View of a pond with a dock and kayaks at Sun City Hilton Head in Bluffton, South Carolina

Active adults who want an affordable retirement near the coast should take a look at these Hilton Head communities.

Many active adults dream of retiring by the ocean and spending their days soaking up the sun, but some shy away from the idea because of the assumption that real estate near the ocean is overpriced. However, living by the coast doesn’t have to be just a dream; there are several active lifestyle communities in the Hilton Head area with a variety of housing options around $250k and easy access to some of the South’s most popular beaches.

Here’s what active adults can get for $250k in the Hilton Head area of South Carolina.

Abbey Glen - Hardeeville, SC

Low $200s - Low $300s

Abbey Glen is a small community located outside of Hilton Head in the small town of Hardeeville. The community is made up of 112 single-family and attached homes available as both new and resale. Prospective buyers will find several floor plans in the neighborhood for around $250k that range from 1,325 to over 2,600 square feet.

Attached homes vary between 1,325 to 1,926 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and two- to two-and-a-half-car garages. Single-family homes are also available for around $250k and range between 1,920 to 2,600 square feet. Plans can have two to three bedrooms, a den, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages.

The amenities that residents have access to in Abbey Glen include a clubhouse with a fitness center, billiards, a multi-purpose room, a catering kitchen, and a screened lanai. Outside, residents can enjoy the community’s pool and sundeck when the weather is nice.

Find out more about Abbey Glen here.

Alston Park at New Riverside - Bluffton, SC

Mid $200s - Mid $300s 

Alston Park at New Riverside is another small community in the Hilton Head area with homes available for $250k. The development features 133 single-family homes that are on the market as new and resale. There are eight floor plans available that range from 1,406 to 2,492 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages. The community homeowners' association handles all lawn care and trash removal.

Residents have a number of amenities to take advantage of such as a clubhouse, a fitness room, a lounge, and a hobby and game room. There’s also an outdoor resort-style pool and walking and biking trails for homeowners to use.

Learn more about Alston Park at New Riverside here.

Sun City Hilton Head - Bluffton, SC

High $100s - Mid $1Ms

For those 55+ who want to live in a larger neighborhood, consider Sun City Hilton Head. Home to more than 8,000 residences, this gated, age-restricted development offers residents everything from a dozen floor plans to a 45-acre town center and retail shopping.

For around $250k, potential homeowners can find homes in Sun City Hilton Head’s Caribbean and Beach Collections. The Caribbean Collection features six villa-style plans that range from 1,503 to 1,862 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. The Beach Collection features five single-family floor plans that vary from 1,684 to 2,564 square feet with two or three bedrooms, a den, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two- or three-car garages.

In addition to the many floor plans, town center, and retail shopping, Sun City Hilton Head also boasts a number of fitness centers, an art studio, a grand ballroom, a photography studio, and a woodworking shop. Additionally, there are four pools, three 18-hole golf courses, a few dozen athletic courts, walking and biking trails, a 20-acre fishing lake, a dog park, and gardening plots. There’s also RV and boat storage available.

Learn more about Sun City Hilton Head here. 

The Reserve at Cypress Ridge - Bluffton, SC

Mid $200s - High $200s 

The Reserve at Cypress Ridge, a 62-home community, is only 22 minutes from the coast and features only new construction homes with price points starting in the mid $200s. There are four floor plans for prospective buyers to consider. Plans range from 1,588 1,672 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages.

Amenities at The Reserve at Cypress Ridge include a 7,000-square-foot clubhouse, a three-story fitness center, an outdoor pool and patio, two tennis courts, two basketball courts, a dog park, and RV/boat storage.

Learn more about The Reserve at Cypress Ridge here.