Nags Head Real Estate

Nags Head Real Estate

From its vantage point along the shores of the Northern Beaches, the area known as Nags Head has called to tourists since 1830. When Francis Nixon brought his family there in an effort to escape the malaria that plagued Perquimans County, the only residents were a few poor folk that struggled to survive with farming and salvaging from sunken ships. As friends of Nixon's followed his lead to the vacation spot, the "Bankers" as they called the local inhabitants, sold fish and vegetables to the summer people, learning to profit from the visitors.

The colorful community continues to draw travelers today. Cottages made from scavenged wood sprang up along the coast, forming the historic Cottage Row. The simple architecture stood as the local standard until developers came in the 1970s, but the old families fought to preserve the Nags Head Cottages, and several still stand.

Their inhabitants have watched history unfold on the Outer Banks, from the Union Army on the march in 1861 to the hurricanes that have pounded relentlessly. Developments to the north and the south have brought a modern touch to Nags Head real estate with trendy shops and gourmet restaurants. From its ties to the past to modern conveniences, Nags Head has it all.

Nags Head Shopping and Dining


The Tanger Outlet is home dozens of your favorite retailers like Coach, Wilson's Leather, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. The Outer Banks Mall has plenty of retailers offering great deals, including Sears, Hallmark and Tuesday Morning. You can also find services like Elite Nails and Perfect Image Hair Salon and good food at Applebee's, Grits Grill, Outback Steakhouse and Yellow Submarine. You will not want to miss independent stores like The Cotton Gin, the Foxy Flamingo and many local boutiques.

There is never a reason to go hungry when so many wonderful restaurants serve fresh food near Nags Head real estate. You can enjoy the sea's most succulent delicacies at Armstrong's Seafood. Taste ethnic cuisine from Tiako Japanese Restaurant or La Fogata Mexican Restaurant. You will always feel at home at Owen's Outer Banks Restaurant, serving the families of Nags Head for 68 years.

Nags Head Parks and Recreation


The tallest natural sand dune system on the east coast is Jockey's Ridge. The shifting sands are always moving, sculpting the dunes into beautiful new configurations. The 426-acre park accommodates hang gliding, kite flying, hiking and picnicking. There you can take hang gliding lessons from Kitty Hawk Kites.

Five miles south of the inlet, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge dedicates 6000 acres to the preservation of the local bird population. More than 360 species find protection here. Birdwatchers travel the world over to visit Pea Island during migration season.

Farmdog Surf School will have you surfing safely before you know it. Fishing and tackle gear abounds throughout the area, testifying that Nags Head offers some of the best fishing around. You can catch several species directly from the pier , minutes from Nags Head real estate, or go for the big sports fish on a boat from Obsession Charters.

Golfers will enjoy a day on the greens at Nags Head Golf Links. This gorgeous club is open to the public. Its view of the Atlantic makes it an excellent venue for weddings and other formal events.

Nags Head Real Estate


City Data tells us that Nags Head residents enjoy a slightly higher annual median income than the rest of North Carolina, at $54,313 compared to $45,150. Per capita income for 2012 was $30,114. Median house values in Nags Head are $326,194. This represents an increase in value from $143,400 in 2000.

Housing prices begin at approximately $309,900 and top out at about $2.25 million. Many of the higher priced homes are exceptionally large with seven or more bedrooms, and these are rented weekly to tourists for many months during the year. A three-bedroom, three-bath home in the 1,700 square foot range might run at closer to $390,000. Such a home would likely boast ample decks and porches from which to enjoy the relaxed lifestyle that is Nags Head. Many of the homes for sale in Nags Head now have hardiboard instead of the original wood lap siding to extend the life of the exterior. Modern features will often include bamboo flooring, upgraded plumbing fixtures, granite counter tops and ceramic tile. Gorgeous pines and Russian olive shrubs provide Nags Head real estate add privacy in many subdivisions located on the west side.

Nags Head Schools, Health, and Transportation


Dare County Schools serve Nags Head real estate with Nags Head Elementary School, Manteo Middle School and Manteo High School. Nags Head Elementary School has 557 students. The College of Albemarle in Elizabeth City is about an hour and twenty minutes away. The Manteo schools are approximately 14 minutes from Nags Head.

Nags Head is home to the Outer Banks Hospital, a full-service medical facility encompassing a hospital, urgent care and many specialized services. The urgent care facility offers services to residents of Nags Head real estate and visitors to OBX alike. It is open seven days a week to serve non-emergency medical needs.

The US-64 extends from Manns Harbor to the US-158 and on to Nags Head. Continuing to follow the US-158 north would lead you to Elizabeth City. To reach points north on the Outer Banks, you would follow the US-158 to the US-12. The closest major airport is Norfolk International. First Flight Airport is a small facility near Kill Devil Hills, about 13 minutes north via the US-158 or 15 minutes north via the Virginia Dare Trail. The Outer Banks Ferry System is a part of the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It provides access to the Outer Banks from the mainland and between islands. During emergency weather situations, additional ferries often assist in transporting residents off the islands.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home in Nags Head 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