Nags Head Real Estate

A Classic Outer Banks Township

When you look back in local history, the idea of an Outer Banks vacation began with Nags Head.  Back in the late 19th century before air conditioning, families from Elizabeth City and the surrounding counties would board boats to ferry them out to Nags Head Village to escape the inland heat and in some cases diseases like Malaria, to enjoy their summers on the beach where the ocean breeze made for more pleasant weather.  Many of their beach homes still stand today in Old Nags Head Cottage Row, with their dark salted cedar shakes and wrap around porches (or use the local Outer Banks brogue word for a porch, a “Pizer”). Nags Head is one of the most unique areas of the Outer Banks. Centrally located just south of busy Kill Devil Hills and just north of the famous Cape Hatteras National Seashore.   Nags Head is also home to Jockey’s Ridge State Park with a breathtaking 426 acres of sand dunes and the tallest sand dune on the east coast makes for a gorgeous view of the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Roanoke Island to the west. Nags Head Woods Preserve, owned by the Nature Conservancy sits just north of Jockey’s Ridge and is only accessible through Kill Devil Hills, is1,200 acres of protected maritime forest, where many of the early settlers of the Banks made their home.  Their homes aren’t there anymore, all that remains are the small family cemeteries, some of which date back to the eighteenth century. The preserve offers summer programming, hiking trails and is ADA accessible. Exploring the preserve, you get a chance to see a wide range of plant and animal species that are unusual to find on a barrier island. Jeanette’s pier, one of the oldest fishing piers on the Outer Banks was destroyed by hurricane Isabel in 2003 and rebuilt as a fishing pier/educational facility that is run by the North Carolina Aquarium Society.  It offers some marine exhibits and access to the pier for site seeing and fishing.

Natural Beauty and Plenty To Do

Though this area is known for great natural beauty, there are still plenty of dining and shopping options throughout the town.  There are three grocery stores that includes The Fresh Market, located next to the Outer Banks Hospital, where you can purchase some of the hard to find organic and gourmet food items.  Several annual festivals are hosted in Nags Head, some of the more popular are the Outer Banks Seafood Festival, Brew-Tog or the Jeep Festival. These events bring lots of visitors, food and music and are held at the Sound Side Event Site, just north of the Tangier Outlet shopping Center. You can also visit the new Dowdy Park which has been attracting local families and visitors to use its beautiful equipment and open space. 

Mix of Year-Round Homes and Vacation Rentals

Nags Head is a great mix of year-round residences and vacation rental homes.   There are a wide range of mostly ocean front and semi-ocean front vacation rental homes, from the quaint older beach cottages to large modern mansions fully equipped with popular amenities like swimming pools and theater rooms.  Total property sales in 2017 (this includes all types of properties) saw a 24% increase from 2016 but 2018 saw an 11% decrease down from 2017, but 2018 was still up 10% from 2016 showing a good trend toward increasing sales.

Old Nags Head Cottage Row photo courtesy of the Outer Banks History Center
Carolina Designs Realty Sales is a dedicated, passionate and local Real Estate Sales team. We specialize in investment properties on the Outer Banks. We have been serving Nags Head and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Our homes are managed in a rental program and can offer a healthy return on investment.
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Ariel photograph of Nags Head looking south along Highway 12 on the Outer Banks.

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