Wrightsville Beach at sunset near Wilmington, North Carolina.

The sandy shores of Wilmington, North Carolina offer active adults plenty of outdoor recreation and picturesque views.

There are many different reasons to live in historic Wilmington, North Carolina, including the town’s popular boardwalk, impressive dining scene, local shopping options, and cultural amenities—but of all the reasons, the charming seaside town’s beaches reign supreme. Thankfully, for active adults who want to retire near the area’s sandy shores, there are a number of incredible communities to consider.

Here are four of the best active adult communities near Wilmington’s scenic beaches:

Brunswick Forest - Leland

Mid $200s - Low $900s

Located less than a 30-minute drive from Wilmington’s Wrightsville Beach, Brunswick Forest is a large community that consists of a mixture of 8,000 single-family and attached homes.

Both new construction and resale homes are on the market in Brunswick Forest. When it comes to the look and feel of their homes, potential homebuyers can choose from dozens of floor plans built by multiple builders.

Amenities within Brunswick Forest include an 18,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness and wellness center featuring an indoor lap pool, a resort-style pool, cardio and weight lifting equipment, an aerobics studio, a steam room, five tennis courts, and locker rooms. Additionally, golfers will enjoy access to the 18-hole Cape Fear National Golf Course, which includes a clubhouse, indoor and outdoor dining options, a pro shop, and locker rooms. Other outdoor amenities include a fishing pond, a boat launch, a pier, and walking and biking trails.

Compass Pointe - Leland

Low $300s - High $600s

Compass Pointe is another large community in the Leland area that features 2,000 attached and single-family homes. The gated-neighborhood has a variety of new and resale homes starting in the low $300s.

Featuring the work of multiple builders, there are dozens of home designs and floor plans to choose from. Residences range in size from 1,641 to 3,432 square feet of living space with two to four bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and a two-car garage.

The list of amenities at Compass Pointe includes a 10,000-square-foot amenities center, which features multi-purpose rooms, a catering kitchen, a TV screening area, a lounge, a resort-style pool, a patio, and two tennis courts. 

The Pointe Wellness Center & Spa is another perk to living in the community. There, residents can take advantage of spa services, a sauna, the state-of-the-art fitness center, and group fitness rooms. The 18-hole championship golf course is another big draw for active adults considering Compass Pointe. 

Del Webb Wilmington - Wilmington

High $200s - High $500s

Del Webb Wilmington is a gated, age-restricted community situated near Wilmington’s popular downtown area. Final plans for the development include 547 single-family homes that will be part of the larger master-planned community of RiverLights.

Del Webb offers three home series that range from 1,262 to 2,565 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and two- or two-and-a-half-car garages.

Along with being conveniently located near Wilmington’s beaches and downtown area, the community has an impressive list of amenities, which includes a 15,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, pickleball courts, bocce ball courts, an event lawn for concerts, two dog parks, and walking and biking trails. Additionally, the neighborhood has a full-time activities director dedicated to making sure there’s always something for residents to enjoy. 

The Village at Motts Landing - Wilmington

Mid $300s - High $500s

Rounding out the list of best Wilmington communities near the beach is The Village at Motts Landing, which features both single-family and attached homes built by Premier Homes. New and resale homes are available within the neighborhood, and prices range between the mid $300s and the high $500s.

The community has three home collections to choose from that vary from single-level attached homes to large single-family homes. Sizes range from 1,900 to 2,929 square feet with three to four bedrooms, two-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and a two- to three-car garage.

Notable amenities at Motts Landing include a clubhouse, meeting rooms, card tables, a catering kitchen, and an exercise room. Outdoors, residents will find a pool and patio, tennis courts, a putting green, a community garden, scenic lakes, parks, and walking and biking trails spread throughout the property. There are also several organized clubs and interest groups that cover a wide variety of interests like gardening, golf, and cards.