Ideal Living – 100 Best Places to Live 2023

There comes a time in life when you finally get the opportunity to choose how to retire. After working or raising a family for decades, it’s finally time to be your own boss. Choose your own lifestyle. Be accountable only to the things that bring you joy. When it’s time to cross that bridge, a lot of folks turn to master planned communities (MPCs) as a space to flourish in this new chapter. That’s because MPCs are just that — planned by masters of the craft to bring the best and most joyous opportunities to those who reside there. 

A community of active adults features exceptional amenities (like fitness centers and swimming pools) alongside homes that have been cherry-picked to ensure maximum comfort and beauty. You don’t need to worry about whether your home has been built by a reliable builder — that has been done for you. If you’re looking at retirement and wondering which community is the best one for you, it’s worth knowing that Ideal Living has compiled a list of 100 Best Places to Live in 2023. Let’s look at why coastal Carolina, in particular, is raking in the awards.

The Appeal of the Southern States

Of the seven categories in Ideal Living’s list of best places, four are in the south. And that’s not a coincidence. Northerners who have put up with their fair share of winter after winter full of snow and short days are flocking to the south these days. The weather is better, the views are gorgeous, and the culture can’t be beat. Take a look at the Carolinas, for example. These states offer beautiful coastlines on one end and the Blue Ridge Mountains on the other. Lush, green woodlands abound, delicious food and exuberant live music is around every corner.

Maybe that’s why MPCs like Brunswick Forest, with its impeccable homes and vibrant community, are filling up fast with folks who are living life to the fullest on the Carolina coast. With games of pickleball, kayaking excursions, and a proximity to Historic Downtown Wilmington NC, it’s hard to imagine why someone wouldn’t move southwards to one of North and South Carolina’s many fabulous planned communities.

Southern Charm and Lower Taxes

When looking for a master-planned community, you’ll find the most plentiful and varied options down South. And this is especially the case when it comes to the spectacular area that is the Carolinas. Newcomers to North and South Carolina will “experience a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Full of good food, beautiful scenery, and Southern charm,” says Ideal Living, of the region. “Sunrise to sunset, the Carolinas are just simply a beautiful place to be.” Not only that, but the Carolinas are also home to a world of arts and culture, unparalleled food, and historical artifacts. All this makes it easy to imagine how the architects behind the Carolina MPCs have crafted such rich experiences for the homeowners who live there. Plus, those homeowners also enjoy the benefits of record-low taxes. North Carolina, specifically, has barely noticeable taxes, something folks from northern states are sure to appreciate. 

What Makes a Home?

When you’re choosing a new place to call home, it’s important to think of what makes you the happiest. Is it art and culture? Or great food and music? Is it being close to family and friends? Once you’ve answered those questions, you’re sure to find the perfect spot for you among the many amazing master-planned communities on Ideal Living’s list of 100 Best Places to Live in 2023

If you’re interested in exploring some of these options, reach out to the team at CCREG at 833-767-1745. These professionals know everything there is to know about Coastal Carolina and the MCPs in the region. They’ll help you find your way to the best community possible.