Get the inside scoop on this Outer Banks community.
Setting: Corolla (cor-AH-la) is the northernmost city on theOuter Banks. Separated from the state of Virginia by a fence,Corolla is 15 miles from the town of Duck and more than two hoursfrom Norfolk International Airport.
Attractions: Flanked by Currituck Sound and the AtlanticOcean, Corolla provides plentiful beaches and water activities. Thecommunity welcomes unique businesses and dining establishments. Asecluded location means little crime and plenty of privacy. Beachesand businesses are pet-friendly. Abundant wildlife thrives here,thanks to the North Carolina Reserve Estuary and the Corolla WildHorse Fund Inc.
Drawbacks: One paved road leads to and from Corolla, whichcan make traffic, and leaving the island, a challenge. Tourism isthe main source of income, and most establishments close for thewinter. Medical facilities and schools are more than 30 milesaway.
Housing: Most homes in Corolla are large―4,000-plussquare feet. Oceanfront properties start at $1 million. Homes alongCurrituck Sound range from $750,000 to more than $2 million.Property in the community of Carova, where the horses live, rangesfrom $220,000 to $23 million.
Your next-door neighbors: Seasonal renters, inn owners,artists, writers, retirees, local chefs, a hammock weaver, fishingand boating enthusiasts, and maybe even a Spanish mustang.
How you'd spend your free time: Strolling through CorollaVillage for books or antiques, volunteering at Currituck BeachLight, heading to sea from the public boat launch in Heritage Park,treating yourself to spicy steamed shrimp from Steamers ShellfishTo Go.
(published January/February 2008)