The latest slice of bingeworthy escapism from Netflix is the teen drama “Outer Banks.” The mystery is set among the barrier islands along the coast of North Carolina, where a group of young friends hunt for the sunken ship called the Royal Merchant—and its lost treasure.
And, as luck would have it, there are also plenty of real estate gems to uncover in the area.
The sandy getaway is an easy drive from most points on the East Coast. That ease of access could make the area a popular spot this summer for East Coast vacationers who want to avoid getting on a plane.
As we browsed through the listings, we learned that you don’t have to be a massively rich “kook” (North Carolina slang for a wannabe surfer) to buy a home here.
A wide variety of homes are available, at a variety of price points. And most of these beach houses can serve as rental-income generators when you’re not able to be at the beach yourself.
So join us on our real estate treasure-hunting quest, as we uncover intriguing homes in the Outer Banks. Grab your swimsuit and your sunscreen, and have a look at seven homes ideal for a lazy summer at the beach…
Treasure trove: Built in 1994, this six-bedroom place has been totally redone and appears brand-new. The living room and dining room offer ocean views, and the home includes a den that can be closed off as a media room.
Upstairs, the top-floor master bedroom features ocean views, access to its own deck, and a gas fireplace.
The ground floor features a game room, home theater, a bunk room, and sliding doors out to the pool. The space also comes with multiple decks, as well as a private path to the beach.
The area is known for its wild horses, and this home is a short drive from Corolla’s shops and restaurants.
Treasure trove: The spectacular semi-oceanfront four-bedroom home has just been updated and boasts ocean views.
For a buyer who can’t decide where to sleep, this place has two master suites. A midlevel den area allows for plenty of space to lounge.
A wide-open great room looks into the dining and kitchen areas and offers views from multiple windows. The updated kitchen features granite counters, and other perks include a stone fireplace, wet bar, and sundecks.
Beach access is just across the street, and the town’s shops and restaurants are minutes away on foot.
Treasure trove: Located on Hatteras Island, Rodanthe is the location of the 2008 movie “Nights in Rodanthe,” starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane, based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks.
You can be prepared to stage your own sudsy romance in this beautiful five-bedroom beach home, which has water views from almost every room. Enjoy multiple decks, an open kitchen, and a dining and the living room for entertaining or relaxing by the gas fireplace.
Treasure trove: The oceanfront abode features six beds, six full baths, and two powder rooms.
The layout comes with an elevator, heated pool with outdoor kitchen, and a bar area. Indoors, the vaulted great room features unobstructed ocean views, plus a wet bar.
The open kitchen includes granite countertops, a custom tiled floor, and double ovens. And for those in search of investment property, this one’s a smart bet—known as Palm Villa, it’s considered a “rental machine.”
Treasure trove: This five-bedroom home features a reverse floor plan with an upgraded kitchen, living, and dining room on the top floor, along with a screened-in porch.
The midlevel floor offers three bedrooms, each with an updated bathroom and access to a covered deck.
Meanwhile, the first floor has an additional living area and half bath. The home has a fresh coat of paint on the exterior and the decks, and has served as a popular rental.
Treasure trove: This waterfront, three-bedroom residence offers fabulous outdoor space and views.
Enjoy watching the sunset from the spacious second- and third-level decks or the large patio in the back. You can catch views of the water from just about everywhere on the main level.
The kitchen comes equipped with new stainless-steel appliances and a fireplace. Other perks include a game room with pool table and poker table.
Treasure trove: Built in 1977, this four-bedroom property designed for beach lovers offers direct access to the beach. It’s also close to the Outer Banks Fishing Pier.
The living area boasts an open floor plan, and there’s an outdoor shower to rinse off pesky sand.
Improvements made last year include new HVAC units, new roof, gutters, and siding.