Luxury Amenities for Outer Banks Vacation Rentals
Imagine a magical place that combines the best memories of summer camp with a grown-up wish list—a place infused with a whimsical spirit that beckons you to come and play and carries you back to those carefree days of childhood.
It’s a place where the only thing that rushes is the surf and the tallest high-rise is a lighthouse; where neglected dreams are stirred alive again and waves wash the worries from your mind.
Imagine 100 miles of unblemished sand imbedded with waterways, golf courses and wildlife sanctuaries and lined with beach houses designed solely to ease the demands of everyday life.
For Coastal Virginia residents, this easy life isn’t a fantasy. Take a short drive past the Virginia/North Carolina line and leave the stress behind. Stop and stroll the shoreline. Hunt for crabs. Hook a fish. Hike a dune. Slow down. Catch up. Kick back and take it easy or sit up and take notice.
Welcome to the Outer Banks, a place that embraces the escapist in everyone.
In addition to its natural beauty, these barrier islands have an abundance of privately-owned vacation beach houses that are a key part of the area’s appeal. Visitors can own or vacation in everything from a two-bedroom condo to a 20-bedroom home—and each one has a chemistry all its own.
Often it’s the little things that make it special. Other times, it’s the practical touches that make the difference. Every year brings a new list of features that enhance the “cool” factor of these hot properties, making vacation beach houses more like personal resorts.
For 2015, Resort Realty is developing a new community that promises to deliver an even more unique guest experience. Scheduled to open in June, The Shores at Nags Head will have six exquisite 4,000-square-foot, oceanfront beach houses that are packed with trendy amenities.
“These homes are unique on the Outer Banks. They provide cabana and chair service for each day of your stay. Our people will set it up and prepare the beach so you don’t have to worry about claiming your spot. A cabana and beach chairs will be ready and waiting so all you need to do is enjoy yourself,” says Mike Harrington, CEO of Resort Realty.
“We will also offer room service. You can order beverages and limited food and we will deliver it to your home or to the cabana. We’re trying to create this luxury resort feel in a vacation rental and make it as effortless and relaxing as possible for our guests. We will also offer group yoga and surfing lessons and will continue to add services, letting them evolve over time.”
Adding to their appeal, the homes in the Shores at Nags Head have a top-floor living area with accordion-style doors that open to a sheltered lanai so vacationers can experience floor-to-ceiling, unencumbered views of the beach and ocean.
Owner ingenuity was responsible for some new “cool” features offered in beach houses managed by Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates.
“In Kitty Hawk, there are large stretches of beach that are no longer buildable because there isn’t enough land area to place a house. So the people who own homes across the street have purchased these lots and are using them as private beach accesses for their tenants. They have built dune-top decks and one owner has added a grill and gazebo to the dune deck, so you can grill hot dogs for lunch without even leaving the beach,” says Dan Hardy, president and general manager.
“This is a great amenity, especially for people with mobility issues. They can walk across the street, go up a few steps and hang out on the dune-top deck, where they can enjoy evening cocktails or a morning cup of coffee on the beach.”
Outer Banks’ beach houses have that perfect balance of service, style and spirited fun. Their modern comforts and amenities combine to deliver serenity with an edge, which is appealing to those who like to retreat and rejuvenate in style.
These homes indulge their owners and guests with saunas, heated swimming pools, swim-up cabanas, wine chillers, private suites, decked-out recreational rooms, massive patio fire pits, bowling lanes, man caves, fountains, tiki bars with fully-equipped kitchens, 12-person hot tubs and even golf privileges.
“We have a program with Sea Scape Golf Links that allows tenants who rent a beach house on the golf course to get four rounds of golf each week free if the home’s owners are a member of the club. It’s a nice feature that’s been very popular,” Hardy says.
“One home under construction in Sea Scape has high elevations—about 80 feet above sea level—and the owner has built a roof-top deck with a wet bar. The views from up there are phenomenal!”
Although the beach houses are filled with over-the-top amenities that pamper guests, it’s the many activities that have made the Outer Banks a year-round destination. Read about the upcoming OBX Taste of the Beach.