Want to Know a Secret? Best Waterfront Communities on the Outer Banks – It’s Not Just Oceanfront!

best waterfront communities in the outer banks, nc

There is something very special about living on the waterfront.  I am blessed to have lived with a waterfront view for almost 20 years.  When I think about moving, the view is the single most important thing that I don’t want to give up.  I think this is true for oceanfront, sound front and even lakefront properties.  There is a peace and serenity gained from the pleasant view.  The view never gets boring.  The seasons change to provide different color, more open when the deciduous leaves fall or more lush when the maritime forest fills back in during spring.  The stunning sunsets are like a snowflake where no two are alike.

The Outer Banks has so many types of waterfront properties; not only sound front, canal front, oceanfront and even lakefront. But also, due to elevations, properties that are not on the water still may have a captivating view. 

This barrier island is surrounded by water.  There are waterfront communities to satisfy every activity and preference.  The sound front is ideal for motorboats, sailboats, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and more.  The oceanfront is great for family activities in the summer, a quiet walk in the winter as well as surfing, SUP and kayaking.

Visitors typically stay on the oceanfront or nearby.  Some never venture to the sound.  They are missing a lot.  The wildlife in the estuaries is abundant.  I have a blue heron that enjoys fishing from my yard.  My dogs watch and point him but give plenty of space.  There are egrets, osprey and birds of every type.  I have watched six or more deer stand on their hind feet to pick figs from my tree.  It is not unusually to see red foxes crossing the property near sunset.   I truly love the wooded setting of my yard while still being so very close to the ocean.  To me, it is the best of both worlds.

So, for this list of waterfront communities, I thought I would venture beyond the oceanfront to communities that include the sound and canals.  I urge visitors to go beyond the beaten path and see what is so special about these less traveled communities to find the perfect year round home, retirement home, second home or investment property.  The communities are listed under each town.

Best waterfront communities in Outer Banks, NC with key


Corolla waterfront real estate Outer Banks, NC    

1.      Corolla Light

Corolla Light is a high end resort community.  The community stretches from oceanfront to sound front on 250 acres of land.  Corolla Light community is very popular with vacationers because of the abundant community amenities, selection of homes and attention to detail in maintaining the grounds.   The range of homes features something for everyone from Oceanfront to Sound front and in between.

Corolla Light Amenities

You can’t help but to feel like you are on vacation and in a rather special place if you are visiting or are lucky enough to own a home here.  There are so many amenities and pools that there is a trolley to make it easy to get from the beach to one of the many pools and back to your home.  In fact, there are 7 pools located on the oceanfront and sound and even an indoor pool for year round enjoyment.  The attention to detail with all the oceanfront and sound side amenities show why it is consistently in demand for rentals and homes:

  • Two ocean front swimming pools with the Oceanfront Grille serving food.
  • Children’s playground
  • Training pool (heated!)
  • Lighted full court and half-court basketball courts
  • Four lighted shuffleboard courts
  • Lighted volleyball court
  • Baby pool
  • Five lighted oceanfront walkways and gazebos
  • Swimming pool
  • Baby pool
  • Sound front pier and gazebo
  • Self-guided discovery trail
  • Ecology walkway
  • Nature trail
  • Fishing Pond

The state of the art fitness center and indoor sports center is immaculately maintained and includes:

  • 2 indoor clay tennis courts
  • Racquetball court
  • Full size locker rooms with showers and sauna
  • Fitness/cardio room with: Treadmills, elliptical, Steppers, Recumbent Bikes and Upright Bikes
  • Weight room
  • 25 yard indoor heated pool with 3 lap lanes
  • 12 person spa
  • Aerobics room
  • Pro shop with rental equipment
  • 2 ping pong tables

Corolla Light will appeal to the serious tennis player with multiple tennis courts:

  • 2 indoor clay courts
  • 4 outdoor clay courts
  • 4 outdoor hard courts

2.      Monteray Shores

Monteray Shores is a Sound front resort location in Corolla.  The French Caribbean styled resort occupies 369 acres of pristine real estate.  Here, you will find walking paths meandering through the sound front to view all the wildlife in this wonderful setting.

