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.

48 Duck Woods Drive, Southern Shores
Asking: $799,000
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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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.

2611 S Pilot Lane, Nags Head
Asking: $775,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 2498
Nags Head Acres is one of the nicest communities in Nags Head. This 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath house offers location value. It is close to restaurants, shops and the beaches of the Outer Bank MORE
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2053 Bay Drive, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $625,000
Beds-3 Baths-1 SqFt: 1128
This sweet bungalow in the heart of Kill Devil Hills is out to woo you with not only its gorgeous sound views and ideal location, but its charms so reminiscent of years gone by - the re MORE
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33 Duck Woods Drive, Southern Shores
Asking: $825,000
Beds-6 Baths-4 SqFt: 2852
This spacious 6 bedroom 4.5 bath home is a must see! Located in the very desirable neighborhood of Southern Shores. Big back yard that faces the 14th Green of Duck Woods Golf Course. Pe 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.

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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2217 S Memorial Avenue, Nags Head
Asking: $649,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 960
Here is the dream home between the highways in Nags Head. This 3 bedroom 2 bath home is in fantastic shape with many recent upgrades including a fortified roof, new heat pump, and high MORE
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2217 S Memorial Avenue, Nags Head
Asking: $649,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 960
Here is the dream home between the highways in Nags Head. This 3 bedroom 2 bath home is in fantastic shape with many recent upgrades including a fortified roof, new heat pump, and high MORE
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2015 W Franklin Street, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $479,500
Beds-4 Baths-2 SqFt: 1848
PERMITTED DOWNSTAIRS; a lot of square footage for ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES; SELLERS MOTIVATED. 2 SEPARATE LIVING AREAS WITH INTERIOR OPEN STAIRWELL ACCESSING BOTH LEVELS *** UPPER LEVEL F MORE
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408 Pine Cone Court, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $499,000
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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1705 Soble Drive, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $599,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 848
Welcome to this charming Outer Banks beach box home! Nestled just three streets back from the serene ocean, at the end of a dead-end street. This coastal gem offers the perfect blend of MORE
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2912 Raymond Avenue, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $599,995
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 1253
Enjoy the best of beach life at 2912 Raymond Avenue! This is the perfect location with a corner lot and direct beach access. The vibe is very beachy! You will also enjoy living in easy MORE
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2042 Edenton Street, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $435,000
Beds-2 Baths-1 SqFt: 798
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 sunsets! Perfectly co MORE
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2014 N Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $429,000
Beds-2 Baths-1 SqFt: 981
This charming X FLOOD ZONE, DOULBE RENTAL INCOME PRODUCING beach box has it all! The top floor boasts an entire wall of large windows facing the ocean to watch the sunrise while sipping MORE
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523 W Eden Street, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $675,000
Beds-3 Baths-3 SqFt: 1781
THE ONLY LUXURY THIS HOME DOESNT HAVE, IS YOU! THESE IS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL HOMES FOR THE STREET. THE DEVELOPER ADDED MANY FEATURES NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOMES BUILT TODAY. NOT THE T MORE
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215 W Ocean Acres Drive, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $650,000
Beds-4 Baths-3 SqFt: 2189
Pristine,versatile home with income potential located in the heart of Kill Devil Hills. Two separate levels offer the opportunity for rental income providing flexibility and functionali MORE
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315 W Hayman Boulevard, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $629,000
Beds-4 Baths-3 SqFt: 1708
This turn key, fully furnished, 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home features beach and sound access at each end of the street! No flood zone and no HOA! Updated in 2023 with new roof, HVAC compr MORE
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1205 Cardinal Street, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $450,000
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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110 King Court, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $349,200
Beds-2 Baths-1 SqFt: 768
Set your sights on this newly renovated, turn-key saltbox beach cottage! This property pours on the charm and all furnishings, linens, and decor convey. Three new, wall-hung, Roku enabl MORE
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110 King Court, Kill Devil Hills
Asking: $349,200
Beds-2 Baths-1 SqFt: 768
Set your sights on this newly renovated, turn-key saltbox beach cottage! This property pours on the charm and all furnishings, linens, and decor convey. Three new, wall-hung, Roku enabl MORE
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109 Byrd Street, Kitty Hawk
Asking: $725,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 960
LOTS OF POTENTIAL WITH THIS DOUBLE LOT JUST FIVE HOUSES FROM THE BEACH. Tear down and build big, keep divided to build two homes or build on one and sell the other. Lots are zoned as be MORE
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201 Fonck Street, Kitty Hawk
Asking: $715,000
Beds-3 Baths-2 SqFt: 985
Ocean views from the new front and back deck! Come check out this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom beach box in popular Kitty Hawk. The beach access is conveniently located and can be seen from th MORE
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