Outer Banks Towns

The appeal of the OBX makes homeownership for residents and real estate investors a venture in one of the most unique and sought after resort communities in the country. 


Corolla is a charming village located on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. With its breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound, Corolla is a paradise for nature lovers. A must-visit attraction in Corolla is the historic Corolla Park, where the iconic Currituck Beach Lighthouse stands tall, offering panoramic sea views and fascinating history exhibits. With the paved section of NC12 extended to Carova, it's easier than ever to access this hidden gem. Corolla is the area from the Currituck County line at Duck to the end of the paved road. 

The Currituck Banks have always attracted seasonal visitors. For 100s of years, migratory waterfowl flocked to the Currituck Sound in the millions, and it was that abundance that created the 50-plus hunting clubs that once lined the banks of the Currituck Sound. The reminders of that time are everywhere, from the Whalehead Club in Corolla to the subdivisions of the Currituck Club and the Pine Island, named after hunt clubs. When the Currituck Beach Lighthouse was completed in 1875, Corolla became the permanent base for the lighthouse staff and the adjacent Lifesaving Station. With its proximity to the lighthouse, the village of Corolla became the largest settlement on the Currituck Banks. The small-town atmosphere that embodies Corolla also comes with an upscale selection of shopping and dining experiences.

Currituck County schools are attended by residents of Corolla. These schools consist of Currituck County High School, Currituck County Middle School, and Griggs Elementary School.   

Town oF Duck
In the Town of Duck, there is a wonderful feeling of a small town and the vibe of a thriving, close-knit community. The town is quite serene and offers many options for year-round residents to shop, and walk the sound side boardwalk. Upscale restaurants and shops dot the landscape of the sound-side boardwalk. Here there is ample opportunity for residents to be involved in the community by volunteering at art shows, music festivals, and holiday parades, all the things that create a wonderful active beach lifestyle.

Duck is six miles long with the main shopping district and most retail stores on the southern end of the town. The speed limit in the village area is 25 mph and it is strictly enforced. Duck truly offers something for everyone, from outdoor recreation and watersports to fine dining and world-class shopping. With a nationally-known jazz festival and an array of summer events and concerts, there is always something to do here. And of course, the beach is a major draw, with stunning sunsets that are not to be missed. 

One of the highlights of Duck is its Town Park, which boasts an impressive range of facilities and amenities. The sound side boardwalk is a particularly popular spot, offering stunning views of the water. Visitors can also enjoy the amphitheater, gazebo, boardwalk, public kayak/canoe launch, four-slip boat pier, picnic shelter, playground, and various walking trails throughout the park’s natural habitat. Whether you're looking to attend a summer concert, have a picnic lunch, or simply relax and take in the beauty of the area, the town of Duck is a wonderful choice for vacationers and locals alike.  

Duck residents with children send their children to Kitty Hawk Elementary School Grades K-5, First Flight Middle School Grades 6-8. and then to First Flight High School Grades 9-12.  There are two churches in Duck. 

SOuthern Shores
Residential in character, with homes set amidst a maritime forest and canals intersecting streets, Southern Shores is unlike any other town on the Outer Banks. Incorporated as a municipality in 1979, it owes its existence to the vision of one man and his son.

A contract to dredge the swamps was signed - permits for dredging at the time were not necessary - and work moved quickly. The dredged swamps are now the canals that are one of the defining features of Southern Shores.

Because the town was created from a maritime forest, the streets of Southern Shores rarely go in a straight line, and they can be somewhat confusing. There are, as an example, three Dogwood Trails - East Dogwood, North Dogwood, and South Dogwood. Some of the streets dead end after meandering through the maritime forest; others loop back on themselves. 

