Whalehead Combines History and Natural Beauty

Development of Whalehead Beach began in the 1970s when people took notice of the beauty, isolation and cheap land of the northern stretch of the Outer Banks.  Among the sandy dunes and maritime forest, wild Spanish mustangs roamed freely through the area and seemingly hidden from time is Corolla Village, at that time was quaint little village consisting of a few year-round homes, a one room school house, a post office, a lifesaving station, a lighthouse and a 21,000 square foot mansion called the Whalehead Club.  The Whalehead Club was built in the 1920s by northern industrialist Edward Collins Knight Jr who spent the winter months in the home with his wife Marie Louise Knight. The location was perfect for his love of nature and of hunting waterfowl. The home is a lovely example of the Art Nouveau style that was most popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that took inspiration from less rigid natural forms.  After decades of sitting vacant and disrepair, Currituck County purchased the property in 1992 and the house was restored almost identically to its original state. It was later opened to the public in 2002. A short walk away from the Whalehead Club you will find Island Book Store and a few places for a drink and a bite to eat. Standing tall nearby is the majestic Currituck Beach Lighthouse, completed in 1875. The structure stands at 162 feet at the top of the roof and is open to the public for breathtaking views.  Both sites are major attractions to the area and best of all Whalehead Beach sits right nearby.

Plenty of Walking and A Relaxed Lifestyle

Whalehead Beach or simply Whalehead, consists of three streets that run parallel for about three miles along the beach with three side streets and walking paths that connect along the middle.  There is a wide range of mostly large homes, some with some unique architectural styles. Whalehead is known for its large lots all at or above 20,000 Square-feet allowing more space between the homes and wide spacious beaches perfect for families looking to relax under the sun.  The Whalehead Property Owners Association is a voluntary association originally began as a way to achieve more visibility with Currituck County whose government offices are located far away on the mainland, has come together in a truly pragmatic way to address specific issues that affect the community as a whole and to assure the area keeps the charm that owners have come to enjoy.  There seems to be a more laid-back attitude in Whalehead, since the association is all voluntary, there are no mandatory HOA fees and less architectural restrictions. People like the plentiful beach parking and lifeguards stands for safely and peace of mind.

At The Edge of a Sanctuary

A five-minute drive to the north you will find that HWY 12 actually ends right on the beach which then leads up to the wild mustang sanctuary and the NC/VA state line (which is fenced off).  At the southern-most entrance to Whalehead you will find Monterey Plaza and The Tim buck 2 shopping center, between them you will have access to a grocery store, retail, restaurants, a movie theater and go out for classic evening of putt-putt golf and go-carts.  For a subdivision without your typical community amenities, it really offers a lot with location, freedom from excessive regulations and connection to a beautiful historic community. Come check it out!

Ariel photograph of Nags Head looking south along Highway 12 on the Outer Banks.

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