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Cottages at Ocean Isle Beach

6460 Carrick Bend Trail SW, Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina 28469

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The Cottages, a Charming Community in Coastal North Carolina, Features Colorful Homes, a Nice Clubhouse and Grounds Dotted with Trees, Benches, Ponds and Gardens

On the southern North Carolina coast, the small, casual seaside village of Ocean Isle Beach sits on a barrier island about 10 miles from the South Carolina border. Not much was here until the late-1950s when a developer bought the island and incorporated it into a town. Today it is the setting for the Cottages, a picturesque all ages community with pastel-colored single family homes.

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The architectural style is a modern version of traditional arts and crafts cottages. Every home has a pitched roof and a front porch. Some properties are two stories, while others are single story. The garage is at the back of the house where a garage is meant to be. There are wooded lots and waterfront lots. Homes on the waterfront sites sit atop carefully camoflauged posts. Floor plans have two, three or four bedrooms, and square footage ranges from about 1,300 square feet to 2,600 square feet. Interiors feature open spaces, 9 foot ceilings and plenty of natural light. Models have coastal names like Tidewater, Seagull and Sunset.

Prices begin at around $260,000. Please verify this price with a Realtor as it is subject to change.

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The grounds are nicely manicured and dotted with oaks, palm trees, flowering bushes, walking paths, benches, ponds and gardens. Lanes saunter through the neighborhood and are lined with sidewalks. Amenities include a swimming pool, a clubhouse and a barbeque area. The beach is just a mile away.

Ocean Isle Beach retains much of its early character, thanks to its new urbanism clapboard houses. The summer population swells with tourists, as they come to soak up the atmosphere and play in the sand and surf. The beach has a fishing pier, a public boat launch and public access every 500 feet.

There is no hospital in Ocean Isle Beach, but Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center is 14 miles away in Supply and is accredited by the Joint Commission.

This area has hot, humid summers with temperatures in 80s and 90s and mild winters with temperatures in 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, Ocean Isle Beach receives 56 inches of rain per year.

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Visit www.thecottagesnc.com/ocean_isle for more information.

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North Carolina:

Sir Walter Raleigh sent English colonists to North Carolina in 1585 and 1587 to settle Roanoke Island. Permanent settlements were established in 1653, and early conflicts included pirate raids, the Quaker-led Cary Rebellion and the Tuscarora Indian War.

North Carolina didn't see much fighting during the American Revolution, but many residents went out of state to fight. A lot of locals were pro-Union and anti-slavery, but the state joined the Confederacy during the Civil War.

The state is the nation's largest tobacco producer, furniture maker and brick and textile manufacturer. Papermaking, chemicals, and metalworking are important to the state economy, too. Most lithium and mica come from here.

Tourists spend more than $1 billion in North Carolina annually. Sporting options include skiing, golfing and fishing. Major attractions include the Great Smoky Mountains, Cape Hatteras, the Blue Ridge National Parkway, the Wright Brothers memorial, Carl Sandburg's home, and an Old Salem re-creation in Winston-Salem. North Carolina's climate is warm and tropical most of the time, but it can be subject to fierce storms part of the year.

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Stats:

Population - 10,146,788

Persons 65 years old and over - 16%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%

Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 28%

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 9%

White persons, not Hispanic - 65%

Median household income - $46,848

Median home value - $154,500

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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Newer Communities vs. Older Communities

Retirement communities come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These days new communities have a lot of bells and whistles, often including a large clubhouse with a state of the art fitness center, a resort-style swimming pool, an 18 hole championship golf course (or two or three), concierge services, transportation services, a rental program and much more. Something to keep in mind with newer communities is how the development will look when it is completely built out. And who will the residents be? Older communities often cannot match the amenities of newer ones, but they make up for that by having an established group of residents. You have a better idea what you are getting when you buy into an older development.

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