Charleston and its surrounding towns have several active adult communities for those looking to live near history.

Consistently named one of the best cities to live in by several major publications, the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina is one of the most sought-after destinations in the country for active adults looking to settle down in a charming seaside location with no shortage of activities to take part in and sights to see.

Luckily, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to relocate to the area. Here are four communities with houses available for around $250K in the greater Charleston area. 

Del Webb at Cane Bay - Summerville

 Mid $200s - High $300s

Located less than 30 minutes from downtown Charleston in the small town of Summerville, Del Webb at Cane Bay’s residents can easily enjoy all the historic city and surrounding beaches have to offer. For over a decade, this gated, age-restricted community has been popular among active adults. It’s a large complex with approximately 1,000 single-family homes spread over 360 beautiful acres. Houses here are some of the most affordable Del Webb properties on the entire east coast. Potential homebuyers have the option to choose between six unique home collections that range between 1,109 and 2,722 square feet. 

The development is packed with luxe amenities that include a 20,000 square-foot, resort-style clubhouse, indoor lap pool, fitness center, ballroom, aerobics and dance studio, and an art studio. Outdoors, there’s a pool with an expansive sundeck and fire pit, several athletic courts, plenty of natural space and parks, a fishing lake, and walking paths. There’s also a dog park that’s perfect for homeowners’ four-legged friends to get outside and safely play.

Four Seasons at The Lakes of Cane Bay - Summerville

 Low $200s - Mid $500s

As one of the area’s newest age-restricted communities, the Four Seasons at The Lakes of Cane Bay is slated to have 800 single-family homes once completed with price points for new homes starting in the low $200s.

Final plans for the neighborhood also include several desirable amenities, including a 20,000 square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center outfitted with the latest exercise equipment, indoor and outdoor pools, a community garden, and walking and biking trails. Another big draw to the community is the lake that’s ideal for residents who enjoy fishing or boating. There are also boat ramps and storage available for use. 

The Elms of Charleston - Charleston

Low $100s - Low $200s

This gated, age-restricted community offers affordable housing in the form of single-family and attached homes. The Elms of Charleston is comprised of a mixture of single-family and attached homes that were built by two different builders: Ryland Homes and Summerville Homes. There are several unique designs and floor plans to choose from. All homes in The Elms of Charleston are single-level.

Noteworthy amenities include a grand ballroom, relaxing lounge, library, and catering kitchen.  Plus, card and game rooms for a little friendly competition, an outdoor pool for a refreshing dip on a hot day, scenic lakes, and trails to walk or bike. The community’s full-time social director will keep active adults busy with a jam-packed schedule of activities and events for neighbors to get together and socialize. As an added bonus the development’s annual homeowners’ association (HOA) fees allow residents the perk of living a low-maintenance lifestyle by handling outdoor home maintenance like lawn care and power washing.

Marrington at Cobblestone - Summerville 

Low $200s - Mid $300s

With less than 100 homes, Marrington at Cobblestone is the smallest of the four communities in Charleston with homes for sale in the $250s. The quiet neighborhood is made up of a combination of single-family and attached homes that are for sale as both new construction and resale. Marrington at Cobblestone offers a variety of models for potential homebuyers to consider, including four different plans for single-family homes, as well as four floor plans for attached homes. Detached homes range from 1,171 to 1,995 square feet, while attached homes have between 1,717 to 1,861 square feet of living space. 

Community amenities range from an exercise room and clubhouse to an outdoor pool with a spacious sun deck. There are also several organized clubs for homeowners to join as well as social events like holiday parties, wine and cheese socials, and card tournaments. Residents will enjoy having their HOA fees take care of most outdoor maintenance, including lawn mowing, landscape maintenance, and exterior home maintenance.