This home on Shepard Street was purchased by the seller’s great aunt’s father in 1930. This area, called Bogue Park, was Morehead City’s first subdivision. The developer was initially hired to pave the dirt and oyster shell roads that existed beyond 10th Street. Then, inspired by the Spanish style homes he fell in love with when visiting Florida, he built a development in the same stucco and rainbow-hued aesthetic. He was ahead of his time, too, letting a buyer choose his lot and the model of home they preferred. 2006 Shepard was originally painted the color of orange sherbet, the 20 others around it coordinated in pale shades of yellow, green and blue.
The other show-stopper at this locale was the Bogue Park Pier at the end of “The Mall”, the 21st Street Meridian. It was also known as the “White Dock”, an elaborate white-washed iron pier, built in 1925, and the longest of its kind in the area. It was strung up and down with lanterns for night swimming, and it was known as the place where all the kids in the neighborhood learned to swim by being thrown from it. It remains a hot spot for dipping toes and popping up tents. Families even take floaties to this spot to lounge in the sound and the sun all summer long!
The sellers love this home for its rich history and ideal location. It radiates the charm of yesteryear, with the original hardwood floors, built-in cabinets and vintage tile bathrooms. These lovely features lend this home its character and comfort and provide a unique beauty. The traditional feel continues with a formal dining room and a fireplace, and architectural elements like beadboard and crown molding. Modern details like the stainless fridge and generous bonus room provide flexibility for new families and friends who will want to wake up to sip coffee while watching the sunrise over the sound from inside, or just relax out on the brick patio and take in the surroundings.
The owners added a second story in 1994 for the arrival of twin babies, which provides captivating views and makes it peaceful here by day or night with a vista of calm waters and the blinking of boats’ lights and the twinkling of stars out bedroom windows —a stunning accompaniment to sleep. This property and neighborhood is filled with memories of sweet and simpler times from the families who lived here who have revelled in the benefits and benevolence of life on this Carolina seaside.