Established in 1994 as an education-based organization focused on retiree attraction as an economic development strategy, The American Association of Retirement Communities is a not-for-profit professional association. The AARC is one of the few non-profit, cooperative organizations in the industry that does research on and for retirement communities.

The AARC Seal of Approval program was established to recognize communities and master-planned developments that possess the resources and amenities to attract today’s relocating retiree, evaluating such areas as Quality of Life (healthcare, retiree-appropriate housing, Adult Education, Services, Recreational and Cultural Opportunities, Crime Rate and more) and formal commitment to retiree attraction and programs (governmental and other retiree-focused organizations). Seal of Approval recipients have submitted their community and its programs to scrutiny by the volunteer board of the AARC.

With the goal of providing an unbiased perspective on retirement communities for potential buyers, the AARC Seal of Approval has gained growing prominence in the retiree buying process. We encourage feedback on ways to make the AARC a greater resource in your decision process – send an email to

Compass Pointe

Type: Gated
Location: Wilmington, NC

At Compass Pointe, they are creating a vibrant, active lifestyle at a wonderfully affordable price. This walkable, gated coastal Carolina community offers residents a true “resort-style” way of life. Places to gather with family and friends, pristine lakes and amenity centers abound.
Compass Pointe is more than a community. It’s a destination. Only 10 minutes from historic downtown Wilmington, NC, and 20 minutes from Wrightsville Beach, it is the very best of coastal North Carolina. And, with homesites starting in the $50s, and homes from the $180s, you can turn your dreams of resort-style living into a reality. Affordable. Resort-style. Compass Pointe.


  • Boating
  • Clubhouse
  • Community Clubs
  • Fishing
  • Green-Building
  • Golf
  • Hiking-Walking
  • Lake
  • Pool
  • Resort
  • River-Stream
  • Shopping
  • Tennis