If you are looking for a house by the sea in Beaufort, NC, this small community offers its residents a quaint maritime environment coupled with lots of history. The town's geographic design lends itself to small residential areas built around roads and water. The older and more established neighborhoods and developments are in the historic area, with some others like Shell Landing and Oakwood Acres a few miles out of town off of Highway 70. Most new development is east of Beaufort also along U.S. Highway 70 or north along N.C. Highway 101.
This small port town is a haven for boaters and is a hub of activity during the summer months. Runners, strollers, walkers and bike riders flow constantly along the main Front Street thoroughfare, and the Historic District, one of the oldest residential areas in the state and covers about 15 square blocks. Homes here date back to the 1700s, and exterior characteristics are governed by guidelines of the Beaufort Historic Preservation Commission. Beaufort homes outside the historic district also carry a variety of price tags, again depending on the distance from the water as well as size, age and condition.
Deerfield Shores, north of Beaufort off N.C. 101, is an attractive area on the Newport River and Intracoastal Waterway. Central to the development is the Carolina Marlin Club, a private boating (sail and motor) club complete with a 73-slip marina, a clubhouse and a swimming pool. Slip owners own the marina and clubhouse, which is also used by the Morehead-Beaufort Yacht Club. While a handful of lots are still on the market, re-sale homes in Deerfield are just beginning to pop up. Homes here could start around $275,000 and increase to around $950,000 as you get closer to the water.
Gibb's Landing is a small subdivision on North River, reached by following U.S. 70 east of downtown Beaufort and turning right on Steep Point Road. Subdivision amenities include a community dock, pool and gazebo, and prices start in the mid-$300,000s.
Howland Rock is a small subdivision that offers residents such amenities as a boat ramp, docks, a recreational area and a homeowners' association. The entrance road is on U.S. 70, just across from the Food Lion grocery store. Most of the homes were custom-built with attention to detail, and home prices could start around $350,000.
Jones Village is in the Beaufort town limits and is one of the area's oldest subdivisions. There are several entrances from Live Oak Street (U.S. 70) to the subdivision, which wraps around behind Jones Village Shopping Center. The development is a quiet, well-settled area that seems to attract a good mix of people. Prices average about $150,000 to $350,000.
Tiffany Woods is a newer development about 4 miles east of Beaufort on U.S. 70. Several cul-de-sacs extend from the lighted main road, giving the neighborhood a feeling of privacy. Prices here vary from $275,000 to $375,000.
Sea Gate is a waterside resort community 7 miles from Beaufort on N.C. 101 at Core Creek. The development is on the Intracoastal Waterway with a deep-water marina, a ship's store, gas and diesel fuel, a clubhouse, a playground, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a boat ramp and a security entrance. There is a wide range of prices here — from $175,000 to $600,000 for homes and building lots available from $60,000 and higher. Waterfront and water-view lots are more expensive.
The Oaks at Beaufort offers a real community feeling and seeks to replicate the look and feel of old Beaufort, particularly the front porches and alley-accessed garages. Although it's not in the historic district, a short footpath provides homeowners quick access to Front Street and then an easy mile-and-a-half walk to downtown Beaufort. The 42-lot, single-family subdivision offers eight basic home styles, each with many interior and exterior variations. Prices are around $290,000 to $340,000.
The east end of Lennoxville Road features wonderful views of the water and Cape Lookout. A large lot here could be priced around $1 million.
Front Street Village is a development just getting underway on the grounds of the former mendhaden fish factory, operated by Beaufort Fisheries Inc., which ceased processing menhaden in January 2005 after 75 years of operations. The menhaden factory was a well-known landmark and much beloved by locals, having provided employment to many people over the years. The famous Menhaden Chanteymen are part of the history of the menhaden factory. Front Street Village, whose plans include residences, an inn and a large dry-stack, is incorporating some of the old machinery, including the smokestack, from the fish factory into its building plans.
Another planned development, across Lennoxville Road and adjacent to Front Street Village, that will also change the face of Beaufort is Beaufort East Village, a 273-acre community that will include approximately 600 residential units, a kayak storage and launch facility for a planned recreational lake, a clubhouse, pools, a church, a general store and nearly 100 acres of open space.
Graystone Landing is located about 3 miles up N.C. 101 from Beaufort. This neighborhood offers about 60 building lots. A few waterfront lots are available, although the majority are wooded interior lots in quiet surroundings. The houses in Graystone are custom-built and vary in style. Pricing can range from $275,000 to $950,000.
Other relatively new neighborhoods are Old Beaufort Village, Palmetto Place and The Courtyard East. Prices in these three areas range from $135,000 to $200,000. The development fills Professional Drive, off of U.S. 70 East on the outskirts of Beaufort. Residents can easily walk to stores and the post office.
North Harbor is located off U.S. 70 about three miles east of Beaufort and offers homes around $150,000 to $250,000.
North River Club is laid out in villages that feature designed homes, bungalows, patio homes and condominiums. Nestled between Highway 70 and Highway 101 and just five miles from historic downtown Beaufort, North River Club is made up of about 620 acres and features a championship golf course and will later include a swimming and tennis center for property owners. Home packages start around $300,000, and vacant lots are also available.
Eastman Creek Landing is one of the area's newest developments north of Beaufort between N.C. 101 and the Intracoastal Waterway. This neighborhood offers a clubhouse, pool, docks and boat slips. Sites start around $61,900, and new homes begin at $199,990.
Stanton Landing is a gated waterfront community on the Intracoastal Waterway. Located north of Beaufort on N.C. 101, the subdivision offers two-thirds-acre lots, some with deep-water docks, and all owners can enjoy the clubhouse, pool and docks. A waterfront lot could go for around $250,000, with larger lots available off the waterfront.
Sandy Point on the north shore of Carteret County along the Intracoastal Waterway is a Weyerhaeuser community that prides itself on its white sandy beaches. Amenities include a beach-front gazebo, a boardwalk, large recreation areas, underground utilities and paved streets. Sandy Point's wooded home sites range in size from 1.4 to 10.9 acres, and waterfront lot prices could be around $200,000.