Blue sky over the outdoor pool and patio at Brunswick Forest in Leland, North Carolina

Wilmington, North Carolina is a desirable area, but active adults can still find affordable homes for sale.

From the sunshine and mild winters to the picturesque coastline, there are many reasons active adults flock to Wilmington, North Carolina when they retire. Although the area is a desirable place to live, there are still plenty of relatively affordable housing options to be found, especially within the area’s active adult communities.

Here’s what active adults can get for $250k in the Wilmington, North Carolina area.

Brunswick Forest - Leland, NC

Mid $200s - Low $1Ms

The expansive community of Brunswick Forest is spread over 4,500 acres and will be home to about 8,000 residences upon competition. It’s comprised of both single-family and attached homes with prices starting in the mid $200s.

Homes within the community have been built by several builders throughout the years, giving potential homebuyers a wide variety of choices. Townhomes within the development range from 1,608 to 2,088 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and a one- or two-car garage. Floor plans for single-family homes start at 1,011 square feet and go up to 3,511 square feet. There are dozens of single-family floor plans to consider with two to four bedrooms, two to four-and-a-half bathrooms, and two- or three-car garages.

Not only does Brunswick Forest have a large selection of homes, it also has a wide variety of impressive amenities. Residents can enjoy a fitness and wellness center with an indoor lap pool, a resort-style pool, an aerobics studio, an 18,000 square-foot clubhouse, a steam room, and five tennis courts. In addition to the fitness and wellness center, homeowners can also stay active playing golf at the Cape Fear National Golf Course, which is located on the property.

The neighborhood is also conveniently located only 10 minutes from historic downtown Wilmington, providing easy access to the coastal community’s cultural amenities as well as plenty of dining and shopping destinations.

Learn more information about Brunswick Forest here.

St. James Plantation - Southport, NC

Low $100s - Low $1Ms

Southport’s St. James Plantation is another large community in the Wilmington area to consider. While it does have homes in the million-dollar range, it also has more affordable homes available.

The gated-development features both condos and single-family homes with many floor plans to choose from. For $250k, potential homeowners can find a low-maintenance condo from 1,848 to 2,042 square feet with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. There are also several single-family homes in that price range that vary between 1,280 to 1,940 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and one- or two-car garages. Some plans also include a den.

St. James Plantation residents will also have access to a substantial number of amenities. Notable ones include four golf courses and clubhouses, a 151-boat marina, private beach access, on-site restaurants and grills, several resort-style pools, tennis courts, and a couple of fitness centers.

Learn more information about St. James Plantation here.

Winding River Plantation - Bolivia, NC

Mid $200s - High $500s

The gated Winding River Plantation is home to over 1,130 residences that are available on a resale-only basis. Both condominiums and single-family homes are available in the $250k range.

Condo floor plans range from 1,201 to 2,196 square feet of living space with two to three bedrooms and two to three bathrooms, while single-family homes within the neighborhood range from 2,131 to 5,806 square feet with two to five bedrooms, two to six bathrooms, and two- or three-car garages.

Amenities include three clubhouses, the 27-hole Carolina National Golf Club, boat and kayak launches, a marina, multiple pools and patios, and private beach access. In addition to the amenities, there are also several organized clubs in Winding River that cover a wide range of interests, including bocce ball, fishing, and pickleball. And for residents looking to stay social, there are several community events that take place throughout the year, from holiday parties to BBQs.

Learn more information about Winding River Plantation here.