September 23, 2020 — Always wanted to live on the water? Have a boat or thinking about getting one? Turns out there are a ton of places to retire where you can not only live on the water, but enjoy your community’s own private marina too. This article will show just 12 of the almost 150 communities in the Topretirements database that are on the water and include a marina as part of their amenity package. You can use “Advanced Search” to refine communities by State or other parameter. You will find many more exciting communities to choose from there.
Some of the communities who list these characteristics are fairly modest, offering a small dock or boat launch with a location on a lake or river. Here we tried to concentrate on developments where living on the water with your boat is either the main attraction or a very big deal. If we miss some that you think should be included, please let us know in the Comments section below.
Ladd Landing – Kingston, TN. This new urban active adult community has wooded lakefront properties and mountain-view estate acreage. Ladd Landing offers lakefront homes, condominiums and patio homes. Dockable lakefront properties.
Burnt Store Marina – Punta Gorda, FL is a 626 acre waterfront community that is home to one of Florida’s largest marinas. Along with fishing and boating, the gated community features a golf course, swimming pool, a waterfront restaurant, convenience store, and wine shop. The marina offers over 525 wet slips which can accommodate vessels from 30’ up to 100’, with dry dock storage also available. Condos, villas, and single family homes available.
Cypress Landing – Chocowinity, NC. This modern and sheltered floating dock marina has a location great for day sailing and boating with direct deep water access to the Intra Coastal Waterway and Pamlico Sound cruising areas. There are 222 slips from 28′ to 42′. Each dock has water and electric. The community also has golf.
Tellico Village – Vonore, TN. Tellico Village is a giant active adult community on huge Lake Tellico. It has just about every kind of imaginable amenity from golf to hiking. There are three marinas available to serve Village residents with docking facilities located at the Yacht Club, Tanasi Basin and the Kahite neighborhood. All dock areas are gated with security cameras. The docks all have running water and electricity for casual use.
Discovery Bay, CA. This town is actually on the water. There are about 3,500+ homes with private docks and access to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Discovery Bay has grown and added Discovery Bay West, which features gated and non-gated “off-water” communities.
Riverside Club Golf and Marina – Ruskin, FL. Residents in this affordable community enjoy a 48 slip marina, waterside restaurant, tennis, and swimming pool. It is situated at the mouth of the Little Manatee River with access to Tampa Bay.
Rockwater Village – Little Rock, AR. This Traditional Neighborhood Development features features riverfront living on the Arkansas River, complete with pedestrian-friendly streets, tree-lined boulevards, an old-fashioned town square, and an open riverfront green space. Its marina includes a Boat slips with fueling station, beverages, and snacks.
The Moorings – Venice, FL. An ocean-to-river club community with 8 miles of deep-water bulkhead, The Moorings offers a casual yet elegant way of life. The Moorings offers a gentle living environment, hospitable and luxurious, surrounded by water. Golf and tennis are among the many other amenities offered.
The Resort at Port Ludlow – Port Ludlow, WA. Located on the shores of the Puget Sound on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, it is about 90 minutes from Seattle. The community sits right at the edge of the Olympic National Park, and features residential neighborhoods, a waterfront inn, a 300-slip marina, and an 18-hole championship golf course. Residents here also enjoy the Bay Club and Beach Club.
Cresswind at Lake Lanier – Gainesville, GA. Cresswind Landing is the home port this 55+ community on Lake Lanier. It has an extensive list of amenities, including a deep-cove marina with private slips available for residents.
Harbour Point – Gainesville, GA. The community includes a private marina that gives access to cruising, sailing, and kayaking on giant Lake Lanier. Residents can choose from estate or villa homes. The 8,000 square foot Yacht Club features a fitness center, grill, and overlooks the lake and mountains.
The Harbours at Solomons Island – Solomons, MD. The active adult waterfront community in Dowell, MD has villas and single-family homes. Stretching toward the Chesapeake Bay with water on three side, the community boasts its own marina and deep water slips to accommodate vessels up to 74 feet. Amenities include a fishing pier, private beach and outdoor pool, an outdoor waterfront fireplace, and a clubhouse with fitness center.
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