As a long term resident of the Outer Banks since 1981 (almost a local!), a 32 year real estate broker and 17 year Colington Island resident, I’ve had the good fortune of knowing the pros and cons of all of the communities from Corolla through South Nags Head. Here’s my thoughts on what makes Colington Island (there’s actually two!) unique and a great place to live and invest.
1. Waterfront Living
Colington Island has miles of shorelines to enjoy the spectacular sunsets, sailing, boating, fishing, kite boarding, kayaking and crabbing; a water person’s dream!
2. Ideal Central Location
The average drive time to the Atlantic ocean and the beach is seven to twelve minutes and with dozens of public beach parking accesses. Go 15 miles north you’re in Duck, 15 miles south you’re in South Nags Head or Roanoke Island. You’re close to all of the great Outer Banks restaurants and attractions, plus the three First Flight Schools are on Colington Road!
3. 2019 NC DOT Colington Road Improvements
Within 18-24 months Colington Road will be wider. It will be raised in areas of need and will have a 5’ wide trail/bike shoulders on both sides of the road. Residents and visitors will get connected with the miles of bike paths and pedestrian trails on the Outer Banks.
4. Best Priced & Valued Outer Banks Real Estate
Without question you’ll find the most affordable primary residences starting at $200,000. Canalfront homes starting at $250,000 and soundfront homes starting at $350,000. Many waterfront homes are vacation homes with income that helps to pay for the home, provides a second home get-a-way, a retirement, or a primary residence.
5. Wide Diversity of Communities & Subdivisions
There’s nine different subdivisions to choose from. All with waterfront properties, sound access, and amenity packages.
6. Bird Watching
One morning, the first week I moved to my Swan View Shores home, I was sitting on my top deck and within 60 seconds an Osprey, Red Headed woodpecker, and Blue Heron flew right above my head. Turns out this is the norm in my location. From hummingbirds to laughing gulls to Bald Eagles. It’s amazing!
7. Boating & Sailing
Colington Harbour has deep water canals allowing residents to sail the larger, sea worthy boats. Then there’s the Colington Harbour Yacht Club sailing regalia every Wednesday. Boats of all sizes enjoy the deep water access!.
8. Fishing & Crabbing
Full disclosure: I am not a fisherman, although my wife is. I’ve heard stories of great crabbing, shrimping, and fishing for Red Drum, Speckled Trout, Flounder and Rock Fish in the surrounding sounds, creeks and canals. I have eaten the evidence!
9. Top Notch Restaurants
Colington Café and Saltbox Café are always receiving well deserved accolades for their amazing dining experience. There’s no need to leave the island for great dining. We also have Colington Pizza and a new coffee and ice cream shop.
10. Billy’s Seafood
This is where I “catch” my fish. The freshest seafood on the Outer Banks from oysters, shrimp, blue crabs, crabmeat, tuna, grouper, clams, and much more. They’re affordable and awesome. You can stop in on the way home for dinner.
Hope you find this blog informative. Please let me know if you have any questions or would want to know more about Colington Island Real Estate. I’ve assisted hundreds of buyer and sellers make Colington Island their home!
For more detailed information on the current state of the Outer Banks real estate market, please feel free to call Danny Fenyak at (252) 256-1818 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.