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Corolla: A Popular Destination for Outer Banks Home Buyers and Tourists Alike

Corolla is the northernmost town on the Outer Banks. The area is a lively vacation destination during the busy summer months and a quiet beach town during other portions of the year. The small number of permanent residents make it a very tight knit community. The character of the area is different than the rest of the Outer Banks, because of the newness of the development. It was not until 1984 that the state began paving the extension of NC 12 North. Many of the Communities have amenities that include community swimming pools, tennis courts and fitness centers.  The Currituck Club includes a golf course that is a favorite in the area. Corolla is home to many excellent local restaurants and locally owned shops that both residents and visitors adore. There are plenty of outdoor recreational activities in Corolla. Some the most popular activates include: jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing, golfing, tennis and surfing. The fishing is great year-round in Corolla and you can choose between the freshwater Currituck Sound and the saltwater fishing of the Atlantic Ocean.  The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education is and interesting stop to learn about the ecology of the area. 

4 Wheel Drive Adventure in Corolla

Beyond the end of the paved road in Corolla, is an area that is accessible by four wheel drive vehicle. While there are no restaurants, shops, or other attractions that often accompany beach communities in this section of Corolla, there are many beach homes, and vacant lots. Banker horses, referred to as the Corolla Wild horses, and other wildlife roam freely on the beaches in this section. There is an enforced law on the beach that states that no one is to get within 50 feet (15 m) of the horses. This off road area of Corolla is a favorite destination for those seeking less hustle and bustle and enjoying the excitement of the "off road experience".


History of Corolla, NC

The early residents and visitors to Corolla, were hunters and fisherman that profited from the numerous shipwrecks that occurred nearby. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse was constructed in 1875 to aid ships navigate a dark stretch of the Atlantic between Cape Henry Lighthouse, in Virginia, and Bodie Island Lighthouse, to the south. The Currituck Lighthouse is a favorite tourist sight.  Nearby, is the Whalehead Club that was originally built in 1925 by a wealthy northern industrialist, Edward Collings Knight, Jr., whose had a passion for nature and  waterfowl hunting. Today, the Whalehead Club is home to events such as music festivals, art shows and a venue for many weddings. There is also a herd of wild horses that call the area home. The exact origin of the horses is unknown but they are descendants of Spanish mustangs and likely came here with early European settlers.  The herd thrives in a 12,000 acre animal Sanctuary that is accessible by 4WD vehicle. 

Why Buy a Home in Corolla, North Carolina?

With pristine beaches nearby and a booming tourism industry, Corolla is an ideal place to buy a new home. Whether you’re looking for a single-family home, rental income property or summer vacation home, Corolla real estate has something for everyone. 

So contact me, Denice Tappero, today to start your Corolla home search.  I can tell you all about available listings for sale and also answer any remaining questions you might have about this community. 

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