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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

$1,249,000
5 Beds 5 Baths
You don't want to miss this beautiful oceanfront home located in Carova Beach. Endless possibilities—whether it be a second home or investment property, this home is the one! With five bedrooms, this home offers a reverse floor plan layout, open concept kitchen, and living space with expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean. Nestled on a large, oceanfront lot with protection from a well-vegetated dune, this home offers a unique style with all of the modern conveniences. Convenient under-house parking allows for dry entry and easy accessibility. On the ground level, you will find a bunk bedroom, full bath, utility space with a second refrigerator, and washer/dryer. As you ascend to the second floor, the ocean views are astounding. A large living room with panoramic windows is the perfect space to relax, unwind, and enjoy all the environment offers—even a wild horse visit! Also on the second level are three additional bedrooms, one being an ensuite with ocean views. The top floor offers expansive ocean views not only from the large living room filled with tons of natural light but also in the dining room and kitchen. Also on the third floor is the half bath and the spacious second ensuite bedroom. Recent updates include new vinyl siding in 2022, a new roof in 2023, new interior paint in 2023, 12 new windows replaced in 2023, and luxury vinyl plank flooring in 2023. Schedule your showing today!

2223 Sandfiddler Road, Corolla

Listing courtesy of Saga Realty And Construction.

$4,000,000
13 Beds 11 Baths
This magnificent home has a fantastic floor plan for entertaining or a family retreat. It is over 6000 square feet with an abundance of decks. The home as 13 bedrooms and a bonus room with a bunk bed. There are also 9 full bathrooms and 2 half baths. When you are not on the beach, the house has multiple areas for entertaining. On the first floor there is a wet bar and game room. Off the game room there is a theater room with movie chairs. Outdoors you have a large cabana bar and a beautiful pool with a raised walkway leading to the beach. The second floor has a den where you can sit and relax or read a book. Along with large decks with ocean views. The third floor has a beautiful gourmet kitchen that would make a chef jealous. The dining area has plenty of seats for your friends and family. There is also a living room with a large screen television. Throughout this entire level you have beautiful ocean views. You will never want to leave! The “The Fitzgerald” is located in the northern end of the Outer Banks on over 3.5 acres of oceanfront property. The northern section of the Outer Banks is undisturbed shorelines with no commercial development. There are no paved roads. You drive 2 miles on the beach past a North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve to get to the property. There is a private entrance crossing the dunes servicing three homes. The peaceful and serene setting of this home is located in the 4-wheel drive area of the Outer Banks which is a favorite destination of visitors. This area consists of beaches, dunes, a wild horse sanctuary, maritime forests, and the ancestors of Colonial Spanish Mustangs are roaming free. Sit on one of the many decks enjoying a view of the ocean and watch the Spanish Mustangs roam throughout the property or the dolphins swimming by in the ocean.

1463 Ocean Pearl Road, Corolla

Listing courtesy of Charles S Motosko.

$1,400,000
5 Beds 5 Baths
Your beach dreams may have just come true with this 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom semi-oceanfront home built in June 2021. It features a saltwater pool, hot tub, covered decks, and an outdoor shower. The views from the covered decks are spectacular. The ground level features a bedroom with 2 twin beds, a game room with a queen sleeper sofa, TV, pool table, shuffleboard table, and a full bath. It’s the perfect space for relaxing, with direct access to the hot tub and pool area and 1 car garage (with a full-sized refrigerator). The mid-level boasts a main bedroom with an ensuite bath, a private covered deck, and two additional bedrooms that share a full bath. The landing on this level has a powder room and laundry area and offers access to a covered pool-view deck. The impressive upper level has a primary bedroom with a private ensuite bath and private deck. The expansive great room on this level has breathtaking ocean views. The open concept provides a most welcoming space with a well-appointed kitchen and a large island with seating for 4. Access to the sun decks and the ocean views complete this level. This house says welcome to the 4 x 4 beaches and the wild horses. Relax with a book, or have fun with the kids. Entertain yourself and others with magnificent beach views and end your day with a swim, a dip in the hot tub, or a convenient outdoor shower. It’s the perfect place to call home (away from home).

2236 Sandfiddler Road, Corolla

Listing courtesy of Keller Williams - Outer Banks.

$17,000,000
45 Beds 43 Baths
Looking for a picturesque beach estate that is a strong income producer? This sprawling oceanfront compound known as “The Three Authors” boasts 3 mansions with a total of 45 bedrooms, 37 baths, and 6 half baths. They are situated on over 10 acres of oceanfront property. The property is exquisite, unique, and unforgettable. There are multiple pool areas, gourmet kitchens, gaming areas, theatre rooms, elevators, and wet bars. You have Gigabit Fiber Optic Internet to keep you connected and a Reverse Osmosis Water treatment system for superior quality water. These three magnificent homes can be used for family get-togethers, corporate retreats, weddings, or a secluded getaway to the beach. These homes are quite spectacular with no shortage of luxe details. These properties have an excellent return on invest. The “Three Authors” is located in the northern end of the Outer Banks on over 10 acres of oceanfront property. The northern section of the Outer Banks is undisturbed shorelines with no commercial development. There are no paved roads. You drive 2 miles on the beach past a North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve to get to the properties. They have a private entrance crossing the dunes servicing all three homes. The peaceful and serene setting of these homes which are located in the 4-wheel drive area of the Outer Banks is a favorite destination of visitors. This area consists of beaches, dunes, a wild horse sanctuary, maritime forests, and the ancestors of Colonial Spanish Mustangs are roaming free. Sit on one of the many decks enjoying a view of the ocean and watch the Spanish Mustangs roam throughout the property. The homes in this luxurious retreat were named after Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1) Mark Twain - 18 bedrooms, 15 full and 2 half baths, almost 11,000 square feet, 3.64 acres, 2023 property taxes were $12,505.51. 2) Hemingway - 14 bedrooms, 13 full and 2 half baths, almost 8000 square feet, 3.57 acres, 2023 property taxes were $8,941.41. 3) Fitzgerald - 13 bedrooms, 9 full and 2 half baths, over 6000 square feet, 3.54 acres, 2023 property taxes were $7,695.42.

1459 Ocean Pearl Road, Corolla

Listing courtesy of Charles S Motosko.

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