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4-Wheel Drive Area Real Estate

Beginning where the paved road ends, the 4-Wheel Drive Area in the Northern Outer Banks of North Carolina is an eleven mile strip of beach from Mile Post 13 to Mile Post 24. Bordered in the north by Virginia, the east by the Atlantic Ocean, the south by Corolla, and the west by the Currituck Sound, this beautiful part of our barrier island has been voted one of the best beaches in the World. Don't miss seeing this unique area when you visit the Outer Banks.

The roads in the Outer Banks 4-Wheel drive area are hard-packed sand. If you do not have an adequate 4-wheel drive vehicle, you will not make it from the paved road to the hard-packed sand road near the surf. As you drive up the northern beach, you will pass many cars and trucks that are stuck, and waiting for a four-wheel drive tow truck. Local teenagers make a fortune in the Summer towing stuck vacationers out of the sand using firehoses for rope.

Hundreds of four-wheel drive vehicles drive these beaches and sand roads every day. The homes in the 4-wheel drive area range from mobile homes to palatial Oceanfront estates.  

Most of the upscale rentals in the area feature all of the amenities today’s Outer Banks vacationers are seeking so a vacation in the Northern Outer Banks is far from roughing it.  Swimming pools, entertainment systems, gourmet kitchens, high-speed Internet access and hot tubs are abundant in the over 300 homes in the area.

From spectacular sunrises to the most breathtaking and memorable sunsets you will ever witness, this beautiful, pristine area of the Outer Banks will provide a memorable vacation. 

The 4-Wheel Drive permanent residents, otherwise known as “locals,”  have kept the paved roads out of their communities for fear that they will bring more development. 

In May 1988, an ordinance requiring permits to drive all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to Carova went into effect.  There are no stores or restaurants of any kind, which keeps this beautiful area in a state of natural beauty.

If you do not have a four-wheel vehicle, you can still enjoy the northern Outer Banks.  There are several businesses offering guided tours, rentals of four-wheel drive vehicles, and excursions for the whole family to view the wild mustangs and picnic on the gorgeous, peaceful beaches.  

Swan Beach is the first area.

North Swan Beach the second you will come to.  This is also the location of the fire station. 

The last community of Carova takes you to the Virginia border.  The name Carova is a combination of the borders of Carolina and Virginia. Carova has been named as one of the best “undiscovered” beaches in America.   

While this area is fairly remote, it is patrolled by county, state and federal officers.  Frequent sightings of United States Coast Guard planes and helicopters are common. 

Like all areas of the Outer Banks, the 4-Wheel Drive Area runs from the ocean to the sound. In addition to Soundfront and Oceanfront real estate, the 4-wheel drive area offers canalfront, wooded, and interior homes and land. 

Utilities are electric and telephone, but water, septic and cable have to be installed by the owners.

The 4-Wheel Drive Area is also the home of the last of the Spanish mustangs that roam free in the area.  The “Wild Horses of Corolla” are indeed wild and need to remain that way for their own survival. Please keep your distance from these beautiful creatures so they may continue to occupy their home.



Newest 4-Wheel Drive Area Homes For Sale

4 Beds 4 Baths
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Well off the ''paved roads'' you will find this meticulously maintained luxury beach house tucked away in North Carolina's northernmost Outer Banks town, Carova. Known for its secluded beaches where herds of wild horses freely roam miles on the spectacular shoreline, Carova Beach is a true outdoor lover's oasis and is only accessible by 4x4. With 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, this home checks off all the boxes. The first level boasts 3 bedrooms containing their own private balcony including one main with ensuite bathroom. There is a large extra living/flex/game room area on this floor centrally located between each room. Harwood floors throughout this home and ceramic tile in the wet areas. The second level offers a spacious living area, containing vaulted ceilings and a fireplace. The beautifully appointed kitchen has granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. The abundantly large windows throughout provide lots of natural light and there is access to a large sundeck from this level. A second main bedroom with ensuite bath completes the second level. And if that wasn't enough, this home comes fully furnished! Oh, and did I mention that this home is positioned 3rd row from the ocean, is in an X flood zone, meaning no flood insurance is required. When you are tired of the beach, you can call it a day by taking a swim in the inground pool or relaxing in the hot tub. Don't miss the chance to call this coastal retreat your own. Schedule a showing today and embrace the unparalleled beauty of Carova.

2177 Sandpiper Road, Corolla

Listing courtesy of Bhhs Rw Towne Realty - Moyock.

5 Beds 5 Baths
Discover your dream beach house retreat in the 4x4 area of Corolla! This striking 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home offers 2,691 square feet of coastal charm with a private pool and breathtaking ocean views. Embrace the serenity of its semi-oceanfront location, perfect for soaking in sunrises and sunsets. The ground level greets you with a convenient dry entry from the carport, leading to two well-appointed bedrooms, a full bath, ample owner storage, and access to the sizeable fiberglass pool. Venture to the mid-level, where luxury continues with a spacious ensuite bedroom boasting ocean views and private balcony, an additional bedroom, a full bath, laundry room, and an expansive game room with a pool table. Step outside onto the wraparound deck and unwind in the hot tub while gazing at the ocean. The welcoming top floor invites you to relax in the sun-drenched living and dining area, surrounded by windows and clear deck railings that maximize the stunning ocean vistas. Enjoy a well-equipped kitchen with tile flooring, newer appliances, and a functional island that offers seating for casual meals or social gatherings. The grandeur continues in the primary ensuite bedroom, featuring a king-sized bed, a private balcony for serene moments, and a spacious bathroom equipped with a jet tub, separate shower, and dual vanities. Currently utilized as a productive vacation rental, this stunning home presents a unique opportunity for those seeking a second home surrounded by the natural allure of the beach and the Atlantic ocean. Imagine days spent amongst the majestic wild horses that roam free, or opt to continue reaping the benefits of rental income from delighted vacationers. Located on the extraordinary 4x4 beaches of Corolla, this property promises the perfect blend of peaceful retreat and profitable investment. Don't miss the opportunity to own this awe-inspiring property. Your seaside sanctuary awaits in this renowned 4x4 area of Corolla, setting the stage for a life of exquisite beachside living.

1926 Sandfiddler Road, Corolla

Listing courtesy of Twiddy And Company - Wash Woods.

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