Retirement Guide to Wilmington

Wilmington Waterfront Downtown

Looking for a retirement community near the “Coast of Carolina”? Check out Wilmington, situated between the river and the ocean. You may have never been here, but you’ve undoubtedly seen this town as it has been the backdrop of several movies and television shows such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Dawson’s Creek. Check out some of Wilmington’s best retirement community options below.

Featured Communities

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Even in a region that attracts so many for its active lifestyle, mild climate and overall quality of living, Brunswick Forest stands apart as the perfect place for your new home.

It begins with its prime location, just 10 minutes from historic downtown Wilmington, NC, and within 30 minutes of pristine beaches—yet set apart on 4,500 heavily wooded acres containing parks, nature trails and creeks. It includes a wealth of amenities in place for residents to enjoy today, such as a top-rated golf course and some of the most diverse real estate offerings in eastern North Carolina. From upscale links-side estates to low-maintenance patio homes, this coastal North Carolina community has something for everyone – whether you’re looking to get in on the action or get away from it all. There’s also a vibrant town center that offers convenient shopping, dining and access to medical and other important services.

Premier Home Sites are available from the $70s and Elegant Homes are priced from the mid $200s.

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Landfall is a nearly 2,200 acre community that has developed into North Carolina’s premier gated coastal community. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway and Howe Creek in Wilmington, the community features over four miles of waterfront property as well as superb golf courses.

Landfall currently has over 1550 exiting homes built. There are 24 different sub-communities in Landfall consisting of condo, patio and single family homes ranging from 1400 s.f. 2 bedroom condos up to 5 bedroom, 11,000 s.f. single family homes on the Intracoastal Waterway. There are more than 150 homes available starting in the low $300,000 and over 50 lots available to build you own dream home.

Landfall also has 29 miles of paved roadway and 320 acres of conservation areas.

Residents can join the Country Club of Landfall with 45 holes of the best golf in North Carolina minutes from their front door, with 27 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus and 18 by Pete Dye. Tennis players will enjoy the Cliff Drysdale Sports Complex set on 14 acres, arguably North Carolina’s finest tennis facility. A fitness center, an Olympic pool with eight lanes, a toddler pool, snack bar and areas for relaxation are just some of the other amenities available at Landfall.

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Local Links

WilmingtonandBeaches.com – A great place to learn more about Wilmington, as well as Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach.

Downtown Wilmington – Downtown is where all the action is. Here’s your guide to dining, restaurants, entertainment and events.

TripAdvisor’s Best of Wilmington – Top rated hotels, restaurants, and things to do in Wilmington.

Images from around Wilmington

Cape Fear Bridge, Wilmington, NC

The Cape Fear bridge in Wilmington is unique in that it is a “vertical lift” bridge.


Downtown Wilmington


Building in Downtown Wilmington

Downtown Wilmington right along the waterfront is where you’ll find most of the action.


USS North Carolina


Fishing boat in Wilmington, NC

Wilmington is home to the USS North Carolina Battleship (open to the public) and just about everything in Wilmington has that “coastal” look and feel.

Popular Wilmington Area Communities

Brunswick Forest is an 4,500 acre community just minutes from downtown Wilmington. Amenities include a river club an ocean club and more.

Crow Creek – Crow Creek is a golf course community located in Calabash North Carolina, conveniently between Wilmington NC and Myrtle Beach SC. Crow Creek is just minutes from the beach and there is quick access to the intracoastal waterway and rivers in the area. If you’re looking for a leisurely community for retirement in North Carolina be sure to check out Crow Creek.

Dolphin Shores – is a gated condominium community in Holden Beach. Located in the fast-growing southeastern section of North Carolina, Holden Beach is part of the Brunswick Island chain, and has been touted as one of the top “family Beaches” in the U.S. The town has its own business community that supports its residents and tourist population, but “big city” life is close at hand, with Wilmington and Myrtle Beach, both, about 40 minutes away.

Palmetto Creek – Palmetto Creek is located near Wilmington and a short drive from the entertainment and shopping of Myrtle Beach. The brick homes and low maintenance features mean you will have the time to actually enjoy your active retirement in Wilmington.

The Oaks at Boca Bay is one of the friendliest communities with a 26-mile expanse of beaches, golf courses, boutiques and restaurants. North Carolina retirement communities are known for being secluded from the noise of the outside world. It’s here where you will find tranquility. Wilmington 55+ communities boast of their proximity to beaches, among which The Oaks is known for its privacy.

Overlook at Caison’s Creek – Unlike other North Carolina retirement communities, your stay at Overlook at Caison’s Creek will depend on your lifestyle needs. This beautiful retirement community is located close to the Intercoastals Waterway and is right in front of the famous Holden Beach. It has every comfort, convenience and facilities that will make your stay certainly worth it. There are piers to stroll on and quaint gazebos where you can relax and take in the sunset views of Holden Beach.  For the adventure seeker, boating is also a great way to explore the beach.

River Landing – River Landing is one of the North Carolina retirement communities that offer peaceful living amid a natural setting. All home units have their own natural view of the river, lake or the fairway, which promotes relaxation. There are three neighborhoods that offer unique experiences. The Village, Residential and Estate neighborhoods have individual offerings to cover the lifestyle of the homeowner. Golf and social events for homeowners are organized regularly to promote community camaraderie.

St. James Plantation – The St. James Plantation community has become the number one-selling location among the North Carolina retirement communities with its low cost of living, easy access and warm Southern community spirit. Offering country club living with golf courses, beaches and restaurants, living in St. James Plantation presents its members with the best lifestyle activities among North Carolina’s active adult communities. It offers the services of a resort destination combined with the security of a gated community.

Willow Glen – Willow Glen is one of the North Carolina communities to choose from if you are looking to purchase a beautiful retirement home. Willow Glen could be the place where you can get away from the everyday hassles of cosmopolitan living. Located in Wilmington, Willow Glen sits by the Beau Rivage Golf Course.

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