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Historically known as Smith Island, Bald Head Island is a community on Cape Fear River's east side. Considered by some to be small and remote, to others it is the ideal place to live, with its picturesque architecture, waterfront location and small size. With just 158 year round residents as of the 2010 census, it really is the definition of a small town. Also, because no cars or other passenger vehicles are allowed on the island, community members and visitors are often seen strolling from place to place in conversation with each other, with the occasional bike or golf cart passing them. This laid back approach to transportation adds to the friendly feel of the area.
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With only a handful of permanent residents, Bald Head Island appeals primarily to those purchasing vacation property. Waterfront cottages, estate properties overlooking the water and condominiums are all common property types. Many people who invest in real estate here will live on their property part of the year, then rent it to vacationers when they are on the mainland. Browse the latest real estate listings on Bald Head Island.
While tiny, Bald Head Island has played a role in two major wars. As the home of Britain's Fort George during the Revolutionary War and Fort Holmes during the Civil War, it housed soldiers and became an important base for shipping operations. During the days of the Native Americans, it was used as a seasonal retreat, and that use continues today, with many people traveling to the area for vacation, but heading home after the vacation season is over. Today, because there is no bridge to connect the island to the mainland, it remains largely untouched in spite of the large development that has occurred in nearby Charleston, providing those who purchase a home here a quiet retreat to enjoy whenever they wish.
Bald Head Island is only 12,000 acres large, and 10,000 acres of the land is untouched beachfront property, marshland and maritime forest. People on Bald Head Island spend most of their time enjoying the natural beauty of their area. Spending hours on the beach or fishing off one of the piers is a common way to spend time on Bald Head Island. Touring the island's lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in the state, gives a sense of the history of the area as well. Bald Head Island also has a championship golf course, marina, tennis facilities and several swimming pools for its residents to enjoy. Learn more about events and activities on Bald Head Island.
Those interested in investing in a home on Bald Head Island need a real estate agent who understands the unique needs of vacation home buyers and investors. Contact our real estate team for help buying a house on Bald Head Island.
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