Getaway along the N.C. coast

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Photos by Robert L. Drake

This home on Bogue Sound sits amid shade trees, yet is less than a mile from the ocean sands in Atlantic Beach, N.C.

Easy boating access to the Intracoastal Waterway, the Atlantic Ocean and the many islands and banks around Beaufort Inlet, N.C., persuaded Gordon and Lisa Douglas to buy a vacation home in Atlantic Beach on protected high land overlooking Bogue Sound nine years ago.

“When our children were teenagers we did some fishing, plus a lot of tubing and cruising,” says Gordon Douglas, a 49-year-old CPA from Greenville, N.C.

“Depending on the winds and tides, we’d cruise some of the Intracoastal Waterway or out (through Beaufort Inlet) to Cape Lookout (Lighthouse or National Seashore) or to the beach along Shackleford Banks, where we’d often anchor and watch the wild horses. It’s quick and easy to cruise over to Morehead City or Beaufort for an ice cream or lunch (in their 20-foot Sea Pro with a 150-hp Yamaha 4-stroke.) Nearby, just outside Fort Macon and Beaufort Inlet, is where archaeologists think Blackbeard’s ship Queen Anne’s Revenge wrecked.”

Now their three children are grown.

“We aren’t using the house like we should, which is a waste,” Douglas says.

They have the 0.62-acre Atlantic Beach property with 115-foot frontage on Bogue Sound, a three-bedroom, two-bath home with some furnishings, plus a wooden pier with two slips, a 10,000-pound boat lift and a personal watercraft lift on the market for $825,000.

The waterfront deck offers a scenic view of the Intracoastal Waterway.

“Our location (at the end of a cul-de-sac) is fabulous,” Douglas says. “We can sit on our deck under the trees where it’s peaceful and cool, watching the boats on the ICW (across the Sound), but never hear them. We can’t hear or see our neighbors or any (traffic, noise or commotion), yet we’re only a mile from the ocean beach and a 10- or 15-minute drive from Morehead City and Beaufort.”

From their concrete driveway, stairs lead to the front porch on the upper floor, elevated above flood level. The front door opens into the foyer section of the great room, which has a vaulted ceiling and hardwood floors that extend to the waterfront deck. A brick fireplace forms a focal point on one wall, and wood cabinets and shelving line the opposite wall.

Sliders open to the waterfront screened porch and another door accesses the deck, one of Douglas’ favorite spots to sit in the evening.

The great room features a brick fireplace, and the sliders at right open to the deck.

“We can see the sunset from there. The deck is shady then and always gets a breeze,” he says.

His favorite indoor spot is the table in the adjacent waterfront dining room, where he often reads the paper or watches the boating activity through the picture window.

One end of the house contains the carpeted master bedroom, which has water views and an attached bath. Two other carpeted bedrooms occupy the other end of the main level.

The finished ground level contains three rooms that could be used as bedrooms, a full bath, a laundry room and a lockable storage room with a tiled floor.

Their 400-foot pier, the maximum length allowed in North Carolina, has “two feet of water at MLW and around five feet at high tide,” Douglas says. “Ten feet off our dock, a deeper channel runs through Bogue Sound.” The bridge at ICW Mile 206.5 between Morehead City (the mainland) and Atlantic Beach (on the barrier island) has a 65-foot clearance and is dredged to a depth of 12 feet.

Their approximately 2,700-square-foot, vinyl-sided home has a heat pump for heat and air conditioning, a composition shingle roof, municipal water and a private septic system; 2011 taxes were about $3,800.

Eleanor Copeland of Bluewater Real Estate, Atlantic Beach, N.C., www.bluewaternc.com, cellphone (252) 342-3660, lists the property.

June 2013 issue