Outer Banks Retirement Homes

The Outer Banks does not really have any purely retirement communities. There are areas, mostly on the westside of the big road, populated mostly with year round residents, affectionately referred to as locals. There are no communities composed of only seniors. A couple of communities tried starting out that way but they failed and then became homoginzed mix of old and young. The Outer Banks tends to attract the more active seniors who want to live in an age eclectic neighborhood. We humans tend to reflect our environment so living around younger people can have a positive effect.

Everybody has their own ideas and aspirations about how they will spend their retirement years. You have probably already spent a lot of time figuring out what you will be doing in your Golden Years. This is probably why you are here looking at retirement homes.

The Outer Banks has a lot to offer to retirees. Low taxes, low crime, great community senior centers and plenty of flat level nature for those who want to get outside and stay active.

I am not going to tell you how or what to do with your Golden Years, I am sure you already know, but I will share what years of experience have shown. The biggest commonality amongst people is the deteriorating condition of our knees. None of our knees are getting any better which brings up our first topic.


Stairs

The Outer Banks is full of stairs, and stairs, like my forehead and prostrate, seem to be getting bigger every year. Stairs are one of the major concerns shared by soon to be seniors when shopping for their retirement home. Having hospitals and such nearby is great, but having to navigate stairs during the course of your routine day can make life miserable.

Add in an extra set or 2 of stairs to get up to the kitchen and living area on the top floor, and it can become insurmountable. These types of houses are commonly referred to as 'Reverse Floor Plans' and are best suited to the more physically inclined unless they are equipped with an elevator.


One Level Living

The most popular style house for retirees is the rancher or rambler. The entire house is situated on one floor built close to the ground. Minimal stairs to get in and no stairs inside. The only downside is they tend to sprawl as the square footage starts to increase.

You won't find many homes on the Outer Banks that are built directly on the ground. Our low elevation puts most of the OBX in some type of flood zone which requires the homes to be elevated.

If the ground is 10 feet above sea level then a house can be built right on the ground. The houses below are ranchers, scroll down further for other style houses.

553 Parkwood Drive, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $565,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 1540
This charming home is semi soundfront, well maintained, in an established neighborhood centrally located, beautifully landscaped 19,000 sq ft corner lot with mature live oaks to die for MORE
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109 Baum Bay Drive, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $500,000
Beds-3 Baths-3 SqFt: 2237
Unique opportunity to own in the popular Baum Bay Harbor community of Kill Devil Hills. The property backs up to the National Park Service land and the community offers sound access and MORE
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310 Pine Grove Trail, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $545,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 1495
Discover a timeless sanctuary in this charming 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom ranch style home. With an open floor plan, modern kitchen, and spacious living areas with beautiful LVT flooring, cu MORE
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48 Duck Woods Drive, Southern Shores
Asking: $699,000
Beds-4 Baths-3 SqFt: 2444
Welcome to your dream home! This stunning ranch-style house offers a perfect blend of luxury, comfort, and accessibility. With 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, this spacious residence i MORE
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33 Duck Woods Drive, Southern Shores
Asking: $725,000
Beds-6 Baths-4 SqFt: 2852
Welcome to your dream home, perfectly positioned in the heart of Southern Shores and on the 14th green of the Duck Woods Country Club Golf Course, in the serene community of the Outer B MORE
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Elevated Ranchers

There are areas on the Outer Banks where the ground has some elevation. If the ground elevation is 7 feet, which is very common, then a 3 foot high masonry foundation will supply enough elevation to meet the flood insurance requirements and shorten the entrance stairs.

You can have a rambler or rancher where everything is spread out on one level except that it is built a couple of feet up off the ground. The houses below should be those on masonry foundations with minimal elevation. Scroll down further for different style homes.

