Boat docked off the popular Wilmington Riverwalk in North Carolina

Wilmington's climate, seaside location, and affordability make it a good option for active adults.

Every summer the coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors on vacation. Its beautiful scenery, rich history, and vibrant downtown area are just some of the reasons it’s become one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the South.

All of these reasons are also why it’s become more than just a popular tourist destination, and has been attracting active adults looking to retire now more than ever.

Plus, with a plethora of active adult communities located in the area there are plenty of options to choose from that will suit just about any type of lifestyle and budget needs. Here are four active adult communities in the Wilmington area with affordable options:

Meadowlands Golf Club - Calabash

High $100s - Low $300s

Meadowlands Gold Club features 450 single-family homes that are available as new construction or on a resale basis.

Homes in the neighborhood start in the high $100s and range in size from 1,430 to 2,711 square feet. Floor plans allow for up to five bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and a two-car garage.

Amenities within the development include a clubhouse, resort-style pool and outdoor patio, plus, several miles of walking and biking trails for residents to enjoy. The 18-hole championship golf course is another big draw to the community. It features an exercise room, lounge, pro shop, cafe, and bar on site.

In addition to the many amenities of Meadowlands Gold Club, homeowners’ association (HOA) fees allow residents to live a low-maintenance lifestyle by taking care of several outdoor chores like lawn mowing and trimming.

Sunset Ridge - Ocean Isle Beach

Mid $200s - High $200s

Another active adult community with prime North Carolina real estate available for affordable prices is Ocean Isle Beach’s Sunset Ridge.

The neighborhood is made up of a mixture of 258 single-family and attached residences with both new and resale homes available in several models. Floor plans range from 1,201 to 2,050 square feet  and can have up to three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and an attached garage.

HOA fees cover exterior home and common area maintenance giving residents more time to take advantage of the community’s many amenities that include a clubhouse, exercise room, outdoor pool, picnic area, walking and biking trails, plus scenic lakes.

Rourk Woods - Shallotte

High $100s - High $200s 

Rourk Woods will have a total of 200 single-family homes upon completion. There are four different models to choose from that range from 1,680 to 2,198 square feet in living space and have three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and two-car garages.

HOA fees take care of routine lawn care like mowing, trimming, and irrigation, giving residents the ability to live a low-maintenance lifestyle and spend more time doing the things they really want.

Noteworthy amenities include a 6,000 square-foot clubhouse, fitness center, indoor pool and spa. Outdoors, residents will find tennis court, putting green, and scenic lakes. Along with the amenities in Rourk Woods residents can take advantage of the community’s convenient location that’s only minutes away from shopping and dining options as well as some of the area’s sandy beaches.

For homeowners looking for camaraderie there are a number of organized clubs and interests groups that appeal to a wide range of interests, including arts and crafts, tennis, golf, and swimming. There are also several community events schedule throughout the year like holiday parties and cookouts.

Beacon Townes - Carolina Shores

Mid $100s - High $100s

Upon completion, this community built by Pulte Homes will feature 166 attached residences. Beacon Townes has both new and resale homes available for purchase. They range from 1,491 to 1,835 square feet and allow for up to four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and one-car garage. Interiors feature top-notch amenities like granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and walk-in closets.

The development offers residents several perks, including an amenity center, outdoor pool and patio, cabanas, and plenty of natural space and scenic ponds to enjoy.