Nags Head Historic District
The â€œUnpainted Aristocracyâ€ is as much a frame of mind as it is theÂ houses of an historic district in Nags Head. Built between the midÂ 19th century through the 1930s. These were the vacation homes of the landed gentry of eastern North Carolina–the doctors, planters andÂ business owners of the neighboring counties.
Constructed of woods shipped from inland farms,Â such as cedar and juniper, they wereÂ simple in design, easy to build, never painted and have withstoodÂ everything Mother Nature has ever thrown at them. The homes wereÂ designed to take advantage of the glorious ocean breezes and many still lack air conditioning to this day. It was in these homes that family traditions grew and aÂ unique community took root–whole families, with their servants inÂ tow, came summer after summer to escape the stifling heat of theÂ coastal plain.
Resort Realty Agent, Brimage Silver, is part of that tradition, her great-great-grandfather, Captain EdwardÂ R. Outlaw, built the Outlaw Cottage in 1885, with wood cut on the family farm in Bertie County.Â Tales of times past are still a part of her life. â€œMy grandmother told meÂ she had to put up black out curtains during the war (WWII)â€ she says.Â â€œSo the German U-boats wouldnâ€™t know where the shore was.â€
â€œThere is an ambiance to this area, to the families who live here,â€Â she goes on to say. â€œWeâ€™re friends…we’re family. We have cocktail parties on our porches all summer long, and even have a 4th of July parade down the beach road each year.â€
Brim just sold a historic oceanfront estate that was not listed for sale, but she persevered on behalf of her clients and made their Outer Banks dreams come true. Not every property she shows, of course, will be or can be part of the historic homes of the town.
The home she is showing now (MLS# 67302)Â is in the heart of the district,Â although it was built in the 1990s. Nonetheless, the house boastsÂ many of the characteristics of the original houses. The wide wrapÂ around porch invites easy lounging on a lazy summer evening or isÂ ideal for entertaining. â€œIt can weather many a storm or cocktail party!â€ Brim says. All four bedrooms offer ocean views, although the panorama from theÂ master bedroom is truly something special. â€œThe view from the master suite is absolutely stunning,â€ is how Brim describes it.
Still retaining much of the original dune line created in the 1930s, one of the nicest features of the historic homes of Nags Head is the unspoiled feel to the beach. The beach itself is public property, but there’s no beach accessÂ in sightÂ in either direction. â€œItâ€™s all your friends and family sitting out there.â€
The rental projections for the property are eye-opening. â€œUp to $60,000,â€ Brim observes. Yet as important as that is, it is not theÂ only feature that she feels families should know about. â€œYouâ€™re gettingÂ a lifestyle,â€ she says. â€œA true oceanfront neighborhood, unlike anywhere else on the Outer Banks…this is truly a rare opportunity to own a young home in our historic district.â€
Brim Silver, Broker, can be reached atÂ (800) 268-0152 ext.2005 orÂ [email protected]