Best OBX Neighborhoods for Lighthouse Lovers

Map of Lighthouses in the Outer Banks

There is something romantic and sentimental about lighthouses.  There is no arguing they were necessary and life saving for a previous era.  Perhaps it is the stories of living in isolation in order to keep the light that fascinates visitors.  Stories of families, pitted against the elements, while serving their community to keep the light from going out.  To this day, there are many fans, followers and continual fascination about lighthouses.

There is no place other than the Outer Banks where the need for lighthouses was extremely dire.  The area is still known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic due to the number of ships lost on the shoals of the coast.  The history of the lighthouses and the role they played in peacetime and during wars is fascinating. 

There are 5 nearby lighthouses along the Outer Banks to visit and enjoy.  Each has a distinctive look, history and purpose but all should be visited, climbed and appreciated.  While it may be possible to visit all the lighthouses in a day, we recommend you take a few days to be able to savor and enjoy each one during your visit to the Outer Banks.  While you are touring the lighthouses, slow down and appreciate the nearby neighborhoods. Besides proximity to a lighthouse, each neighborhood has its own vibe and mix of amenities.  Contact Eillu, to have an agent take you on an inside tour of homes that spark your interest.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse Neighborhoods

We have 3 neighborhoods to recommend for investors who would like to own property near the Currituck Beach Lighthouse.    Each of these Corolla neighborhoods is close to attractions and may have views of the lighthouse as an added treat. 

neighborhoods near Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Village at Ocean Hill

Ocean Hill and the Village at Ocean Hill are located in the northern Outer Banks just before the end of the road. This area of the Outer Banks is tranquil and offers lots of privacy. 

For an even more remote area, Carova is located further north but does not have any roads so visitors must drive on the beach using a 4 wheel drive.  This area is famous for the wild horses that roam freely in the neighborhoods and on the beach.

The Village at Ocean Hill is a well-established community that spans from Ocean to Sound.  It even has a lake (Crystal Lake); so there are many homes with water views. 

A snapshot of Crystal Lake is included below or you can watch the whole Village at Ocean Hill video to appreciate how close this community is to the sound, the ocean and the lighthouse.

Crystal Lake in Village at  Ocean Hill

This community has exceptional amenities, you can see a full list with the link.  The Homeowners Association (HOA) is well run and the fees are one of the lowest in the area, especially when considering what is included.  The annual fee runs about $1600 and includes a well-equipped fitness center, 2 swimming pools, tennis courts and more.

Check out our New Homes in Village at Ocean Hill.  If you hurry, there is time to customize your new home and select fixtures and finishes.  You can also search for available homes in the Villages of Ocean Hill.

Corolla Light

Another beloved community in Corolla is Corolla Light.  This community spans from ocean to sound and encompasses 250 pristine acres.  Recognized in 2014 as the NC Resort of the year, it is a favorite of vacationers who return year after year to visit and enjoy the abundant amenities.  You can find a list of amenities and more details about the Corolla Light community here. 

Families enjoy the small town atmosphere, where older kids can safely ride the community trolley to the beach or to the other amenities.  There are several pools and even an indoor pool.  There are even indoor tennis courts for aficionados.

Homes By Eillu is proud to offer new construction homes in this wonderful community.  You can see our selection of New Homes in Corolla Light.  

This community has a wide selection of homes for every buyer, from condos, townhomes to modest 3 bedroom homes up to large luxurious oceanfront homes ideal for large groups and events.  Search for existing homes for sale in Corolla Light.

Whalehead

Whalehead is the community for purist – “beach lovers”.  It is ideal for those families who are content to spend their days at the beach; content splashing in the surf or building sandcastles on the shore.  The community does not have any community amenities but many homes do have pools, volleyball courts and basketball courts and other private amenities.  The lots are large and ample to have the beach house of your dreams with space for play and recreation. 

A snapshot of the Whalehead Oceanfront appears below or you can watch a prior drone video listing in Whalehead to appreciate how close this community is to the sound, the ocean and the lighthouse.

Whalehead beach, Corolla, NC aerial

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Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse & Bodie Island Lighthouse

map for Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and Bodie Island Lighthouse

Manteo

The Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse is located on the waterfront in Manteo (Roanoke Island).  Manteo is a delightful small town and very popular area for Dare County residents to live year round.  It is also the county seat. 

History buffs will recognize it as the location of the Lost Colony; where the first English child was born – Virginia Dare on Aug 18, 1587. It is also the location of Dare County Regional Airport. 

