The Outer Banks is a vast stretch of islands along the eastern coast of North Carolina with some of the best access to beautiful beaches you’ll find anywhere in the world. Whether you’re visiting onvacation, looking to purchase an Outer Banks vacation home, or looking to invest in a year-round residence on the beach, there are countless communities to choose from. The most popular neighborhoods are conveniently located, having access to both the sound and the beach while not being too far removed from the array of dining, shopping and activities throughout the community. Check out this small sampling of northern Outer Banks neighborhoods worth exploring while searching for your next investment property, vacation home, or year-round home.
In search of large sandy beaches? Look no further than the beaches of Corolla. This town is located at the north end of the Outer Banks islands and hosts a selection of dining, shopping and entertainment along with some of the most pristine, quiet beaches in the area. The ideal combination of nature and amenities keeps life in the town interesting day after day no matter the time of year. In the summer, the area booms to life with visiting families and people returning to their vacation homes. In the winter, the pace slows but is very much alive, as locals reap the benefits of year-round living with quiet outings and beautiful weather. The nearby four-wheel drive beach offers another outlet for exploration. So if you’re interested in the area and looking for Corolla homes for sale, these are a few neighborhoods worth visiting.
Villas at Corolla Bay-
This ocean side community is Corolla’s newest featuring charming four bedroom homes in a quiet neighborhood. Many amenities are found throughout the community such as a pool, hot tubs, and chef-worthy barbecue station. Sidewalks can be a rarity in some communities, but the Villas have them with beautiful street lights throughout the gated community. The homes are designed towards a maintenance-free lifestyle.
Soundfront at Corolla Bay-
Catching the sunset in this community day after day never gets old from the privacy of a soundfront home. This soundside community features sidewalks, street lights, pools, piers, and a bike-friendly neighborhood perfect for any time of day. While on the soundside, there is easy-access to the ocean and some of the prettiest stretches of beaches on the Outer Banks. This neighborhood is also a short walk from the Corolla Village and the Currituck Beach Lighthouse.
Features great proximity to the sound and the beaches as well as two staffed community swimming pools with lap lanes. There’s a community jogging path, grills, as well as sporting courts.
This gated community on the Outer Banks is full of spacious real estate properties and features their own private beach access, perfect for a morning or evening stroll. Or both!
The Currituck Club-
A golf course weaves through this community that stretches from sea to sound and is a perfect place to purchase an Outer Banks vacation home. Not everyone a golf enthusiast? The community also has an activity center, sporting courts and a trolley service for guests during the summer season.
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If you’re looking for a quaint village feel that is walker-friendly and complete with shops, restaurants and parks, Duck is the place for you. This small town has an intricate system of boardwalks and bike paths, perfect to get to and from the downtown area or the beach to your home. The coastal community consistently ranks in national publications as one of the best beach towns on the east coast. Wedged between the ocean and the sound, living in Duck means living in the best of both worlds.
This is one of Duck’s most enjoyable communities. Set in the rolling hills of Duck, homeowners have beautiful views of the ocean, the sound, and sometimes both! There is an outdoor, oceanfront pool, beach access with parking along with a sports clubhouse with an indoor pool.
Osprey and Sea Ridge-
This soundside community offers home owners and guests a soundside sailing facility. Some of Duck’s best dining is a short bike ride away and is a classic Outer Banks community worth exploring.
Residents and their guests will enjoy this gated community with a clubhouse, fitness facility, indoor and oceanfront community pool, lighted tennis courts, and a trolley to bring you in to town. The neighborhood stretches from the sound with a pier to the ocean with private beach access.
This neighborhood is in the southern area of Duck and is quiet. It has its own pier over the Currituck Sound, a soundfront beach, tennis courts and a private pool. A pedestrian foot and bike path is a perfect way to get into the nearby village with countless shopping and restaurant choices.
For more on Duck neighborhoods, check out this section of Eillu’s website.
Kitty Hawk Estates-
Located just over the Wright Memorial Bridge as you arrive on the Outer Banks from Currituck County, Kitty Hawk Estates is a wonderful community to purchase a vacation home or raise a family. Close to the main roads, but far enough to not notice traffic or the noise, this neighborhood is in the center of the community. Grocery stores, shopping and even an elementary school are within a stones throw from the heavily wooded community.
One of the premier neighborhoods on the Outer Banks, Martin’s Point is a gated community that sits on a peninsula jutting out into the Albemarle Sound. Safety, privacy, and a neighborhood perfect for quiet evening strolls, this neighborhood takes full advantage of the beautiful soundfront locations while still remaining a short distance from the ocean.
Located off the main bypass, a golf course winds its way through this community with dramatic elevation changes, giving residents and guests some incredible views of the ocean and the sound. Annual memberships are available for the clubhouse and community pool and can make a wonderful alternative to the beach in the summer and provide a place to enjoy in the off season.
Wherever you’re looking for your next real estate property on the Outer Banks, these are a few towns that have some truly wonderful communities. Whether you’re interest is investing in a vacation home to use and rent through the year with minimal maintenance, or you’re dreaming of relocating your family to the beach to live year-round, the options have no limits!
For more tips and information about living on the Outer Banks, keep an eye out on Eillu’s blog. If you’re ready to buy or sell a home, or if you have any questions, an Eillu team member is ready to meet your needs.