Located near the end of Route 12, where the 4 wheel drive area begins, lies the lovely Villages at Ocean Hill. This long established community is sometimes overlooked but deserves to be checked out.
The Villages at Ocean Hill is one of the best kept secrets in the area. The abundant community amenities are well managed which shows in the Home Owner Association (HOA) fees. The HOA fees are one of the lowest in the area especially when considering the amount of amenities included. It is a huge bang for the buck at $1600 on average. Compare this to the Currituck Club or Corolla Light and you will appreciate this delightful community even more. The community association was established in June 1993 and has a long track record of success.
The fitness center includes a complete array of equipment suitable for any gym rat. The center includes 2 flat screen tvs, mens and womens showers and free hand towels. The cardio equipment and weight training equipment available is listed below:
- 4 treadmills
- 4 Elliptical Trainers
- 2 Stationary Bikes
- 1 Rowing Machine
- 1 Shoulder Press
- 1 Back/Ab
- 1 Butterfly Chest
- 1 Hip Abductor
- 1 Preacher Curl
- 1 Leg Extension
- 1 Lat/Row
- 1 Smith Weight Unit with Bench
- 1 Separate Weight Bar
- 21 Hand Weight sets
- 2 Weight Benches
- 2 Mats
- 2 Stability Balls
The VOH has 2 swimming pools; one located at the oceanfront and one on Lakeside Drive next to the fitness center. The pools are closed from October to mid-May. The Oceanfront pool also features Sharky’s Snack bar to quench your thirst and satisfy hungry appetites on a summer beach day.
Sports Court & Playground
Located off Lakeside Drive is the Sports Court with Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Shuffleboard and four square courts. There is also a sand volleyball court located on Fourwinds Court. The fitness center will provide equipment for your enjoyment. The nearby playground is enjoyed year round by the younger set.
The community features 2 tennis courts located off Lakeside Drive. Reservations for the courts can be made through the fitness center and are also available on a first come first serve basis.
Chair & Umbrella rentals
One unique and popular amenity is the valet beach service where you select your spot in the sand and the staff will set up your beach chairs and umbrella. Surf boards, body boards and corn toss games are also available for rental and will surely lead to loads of fun for the whole family.
The nature trails and nearby bike path are enjoyed by young and old alike. The nature trails weave in and around the area homes but still afford privacy to the nearby homes. They are like secret short cuts with the added bonus of the abundant birds and wildlife you will meet on the path.
Currituck Banks National Estuarine Reserve
The Villages at Ocean Hill is adjacent to the pristine Currituck Banks National Estuarine Reserve, where visitors can stroll along the handicapped accessible boardwalk to experience the tranquility and wildlife indigenous to the area. One of the few remaining examples of a maritime forest on the east coast and a wonderful escape to appreciate the barrier island and estuarine system.
Corolla Wild Horses
The majestic wild horses, descended from Colonial Spanish mustangs, are a wonderful sight frolicking on the beach or traversing the dunes. There are tours dedicated to showing visitors the horses but a 4 wheel drive vehicle allows one to chance upon them frequently. Best to view them from a distance as they are still unpredictable. Visitors must stay 250 feet away from the horses.
The Corolla Wild Horse Fund is dedicated to protecting and supporting them into the future. This group was formed to manage and protect the horses. The development of Corolla led to over twenty horses being struck by vehicles and killed between 1985 and 1996. The herd is now managed with a sound to sea fence in the 4×4 area to create a sanctuary. The sanctuary is over 7,544 acres of both public and private land.
Historic Corolla Village
The wonderful seaside community of Corolla has a long history. The Historic Corolla Village preserves that history for visitors to take a step back in time. Shops have been restored and re-purposed. The Kill Devil Hills Lifesaving Station was relocated to the village and restored. The village includes, shops, museums and is near the Currituck Lighthouse and Whalehead Club. Stroll along sandy paths and enjoy a slower pace while visiting friendly merchants and imagining a long gone era.
The Whalehead Club was built in 1922 by Edward Colling Knight Jr as a private retreat and hunt club. It is a 21,000 foot mansion that has been restored to the Art Nouveau style and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Currituck Beach Lighthouse provides an amazing view from the 158’ tower revealing the Outer Banks from sound to sea. It is well worth the climb of 214 steps to experience the fabulous view. The lighthouse is a short walk from the Whalehead club.
The VOH is proactive in managing the impact the community has on the natural environment. There is a 5 member Environmental Committee appointed by the Board of Directors. This Committee monitors construction and compliance with the directives. Owners must submit plans for approval for all projects for new construction, site modification, additions, major landscaping, remodeling and restorations.
The VOH is very protective of the existing trees. Tree and natural landscape removal is kept to an absolute minimum. Before a lot is developed any trees or shrubs or ground cover to be removed must be staked and inspected by the committee. As stated in the policies “if trees are removed and/or clearing takes place without prior written approval the Association at its option may declare the Owner “Not in Good Standing” and require the owner to replant appropriate trees or substantially similar alternatives. The Association has the right to encumber such property with a lien, restrict Owner and Guest access to amenities, and/or withhold reimbursable fees until such time that re-planting occurs.”
The community seeks to blend into the natural environment and regulates exterior colors, roofing, lighting, fences, decks and pools to meet the community ascetic as outlined in the policies and procedures. All new homes or major additions must also include a Storm Water Management plan. “The basic objectives of landscaping and re-vegetation are to preserve the land in its natural state insofar as possible, to enhance the new Structures and Improvements, strengthen vistas, to direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic and to screen visually objectionable elements, (such as service areas, storage yards, and utilities), from public view.”
The Environment Committee has approval authority over most of the exterior and materials. No vinyl, aluminum, plastic or composite siding materials are allowed. The intent is not to limit designs but to create a harmonious atmosphere in a planned community. The restrictions even include parking of boats and RV’s. To some the rules may seem overly restrictive. But, to many others it is insurance that a neighborly nuisance will not suddenly appear to ruin the previously enjoyed view and atmosphere.
To appreciate the Villages at Ocean Hill requires a visit to the community. Contact Eillu today to schedule an appointment. We have lots and homes available suitable for year round living, vacation home or investment.