The Manteo waterfront area has several townhouses and condos which may include a view of the lighthouse for the lucky owner.  Check out Fernando Street and Queen Elizabeth Avenue for available units.  Due to the shorter nature of this lighthouse (it is only 1 story), fewer properties will have a view.

Pirates Cove is a well-known development especially for boating enthusiasts.  The marina is a sight to behold with fabulous floating vessels!  It is also a vacation destination where visiting the beach and boating can both be conveniently enjoyed.  This community has something for every type of buyer from boat slips, condos, to large waterfront vacation homes.  The community amenities will delight visitors and owners alike with a recreation center with game room, fitness center,  tennis courts, 2 pools, hot tub, and docks galore.

Roanoke Island has a lot of attractions packed into the small area and it is worth spending a day or more to visit this small town and slow down your pace.  The late Andy Griffith had a home here and many folks agree that Mayberry “looks” a lot like Manteo.  Some of our favorite attractions are the NC Aquarium, Elizabethan Gardens, Lost Colony (the longest running outdoor theater production in the country) and the quaint waterfront shops and restaurants located by the Roanoke Marches Lighthouse. 

The Lighthouse is managed by the North Carolina Maritime Museum and there are exhibits featuring Roanoke Island’s long maritime history. 

South Nags Head

South Nags Head is a great location in the Outer Banks.  It is close to everything but off the beaten trail; offering more privacy then the area just a little bit up the road in Nags Head

Learn more about the best Nags Head Oceanside communities with this post. 

South Nags Head has homes on the Oceanside with National Park Service property on the west side.  Bodie Island Lighthouse is located on the west side.  The lucky owners in these homes may have a lighthouse view from a deck or widows walk and enjoy lovely sunset views.  The old Nags Head architecture style is distinctive and has withstood the test of time.

A snapshot of the Nags Head Oceanfront appears below or you can watch a prior drone video listing in Nags Head to appreciate how close this community is to the Jockey’s Ridge, the sound, and the ocean.  Jockey’s Ridge is the largest sand dune on the east coast.

Nags Head NC aerial view beach sound Jockeys Ridge

Get current listings for Manteo or Nags Head to find your dream vacation home.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Ocracoke Lighthouse

Map for Cape Hatteras lighthouse and Ocracoke lighthouse

Buxton

Buxton homes on Flowers Ridge Road are located on the border of the Hatteras National seashore and many will have lighthouse views.  Diamond Shoals Drive, which is closer to the ocean, also has homes with a view to the lighthouse.  Cape Court is even closer to the Oceanfront and offers lovely lighthouse views.  The recent beach nourishment project for Buxton, is still underway but should be completed before next summer.  Hatteras Island is well known for its great fishing and uncrowded secluded beaches.

Frisco

Traveling a little further south is the Frisco area.  Our current listing at 53205 Sparrow Court, not only has lighthouse views but also views of the ocean and sound.  This uniquely located home backs up to the Billy Mitchell Airstrip to provide unobstructed views of wildlife and the sound. 

The small general aviation airport does not have many flights to disrupt guests or owners but would provide easy access for a pilot owner or for a vacationer to arrive and avoid any traffic.  The airport allows the home to be surrounded by greenspace.  It is common to see deer and other wildlife in the open space.

You can watch our drone video to appreciate the unique location of this Frisco home to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the sound and the ocean.

Ocracoke

Ocracoke is a favorite place for locals; well for folks that live in other parts of the Outer Banks from Corolla to Nags Head.  It is a quick getaway place for a weekend to fish, relax and get a change of scenery.  It is a short ferry ride (about 40 minutes) to get to the island but it feels like worlds away. 

Ocracoke was also a favorite hangout of Blackbeard the Pirate.  Ocracoke beaches are almost always included on the best beaches list, year after year.

Homes on Lighthouse Road are charmingly nestled into live oaks and offer views of the Ocracoke lighthouse.  Creek Road, Martha Jane Lane and Live Oak Road are also locations where a Lighthouse view is likely.  Condo owners on Silver Lake Drive can have the best of both worlds with a view of the harbor and the lighthouse.

Get current listings for Buxton, Frisco or Ocracoke to find your perfect vacation home.

For more information on purchasing a vacation home or relocating to the Outer Banks, contact Eillu. We are experts on the Outer Banks and are ready to help with your Outer Banks real estate needs.

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