Monteray Shores Amenities

  • Sound front Park/Pier and
  • Private small personal watercraft Launch
  • Clubhouse with fitness center
  • Pool
  • Basketball Courts
  • Bike & Kayak rentals in season
  • Tennis Courts
  • Playground
  • Jogging & Bike paths
  • Planned Children’s activities
  • Kiddie pool

3.      Pine Island

Pine Island is the community visitors notice first when entering Corolla.  It is a premier, luxurious vacation destination of stately homes that you can’t help but to notice. Located on the border of the Audubon Wildlife Refuge, where over 5,000 acres bordering on the west of the community are protected.  The location provides exquisite views of both of ocean and the sound and less crowded beaches on one of the narrowest portions of the Outer Banks.  Pine Island also offers the use of a private landing strip for guests that are looking to arrive by plane.  The community has two distinct areas; Pine Island North and Pine Island South.  Owners and guests have access to amenities in both areas.

Pine Island Community Amenities:

  • Bike Paths and Jogging Trails that Lead south to the Village of Duck
  • Two Staffed Pools that Feature Lap Lanes, Baby Pools and Showers
  • 5 Miles of Community Beach Accesses within Walking Distance of all Vacation Homes
  • 25-Meter Oceanfront Pool with Refreshments
  • Community Basketball Courts and tennis courts
  • Community Playground and Jungle Gym
  • Planned Children Activities
  • Pine Island Racquetball & Fitness Center (additional fees apply)


Duck waterfront real estate Outer Banks map   

4.      Port Trinitie

Port Trinitie is located a short 3 miles from the center of Duck.  Spanning over 23 acres, this sound to ocean community has a delightful mix of residential homes and townhouses. 

Port Trinitie Amenities

  • Oceanfront & Sound front beach
  • Oceanside pool
  • Sound side pool
  • Tennis courts
  • Boat ramp & pier with gazebo

5.      Northpoint

Northpoint, is another great ocean to sound community in Duck.  Located just to the north of the center of town, it is still close to all the shopping and restaurants in Duck to make a perfect vacation rental, second home or permanent home.

Northpoint Amenities

  • Glass enclosed heated 50×20 swimming pool
  • Two Tennis Courts
  • Basketball
  • Pier on Currituck Sound


6.      Four Seasons Duck

Four Seasons in Duck is an award winning community; in 2011 it won the “Outstanding Resort Community of the Year”.  This gated ocean to sound community is an ideal location for a vacation home, second home or permanent home.  You will love the easy walk to Duck village, with the popular shops, restaurants and boardwalk.

Four Seasons Amenities

  • Clubhouse & Fitness Center
  • Indoor Heated Pool (Adult & Children’s)
  • Oceanside Outdoor Pool
  • Lighted Tennis Courts
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Playground
  • Lighted trails
  • Sound side Pier & Park
  • Private Beach Access
  • Trolley to Sound side and Beach

7.      Tuckahoe

This quaint community of 83 home sites, located just south of downtown Duck is close to all the activities of Duck.  The bike path makes it easy to get to the center of Duck to listen to free concerts, movies on the green or participate in events in Ducks 11 acre town park.  Duck has been featured on the Travel Channel and is considered a favorite beach destination by many loyal fans.

Tuckahoe Amenities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Beach & Sound Access with Pier, Gazebo

8.      Southern Shores

Southern Shores waterfront real estate Outer Banks map

Southern Shores is both the town name and the community.  It was founded in 1946 and incorporated as a Municipality in 1979. It is the first community you will enter when heading north upon your arrival at the Wright Memorial Bridge.  The town encompasses a little more than 4 square miles from ocean to sound but packs a lot of punch within a small footprint.  Development in the community sought to preserve the maritime forest and ocean dunes while laying out roads, building the canals and laying the utilities underground.  The community has a canal system navigable by motor boats, kayaks and SUP’s.  It meanders through the thick canopy and forest and is filled with abundant wildlife to delight boaters and nature enthusiasts.  The canopied roads with blooming dogwoods are a sight to behold in spring.

There are 4 distinct sub-communities within Southern Shores each has its own civic association.  Chicahauk is located on the west side of Route 12, Pelican Watch is a townhome community located at the Southern end at the oceanfront, Mallard Cove is a patio home community located within walking distance to Duck Woods Golf Course and Southern Shores Landing, located across from Kitty Hawk Elementary School. 

