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Bald Head Island, North Carolina

"As you drive along Bald Head Island's South Beach, the rich golden hue of cedar shakes immediately comes into view. The wide Brazilian walnut steps take you to an inviting covered porch where you can rest and enjoy the permanently unobstructed."

Photo of a beautiful home in Bald Head Island, NCThe pace is mellow, the weather is kind and the living is definitely easy. Wherever you are and wherever you've been, there is no experience that can compare to living at the edge of an ocean. Just 20 minutes by ferry from the mainland of Southport, North Carolina, sits an island oasis of time and place. Because no cars are permitted on the island-only golf carts, bicycles and your own two feet-you are immediately transitioned into the unhurried pace of slow and carefree island life. More than 10,000 acres of preserved natural wetlands surround the developed island, complete with a 150-slip marina, two artfully appointed beach clubs, an award-winning 18-hole golf course, a historic lighthouse and 14 miles of pristine beaches that face east and south. And then there are the homes.

As a predominantly second-home and vacation community, Bald Head Island properties are designed almost exclusively for Interior view - bedroom in an attractive home in Bald Head Islandthe enjoyment of life. Each home site sits in one of seven unique habitats that dot the island, which means whatever your pleasure-be it ocean, marsh, golf course, forest or town-there is an environment for you. Spectacular views, breathtaking natural settings and sought-after architects and builders are all par for the course with each property here, and, since almost every home is custom built, character is inherent.

From charming village sidewalks to wooded nature retreats, white, sandy beaches to fertile fishing grounds, the lifestyle on this island leaves nothing to be desired.

Accessible only by boat, exclusive Bald Head Island is to some the perfect place to retire.

Built with a keen eye toward sensitive land planning and coastal architecture, the developers of the private island resort community have created some of the most beautiful and valuable Bald Head Island surfers under a pier hunting for the *perfect* wave.real estate on the North Carolina coast. Cars are prohibited on the island retreat. Instead, golf carts transport residents from one side of the island to the other on winding trails canopied by live oaks draped with Spanish moss. Bald Head Island porch with a comfy-looking hammock. Crawl in, relax and enjoy the ocean breezes.

Located at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, Bald Head Island was once a favorite hiding place for pirates because it was protected by the island's forests and calm waters and by the pro-pirate communities in the area. Legend has it that Blackbeard often used the island to replenish his food stocks and hide his treasure, though no treasure has yet been found on the island. That hasn't discouraged the hundreds of youngsters who spend the summer searching.

During the War Between the States, the Union Navy used the island as a natural barrier to help keep Confederate ships from entering the Cape Fear River inlet.

Since the early 1900s, Bald Head Island's pristine beaches and luxury accommodations have been a favorite vacation spot for visitors from Wilmington and Charleston, and now the rest of the world has been let in on their secret.

Daily life on the island is quite different than most people expect. All of the conveniences of the outside world, including retail and supermarket shopping, remain off the island. A majority of the items residents need for day-to-day living must be brought over, either on the ferry that runs to Bald Head Island several times a day or by private boat, the preferred mode of transport for many.

The island marina offers basic food items for residents, and a small grocery store has a deli and a butcher shop, carries fresh produce, and, most importantly, has a fully stocked wine shop. There are also two clothing stores on the island, in addition to the pro shop at the 18-hole golf course.

Despite the island's remoteness, there is plenty to do. Besides golf and lounging on the beach, the island is amid some of the best boating and fishing in the country.

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