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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.

Sea Turtle Tracker 2019


It’s sea turtle season again on the Crystal Coast! We’ve got you covered with this Sea Turtle Tracker for 2019 to keep up to date on how many nests and eggs are laid on our local beaches. Check out the counts in Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Indian Beach, Cape Lookout, and Fort Macon below!



Nest and Egg Count on Our Local Beaches Emerald Isle Nests: 43 Eggs: 3916 Atlantic Beach Nests: 7 Eggs: 472 Indian Beach Nests: 6 Eggs: 579 Cape Lookout Nests: 526 Eggs: 20189 Fort Macon Nests: 3 Eggs: 3

Sea Turtles Native to North Carolina Beaches

Did you know there are only seven species of sea turtles worldwide, and six are listed as threatened or endangered in the United States?

Although the most common species in North Carolina is the Loggerhead sea turtle, five sea turtle species regularly visit North Carolina waters: the Loggerhead, Kemp’s Ridley, Leatherback, Green, and Hawksbill. However, only Loggerhead, Green, and Leatherback sea turtles lay their eggs on North Carolina beaches. These species of sea turtles are listed as threatened or endangered in the United States.

POPULATION DECLINE

Many sea turtle populations worldwide are declining. The existing seven species face different dangers, both on nesting beaches and in the ocean. Some of the threats that turtles face in North Carolina include

  • development and heavy traffic on beaches that can disrupt adults or destroy incubating eggs
  • indirect capture by fishing nets, which can lead to injury or death
  • accidental collisions with boats
  • beach renourishment activities that can uncover or compact sea turtle nests
  • general ocean pollution – especially plastic bags. Sea turtles can confuse these plastic bags with one of their main food sources – jellyfish.

What You Can Do to Help

Because our native sea turtles are endangered, it is important to do our best to preserve their natural habitat. For the health and well-being of our sea turtles, please make sure to take these tips seriously when vacationing on the Crystal Coast with us.

  • Use red filters on flashlights when walking on the beach at night
  • Do not disturb turtle nests or nesting sea turtles
  • Turn off all outside lights facing the beachfront during the nesting season
  • Keep dogs on a leash
  • Fill in all the holes you dig
  • Remove all tents, toys, and beach gear overnight
  • Reduce beach traffic around sea turtle nests to prevent nest compaction
  • Dispose of trash in an appropriate manner
  • Be careful when navigating watercraft to prevent turtle collisions and injuries
  • Join a conservation organization to remain updated on current sea turtle conservation efforts.
  • Donate to the Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Patrol

Call the Emerald Isle Police non-emergency number at (252) 354-2021 or the Atlantic Beach Police non-emergency number at (252) 726-2523 if you see an injured, nesting, or hatching turtle  – OR if you see anyone disturbing a marked turtle nest area

Chateau of the Isle Wedding

Wedding at Chateau of the Isle – Indian Beach

Check out these stunning photos from a wedding at our property Chateau of the Isle last month! All photos were taken and edited by Mike at Beaufort Photography Co. Chateau of the Isle is an 8 bedroom Oceanfront home in Indian Beach, NC. Perfect for any wedding or event!

Thank you to all the vendors who made this beautiful wedding take place!

Photographer: Beaufort Photography Co.

Wedding Planner: Knot a Second Thought 

Venue: BluewaterChateau of the Isle 

Catering: Beaufort Grocery Company

Rentals: Crystal Coast Tent and Event Rentals

Crystal Coast Aerial Video

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North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

North Carolina’s Crystal Coast Aerial Video

Enjoy our aerial view of the Crystal Coast which covers the beauty and gorgeous scenery of North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks. For more information on the communities that comprise the Crystal Coast, be sure and check out our coastal guide. You can also enjoy live beach scenes via our Crystal Coast Web Cam which instantly captures the beauty of the Southern Outer Banks.

