The Inner Banks of North Carolina are a hidden gem for those who love waterfront living, but not the crowds of the Outer Banks area. Several welcoming, close-knit communities boast historic ambiance and waterfront property, making them an ideal place to settle down for retirement, find that dream vacation home or to raise a family on the shore. Here are some of the best North Carolina coastal towns to explore as you get to know the Inner Banks region.
Founded in 1768, Windsor, NC is a historic coastal community that embraces its roots. Throughout town you will find stunning, carefully-preserved examples of the architecture of the 18th and 19th centuries. Yet Windsor is not just about history. It also has plenty of natural beauty to enjoy. Taking a walk in the Cashie Wetlands or spending some time at the Livermon Park and Mini Zoo make it easy to enjoy the beauty of North Carolina’s coastal region.
Edenton has been called one of the prettiest towns in America by Forbes.com, and the community’s members strive to maintain that beauty by keeping the historic buildings well maintained and improving the community with careful additions and growth. This is a great community to grab a bite to eat, explore eclectic local shops or tour historic buildings.
Merry Hill, NC
With Salmon Creek twisting and winding through the community and opening into the Albemarle Sound, Merry Hill is the quintessential waterfront community. Here residents and visitors are never far from the water. It also has picturesque unspoiled land surrounding the main town, making it popular with those who want a lifestyle that can both be relaxed and active near the water.
If you want to have a comfortable home near each one of these communities, consider Scotch Hall. Scotch Hall’s gated, private community is located in Merry Hill and sits on a bluff above the Albemarle Sound. Close to both Edenton and Windsor, you can enjoy their amenities and historic ambiance, then come home to a quiet, waterfront home surrounded by protected wetlands and the beauty of the coast. Schedule your tour of Scotch Hall today to see what living near the best North Carolina coastal towns can offer.