Rodanthe Real Estate

Rodanthe Real Estate

On the easternmost edge of North Carolina, on the northern end of Hatteras Island, the village of Radanthe is home to the first life saving station in America. Once known as Chicamacomico, the community became three separate villages by the early 1900s. Originally North Rodanthe, South Rodanthe and Clark, the Post Office re-named them to Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo. Each area now has an identity of its own.  Although the year-round population is less than 300, like the rest of the communities on the Outer Banks, the number of residents swells during the tourist season.

After the government decommissioned the life saving station in 1954, the buildings fell into disrepair for a number of years. Since 1974, the Chicamacomico Historical Association has been attempting to restore the site and open it as a museum. It is now one of only two life saving stations in the country that are open to the public. It and the Oregon Inlet Station, also near Rodanthe, are on the National Register of Historic Places. Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo are neighboring unincorporated communities in Dare County. The Dare County Board of Commissioners governs Rodanthe real estate.

Rodanthe Shopping and Dining


Shopping opportunities near Rodanthe real estate are most prevalent in Nags Head, about 28 miles north. There the Tanger Outlet Center offers the chance to shop from popular retailers at discounted prices. Rodanthe itself does boast Kitty Hawk Kites, offering apparel, gifts, toys, and kites. You will find several varieties from fancy children's kites to sophisticated quad line stunt kites. Kitty Hawk also carries hang gliders, paragliding gear and kite boards. In addition, you can take all the lessons you need in order to enjoy them safely.

Rodanthe Surf Shop carries boards and gear and keeps surfers posted about wave conditions. Hatteras Jack offers the finest in high performance fishing tackle. Hatteras Gifts and T's offers beachwear, souvenirs, and DVD's. You will find it with a few other local shops at Pamlico Station on Highway 12.  

Although the community is small, you can find tasty food at a number of establishments from Franks OBX, the best hot dogs on the island, to Good Winds Seafood and Wine Bar, with good seafood and wine in a casual atmosphere. Stingrays Bar & Grill has a great selection of craft beers and fried seafood. Leonardo's and Maxximmuss both have excellent pizza.

Rodanthe Parks and Recreation


The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is the pride of Rodanthe. From the time it opened as the first station of its kind in the country, the crew worked hard at their primary job, saving lives. In a spectacular effort in 1918, they rescued 42 men from the burning English tanker Mirlo after Germany torpedoed it. The original buildings still stand and are now a museum to honor the heroes that manned them.

For fishing, beach time and amazing views of Pamlico Sound, many visitors come to Oregon Inlet. The National Park Service manages the center located 20 minutes north of the Rodanthe community. The marina is a full-service facility.

Rodanthe Real Estate


Living in Rodanthe year round presents its challenges, but more than 260 people call it home, even in the off-season. The median household income in 2012 was $54, 219 compared to the $45,150 earned in the rest of North Carolina. The estimated per capita income in 2012 was $29,686, according to City Data.

Ranging in price from about $319,000 to about $1.3 million, median Rodanthe real estate values are about $300,000. You can find homes for sale in Rodanthe on the beach, featuring wrap-porches with magnificent views of the ocean and sound. Open floor plans with rustic wood paneling, hot tubs and modern appliances offer comfort and convenience as well as beauty.

Rodanthe Schools, Health, and Transportation


Schools serving the region are part of the Dare County School District. Elementary school students attend Cape Hatteras Elementary school in Buxton. Manteo Middle School in Manteo serves junior high school students. Cape Hatteras Secondary School, also in Buxton, serves freshmen through seniors.

Medical care options near Rodanthe include Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head, Chesapeake General Hospital in Nags Head, Chesapeake Medical Specialists and Regional Medical Center, both in Kitty Hawk.

North Carolina-12 runs along Rodanthe real estate, connecting it to the northern OBX communities and subsequently, the mainland. North Carolina Department of Transportation is actively pursuing the construction of a bridge parallel to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet.

Billy Mitchell Airport is 30 miles south of Rodanthe. Dare County Regional Airport is 32 miles north. The closest airport offering international flight is Norfolk International, approximately 2.25 hours north.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home in Rodanthe 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