5308 W Captains Way, Nags Head
Asking: $699,900
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 1784
Come home to Nags Head living at its best! This charming, coastal accented, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home features ocean and sound access! Hardwood floors greet you as you move through the o MORE
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332 W Bridge Lane, Nags Head
Asking: $625,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 1581
Located in the heart of Nags Head, this home is a rare find! As you enter this beautiful one-level property, you’ll be greeted by the spacious living area. The open floor plan leads t MORE
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553 Parkwood Drive, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $565,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 1540
This charming home is semi soundfront, well maintained, in an established neighborhood centrally located, beautifully landscaped 19,000 sq ft corner lot with mature live oaks to die for MORE
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109 Baum Bay Drive, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $500,000
Beds-3 Baths-3 SqFt: 2237
Unique opportunity to own in the popular Baum Bay Harbor community of Kill Devil Hills. The property backs up to the National Park Service land and the community offers sound access and MORE
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310 Pine Grove Trail, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $545,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 1495
Discover a timeless sanctuary in this charming 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom ranch style home. With an open floor plan, modern kitchen, and spacious living areas with beautiful LVT flooring, cu MORE
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300 Suffolk Street, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $455,900
Beds-3 Baths-1 SqFt: 1122
This lovely 3 bedroom 1.5 bath beach box not far from the beach access is charming and cozy with an open concept living area, perfect for relaxing or entertaining after a day at the bea MORE
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4004 Martins Point Road, Kitty Hawk
Asking: $1,299,000
Beds-3 Baths-3 SqFt: 2900
Stunning Soundfront Oasis with Spectacular Sunset Views! Located in the prestigious gated community of Martins Point on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, this soundfront home offers a MORE
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4040 Pineway Drive, Kitty Hawk
Asking: $665,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 1446
Come and see this beautiful 3 bed 2.5 bath home in Kitty Hawk Landing. Gorgeously updated and beautifully landscaped, this canal front home is ready for a new owner. Step through the fr MORE
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33 Duck Woods Drive, Southern Shores
Asking: $725,000
Beds-6 Baths-4 SqFt: 2852
Welcome to your dream home, perfectly positioned in the heart of Southern Shores and on the 14th green of the Duck Woods Country Club Golf Course, in the serene community of the Outer B MORE
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Beach Box

The Outer Banks traditional "Beach Box" offers one level living up on pilings. You still have to climb a set of steps to get into your house but once you are inside all of your living area is on one level. If your one of the lucky ones without knee problems this could be a perfect match for you.

