If you’re in the market for a beach house in a place with a laid-back vibe, consider Hatteras Island, North Carolina, a barrier island at the tip of the Outer Banks.
It’s where my family has vacationed for years (I was just there last week) and we like the fact that beaches here are far less crowded than other popular destinations. Plus the end of summer is a great time to hunt for a place: The weather is still warm and the tourists have largely left.
Hatteras Island is made up a several villages across the Cape Hatteras National Seashore including Buxton, where you can grab breakfast at Orange Blossom Bakery (one of my favorite spots) or head to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (I climbed to the top as a kid); Hatteras at far end of the island; Avon, an area where you’ll find more shopping and dining options; and Rodanthe, where you’ll find Rodanthe Pier (you can fish from the pier without a fishing license).
Another perk: You can buy a house here for less than other parts of the Outer Banks (and far less than the Hamptons and Jersey Shore). The median sales price is currently $585,500 and there are about 100 houses on the market. Buying a house here is also a good investment; you can get rental income during summer and even from September to November, when there are popular fishing tournaments.
Sound like a fit? Check out these houses for sale on Hatteras Island, including a three bedroom with an inground pool in Buxton for $549,000.
57310 Eagle Pass Rd., Hatteras
This four bedroom, two bath is listed for $350,000. It has beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, a decorative fireplace, ceiling fans, moldings, an indoor pool, deck, and backyard. Hatteras Sands Campground and Hatteras Village Park are nearby.
46134 Diamond Shoals Dr., Buxton
This three bedroom, two bath is listed for $549,000 after a recent $26,000 price cut. The house has an inground pool, patio, backyard, deck, outdoor shower, double carport, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, and central air. Angelo’s Pizza and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse are nearby.
24192 Ocean Dr., Rodanthe
This four bedroom, two bath is listed for $587,000 after a $22,000 cut in July. The house features hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, ceiling fans, central air, two decks, and a hot tub. Rodanthe Pier is nearby.
This four bedroom, four bath is listed for $625,000 after a recent $14,000 cut. The house has front and back decks, an attached garage, sunroom, high ceilings, recessed lighting, ceiling fans, central air, a fireplace, and backyard. Fisherman’s Daughter and The Froggy Dog are nearby.
This three bedroom, three bath is listed for $636,000. It has high wood ceilings, hardwood floors, ceiling fans, a new roof, new HVAC, a covered porch and deck, grilling area, and two outdoor showers. Avon Beach and Po House are nearby.
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