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Corolla Neighborhoods - 4-Wheel Drive Area

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 and 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 Oceanfront Homes For Sale

$17,000,000
45 Beds 43 Baths
Looking for a picturesque beach estate that is a strong income producer? 2022 and 2023 rentals totaled $2,450,000. 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 a family get-together, 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 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 watch the dolphins swim by in the ocean. 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.

$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 has 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.

$3,795,000
12 Beds 13 Baths
Oceanfront luxury with a strong ROI! With an opportunity of over $380,000 in gross rental revenues, this property is an investor's dream! Indulge in coastal luxury living with this expansive 12-bedroom, oceanfront estate on Carova Beach. Extravagant views, attention to detail and an exceptionally strong rental history are just a few of the reasons that “The Big Chill” is the one for YOU!  From the moment you walk through the front door, you will feel the quality of construction and the meticulous thought put into every detail of this beautifully designed home.  The first level features 3 ensuite bedrooms (2 king rooms and 1 with dual queens), a large recreation room with a wet bar, full-size ice maker, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, professional-size pool table, shuffleboard table and half bath. The custom-themed theater room, inspired by "The Big Chill," offers a unique cinematic experience.  Level two is comprised of 7 bedrooms featuring 5 king ensuites, 4 with deck access, and 2 bedrooms with 2 double bunk sets. This level also offers a convenient laundry, large patio, and a scenic walkway to the expansive tiki bar deck, providing breathtaking views of the pool, deck, and shore break.  Ascending to the top level, a half bath on the landing precedes an open layout with oversized windows framing the Atlantic Ocean that can be enjoyed from the kitchen, living, and dining spaces. The chef's kitchen boasts a substantial island, two dishwashers, six-burner gas cooktop, pot filler, dual refrigerators and ovens, two pantries and a breakfast nook. The grandeur extends to a lavish dining room complete with a wet bar and wine fridge, a great room with a gas fireplace, and two king ensuite bedrooms with deck access.  Meticulously maintained, this estate features personal touches to include custom baths, expansive composite decks, sweeping outdoor spaces, a new hot tub, 16x36 heated concrete pool, spacious patio, tiki bar, and dune deck.  A state-of-the-art sound system, garage, top-of-the-line water system, and four quick-recovery water heaters are just a few more details to note.  With a consistent track record of robust annual rental performance, it's not just a scenic beauty but a reliable investment.  "The Big Chill" is a must-see, offering an unparalleled oceanfront investment opportunity.

2067 Sandfiddler Road, Corolla

Listing courtesy of Saga Realty And Construction.

$3,690,000
12 Beds 13 Baths
Indulge in the serene beauty of nature and sweeping ocean views in this grand oceanfront retreat situated on a 3-acre lot in the coveted 4x4 section of Corolla. With almost 8000 square feet of living space, this home is meticulously designed to comfortably accommodate large gatherings while offering all the amenities required for a successful investment property. The top floor boasts an open and spacious layout, adorned with spectacular ocean views that you'll never tire of enjoying. The expansive kitchen is a chef's dream, equipped with three dishwashers, two microwaves, three ovens, two range tops, two sets of sinks, and an ice machine! Whether preparing meals for family and friends or hosting a beachfront feast, the ample dining space ensures everyone has a place at the table. The Great Room features a massive new sectional sofa, perfect for unwinding while soaking in the breathtaking ocean vistas. Entertainment abounds within this luxurious retreat. Enjoy movie nights in the state-of-the-art theater room, challenge friends to games in the two spacious game rooms, or find solace in the mid-level den/office. Outside, a private oceanfront pool and two hot tubs beckon relaxation, while multiple decks offer idyllic spots for savoring sunrises or stargazing. The ground level game room is a hub of activity, opening out to the oceanfront pool area and equipped with a convenient kitchenette, pool table, ping pong table, and foosball table. It's likely this space inspired the cottage name "Straight on 'Til Morning" where endless fun and memories await! Each of the twelve bedrooms offers spacious comfort and features en-suite baths, with some boasting decks offering ocean and pool views. This home truly offers all the comforts and conveniences expected for an amazing investment opportunity in the sought-after 4x4 beaches of Corolla, renowned for its majestic wild horses. Don't miss this unparalleled opportunity to own a piece of paradise where luxury meets coastal charm. Schedule a viewing today and experience the epitome of beachfront living in Corolla's pristine 4x4 beaches. Recent improvements include: LVP flooring in Game Room (2024), sound system updated to an integrated Sonos System throughout the home (2024), new Deck/Pool furniture (2023/2024), new manifold and pump equipment for well water, new sensors and piping (2023), hot water heater (2022), one HVAC replaced (2022), entire interior of home painted (2021). Pool upgrades - filter head, new 1 horsepower pump and misc plumbing parts estimated at $4800 scheduled to be completed April/May 2024

1703 Ocean Pearl Road, Corolla

Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Seaside Realty Kh.

$1,700,000
8 Beds 9 Baths
EXQUISITE "LUXURY" BEACH LIVING. This "WELL MAINTAINED" stunning home is topped off with the most magnificent Sunrise views of the Atlantic Ocean and Sunset views over the Currituck Sound. Located on the ever sought after 4X4 Beaches of Corolla, also home to the Majestic "Wild Ponies" and numerous other species of wildlife. Enjoy gorgeous panoramic ocean views and watch the dolphins play or sit on the large, covered side deck while enjoying your coffee, a hammock and near daily visits from the wild horses. The beach is a short walk over the dunes on your private walkway that was completely rebuilt in 2021. The top floor of this open reverse floor plan has a large, open great room along with a powder room and 2 master suites and a deck running the full east side of the house to enjoy the sunrise. The second floor holds four master suites with renovated bathrooms and a large, covered side deck as well as a beach facing deck running the length of the house. The ground level has two bunk bedrooms with a large jack and jill bath, powder room, laundry room and second entertaining area with a kitchenette. This second living space is great for the kids to play video games or hang out while the adults have their own gathering space on the top floor. In addition to enjoying the beach just steps away, this home boasts a private pool and newer (2020) hot tub. There is even a shallow kiddie pool built into the pool deck! The pool area is to the south of the house. Adjacent to the pool there is a lavatory, a shower and a beach toy storage room. With many improvements since 2020, including new siding, new roof, a new well, fresh interior paint, and 2 of 3 HVAC units replaced, this well-maintained home is ready for you to enjoy along with your friends and family or put it in a rental program for great ROI. This home is not currently in a program but was as recently as 2022 and showed strong returns. LOCATED IN AN "X"FLOOD ZONE...WHICH MEANS...NO FLOOD INSURANCE REQUIRED!!!

2133 Sandfiddler Road, Corolla

Listing courtesy of Howard Hanna William E. Wood - Currituck.

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