written by Landie Canfield
This unique and charming two-home property is located in the Promise Land section of Morehead City, an area that could easily be described as a resort destination. Its proximity to the beach, downtown shops, art galleries and the eclectic mix of cafes and dining spots make it a delightful, and coveted spot.
If you look at the history of The Promise Land you will discover an interesting and unique back-story. This tight- knit community is proud of their heritage and origins on the Outer Banks. These folk were good, hard working people—fishermen and whalers that were uprooted from Shackleford Banks by the devastating hurricane of 1899, some floating their homes here buoyed mostly by hope. This area has changed and developed over the years, but the pride in its inhabitants and the desire to live in the Promise Land remain steadfast.
The main residence at 203 South 10th Street was built in 1935, and the home radiates with vintage appeal, with the added benefit of having been meticulously maintained. For the sellers, the favorite space in the house is the front room with built-in shelving and a diminutive, decorative fireplace. The mantel is the original and echoes the pattern of the hardwood floors beautifully. This area is cozy in the winter and cozy in the summer, too, with so much natural light it’s the ideal place to read a book or gather with friends. The antique doors and transom upstairs were repurposed, having initially been in an elegant, old downtown Morehead City home which adds to the retro vibe and historic glamour worth showing off.
Both the master suite & family room provide access to the balcony for breathtaking views of the sound only half a block away. Soak up the sunshine and take in the vista of blue sky and sea and glorious golden sunset hues from the wrap-around porch on the second level, or from the second floor family room’s oversized windows. The master bedroom walk-in closet is generously sized, so much so it might inspire a re-do for a baby’s room, office or extra guest space. Thoughtful details like the small hidden hall make an ideal place for secret storage of any kind… and provide the ultimate place for pirate adventures for the swashbuckling sorts in the family.
For extended family or guests who come to stay, how perfect in any capacity to have the option of a residence next door that offers both privacy and proximity!
The smaller residence on Evans was moved from its former location across from the Webb library in the 1950s. Ring the same doorbell that’s been in use since the home was built, enter, and delight in the view of the hustle and bustle of the boat launch & fishing dock in sight. The fun patio area is a second, sweet spot to relax, with a confederate jasmine covered screen that looks out onto a rockery garden. This home isn’t as large as its neighbor next door but the kitchen is surprisingly spacious and allows for plenty of room to move around and prepare for the parties you’ll throw on the grounds between the two abodes.
This neighborhood boasts two local parks, tennis courts, and access to the sound a quick stroll away—a scenic spot for watching the sunset or dipping toes in the sand with friends or your pups! The Martin Luther King, Jr Park is only a stone’s throw away and your little ones will love to cut loose on this playground’s pirate ship while you relax under the shade of the old oak trees or meet with locals at the gazebo.
The hearty natives from the Banks were driven here by their love of the water and their community. This historic property matches that sentiment and is also, indeed, full of Promise. Whether it’s boat traffic to watch or passersby heading to Big Rock or any of the myriad of other local activities, there is always something fun and full of wonder to take part in here…at 203 S 10th Street, Promise Land, Morehead City.
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