Posted on: July 7th, 2022 Posted in Around ILM

With its great year-round warm weather and tax-friendly climate, North Carolina has been a hot commodity for retirees for years. In 2019, it was the 3rd ranked state that people retired, closely following Florida and Arizona. While the suburbs of larger metro areas like Raleigh and Charlotte are always attractive, smaller, coastal towns like our very own Wilmington, North Carolina have been gaining popularity quickly!

Where the Ocean Meets the City

Wilmington is one of the smaller coastal towns of the southeastern shore making up a population of 128,000 people, but it’s got tons of fun activities and local events that you would typically see in a larger city. Plus, there are beaches, so you get the best of both worlds! Known for being called the “Hollywood of the East”, Wilmington is also a popular city for film and television shoots because of the gorgeous waterfront, and it’s got a rich cultural history that’s accessed through museums and preserved historic buildings. There’s always something fun and interesting to do, all year long.

Great Weather

While North Carolina’s weather is pretty spectacular overall, living on the coast is something special! Between the warm summers, the salty cool breeze off the Atlantic, and the average winter highs that are usually somewhere in the low 60s, Wilmington makes for a great active place to live year-round. With weather like this, every day is an outside day, especially for fun and relaxing outdoor activities like fishing and boating. 

Tax-Friendly Climate

Retirees love Wilmington because their Social Security benefits are not taxed…yep you heard that right! And things like Income, Retirement Income such as Pension, 401k, and IRA are only subject to a flat 4.99% income tax rate, which is one of the nations lowest. North Carolina residents also enjoy some of the lowest cost of living expenses on the Eastern seaboard. One of the State’s most noteworthy advantages is its comparatively low property taxes. You can save up to 75% or more PER YEAR by simply moving here!

Retirement Friendly Living

River Bluffs is proud to offer a wide variety of Retirement-Smart homes tailored to fit your need for any stage of life, and include low maintenance brick exteriors, standard retirement-friendly features such as rocker light switches, wide halls and doorways, lever door handles, walk-in showers, raised vanities, and even total lawn maintenance.

River Bluffs’ residents also enjoy first-class amenities such as a 2,700 foot riverwalk, 188 slip marina, kayak launch, resort-style pool and fitness center, tennis & pickle-ball courts, many elevated walking trails and miles of nature trails, RV & boat storage, a community mail center, meeting spaces, a community farm and market and ample covered decks and patios for relaxing and gathering together with friends, all while being 10 minutes from Downtown Wilmington!

Wilmington, North Carolina, is calling you with so much to do and see!

If you’re ready to dive into the breezy coastal vibes Wilmington has to offer, we hope you’ll make River Bluffs your first choice for a community! Located along the Cape Fear River banks, we’re eager to welcome you! Schedule your tour with us today!