A quaint retirement near Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington, NC is possible in these communities.

Wilmington, North Carolina is the perfect location for anyone who dreams of retirement by the ocean. The laid-back coastal town has a lot to offer people who have a variety of interests with many historic sites, performing arts theaters, and outdoor recreational activities in the area. For active adults to considering a move to Wilmington for retirement, here are the five best small communities to choose from.

The Farms at Brunswick - Carolina Shores

Low $200s - High $200s

Located just a few miles from the Carolina coast, The Farms at Brunswick is a small community of new, single-family homes. Once completed the neighborhood is slated to only have a total of 218 homes and offer potential residents a low-maintenance lifestyle with homewners’ association fees covering basic lawn care and common area maintenance.

Keeping up with a fit and healthy lifestyle is also a breeze at the Farms at Brunswick with 20 golf courses close by, a fitness center, outdoor pool, plus, walking and biking trails. As an added bonus the community has a playground on site that’s perfect for visits with the grandkids.

Pointe Club Cabanas - Leland

High $300s - Mid $400s

For a small, gated, age-restricted community consider Pointe Club Cabanas, which is located just a few miles outside of Wilmington in Leland and features 109 single-family homes. Only new construction homes are available within the community with three unique floor plans.

Each home ranges in size with options between 2,263 to 2,598 square feet and can have two to three bedrooms, two-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Notable property amenities include a dog park, clubhouse, outdoor pool, walking trails, and access to the Pointe Wellness Center & Spa.

Avalon - Bolivia

High $100s - Mid $200s

Located only 10 minutes away from the popular beach town of Oak Island, the Avalon community built by D.R. Horton hosts 160 new homes. Both single-level and second-level floor plans are available with a number of different designs to choose. Customized additions like living room fireplaces and covered porches can also be added to plans.

Outdoors, the community boasts an outdoor pool, pickleball and bocce ball courts, a dog park, and fishing lakes stocked with fish waiting to be caught. Residents can also enjoy a host of community activities and gatherings.

Beacon Townes - Carolina Shores

Mid $100s - High $100s 

Originally built in 2006, the Carolina Shores’ community of Beacon Townes has 166 new and resale attached homes. The property offers up an impressive range of amenities that include a multi-purpose room, parks, two scenic ponds, and an outdoor pool with cabanas that will make residents feel as though they’re on vacation without ever leaving home.

Beyond the affordable prices and amenities the community is conveniently located near several shopping centers, golf courses, restaurants, and a number of beaches.

Rourk Woods - Shallotte

 High $100s - High $200s

With only 200 homes, Rourk Woods, located in the town of Shallotte offers residents the option of low-maintenance living in a close-knit community. The neighborhood has a combination of new and resale homes available. There are four different home designs to choose from with floor plans ranging from 1,680 to 2,198 square feet of living space.

Rourk’s plush amenities include 6,000 square-foot clubhouse, indoor pool, spa, fitness center, putting green, and a tennis court. Residents can easily stay social by taking advantage of the arts and craft classes offered on site, as well as attending community barbecues and holiday parties.