Tuesday, May 23, 2006

New Homes . . . A New Look

Over the course of Outer Banks history, the style of vacation cottages and homes has continually changed. A recorded account of these changes can be found in a wonderful book by Marimar McNaughton, Outer Banks Architecture: An Anthology of Outposts, Lodges and Cottages (John F. Blair, Publisher). This is a must read if you are interested in cottage design and history, in the very least.

For many years, the local Outer Banks look has centered on what is referred to as "The Nags Head Style". A focous on that will be in another blog entry. Now, however, a new look is beginning to crop up on the island horizon, and one that cannot be missed when you see the colors. Moving drastically away from the natural weathered look, driftwood gray, or shades of white, bright, fun colors are the attraction in Bermuda Bay, a large, new development in Kill Devil Hills. This is the first large residential development to be built in some time here, and will consist of single family homes, townhomes, and single level condos. The original ads that showed up announced the prices will be "affordably" priced, beginning in the $300,000 range, and up. Unfortunatley, while true affordable housing is desperatley missing from the housing scene on the Outer Banks, this development won't help the situation. For the most part, Bermuda Bay will be marketed for second or vacation homes, and for retirement homes. But, if nothing else, Bermuda Bay adds color and a new style option for those looking to vacation or live on the Outer Banks.


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