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Staying in Rodanthe, NC

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Staying in Rodanthe, NC

We are considering a stay in Rodanthe after years of renting a multi-family home in Corolla. Why are the rentals/week less expensive in Rodanthe compared to Corolla?

Also, can someone comment on the quality of the beach in Rodanthe.

I also notice several campgrounds nearby. Does this "crowd" the beach?

Thank you

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We've never understood why it seems Hatteras Island seems cheaper. Rodanthe is wonderful. There are some homes right on the beach (no dunes/long walks to it), and it's not crowded. We love Rodanthe, and is our favorite area of the OBX.

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To understand why Corolla is more expensive you have to understand what it took to build the homes there. Much of the building up there started in 2000 to 2006 which we all know were the "good times" in real estate sales and development. Price was no object. Bigger was better and the developers had to pay big bucks to land owners for those lots to build on. Currituck Club is a great example. This increase in lot price was met with building larger more luxurious homes to meet the demands of affluent yuppies from the big cities that come here. Large homes, big pools, elevators, more decks, putting greens, cabanas and more become required features in Corolla to attract the renters looking for things more upscale, new and expensive. That is what is in Corolla so you might have luxury shock going to a more laid back area and Rodanthe meets that criteria.

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Yes, for sure there are homes *right on the beach* in Rodanthe.

But they didn't used to be right on the beach.

When my parents bought their ocean front lot in 1975 at the end of America Dr., not only was the lot over 300 feet deep, but once you crossed the enormous dune the beach itself was hundreds of feet wide.

And to the north, toward the Mirlo beach area, there were old beach houses built right on the beach.


Once they built the groin at Oregon Inlet, erosion on the north end of Hatteras island began and has worked its way south.

My parents built on that lot in 1992, built as far back on their lot as was allowed on advice from Mr. Meeks, the original owner of most of Rodanthe real estate back in the day. Smart man.

We watched the properties to the north begin to have erosion problems, some fell into the ocean, others were moved to nearby lots (many on East Point were once out on the beach).

"But they were built right on the beach" we thought. "We have a high dune to protect us from erosion"


Slowly but surely, erosion ate away the beautiful wide beach, and in one weekend a nor'easter came through and took out the whole dune while we watched in disbelief.

And in October 2003 there was hurricane Isabel and this is what she did to our neighbor's home:


Before and after: http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/hurricanes/norida/photo-comparisons/images/NC%20Loc6_Rodanthe_Profile-LG.jpg

Which was rebuilt further back and still stands on the beach, for now anyway.

My folks sold the house and the new owners have been able to move it further back due to changes in policy re: city water and sewer and that is a good thing because the water still comes under the house at high tide.

So yes, many ocean front homes in Rodanthe are *right on the water*.

On the upside, you get less sunburn when you sit under the house ;)

Some years the beach builds up a little, some years ground is lost.

Much depends on the storm season, but in the end it's just a matter of time.

Rodanthe is altogether a wonderful place to vacation, but not a great place to own property, lol.

As to the nearby campgrounds- the beach directly in front on the camps is more populated, but surrounding areas are not noticeably affected.

Hope you have a wonderful vacation~

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