different home design collections. Home sizes range from 1,262 to 1,424 square feet, while home designs feature open floor plans that can have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.

Within the Del Webb Wilmington community, there’s an expansive clubhouse that’s home to a state-of-the-art fitness center, multi-purpose room, indoor and outdoor pools, plus various athletic courts that include bocce ball, pickleball, and tennis. Additionally, there are walking and biking trails spread throughout the property as well as scenic parks to enjoy.

The Village at Motts Landing — Wilmington

 Mid $300s - High $500s

The Village at Motts Landing is an intimate age-restricted community that consists of single-family and attached homes that are all single-level with attached garages. Home sizes range from 1,900 to 2,929 square feet and there are several different layouts to choose from that include two to four bedroom options as well as two-and-a-half or three-and-a-half bath options. As an added bonus, the hassle of outdoor upkeep like lawn maintenance can be taken care of each month for a nominal fee.

On-site there are plenty of opportunities to get outside and stay active, including walking and biking trails, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, a scenic lake, and there’s even a putting green for resident golfers. Homeowners can also join one of the various community clubs that range from gardening and books to card playing. In addition to The Village’s many social activities, the community is also conveniently located near grocery stores, popular restaurants, beaches, dog parks, and more.

St. James Plantation — Southport

Low $100s - Low $1Ms

This gated community is just a short, 30-minute drive from downtown Wilmington in the quaint and historic town of Southport. St. James Plantation is a resort-style community with a wide variety of housing options and top-notch amenities. They include on-site restaurants, four high-end clubhouses, a marina, and a challenging 18-hole golf course. Another big draw to the community is its private beach that’s located within a 10-minute drive.

Staying active is a breeze at St. James with yoga, Pilates, and tai chi classes offered on site, as well as several different trails that wind through the property. The community also offers more than 30 different clubs that range from bowling and bridge clubs to poker playing.

Homes on the property are spread throughout four neighborhoods and have been built by several different builders, giving each home its own look and feel. Both new construction and resale single-family homes are available within St. James.

The Woodlands Park neighborhood has larger homes that are between 2,210 and 3,096 square feet with at least three bedrooms and two bathrooms, while the SeaSide neighborhood offers smaller, low-maintenance homes that range from 1,280 to 1,940 square feet and have at least two bedrooms and two baths.

Maintenance-free flats are also available within the community in the HarborWalk neighborhood where both ground-level and upper-level condominiums are available. Lastly, the Regency Lakes neighborhood offers residents the option of low-maintenance cottages with spacious floor plans, which range from 1,693 to 2,340 square feet and have a minimum of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.