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Best Coastal Communities

Best of the Best 2020 Community Awards

Beautiful sunrises and sunsets, salt air, white sand beaches, great seafood, and a laid-back atmosphere are just a few of the reasons that the coastlines are the most densely populated regions of the United States. It’s just a different way of life – you tend to slow down and appreciate life at the coast. Whether you live on the water or within 30 minutes of the beach, it’s a wonderful, active lifestyle. Here are a few of our favorite coastal communities to visit.

Beaufort, North Carolina

Beaufort, NC – You can have the life you’ve dreamed of. For many, the dream of owning a home at the North Carolina coast has been just that – a dream. Located in beautiful historic Beaufort, NC (pronounced” Bow,” fort) Beau Coast offers a relaxed atmosphere with a wide selection of homes to fit every lifestyle. Best of all each home is located in a state-of-the-art, amenity-filled neighborhood. You’ve dreamed of it. Now you can have it. Home prices from the $350’s – $450’s. Come see for yourself!

About the Award

Wilmington, NC – ideal-LIVING magazine is pleased to announce its fifth annual “Best of the Best” issue which features the Top 100 Planned Communities. The magazine will be in homes by July 16th. The honorees will also be revealed on at the same time.

Surveys were collected at the 2020 Ideal Living Real Estate Shows which showed the top amenities in which potential homebuyers were interested. The Top 100 amenity communities were chosen based on the top amenities requested, including walking trails, wellness facilities, proximity to healthcare, social clubs, swimming, a sense of community, cycling, racquet sports, gated, lake communities, and coastal communities.

A special editorial committee assembled by the publication reviewed the qualifications of each nominee and selected the winners in 12 categories.

Among the categories honoring residential communities are the “Top 100 Planned Communities,” “Best Lake Communities,” “Best Mountain Communities,” “Best Coastal Communities,” “Best Golf Communities,” “Best Tennis and Pickleball,” and those with the “Best Wellness & Fitness Facilities.”

“The ‘Best of the Best‘ feature honors those areas and communities which deserve special recognition for their outstanding qualities, facilities, and programs,” said ideal-LIVING’s Editor and Associate Publisher, Kelly Godbey. “During the challenging times, we hope that this special feature in our Summer 2020 edition offers our readers a chance to find a better quality of life in a safer environment. Lifestyle is now more important than ever before and with many people able to work from home gives the ability to relocate sooner than they thought possible.”

For more than 25 years, ideal-LIVING magazine has been a leading national publication  for readers who are nearing retirement age or who are interested in the benefits of relocating their families or businesses.The magazine’s parent company, RPI Media, also distributes other publications like the comprehensive ideal-LIVING Relocation Guide and sponsors the company’s signature ideal-LIVING Real Estate Shows each year. For more information, go to the website at

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Voted “Best of the Best” by Ideal Living Magazine

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Located on the Southern Outer Banks in historic Beaufort, Beau Coast offers a relaxed atmosphere and lifestyle. Kayak in the morning, take a water taxi to see the wild horses in the afternoon, walk into town for dinner at night.

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