Vacation Home Buying: 4 Best Oceanside Communities in Nags Head on the Outer Banks

best oceanside communities in Nags Head, NC

To many people, Nags Head is the Outer Banks.  Nags Head is the largest town in the Outer Banks, with 11 miles of oceanfront and 6.5 miles area within the interior.  Nags Head earliest visitors date back to the 1800’s, but the town was not incorporated until 1961.  Similar to today, early visitors flocked to the beach to escape the heat and enjoy the seaside location.

Nags Head has something for every water sport enthusiast due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the sound; fishing, surfing, jet skis, boating, and more.  With more than 40 public beach accesses and 6 accesses for the sound, it is easy to spend the day at the beach or sound with family or friends.

Nags Head is also the location of the tallest natural sand dune on the east coast.  Jockey’s Ridge State Park is a great place to learn to hang glide, fly a kite or wear out the kids by running up and down the dune.  There are also self-guided hiking trails and free programs and events offered throughout the season.

The historical Nags Head style of architecture, also known as The Unpainted Aristocracy, features homes with cedar shake, green roofs, hip-roofed porches, built-in benches and propped-shuttered windows.  This style allowed early visitors to take advantage of the summer south west breezes and protect the home from the harsher north east breezes in the fall and winter.  The generous porches, built in benches and windows with propped up shutters shaded the home in the summer and secured it for the winter.  While this architecture is used elsewhere in the Outer Banks, Nags Head is where it originated.

A profitable real estate investment in Nags Head does not have to be Oceanfront.  While oceanfront homes in Nags Head do command higher rents, they also cost more to purchase and maintain.  Consider going a few rows back to find an affordable alternative.  Oceanside homes in Nags Head are usually only a short walk to the beach and many do not require crossing any major roads to get there.  Here are some of our favorite Oceanside Outer Banks communities in Nags Head. 

The Village at Nags Head

The Village at Nags Head is one of the premier communities for the area.  It stretches from ocean to sound with beautiful landscaping and an impressive list of amenities.  There are 660 home sites over about 400 acres.

The Village Beach Club, is one exclusive amenity; equipped with an Olympic-sized oceanfront pool, tennis, clubhouse, and poolside café. In season, there are coordinated children’s activities, shuttle bus services, and more.

The semi-private, Nags Head Golf Links is just across the main highway and is included as one of the most challenging and renowned golf courses on the east coast.  It is a Scottish links-style course with soundside homes located around the course offering sound and golf views.  Golf Digest has noted that “the holes along the sound are among the most beautiful in the eastern United States”

The Village features two sound side piers to launch your kayak, day sailors, or fish, crab or just sit and enjoy the sunset.

Village at Nags Head Amenities:

  • Shuttle bus, weekly activities and socials (seasonally)
  • Oceanfront Beach Club
  • Olympic-sized pool
  • Children’s pool
  • 2 tennis courts
  • Arcade
  • Snack Bar
  • Full service bar
  • Bath houses with changing facilities

Ocean Watch

Ocean Watch is located at the southern end of The Village at Nags Head between the Beach Road and the bypass at milepost 15.  It is a small, intimate neighborhood with only 17 homes and its own community pool.  The community has large modern equipped homes with wonderful views.  There is direct beach access for the neighborhood located at Forrest Street.  You can view currently available listings for Oceanwatch here.

Ocean Watch Amenities:

  • Community Pool

South Creek Acres

South Creek Acres is located in South Nags Head between milepost 18 and 20.  It is the perfect area to get away from it all while still being close to everything.  Route 12 in the area does not have much traffic so bike rides, walks and the family dog will have more freedom.  The private community has a pool and tennis courts. 

The community is bordered on the west by National Park Service and a private road to the east.  This allows exquisite views of the sunrise over the ocean and sunset over the sound.  There are plenty of beach accesses in the community and the beaches are wide and uncrowded.

South Creek Acres Amenities:

  • Community Pool
  • Tennis Court

Old Nags Head Place

Old Nags Head Place is located at mile post 11.5 between highway 158 and the beach road.  The community of 113 homes follow the architecture style of the “Painted Aristocracy” that Nags Head is known for even though the community was developed in the 2000’s. The community has year round residents, second homeowners and seasonal rental properties. 

The park in the center of the community has a winding sidewalk to the beach with benches and street lights to enjoy a stroll and view the beautiful landscaping.  The Nags Head Pier is a few yards to the north of the community and the beach access is at Curlew Street and has a dune top deck to view the ocean from. 

Call today to schedule an appointment to view any property available in these wonderful Nags Head Oceanside communities.  There is time to close and block off a week to enjoy with your family.  Enjoy almost the full amount of rental income without the full year of expenses.

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