112 E Oriental Street, Nags Head
Asking: $949,000
Beds-4 Baths-2 SqFt: 1328
Whether youre seeking a permanent residence, a vacation getaway, or an investment opportunity, this property has it all. With its unbeatable location, your dream beach house in the Oute MORE
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9023 E Gerhard Street, Nags Head
Asking: $2,900,000
Beds-15 Baths-8 SqFt: 7100
Rare South Nags Head opportunity! Owner-operated and meticulously maintained, this multiple-dwelling listing offers a remarkable location, 15 bedrooms across 5 units, ocean views and ac MORE
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2015 W Franklin Street, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $479,500
Beds-4 Baths-2 SqFt: 1848
NEW KITCHEN, NEW BATH UPSTAIRS, NEW PAINT UPSTAIRS. PERMITTED DOWNSTAIRS; a lot of square footage for ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES; SELLERS MOTIVATED. 2 SEPARATE LIVING AREAS WITH INTERIOR O MORE
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408 Pine Cone Court, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $469,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 1625
Plenty of room to spread out in this 3 bedroom 21/2 bath home. Located in Kill Devil Hills on a large lot this home has plenty of room to add a pool or just have a big back yard. On the MORE
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1205 Cardinal Street, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $435,000
Beds-3 Baths-1 SqFt: 1584
Nestled quietly on the westside of Kill Devil Hills, this single-owner home has been lovingly maintained by the same family since the 1980s. Live oaks frame this efficient and gently-us MORE
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104 Brigand Court, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $489,000
Beds-4 Baths-3 SqFt: 1884
SO much Potential!! Join the Colington Harbour Community. They get to mingle with the entire community, meeting new friends and with all the amenities that come with the association mem MORE
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104 Brigand Court, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $489,000
Beds-4 Baths-3 SqFt: 1884
SO much Potential!! Join the Colington Harbour Community. They get to mingle with the entire community, meeting new friends and with all the amenities that come with the association mem MORE
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106 Prince Charles Court, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $679,990
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 2614
Well maintained contemporary home built by architect/owner- this house is designed for maximum comfort with very low maintenance. Perfect for primary, second home or vacation rental. Ki MORE
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105 Lenwood Court, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $369,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 1272
NO SHOWINGS UNTIL JULY 1. 2024- THE RENTERS LEASE IS UP JUNE 30. BE PATIENT TIME DOES FLY BY. IN NEED OF A HOME AT A GREAT PRICE, THEN COME TAKE A LOOK AT THIS HOME - THIS IS A HOU MORE
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312 W Arch Street, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $449,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 960
Here is your chance to own an updated beach box in the fabulous north end of KDH. The home has been well maintained and updated with high end bathrooms, a great furniture package, X flo MORE
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3201 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $1,100,000
Beds-4 Baths-2 SqFt: 960
Welcome to Morr To Sea, an enchanting 4-bedroom beach house nestled in the heart of Kill Devil Hills. Recently renovated to exude modern elegance, this snug haven offers a sophisticated MORE
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104 E Sportsman Drive, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $660,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 960
Memorable beach getaways demand the perfect location and this updated 3-bed, 2-bath beach box in the central Avalon area of Kill Devil Hills fits the bill to a T. Within walking distanc MORE
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528 W Palmetto Street, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $715,000
Beds-3 Baths-3 SqFt: 1779
This pristine Kill Devil Hills home is one that you wont want to miss. As you enter the front door from the spacious covered front deck with sound views, you will see a nice open floor MORE
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109 Craigy Court, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $659,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 1405
Welcome to 109 Craigy Court! A stunning, BRAND-NEW, canal front home located in the picturesque Colington Harbour community of Kill Devil Hills. This modern and well-designed property o MORE
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600 Suffolk Street, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $495,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 1008
Looking for a well-maintained, fully furnished Outer Banks home that is located in the heart of the Outer Banks?! Then look no further, as this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is only minut MORE
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300 Suffolk Street, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $455,900
Beds-3 Baths-1 SqFt: 1122
This lovely 3 bedroom 1.5 bath beach box not far from the beach access is charming and cozy with an open concept living area, perfect for relaxing or entertaining after a day at the bea MORE
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316 Harbour View Drive, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $499,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 1440
Welcome to your dream home in the picturesque community of Colington Harbour. This beautifully maintained canalfront property offers breathtaking west-facing views, perfect for enjoying MORE
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2042 Edenton Street, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $399,000
Beds-2 Baths-1 SqFt: 798
Sellers are motivated. Totally reimagined beach box nestled in the heart of Avalon Beach just steps away from the sought after Bay Drive and its impressive walking trail and spectacular MORE
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1237 S Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $860,000
Beds-4 Baths-2 SqFt: 1132
Oceanside with deeded access! Until it was purchased in the fall of 2018 it had been a one owner home. When it was purchased, it had just been updated including new pilings, new central MORE
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2022 Franklin Street, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $539,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 1401
Welcome to Your Move-In Ready Primary or Second Home. Thoughtfully Landscaped to Nourish Body and Soul as Well as Pollinators. Berries, Figs, Peaches, Apples, Herbs and More Are Just Ou MORE
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3721 Hallett Street, Kitty Hawk
Asking: $684,900
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 969
Just 2 Lots Away from the Oceanfront, with an Ocean View and a Short Walk to the Beach, this home offers an Unbeatable Setting for anyone who Loves the Coast. The 3 bedrooms and two bat MORE
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