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Our Newest Blue Pearl Home: Chateau of the Isle

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Our Newest Blue Pearl Home: Chateau of the Isle

This one-of-a-kind contemporary estate is nestled in a secluded oceanfront bluff in the Sea Isle Plantation subdivision located in Indian Beach. Surrounded by an inviting series of terraces with unobstructed views overlooking the ocean, this wedding and event-friendly home spans approximately 9,100 square feet of living space in three separate buildings and offers 8 bedrooms, each with its own bath and 3 more half baths. It truly is a beauty.

Chateau of the Isle Ribbon Cutting

All the guests in attendance for the Chateau of the Isle's ribbon cutting

The Ribbon Cutting for Chateau of the Isle, Bluewater’s newest Blue Pearl Home, was held on Wednesday, co-sponsored with the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce. Over 100 guests took the trolley to come to explore this exquisite home. This property has been quite a mystery to locals for many years since it was first placed on the market. Locals have been very interested in the property so it was no surprise we had a great turnout! The ribbon-cutting sparked gave visitors a unique opportunity to explore this mystery property, while others enjoyed the breathtaking views and beautifully groomed grounds. 

Paved driveway with palm trees leading up to the magnificent Chateau of the Isle estate

 

Sparkling infinity pool at Chateau of the Isle the newest blue pearl home

The current owners have spent long hours re-vamping this wonderful property. New furnishing, decorations, and upgrades, while more is in the plans. Guests were in awe of this secluded property and the design with three separate “towers.”  Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer were provided for guests to enjoy while exploring the property and mingling.

Blackberry adorned cocktails with a bartender ready tp serve them

 

a s'mores buffet table with chocolate squares, marshmallows and graham crackers for guests to enjoy

Guests also had the opportunity to talk with the owners of Chateau of the Isle and Bluewater staff during the ribbon-cutting event. 

a large group of people gathered together to celebrate

 

Guests chatting and mingling during an event at Chateau of the Isle in Indian Beach NC

The Ribbon cutting was a hit! We would like to give a special thanks to the owners, Chamber of commerce, and all the guests who helped make this event special! This was a great kick-off to a spectacular blue pearl rental ready for vacationers, weddings, conferences, dinner parties, and much much more!

Family gathered together in front of an infinity pool

More Information

If you’d like to see more photos, property details, or book this beautiful vacation home, you can do so by clicking: Chateau of the Isle.  You can also follow along with Chateau of the Isle on Instagram. 

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 the 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.


Did you know? 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 that 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 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 online appeal can be completed and submitted on the Carteret County Tax website
2. Email a scanned informal appeal form and any supporting documentation to taxinformation@carteretcountync.gov.
3. Mail the completed Informal Appeal Form and supporting documentation to:

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

*Online 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.

A REVIEW OF YOUR ASSESSMENT MAY RESULT IN YOUR VALUE BEING: UNCHANGED, REDUCED, OR INCREASED.

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
neighborhood.

Invalid Reasons to Appeal the Assessed Value
1. The market value increased too much compared to the previous 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 the 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
Appraisal
252-728-8485
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

popular crystal coast towns

Crystal Coast Towns You Should Know

popular crystal coast towns

Welcome to the Crystal Coast!

The Crystal Coast is located in Carteret County, North Carolina – covering over 100 miles of shoreline! Our coast is known for its rich history, pristine beaches, nationally recognized fishing tournaments, incredibly fresh seafood and restaurants, and local southern charm. The Crystal Coast is made up of larger mainland towns, Bogue Banks beach towns, and the “Down East” community that still holds deep roots in our fishing culture.

Crystal Coast Towns You Should Know

Bogue Banks is comprised of five townships – Emerald Isle at the western end of the island, followed by Indian Beach, Salter Path, Pine Knoll Shores, and Atlantic Beach at the eastern end of the island. Located just east of Bogue Banks are Cape Lookout National Seashore and Shackleford Banks, where you can catch a glimpse of the wild island ponies, explore and collect shells and even climb the Cape Lookout Lighthouse!

Take a glimpse into our most visited Crystal Coast towns and the small townships of Bogue Banks!

