"The Island"

Posted by Jeanette Holland on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 at 8:30am.

Have you wondered about the natural beauty and draw of Harkers Island?
Here, we share with you what drew the owners of our Island property to the area, located just over the bridge, on the water where the North River and Brooks Creek unite. Where sunsets paint the sky with glorious colors you have to see to believe and where coastal life is just a little bit slower so you can enjoy all that nature has to offer.

"The "Island" is a small slice of Heaven on Earth with one 2 lane road on and off, including a drawbridge, soon to be changed to a slightly higher bridge without the drawbridge. We built a custom home in 2002 and while storms with names have come and gone over the years, we knew from our family having owned an oceanfront cottage at Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills actually, that no matter what Mother Nature sends our way, it is extremely difficult to have wind-driven tides overtake and island.  My wife and I looked from coastal Georgia all the way to Virginia's Chesapeake Bay and we landed on Harkers Island which is protected from the weather on all sides and just minutes, by boat, from both Bardens and Beaufort Inlets and the Cape Lookout National Seashore with miles of wonderful beaches and stunning views from a famous lighthouse.  

 With no stoplights, except when the aforementioned drawbridge is up letting local shrimp boats traverse the waters of Core Sound, Back Sound and North River, 3 small but amazingly good restaurants, two gas stations, a world-famous museum, The Core Sound Waterfowl & Heritage Museum, which brings folks from all over the first week in December to enjoy The Decoy Festival celebrating the heritage of hunting waterfowl with old guns and wooden decoys as well as the history of living so connected to the saltwater, marsh grass and coastal creeks.

 There is no better location to hunt, fish, bird watch, swim or launch a kayak from the backyard and paddle with the dolphins, getting so close you can hear ‘em breathe.  There is no better feeling knowing that if you want to take your boat out for an day outing or a quick evening sunset tour, you just have to go right around the corner to the private neighborhood boat ramp – or a quick walk to the first boat slip with a lift. No more having to wrestle with the congestion that plagues surrounding area public boat ramps. All you have to do to reach out and become closer to nature is to be here on the back porch to watch the sun sink slowly beneath the Atlantic Ocean over Beaufort Inlet.    

 With all things connected to the island revolving around saltwater, our daughter, her friends, and our life long buddies always feel better when they cross the North River bridge heading east.  Been told by old friends that their blood pressure drops as they close in on Harkers Island, and I do believe that mine does too.  To be so close to Beaufort, Morehead City and all the beach towns from Atlantic Beach to Emerald Isle filled with 5 star restaurants, shopping, along with all the "nightlife" and call having to wait for 4 cars to pass by before you can pull away from a stop sign a traffic jam is a miracle not unlike comparing a saltwater Mayberry to Raleigh or Charlotte.  

 If you want the hustle and bustle, the "island" may not be your cup of tea, but if you prefer to take your morning cup of coffee watching the tide rise or fall being entertained by herons, ibis, loons calling and waterfowl visiting all throughout the cooler months, you have found a place I feel may be as close to Paradise as the Old North State has to offer."

For more information on the one of a kind property at 122 Pintail Lane, Harkers Island, click HERE


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