It was originally considered a part of the Kitty Hawk community in Dare County and was established as a resort in 1946 before becoming a municipality in 1979. At that time, the area was largely unpopulated, and there were only two sand roads that connected it to other parts of the county. The United States Lifesaving Service built the Paul Gamiels Hill Lifesaving Station in the area in 1878, which was reconstructed in 1909. The station was manned by the U.S. Coast Guard through World War II but it was eventually abandoned and burned down in the early 1960s. 

Southern Shores is home to many fill-time residents and falls into the Dare County School District.  Schools attended by children in Southern Shores attend Kitty Hawk Elementary School Grades K-5, First Flight Middle School Grades 6-8, and First Flight High School Grades 9-12. There are two churches in Southern Shores.

Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk is the oldest town on the Outer Banks full of tales from the old days.  Ferries and horses were the transportation. People lived a simple life hunting, fishing, and raising livestock.  Times sure have changed but what remains the same is the sense of community in Kitty Hawk.  

From the Oceanfront to the Sound side Kitty Hawk offers terrain from sandy beach to maritime forest.  There are many neighborhoods with stands of tall pines. Home to schools, churches, shops, and restaurants, this area of the Outer Banks is an ideal spot for anyone interested in calling the Outer Banks home or as an investment property that is sure to maintain a profitable spreadsheet.  Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve is 461 acres with hiking trails, access to kayak launch area and multi-use paths.  

The Aycock Brown Welcome Center. located at Milepost 1 is stocked with pamphlets and staffed with informative and friendly locals who love telling visitors about the Outer Banks.   The center boasts the Icarus Monument that was created in 2003 for mark a century of flight.  There are picnic areas and public restrooms.  The historic Kitty Hawk Pier is managed by a major hotel and is a popular wedding and event venue.  They do allow the public to visit  and even fish from the pier for a fee,

Kitty Hawk residents have the choice of four churches and schools: Kitty Hawk Elementary School Grades K-5, First Flight Middle School Grades 6-8, and finally First Flight High School for Grades  9-12.

Kill devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills has much to offer, including gorgeous beaches, fun recreational activities for families, and a variety of local businesses. But one of the town's most significant features is its connection to history. On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made history by completing four flights at the base of the big hill that is now a part of the Wright Brothers National Monument. It's amazing to think that Kill Devil Hills was the site of the first heavier-than-air powered flight, and it's a source of pride for the community.

The Wright Brothers Monument was dedicated in 1932, yet despite the fame of the Wright Brothers and their flight, Kill Devil Hills remained isolated and undeveloped until bridges connecting the Outer Banks with the outside world were completed in the 1930s. Although the population around the monument remained relatively modest, it was becoming an important tourist destination, and hoping to keep its own unique identity the town incorporated in 1953.

In addition to its historical significance, Kill Devil Hills is also known for its many outdoor activities, such as fishing, kayaking, and surfing. The town has several vacation homes and hotels along the beachfront, as well as shopping centers and attractions like the Wright Brothers National Memorial and the Avalon Pier. 

Kill Devil Hills falls into the Dare County School District. The schools in this district are First Flight Elementary School for Pre K to 5th grade, First Flight Middle School Grades 6 through 8,  First Flight High School for Grades 9 to 12.

For worship within Kill Devil Hills there are four churches. 

Nags Head is the southernmost of the three largest towns that occupy the northern Outer Banks. The town limits begin at MP10, or ten miles south of the Wright Memorial Bridge. The town is divided into two very distinct districts: Nags Head and South Nags Head. The dividing line can be described as running from Whalebone Junction - where US 64 ends and US 158 begins - to Jennette’s Pier.

Most of the residential area is on the west side of the Bypass bordering the Roanoke Sound. The commercial district lines along what locals call the Beach Road and Bypass. The Outer Banks Fishing Pier and a few botique hotels are the only commercial properties in South Nags Head.

From its breathtaking beaches and water sports activities to its historic landmarks and towering dunes, Nags Head has it all. The Outer Banks Pier and a few hotels are the only commercial properties in South Nags Head. Nags Head's stunning shoreline draws visitors from around the world. 

