Saltbox is located on the 4x4 section of the outer banks, where a four wheel drive vehicle is required to access the property. Neighboring the historic Wash Woods Coast Guard Lifesaving Station, Saltbox has a traditional floor plan. The first floor has a well-stocked kitchen with large island, antique butcher block and unparalleled views. There is seating for 4 on the kitchen island and 8 around the dining table. The living area boasts classic beach furniture with Dish Network TV, DVD, VCR, speaker bar and Blu-ray player with subscriptions to Netflix and Pandora. There is a large assortment of games, and a huge movie and reading library. There are two bedrooms on this level; a queen master with shared bath, Dish Network TV, DVD player; and a bunk set with another twin, TV, DVD/VCR, PS2 Game console and numerous games. The screened porch off the kitchen has a picnic table and connects to the massive wrap around deck. The deck boasts a Nags Head hammock, built in Nags Head style benches and numerous other seating possibilities along with your choice of shade or sun throughout the day. The second level has two bedrooms; a queen master with shared bath, DVD player, tv and private deck; and a double with TV/DVD. There is high speed wireless internet and a printer. The ground level has mechanical room with laundry, 2 outside shower stalls, a bench seat / sitting area, fish cleaning station, gas grill and Hatteras ramp style drive under parking. Saltbox is situated on a 3rd row lot at milepost 20, behind the historic Wash Woods Coast Guard Station. It offers gorgeous ocean views, and daily visits by the wild horses. A National Wildlife Refuge and Bird Sanctuary are also located within this 12 mile paradise.
When visiting the beach, park in the middle between ocean and dune line. Drive at 15 MPH when near pedestrians. Do not approach horses. Requires a 4 Wheel drive vehicle.
There is no commercialism on this 12 mile stretch of beach. You can access upscale restaurants, shops, and many activities on the hard road within 3 miles of the ‘beach road'.
David and Laura vacationed on the 4x4 beach in 2000. Before they left that week, they had purchased a lot that would become the site for their future home. Having built and restored many homes in the past, this new location provided a new opportunity to create the perfect home for themselves and their family. As it turned out, the perfect home was not one that needed to be built, just moved 10 miles from it's location in Whalehead Beach.
This location was one that suited our sense of nostalgia, since the old Coast Guard Lifesaving Station was in sight. When we moved the house from Whalehead, we had to make a tough decision. We had to decide whether to place the home to take advantage of the tremendous views or keep the main entry out of the path of nor'easters. The view won! While we enjoy the views from the deck, the main views are enjoyed from the kitchen island, where we can watch the breakers, birds, dolphins and an occasional whale.
This home is comfortable, without being worrisome. There aren't too many ways to wreck it, which allows for true relaxation.