Southern Shores Amenities

  • Private Lifeguarded Beaches
  • Bike/Walk path to Duck
  • Tennis Courts (fee)
  • Multiple Marinas / Boat Launch (fee)

Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk waterfront real estate Outer Banks map

9.      Martins Point

Martins Point is a gated community bordered by the Currituck Sound on one side and the Ginguite Creek on the other.  It is located on the north side of 158 immediately when crossing to the Outer Banks from the Wright Memorial Bridge.  It forms a finger peninsula with 335 acres of land about 2.5 miles long and .5 miles wide with wonderful access to the open sound or protected Ginguite Creek for boating enthusiasts.

This upscale community is home to many year round residents as well as second homeowners. 

Martins Point Amenities

  • Community marina & launch
  • Playground
  • 3 Stocked ponds
  • Covered picnic area

10.      Harbour Bay

Harbour Bay is a small community located on the west side of route 158 (bypass) in Kitty Hawk at mile post 5.  This sound side community is a short distance to the beach with access and parking at the public beach accesses for Kitty Hawk.  Close to attractions, restaurants, shopping and the Wright Brothers Memorial.  Sunsets over Kitty Hawk Bay are delightful.  A wonderful location for year round residence or a second home.

Harbour Bay Amenities

  • Community pool
  • Basketball court
  • Playground
  • Bike path

Kill Devil Hills

Colington Harbor is a gated community located on Colington island; one of a sting of “islands” along the west side of the Outer Banks of NC.  This development is one of the area’s largest communities with over 2,400 lots.  It has a large population of year round residents but the original concept for the community included retirement and vacation cottages. The area is popular with boating enthusiasts with the intricate canal system connecting many homes to the open sound. 

Colington Harbor Amenities

  • Sound Side Park with sandy beach & swimming area
  • Playground
  • Sheltered picnic area
  • Basketball court
  • Boat slips (for fee) & boat launch
  • Two outdoor swimming pools (fee)
  • Tennis courts (fee)
  • Community Clubhouse (fee)

Nags Head

Nags Head waterfront real estate outer banks map

12.      The Villas

Nestled next to Nags Head Woods and Jockey’s Ridge on the sound, the Villas is located at milepost 11.5.   The two or three bedroom townhomes with patios are ideal for a second home getaway.  Many have waterfront views and the 400’ pier is great for taking in the sunset.  The community also has a boat launch.  You may find you have no reason to leave; with the choice of 2 pools, 2 tennis courts and the sound beckoning you explore.

The Villas Amenities

  • Boat ramp
  • 2 pools
  • 2 tennis courts
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Clubhouse

13.      South Ridge

South Ridge is located just south of Jockey’s Ridge on the west side of route 158 (bypass).  The elevation changes provide some breathtaking views of the sound, Jockey’s Ridge or Atlantic Ocean.  The sound beach is only a short walk away.  There is a community swimming pool with a daily fee ($3) for renters or $45 annual fee to homeowners.

South Ridge Amenities

  • Pool
  • Boat launch

14.      Old Nags Head Cove

Old Nags Head Cove is a delightful sound side community with canals offering sound boating access to lucky homeowners.  Nothing is better than jumping into your boat from the backyard and not having to mess with trailers and the work of getting the boat in and out of the water.

Old Nags Head Cove Amenities

  • Pool
  • Clubhouse
  • Boat launch
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Roanoke Island

Roanoke Island waterfront real estate Outer Banks NC

15.      Pirates Cove

Roanoke Island is where the town of Manteo is located.  Just over the causeway, approaching Manteo, is the distinctive development of Pirates Cove.  This location is a watermen’s paradise as well as a bird sanctuary and wildlife preserve!  The gated community is criss-crossed with canals for easy sound access and the marina is home to many charter boats.  The 583 unit community has single family homes, condos, villas and townhomes available across 128 acres with 481 acres protected.  Enjoy a stroll through the 4 miles of lit boardwalk along the sound and canals or check out the catch of the day.

Pirates Cove Amenities

  • Fitness center
  • Clubhouse
  • 2 Pool
  • Outdoor pavilion
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Children’s activities
  • Basketball court
  • Playground
  • 2 Tennis court
  • Putting green
  • Volleyball court

Schedule an appointment today to view all waterfront property.  There are several available and one may be the special one you have been searching for.  Call 252-491-9999 today to view any available property.  There is time to close and enjoy the entire summer season.  These homes are perfect for year round living or a second home!

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