Outer Banks Real Estate

Unique Cottages on the Outer Banks

Tired of the traditional “beach box” style cottages on the Outer Banks? Take a look at these unique properties currently for sale on the Barrier Islands of North Carolina.

The Round Cottage

In 2012, Rachel Ross delves into the reasoning for the round home trend.

“The oldest forms of indigenous shelter were often round in shape. (Think the Southwest USA Hogan, Mongolian Yurt, North American Teepee and the Greek Tenemos, among others.) Why did our ancestors choose to build round? Because the ovid shape — eggs, earth, tree trunks, and stones — is what they saw reflected in the surrounding natural environment. And, as usual, Mother Nature knows best. There is some nifty natural science that makes round buildings more comfortable, more energy-efficient and safer — especially if you combine the ancient shape with modern materials!”

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The Close to the Beach Special

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Piece By Piece, Addition By Addition

Many times a beach house or second home is passed down through generations. Each generation having their own needs in a property. A family member wanted more indoor/outdoor space could mean a new porch, patio or crows-nest.

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The Ships Watch

In 2013, Julia Michas explained the design of the Ships Watch design.

Also known as a “Widow’s Walk”. A widow’s walk or “widow’s watch” (or roof walk) is a railed rooftop platform often with a small enclosed cupola frequently found on 19th-century North American coastal houses. A popular romantic myth holds that the platform was used to observe vessels at sea.

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The A-Frame

Also known as “Swiss Miss”. With a dramatic, sloping roof and cozy living quarters, the A-frame shape became a popular choice for vacation homes. The A-frame shape peaked in popularity during the 1960’s. Enthusiasm waned during 1970’s as vacationers opted for condos, or else built much larger homes.

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 Plan B

Hey! If you get a great deal and you’re not in love with the house, you can always move it. (Seen in Nags Head, NC – Fall, 2015)

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Posted on March 15, 2016 at 10:47 am by Michael Davenport

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