Homes For Sale in Down East and Harkers Island, North Carolina

Welcome to Down East!  It is almost a pleasure to get lost here with its bridges spanning, sparkling waters, marshes of waving grasses, flocks of birds swirling like autumn leaves, and cool wooded sanctuaries harboring vintage residences. It is also good to know there is a helpful soul at virtually every turn of the road, at gift shops, convenience stores, gas stations, real estate offices, boat building concerns, marinas, seafood concessions, pizza and burger joints.

Down East refers to a group of communities east of Beaufort in Carteret County. The communities that are included in Down East are Bettie, Otway, Straits, Harkers Island, Gloucester, Marshallberg, Tusk, Smyrna, Williston, Davis, Stacy, Masontown, Sea Level, Atlantic and Cedar Island.  Not only are the residents friendly, but those residents who have been living Down East for the majority of their life have a High Tider accent. This dialect is remnant of Elizabethan English that was once spoken in colonial Carolina in combination with the general southern accent of the region.

The salt marshes that take over Down East are perfect for clamming, fishing and birdwatching. Down East offers a slow paced lifestyle filled with picturesque scenery. The communities each have their own vibe and so much to offer. We hope that one day life will bring you Down East it is an experience you’ll be sure to remember!

Still Looking

Getting distracted along the way, even while not technically lost, is one of Harkers Island’s most common travel hazards. Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild has its headquarters on Harkers Island Road, and you will at least slow down and take a good look at this good-sized public building before making up your mind to forge ahead on the road you believe may lead to the Harkers Island Visitors Center.

Eventually, as promised, water is all around at the end of the island, making any further road-building quite nearly impossible. Way off across a vast expanse of bright blue water stands the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, about 4.5 miles away on an island accessible only by boat, which looks to be only about an inch tall from this distance.

You knew the Cape Lookout Lighthouse was out there from all the signs along the roadside that you passed offering boat or ferry rides to the lighthouse: Harkers Island Marina (252-728-3907), Calico Jack’s (252-728-3575), Cape Pointe Marina (252-728-6181), Local Yokel (252-728-2759). All of which begs the question: how can there be this spate of commercial signage and no encouraging signs for the Visitors Center and Museum? It remains a mystery.

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