Hatteras Island: The Most Iconic Outer Banks Community and a Great Place to Live
Hatteras Island is a 42 - 50 mile long (depending how you measure) narrow barrier island that is home to the majority of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The villages on Hatteras Island, from North to South, are Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village. Each of the villages have interesting locally owned shopping and dining establishments. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore extends more than 70 miles from South Nags Head to Ocracoke Inlet, covering nearly 30,000 acres of total land. With most of Hatteras Island protected by the National Park Service, the beaches on Hatteras Island are some of the most pristine and un-crowded beaches on the Outer Banks. The area has a laid back, island feel and is perfect for those looking to get away from it all.
With the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Pamlico Sound on the west Hatteras is host to bountiful water based activities. Wind surfers and kite boarders flock to the area because of the steady winds, surfers love the area and the fishing is world class with several full service marinas and charter fishing boat fleets. Cape Hatteras is one of the furthest points to the east in the United States and therefore one of the closest to the Gulf Stream, where offshore fishing is the best. There are also scuba diving charters to the many ships that have been lost in what is known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" due to the treacherous waters just off shore. Nature lovers and bird watchers enjoy the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and paddlers can enjoy the calm shallow waters of the sound. Hatteras Island is perfect for anyone looking to spend time in a more relaxed environment while still enjoying some of the conveniences of resort areas.
A Long History to Celebrate
Europeans began settling on the island of Hatteras in the 1700's. Kinnakeet (now Avon) was the first area to be colonized. The waters off the coast of Cape Hatteras were nicknamed "the Graveyard of the Atlantic," because of the many shipwrecks that happened off of Hatteras Island during the 18th and 19th centuries. Over the past several centuries the island has undergone many physical changes as it has weathered countless storms and hurricanes. For decades, the only way to reach Hatteras Island from the northern Outer Banks towns was by foot or by ferry. However in November of 1963, construction of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge was completed. The $4 million dollar structure stretches across Oregon Inlet and makes travel to and from Hatteras Island much easier.
Amazing Hatteras Island Real Estate Available Now
Although, much of the area is National Seashore, there is no shortage of real estate on Hatteras Island. Like most of the Outer Banks, there are quaint Beach cottages, condominiums and large vacation rental homes that can accommodate large groups and have amenities such as swimming pools, hot tubs and game rooms. What one will not see in Hatteras, is a walkway from each home to the beach, because most oceanfront property backs up to the National Seashore and the dunes there are protected. There are plenty of designated access points to cross the dunes to get to the beach. The lack of structures on the dunes make the views of the beach and the ocean breathtaking and reminiscent of the days before development. If you like wide open beaches that are never crowded and a wonderful water based lifestyle, Hatteras Island is an excellent choice.