Jockey's Ridge is a series of sand dunes located in Nags Head. It is the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States, with the highest peak reaching 110 feet. The park also offers educational programs about the local flora and fauna, as well as the history of the area. 

Nags Head is home to several restaurants, shops and popular historic sites, including the Bodie Island Lighthouse located in Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Nags Head offers a quiet and peaceful atmosphere, perfect for families and couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.  Nags Head is the most well known of the OBX towns and is very popular with vacationers.  

Nags Head schools are Nags Head Elementary School Grades K-5, then because of the county population middle schoolers attend Manteo Middle School Grades 6-8 and then Manteo High School Grades 9-12.

Roanoke Island
Roanoke Island is a small island off the coast of North Carolina. It is known for its rich history and is the "birthplace of English America". The island was the site of the first English settlement in the New World, established by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1585. However, the settlement was short-lived and mysteriously disappeared without a trace. Today, it is the location of 2 small towns, Manteo and Wanchese. 

Manteo is home to several historical sites that attract tourists from all over the world. One of the most popular attractions is the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, which preserves the site of the first English settlement. This is where the famous outdoor play "The Lost Colony" is shown in one of the oldest outdoor theatres.  Visitors can explore the remains of the fort and learn about the early colonists who lived there. Also located in Manteo is Roanoke Island Festival Park, a living history museum that recreates life in the late 16th century. The park features a replica of the ship that brought the colonists to the New World, a Native American village, and an Elizabethan-era settlement. They also host many concerts in the summer months, creating a new entertainment scene for Manteo.  Wanchese is home to world class yacht and charterboats for fishing are built.   

Whether you are interested in history or just looking for a relaxing getaway or a quaint place to live, Roanoke Island offers something for everyone.  

Roanoke Island provides students education at Manteo Elementary School, Manteo Middle School and at Manteo High School.

Hatteras Island
Hatteras Island is a barrier island located off the coast of North Carolina. It is known for its beautiful beaches, unique wildlife, and rich history. The island was home to the Hatteras Indians for thousands of years before European explorers arrived in the area. In the 16th century, Spanish explorers sailed along the coast and named the area "Cape Fear" due to the treacherous waters and dangerous shoals. During the Civil War, Hatteras Island played a significant role as a strategic location for Union forces. The island was occupied by Union troops in 1861 and remained under their control for the duration of the war. 

Hatteras Island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Pamlico Sound on the other, offering stunning views of both bodies of water. The island is known for its beautiful sunrises and sunsets, which are particularly stunning when viewed from the beach. 

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which is located on the island, is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world and offers incredible views of the surrounding area. The lighthouse was built in 1870 and stands 198 feet tall, making it the tallest brick lighthouse in the country.

Today, Hatteras Island is a popular tourist destination and a favorite spot for beachgoers, surfers, and fishermen. Hatteras Island is a popular spot for fishing, with opportunities to catch a variety of fish including red drum, flounder, and bluefish. The island is also home to some unique flora and fauna, including sea oats, which help to stabilize the sand dunes, and sea turtles, which nest on the island's beaches. The island is also home to several wildlife refuges, including the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to over 400 species of birds. 

The schools in this district are: Cape Hatteras Secondary School Grades 6-12. and Cape Hatteras Elementary Grades PreK-5.

Currituck mainland
Currituck mainland is home to many locals businesses and residences.  Located on the west side the Wright Memorial Bridge, the towns of Powells Point, Jarvisburg, and others are home to H2OBX waterpark, Santuary Vineyards and famous BBQ,  and home to the wild mustangs that have been rescued.

Living and working on the Currituck mainland is perfect for a family-oriented lifestyle that true North Carolina. Owning property on the Currituck mainland is a good investment all the way around. 

Currituck County schools are attended by residents of Corolla. These schools consist of Currituck County High School, Currituck County Middle School, and Griggs Elementary School.