Southern Shores stretches a little more than 4 square miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the Currituck sound or Ginguite Creek. The western sound side of the town features a thickly wooded maritime forest. It is the first town upon entry to the Outer Banks from Route 158 north to Route 12. It is centrally located on the Outer Banks and convenient to all shopping, restaurants and recreation. The town has a year-round resident population of under 3,000 and an active vacation rental market for visitors.
The town has active volunteers and several civic organizations representing the individual communities. Originally, development began in 1946 by Frank Stick, but the town was not incorporated until 1979. Even today, there are still lots remaining to be developed.
In addition to the private beach accesses, the town has several marinas for boating enthusiasts to take advantage of, should they be without water access from their property. There are also miles of canals through the maritime forest for leisurely cruises in motor boats, kayak or SUP’s to view nature’s abundance.
In the middle of the development lies Duck Woods Golf course. This country club features something for every member of the family: golf, tennis, aquatics, fitness and dining. The course was designed by Ellis Maples, and professional golf and tennis instruction is available to hone your game. There are several types of memberships available for residents, non-residents, social memberships and generational memberships.
Southern Shores Communities
The oceanfront area was originally developed first by Frank Stick using a unique “flat top” design constructed of cement blocks made from sand and featuring a flat roof. The sound front area, marinas and canals were developed next. Frank Stick and his son David were deemed early environmental pioneers as they developed the community with the idea of preserving the maritime forest. The roads were laid out to minimize tree disturbance and even the utilities were installed underground so that the trees would be preserved. When the town was considering incorporation, David Stick encouraged them to do so saying, “We’re committed to preserving the natural woodlands and dunes of the area, clearing and changing the contour of the land as little as possible, a successor land company might not have this objective.”
Chicahauk has its own civic association and is located between the ocean and sound beginning west of Route 12. While the close proximity to the beach does make it an excellent vacation home; many year-round residents with families also live here. Chicahauk features marinas, tennis courts, a playground, basketball courts and soccer fields for the community to enjoy. There are also two beach parking lots for the community, which come in handy…especially during the summer months!
Pelican Watch is a lovely townhome community located on the oceanfront just north of the Kitty Hawk pier. Most units in Pelican Watch are spacious 3 or 4 bedroom homes and are either oceanfront or semi-oceanfront. The location makes these condominiums a top choice for a vacation rental. The amenities include a pool and oceanfront decks.
Mallard Cove is a patio community of homes located on the west side of Southern Shores, within walking distance to the Duck Woods Country Club. The outside of the community is maintained by the HOA. Many of the patio homes are located on the Duck Woods pond for wonderful water and sunset views.
Southern Shores Landing
Southern Shores Landing is single-family home community located across the street from Kitty Hawk Elementary School. The community exterior maintenance is performed by the HOA and includes exterior painting and landscaping. This newer Southern Shores community is conveniently located to shopping and provides easy access to the bridge and the mainland, making it an ideal choice for a second home or year-round residence.