Thinking About Moving To The Outer Banks?

Most of the time, folks that move here either have vacationed here before or experienced a coastal lifestyle somewhere else. With that said, they usually know the area’s laid back and slow paced. For that reason it’s important to set your expectations before you plan to more.

Are You Looking for Adventure?

The other ingredient usually includes a bit of adventure that an individual, a couple, or family wants to satisfy. By looking into what our area offers, it always comes around that they’re a fan of the beach and the naturalness of the Outer Banks. That usually fills the day of the newly relocated.

They check out the beaches in the morning, they check…they enjoy a sunrise or go to the beautiful sand front areas like this one and enjoy a wonderful sunset. Some folks seek out living on waterfront elsewhere, which includes canal-front areas.

Other things, like simple day-to-day shopping, grocery shopping, medical and dental service needs to be included in your research. Also, pet care is big topic today and the Outer Banks has some great options for veterinary care with places like the Outer Banks Veterinary Hospital but for many major things a trip to a local city may be necessary. The same can be said for healthcare on the Outer Banks.

While the local hospital and clinical practices are excellent they are all limited by size of the area. The Outer Banks really is like any other town, USA, but of course, it has the glorious beaches and other natural settings to enjoy for years to come once you move here.

Choosing the Right Outer Banks Town to Live In

Getting specific into a location means choosing the right community. Of course we all want to be close to the beaches. Each town from Kill Devil Hills to Corolla offers something different.

Are you okay with living in a community that is full of beach rental houses? Do you like sandy dunes, do you like land, or do you prefer a wooded Maritime forest setting?

Why Move to the Outer Banks?

Many people entertain the thought of relocating or retiring to the Outer Banks.  This is definitely for good reason.  The Outer Banks is a beautiful place to live.

There are many drawbacks and positives to life on the  Outer Banks.  As you can imagine some will love it, some will move away, though I can’t see how anyone could hate it though.

The Outer Banks is fortunate to draw people from throughout the country to live here.  Usually a love of the beach or ocean is all that it takes.  I thought it would help to answer some of the most asked questions, all in one area.

What type of work is available in the Outer Banks?

Due to its popularity as a tourist destination, the Outer Banks has a large amount of seasonal industry.  For those looking to work year round general employment is most often found in banking, retail, real estate, construction and vacation home management.

For those in specialized fields the Outer Banks has growing needs of skilled professionals. Seasonal employment is generally abundant and covers all types of service based jobs. Employment and businesses based around servicing the growing number of Outer Banks weddings have seen strong growth.

What is the cost of living in the Outer Banks?

Cost of living in the Outer Banks is going to be high when compared to mainland areas of Northeastern North Carolina.  With that in mind, cost of living in the Outer Banks is not as high when compared to major cities.

If you are retiring or able to work remotely, life in the Outer Banks can be comparable if not considerably cheaper than life in cities like: Richmond, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Raleigh, Philadelphia, New York, or Boston.  The biggest cost of living in the Outer Banks as anywhere is going to be a home.

Monthly costs for a home or condo are going to vary drastically.  Homes in the Outer Banks can also be cheap when compared to homes in major cities.  Many people dream of living on the oceanfront and for good reason, nothing in my opinion can beat eating breakfast watching the surf break, but the reality is the overwhelming majority of Outer Banks full time residents live on the westside of the island.

Two main reasons contribute to why the majority of full time residents live on the west side of the island.  The first is obviously price.  The further you get from the ocean the cheaper land tends to be and home prices on the islands tend to adjust accordingly.  (Not that there are not some amazing luxury homes on the westside)

The second are far less obvious reason is the westside is much less affected by the increase in population during the summer months.  Since it is further from the beach, westside homes are not traditionally strong vacation rentals.  Often when driving through a neighborhood on the westside of the island, it is impossible to tell what time of year it is.

What makes life on the Outer Banks Different?

Once you cross over the causeway into the Outer Banks, life takes a different pace.  It is this change of pace, that separates the Outer Banks from other places.  Many people describe the change and switching to island time, living on an island definitely has its advantages and disadvantages.

The biggest disadvantage to life on an island is, sometimes your choices are limited.  Though your choices may be limited the Outer Banks is home to a bevy of beautiful independently owned boutique shops.

For those that prefer something more nationally recognized you will find KMart, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and a number of national food service franchises.  A simple solution many Outer Banks locals will use is to drive an hour to Virginia Beach where shopping and specialized services are abundant.

Definitely one of the biggest advantages to life in the Outer Banks is the quality of locally owned restaurants.  The attraction as a great tourist destination has made it possible for many outstanding restauranteurs to call the Outer Banks home.

You will find a diverse selection of restaurants: places that offer the local catch of the day prepared by skilled local chefs, all you can eat seafood buffets, numerous small cafes, and fast food.  One of the special joys of living in the Outer Banks is the ability to take advantage of a great restaurant in the off season.

What is the weather like in the Outer Banks year round?

The weather in the Outer Banks tends to be very temperate.  The large sounds and ocean tend to make it an enjoyable year round climate.  As the Wright Brothers can attest to, the Outer Banks is home to winds that seemingly come from all directions, though most often you will find a northeast or southwest wind.

These two prevailing winds bring opposite effects.  Generally, the northeast wind brings cool air and the southwest brings warm.  The breeze makes the Outer Banks very bearable in the middle of summer when compared to many locations north, south, and west.

Winter in the Outer Banks are often characterized by strong northeast winds.  It is the opinion of many who live here that September, October, and November are the finest months on the Outer Banks.  The ocean and sounds are at still quite warm and the days are usually warm and cool slightly at night.  It is an excellent time to enjoy the natural beauty of the island.

What is there to do in the Outer Banks?

The Outer Banks is home to many things to do.