A Peek Inside: Ocean Pearl

About Ocean Pearl…

Ocean Pearl is a beautiful newly 2018 constructed 7 bedroom, 5 bath and 1 half bath home in Ocean Bluffs in Indian Beach. Ocean Pearl has views of the Ocean and sound, on the highest point on the island. Spoil yourself with walls and countertops of stunning granite, impeccable furniture with a hint of rustic coastal flare, and enough space to comfortably host a multi-family getaway. When you are not sitting in this beautifully appointed home, enjoy a sunset in the salty breeze on the large deck with oceanviews. This home’s convenient location, easily accessing Morehead City, Beaufort, and Emerald Isle! Ocean Pearl is equipped with High Speed Wireless Internet so you can stay socially connected while on vacation. Don’t forget your four-legged friend, this home is also pet friendly.

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Featured New Listing | Sea Spray 145

Sea Spray- Unit 145

Atlantic Beach, NC

2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 840 Square Feet

You’ll adore this lovely Oceanfront Condo at the popular Sea Spray complex in Atlantic Beach. This unit is move-in ready, has excellent rental history and wonderful ocean views from almost every room! You will certainly enjoy the convenience of having a first floor unit for easy access. Interior offers tile and bamboo flooring, bar seating, an open floor plan along with beachy décor and furnishings. Your summer days will be filled with fun, sun, views, the beach and more! You will love ending the day on your private covered deck listening to the sounds of the ocean roll in. Sea Spray offers a community pool, beach access, picnic area and more. This is the perfect unit for a permanent residence, sound investment or a vacation get-a-way! Flood insurance, master insurance, cable, water and sewer is all covered in your HOA dues.

Heather Krohn


Heather Krohn- Bluewater Real Estate Agent Atlantic Beach, NC

Featured New Listing | 120 Sea Dunes Drive

120 Sea Dunes Drive

Emerald Isle, NC 28594

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 1,781 Square Feet

An oceanside Island gem, this move-in-ready home has been immaculately updated and meticulously well-maintained in all areas. You”ll be instantly welcomed with a beautifully manicured front yard (equipped with sprinkler system), plenty of space for parking, an outdoor shower, plus a storage room and an oversized garage. Making your way up to the one-level living space, you”ll notice ample indoor and outdoor gathering space for friends and family, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, gas fireplace, hardwood floors, and large vaulted ceilings. The inviting bonus area was recently added in 2016 and includes an office space, full bathroom, bonus room and sunroom off the back of the home, allowing plenty of light to shine through and ample storage space. You’ve got to see this home in person to believe for yourself! To top it all off- this home is not located in a flood zone, has never been rented, and the central location provides excellent water quality, a short walk to the beach and local restaurants, shops and community events.

Linda Strickland


Linda Strickland- Bluewater Real Estate Broker Emerald Isle, NC

Featured New Listing | 107 W Landing Drive

107 W Landing Drive

Emerald Isle, NC

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2,208 Sq Ft

Better than new 5th row ocean view home offering 3 Bedrooms plus a ground level bonus room which expands living space. The spacious great room has two-story vaulted ceiling opening to loft/stairway above. Expansive windows throughout allow lots of natural lighting and views of maritime oaks perfectly nestled around decks. The beautiful ocean view off the private Master Bedroom deck is one to cherish. Many recent improvements & upgrades include roof, siding, carpet, bamboo laminate floors/stairs, interior paint, refinished kitchen cabinets, bath vanities, lighting, outside shower, furniture and more! A beautiful manicured lawn and landscaping add character to this beach home’s outdoor space. Offered furnished & ready to go for summer fun. Not currently a vacation rental but rental income projection available upon request. Make your 2020 family beach memories here!

Syndie Earnhardt


Syndie Earnhardt- REALTOR at Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle, NC

Featured New Listing | 129 Hawthorne Drive

129 Hawthorne Drive

Pine Knoll Shores, NC

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1,798 Square Feet

A beautiful sunroom and a screened-in porch are perfect spots to enjoy this home nestled among the trees in the tranquil environment of Pine Knoll Shores. A finished bonus room not included in the heated square feet provides ample storage space. Additional features such as a handicapped accessible walk-in Jacuzzi brand whirlpool tub, Corian countertops, and hardwood floors are a nice bonus. Enjoy all that the 298 acres of Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area, located just down the street has to offer. Private beach accesses, parks, a kayak launch and boat ramp / dock are just a few of the perks of home ownership in this quaint community. Boat slips are available on an annual rental, first come-first serve basis (rentals are handled by the Harbormaster). This home is also close to the Country Club of the Crystal Coast where memberships include access to tennis, golf and pools. This home had a new roof in 2018 and is in a part of PKS that has not flooded even after two 500 year flood events.