Swansboro




One of the Crystal Coast towns you should know is Swansboro! The home of Hammocks Beach State Park, the “Friendly City by the Sea” offers a historic downtown district overlooking the water. The quaint village atmosphere and the historic downtown area offer shopping in an area alive with restaurants, boutiques, gift shops, and waterside parks. Host to the Arts by the Sea Festival, the Mullet Festival, and multiple fishing tournaments – Swansboro offers some of the best hospitality on the North Carolina coast.

Emerald Isle




One of our very favorite Crystal Coast towns is Emerald Isle. The outdoorsy adventurous guests that visit Emerald Isle are in heaven with activities like surfing, kayaking, kiteboarding, and paddleboarding. Families can enjoy miles of walking, jogging and bike paths, and several nature trails that allow you to enjoy the naturally pristine environment with a variety of birds, waterfowl, and families of whitetail deer.  The Point in Emerald Isle is not to be missed when visiting the western shores of Bogue Banks; the sunsets are breathtaking!

Pine Knoll Shores




The wide beaches and sound side access make it easy to swim, go shelling, clamming, or kayaking along this beautiful stretch of the island.  The North Carolina Aquarium is located in Pine Knoll Shores and offers a variety of marine species including fish, crabs, seahorses, lionfish, and sharks. The sea turtle nursery features an albino turtle named Nimbus! Nature trails offer a walk above a tidal marsh where marine creatures live and shorebirds wade looking for food. All in all, it’s a tranquil way to spend the afternoon.

Indian Beach



Indian Beach is conveniently located in the middle of Bogue Banks.  Its location allows easy access to the sights and sounds of Morehead City and Emerald Isle, as well as restaurants &  shopping.  But above all, you’ll enjoy the quiet calming expanse of soft sands and lush maritime forest. Its location allows easy access to the sights and sounds of Morehead City and Emerald Isle, as well as restaurants &  shopping.  But above all, you’ll enjoy the quiet calming expanse of soft sands and lush maritime forest.


Salter Path



Salter Path is one of those Crystal Coast towns that doesn’t get enough credit. Known for its history as an old fishing village, Salter Path is different because it is home to a large dune system, excellent beaches, breathtaking soundfront views, and even a small maritime forest. Family beach cottages are easy to spot as you cruise through Salter Path. Be sure to stop and take some time to take in Bogue Sound as it sparkles a magnificent blue on a bright sunny day.

Atlantic Beach




Want to be transported back in time a bit? Then Atlantic Beach is one of those Crystal Coast towns to add to your list! Atlantic Beach has a retro “beach-town” feel of days past and has been North Carolina’s “go-to” beach since the 1930s. Located at the eastern end of Bogue Banks, Atlantic Beach features a laid back friendly feel with wide sandy beaches, a boardwalk, and a commercial district with plenty of dining and shopping options. Nature trails, public parks, and beach accesses will draw you in. Atlantic Beach is also home to Fort Macon State Park, a historic Civil War fort, which is the most visited state park in North Carolina.

Morehead City




Downtown Morehead City has an alluring waterfront appeal, lined with charter boats, legendary seafood restaurants, charming shops all overlooking Sugarloaf Island. The Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament is held annually in June with crowds, Beaufort, NC gathering daily at the weigh station to see which boat will bring in the biggest blue! Also home of the North Carolina Seafood Festival, held every year the first weekend in October. Vendors line the waterfront with all types of seafood & arts and crafts, along with kid’s rides and activities! Families can also enjoy watching the Morehead City Marlins play baseball at Big Rock Stadium. With multiple shopping centers throughout Morehead City, there’s something for everyone!

Beaufort




Beaufort, the 3rd oldest town in North Carolina, is known for its Bahamian and West Indian style architecture and its close ties with a notorious pirate. It offers a beautiful sandy shore as well as stunning waterfront views and many specialty shops and delicious restaurants downtown. You can watch the feral horses from the banks of Beaufort or board a ferry to see them in their unspoiled habitat. Hop atop the red, English Double-Decker bus for a tour around this historic fishing village to see Blackbeard’s home and the mysterious Old Burial Ground. You’ll see exactly what makes this coastal community so special and why it was voted Best Small Town in the USA in 2012.