Corolla Real Estate

Corolla Real Estate

As with each of the beach communities in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Corolla has its own unique personality. Located on the Northern Beaches between Duck and the 4 wheel drive section called Carova, Corolla offers a relaxed environment filled with long stretches of isolated beaches, wild horses and plenty of outdoor sports.

The population of this village within the Poplar Branch Township is about 500 until the summer season begins. Then it swells into thousands, as much of Corolla real estate is rental property. With the seasonal weather that Corolla enjoys, tourists may rent Corolla properties eight or nine months out of the year. 

Fishing, hunting and shipwreck salvage provided a living for early residents, prior to the building of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in 1875. Known by early settlers as Jones Hill, Whalehead and Currituck Beach, when the Post Office opened in 1895, the community became Corolla.


Corolla Shopping and Dining


Shopping in Corolla is an adventure with interesting shops like the Tarheel Trading Company, filled with colorful kaleidoscopes, fine blown glass and beautiful ceramics, lovingly crafted by American artists. Gemstones sparkle in unique sterling silver settings at The Mystic Jewel. For t-shirts, hoodies and OBX beads, The Farmer's Daughter is the place to go. Gray's Department Store brings favorite brands to residents of Corolla real estate, offering apparel, accessories and house wares. Birthday Suits carries the most fashionable swimming suits in the country. Many of these and other shopping and dining opportunities are located at Monterey Plaza.

You will find plenty of ways to start the morning at shops like the Outer Banks Coffee Company, Duck Donuts and Northern Lights Bakery. The seafood is fresh and succulent at Route 12 Steak and Seafood, the Oceanfront Grille and the Salt Water Grill. For the perfect burger, the Crafty Cow is ready to serve.


Corolla Parks and Recreation


The most unusual feature of Corolla real estate is the proximity to the famous wild horses. Left to fend for themselves by early visitors to the islands, these magnificent creatures have survived hurricanes and storms for generations, becoming feral along the way. These Colonial Spanish Mustangs have long earned the protection of a permanent sanctuary. Tours of this preserve are one of the most popular attractions in Corolla.

The Currituck Beach Light was one of the original lighthouses of the Outer Banks and was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1973. The 220 steps carry visitors the 158 feet to see a most spectacular view of the area. The nonprofit Outer Banks Conservationists joined to preserve the light station. They are responsible for contributions and fundraising of almost $1.5 million to its restoration. Rising from the landscape in red brick splendor, the lighthouse still serves to warn hapless mariners of the shifting shoals.

Water sports, pier fishing and charter fishing remain high on the priority list of both visitors to and residents of Corolla. Kitty Hawk Surf Company and Ocean Atlantic Rentals will happily fill any equipment needs.


Corolla Real Estate - Whalehead Beach


Corolla Real Estate


Homes for sale in Corolla range in price from about $300,000 to well over $3 million for a 9-bedroom show place with Italian marble flooring, mahogany wainscoting and a gourmet kitchen. A home of this size may well surpass 6,000 square feet in three stories. City Data tells us that 2014 home sales ranged from $204 thousand to $2 million. Median value in 2011 was $397,148 compared to $165,400 statewide. While little quantitative data is available, you can expect neighbors in Corolla to be dedicated to the financial well-being of the community, protective of the local heritage, steadfast in maintaining its natural beauty and wildlife in the area, and welcoming to new members of the community.

The same weather conditions that plagued early settlers exist today, but travel on and off the islands is easier. Just as those settlers depended upon the sea for their livelihood, so do some modern Corolla residents. Today, however, that livelihood aligns more to tourism than any other industry, as Corolla has become one of the most sought after vacation destinations.


Corolla Schools, Health, and Transportation


Schools serving the Corolla real estate area include Knotts Island Elementary, which earned a nine out of 10 rating from Great Schools, Currituck County Middle, with an eight rating and Currituck County High, with a rating of five. All are part of the Currituck County Schools. Approximately 100 students attend Knotts Island Elementary. As the only high school in the region, Currituck County High serves 1,100 students.

For medical care, Nags Head provides the greatest resources to the residents of Corolla real estate. Facilities include Health East Outer Banks Medical Center, Eastern Carolina Women's Center, and the Outer Banks Hospital. Other options include Chesapeake Health Medical Office  and Chesapeake Pediatrics in Southern Shores. In Kitty Hawk, you will find Regional Medical Center, which provides emergency care through Beach Medical Center, and Coastal Woman's Clinic.

Transportation to and from Corolla depends upon the NC-12 and the ferry to Okracoke. Currituck County Regional Airport in Maple provides the closest air transport.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home in Corolla NC, give us a call at 252.207.1617 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

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Holleay Parcker
Spinnaker Realty LLC
4012 Creek Road
Kitty Hawk NC 27949