David & Julie Perry


Carteret County Tax Re-Evaluation

A Quick Look Inside the Carteret County Tax Re-Evaluation Process

What to Expect

Property owners in Carteret County will soon receive a re-evaluation of their assets from the county Tax Office.

The re-evaluation process was pushed back one year due to the widespread damage due to Hurricane Florence in Fall of 2018 and is the first adjustment since 2015.

Property appraisals will be calculated as close to their current status as of January 1st, 2020 as possible- and value letters will be sent out sometime within the first or second week in February.

The appeal process will then begin, with tax bills being mailed mid-fall once the rates are established by the County Commissioners.

For 2019, Carteret County residents enjoyed the lowest property tax rate in the state of North Carolina. The rate of .31% was unchanged from 2018.

* Image above is courtesy of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners

Duties of the Assessor

The Assessor evaluates all property subject to taxation. The Assessor is required by North Carolina law to list, appraise and assess all property within the county at 100% of market value. In addition to the over 58,000 parcels of real property (land, homes, commercial buildings), the Assessor must value business personal property (approximately 7,000 businesses, ranging from multi‐million dollar enterprises to one person operations). There are over 7,549 manufactured homes, over 77 aircraft and over 26,129 boats, motors and jet skis and any other personal property which is taxable. There are over 6,500 motor vehicles which are billed monthly.

The Carteret County Tax Assessor’s Office creates over 150,000 tax notices annually. Because there is such a volatile real estate market, reappraisal for Carteret County is done every four years. The 2020 Revaluation will include the use of county maps, aerial photography, street level images, sales analysis, field visits, and other tools to gather data used in determining fair market value. Carteret County appraisers will review and analyze the information including comparable sales within your neighborhood.

Market Value is the most probable or most likely price that the property would sell for. It is not the highest, lowest or average price. It requires a willing buyer and a willing seller with neither under any pressure to buy or sell. It implies that the buyer and the seller are fully informed of all the purposes to which the property is best adapted and is capable of being used. It recognizes the property’s current use as well as its potential use.

Appeal Process

If you agree with the Market Value stated in the Notice of Assessed Value, no further action is required.

If you wish to request an informal appeal, please chose from one of the three methods below:
1. An On-line appeal can be completed and submitted on the Carteret County Tax website;
2. Email a scanned informal appeal form and any supporting documentation to
3. Mail the completed Informal Appeal Form and supporting documentation to:

Carteret County Tax Department
2020 Revaluation Appeal
302 Courthouse Square
Beaufort, NC 28516

*On-line and emailed appeals will receive a confirmation email that the appeal was received by the Tax Department. All appeals will be reviewed by staff appraisers in the order that they are received. Your right to appeal to the Board of Equalization and Review is protected during the time the Tax Office is processing your Informal Appeal.


Valid Reasons to Appeal the Assessed Value
1. The market value substantially exceeds the actual market value of the property.
2. The market value is inconsistent with the market value of similar properties within your

Invalid Reasons to Appeal the Assessed Value
1. The market value increased too much compared to the 2015 market value.
2. The market value is more than the insurance value.
3. The market value is just too high.
4. The owner does not have financial ability to pay the taxes.

*All information courtesy of the Carteret County Tax Office. Please contact them if you have any questions, or are interested in beginning the appeal process.

Tax Office Divisions
Business Personal 252-728-8486
Collections 252-728-8525
Land Records / Mapping 252-728-8490
Personal Property 252-728-8486
Western Tax Office 252-222-5833
Fax 252-732-2064

Featured New Listing | Grande Villas C3

Grande Villas C3

1435 Salter Path Road
Indian Beach, NC 28512

2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, 1,378 Sq Ft Oceanfront Condo

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this island chic 2 bedroom /2 bath condo in Grande Villas is sure to STUN. A resort-like, seaside community in Indian Beach, Grande Villas is unlike any other OCEANFRONT condo community on the East Coast. The ocean and poolside setting create a feeling of glamour and it boasts an amenity package that will have you thinking you are on vacation everyday! Included is a game room, fitness center with an OCEANFRONT view, summer beach chair attendant, along with a pool/beach towel service. The lounges and oceanside terrace provide a beautiful setting to relax with friends and family or take in the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Built with LUXURY in mind, the Interior features of unit C3 include limestone flooring, granite kitchen countertops, and marble in the master bath. Other notes: The kitchen offers newer stainless appliances. HVAC was recently replaced in 2019. Unit C3 is mostly furnished, with a few exceptions. Bark park is onsite for Fido! COME SEE!

