Crystal Coast Relocation Guide

With the beautiful beaches, warm coastal temperatures and rich history, it’s no wonder that many of the area vacationers chose to become permanent residents of the Crystal Coast. We continue to be a prime location for those looking to relocate, retire or find a second home. Our warm and inviting community is a real treasure, as locals openly welcome newcomers to our area with open arms. Homes along the coast can vary significantly in price- primarily depending upon proximity to the beach or Intracoastal Waterway, but also historic & business districts and golf courses. There are many new developments that offer attractive communities to new homebuyers with a wide range of needs and budgets.

Living in Beaufort offers the chance to live in one of the most unique coastal communities our area has to offer. Situated in a charming maritime area, Beaufort’s historic district showcases stunning water views as well as established neighborhoods and businesses that echo the architectural surroundings. Home to many of the Crystal Coast hotspots (especially in the summer months) this boater-friendly town offers numerous inns, restaurants and shops with plenty of outdoor entertainment and beautiful views.

Perhaps the epitome of showcasing life’s simple pleasures, Down East is comprised of a group of small communities where many of the area’s commercial fishermen and boat builders live. The newer developments in this area offer a beautiful maritime landscape and properties situated along the many creeks, bays, marshes, and rivers where you can easily spot egrets, herons, ospreys and other wildlife prospering in this area. If you’re looking to get away from it all and still be within a quick drive to nearby towns, this is an area to learn more about.

Considered by most as the unofficial capital of the Crystal Coast, Morehead City is the connecting point between almost all of our other local communities. It serves as the main commercial hub for businesses, but still manages to feature that small town atmosphere. Home of the annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, Morehead City is widely known as a hotbed area for sport fishing boats to travel from all along the Eastern Seaboard. The downtown district thrives throughout the year, especially during the North Carolina Seafood Festival and the town’s Alive at Five summer concert series.

Crossing the bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway from Morehead City to Atlantic Beach is a simple thing of beauty, no matter how many times you’ve made the trip. You’ll be greeted by quaint businesses along ‘The Causeway’ and soon end up at one of the beach-fun hub’s ‘The Circle’. Park your vehicle, grab your beach gear, and head towards the sound of waves breaking and children playing for a day of fun in the sun! If you’re looking for a history lesson, you’ve gotta check out the NC State Park at Fort Macon.

As you head West down Highway 58 from Atlantic Beach, you’ll soon cross over to Pine Knoll Shores. You might not realize you’re surrounded by beautiful homes, as most of the communities in Pine Knoll Shores are hidden behind the medley of vegetation alongside the road. There are two main stops for visitors of all ages to enjoy within the quaint confides of the community. The Country Club of the Crystal Coast is the only 18 Holf Golf Course on the barrier island known as Bogue Banks. There is a flurry of activity available including tennis, pickleball, soccer golf, swimming pool and clubhouse. A wide variety of membership options are available for locals and visitors alike, and open to the public for those wishing to just give a new sport a try. The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is also a must-see activity for everyone along The Crystal Coast.

Salter Path is a small town with a flurry of restaurants and bars with plentiful views. The townspeople are known for providing fresh, local seafood across the county for many years. For families looking for a little adventure, the Lost Treasure Golf and Raceway is a great place to fire up some friendly competition.

Directly adjacent to the West of Salter Path lies Indian Beach. The community mainly consists of condominium complexes and campgrounds. More family adventure awaits at Island Water Sports Rentals- they offer a unique perspective of soundside communities via Jet Ski and Bananna Boat Rides.

At the extreme West End of the island, you’ll reach the town of Emerald Isle.  There are many amenities that make EI stand out as a favorite among locals and visitors, but two that stand out are the NC Public Boat Ramp and the Multi-Use Pedestrian Path. Fishing is a right of passage for a significant amount of locals and visitors to the Eastern end of Bogue Banks. Whether dropping a line off the Bogue Inlet Pier, or driving down the beach in the off-season to cast into waves, many stories (whether true or false) can be attributed to days spent on the water with nothing more than a cooler and an optimistic smile.

After you cross the Cameron Langston Bridge leaving the island and heading back to the mainland, you’ll come to a stoplight with three different options. Turn right, and you’ll head through Cape Carteret and Newport on your way back to Morehead City. If you opt to go straight, you’ll continue on Highway 58 through the quiet towns of Peletier, Stella, and eventually Maysville. Take a left and you’ll continue your journey through Cedar Point and Swansboro. All of these places offer something truly unique and special to everyone- whether you’re just passing through or searching for a hidden gem.

There are many options to choose from if you plan on relocating to Eastern North Carolina. If you have any questions on certain areas, our experienced team of REALTORS® are happy to help. Once you’ve settled on a specific location, we’d love to help you find the perfect place for you and your family to call home.

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