If you drive north from Kitty Hawk through the towns of Southern Shores and Duck you will reach a point where the paved road comes to an end.  Welcome to Corolla!   Turn around and drive to the first little cluster of stores and you will find yourself in downtown Corolla.  Look up and you will see the Currituck Lighthouse, built in 1875,  towering 180 feet overhead.  During the tourist season you can walk to the top of the lighthouse and see exactly why this thin strip of real estate is called the Outer Banks.

Wild ponies once roamed this part of the Outer Banks but they have been relocated to the area north of where the paved road ends. They came looking for the manicured lawns of the rental houses.  It was saddening to see them have to leave but their home is safer out of the way of speeding cars.

Not too long ago there was nothing here except the hunting clubs built by wealthy industrialists at the beginning of the century.  The most famous of them is the Whalehead Club which can be toured during the summer season.  Reminders of those days gone by can be found in the names of some of the subdivisions, such as Whalehead Club, Pine Island, and the Currituck Club.

The first community that you encounter as you leave Dare County and Duck, which share a border with Currituck County, is Pine Island.  With the ocean on one side and the Audubon Wildlife Refuge on the other this community has set the standard for large beautiful homes. Two pool complexes, tennis courts, picnic areas, a playground and a bike path compliment the unique setting.

Driving up the road the next community is Spindrift, a small, upscale, ocean front, gated subdivision that was developed before the "big home" was the way to go. Next door is the sprawling development of Ocean Sands. Planned as a PUD it has smaller lots than the rest of the area but that is complimented with with lots of open spaces that help to preserve the open feeling. It is one of the few areas where you can find dunes that are still untouched by man and will remain that way.

Across the street is the new golf course community called the Currituck Club. Enjoy a variety of pools scattered throughout the different neighborhoods of upscale homes and patio houses or play golf, tennis, shop, dine or take the trolley to the beach.

Back over on the ocean side sits Crown Point with a community pool and tennis.  Next door you might think you were in Charleston with tree lined streets but it is called Buck Island.  Amenities include swimming, tennis, the beach and the area's largest concentration of shopping and dining right across the street.

Next is the older community of Whalehead Beach.  The only amenity is the beach but the over sized lots allow  for large houses with private pools and volley ball.  Across the street on the soundside is the newer community of Monteray Shores with plenty of amenities and easy access to the beach.

Just north of Whalehead is the ocean to sound community of Corolla Light.  Without a doubt this is the place to be for amenities. An oceanfront clubhouse with 3 oceanfront pools, lighted basketball and shuffleboard courts, game room, playground, 8 tennis courts, a soundside pool and a community trolley for the outdoor minded.  Stay inside and enjoy an 8 lane lap pool, 2 racquetball courts, 2 indoor clay tennis courts, sauna and fitness rooms. 

Next is the village of Corolla and the community of Ocean Hill with large lots right on the ocean. Finally the road ends at the Villages at Ocean Hill.  Lots of amenities compliment this oceanfront community.

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Greg Cremia
Terry Rush Cremia
Shore Realty
PO Box 1977
Nags Head, NC 27959


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