Carolyn Blackmon


Carolyn Blackmon, Bluewater Real Estate Agent

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New Featured Listing- Nautical Club 606

Nautical Club #606

1550 Salter Path Road
Indian Beach, NC

3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, Soundfront Condo

There is no better place to let your Crystal Coast dreams come to life than this unit at The Nautical Club, Bogue Banks’ premier luxury property with both sound and ocean views. This dreamy condo features a breathtaking covered balcony overlooking Bogue Sound. The living/dining room combo layout makes this a perfect place for entertaining guests. The kitchen is modern and clean with only the highest quality touches, including a wine/beverage cooler. A separate laundry room allows for handy and efficient home keeping. The master suite opens to a view of the sound, and the master bath is practically a home spa complete with jacuzzi tub and large, easy-entry shower. Two additional bedrooms are spacious and have access two full baths that makes for great privacy for family and visitors. This luxury condo features a lovely entryway which gives the unit a classy, warm feel. The Nautical Club amenities are first-class and include a common areas for large gatherings, fitness area, community ”study”/library, game room, sound side areas for kayak and boat launching, a lovely pool, on-site maintenance, elevators, and excellent resident security.

Gina Funk


My ambition is to help people learn about opportunities for coastal living and investment, and I intend to use all my skills to facilitate the real estate process for folks who dream of life in the presence of the mighty Atlantic.

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New Featured Listing- 4803 Ocean Drive

4803 Ocean Drive

Emerald Isle, NC

10 Bedroom, 11 & 1/2 Bathrooms, Game Room, Media Room

Oceanfront with Pool, Hot Tub & Outdoor Kitchen

A rare find on Bogue Banks- A true 10 bedroom exquisitely appointed oceanfront home. Fully furnished, turn-key property that will be an excellent vacation rental named ”The Nautilus” with proposed rental income at $335,000. Home boasts a beautiful pool, triple covered oceanfront porches, a media room, rec room with kitchen and bar, walkway to beach with gazebo, covered parking, fireplace, elevator, plus a large great room and dining area. Each bedroom has its own private bath. The kitchen is magnificent with a raised serving and eating bar, double ovens, ice maker, large refrigerator and pantry. Other amazing amenities are the outdoor kitchen, Wet Bar, Outdoor Shower, Pool Table, Card/Poker Table, Shuffle Board Table, Arcade Games & many other fine details to list! This home is truly one of a kind and recently completed construction!

Copeland & Bernauer Real Estate Team

The Copeland & Bernauer Real Estate Team consists of Pat Copeland, Eleanor Copeland & Allison Bernauer. They would love the opportunity to help you buy or sell your home along The Crystal Coast!

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New Featured Listing- Sunset Harbor A1

Sunset Harbor A1

8622 Sound Drive
Emerald Isle, NC

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1,164 Square Feet

Ground-Level, Soundfront Condo with Boat Lift

Don’t wait to make an offer on this rarely available ground-floor condo at Sunset Harbor! This property offers direct sound access with a slip equipped with a 9,000 lb Hi-Tide boat lift. Hardwood & tiled floors throughout make cleanup a breeze. The granite kitchen/island tops plus granite vanities in both baths are impeccable, along with the Stainless steel kitchen appliances, double pantry, beaded board wainscoting, crown molding, walk-in tiled shower, guest bath shower/tub combo with tiled walls. Storage space is plentiful with a full sized washer/dryer closet with overhead cabinetry in master BA, plus a spacious exterior room w/wire shelving. Building 7 is positioned for premium views as it sits forward of other buildings. This West side unit offers breathtaking views of the EI Bridge, Bogue Sound & breathtaking sunsets. The building offers a community grill, kayak storage racks, plus a pier with water & fish cleaning station.  With a water depth 4-6’+- depending on tides and a high capacity boat lift- there is a great opportunity to keep your boat right where you can see it. The extremely convenient location makes it easy to go shopping, experience a local restaurant, utilize the bike path & pay a visit to the movie theater. Don’t forget your kayak and stand-up paddle-board for all day fun in the sun!

Syndie Earnhardt


Syndie Earnhardt- REALTOR at Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle, NC

I love to talk Crystal Coast real estate & especially conversations about “remember when we could have bought that property for $**!!@@!!”. I call Emerald Isle “home” and enjoying sharing my love of the area with others. Call me when you need any real estate information or advice pertaining to Crystal Coast Real Estate. I love meeting new people – first representing them as my clients and then calling them my friends. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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