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Experience Historic Nags Head Charm

Historic Cottage Row, officially Nags Head Beach Cottages Historic District, features some of the most unique homes along the Outer Banks. Ranging in age from 100 – 125 years old, these houses have withstood a century of coastal elements.

Named The Unpainted Aristocracy in the 1920s by Jonathan Daniels, the editor of The Raleigh News and Observer, to describe the houses and people of Nags Head, these cottages stand out for blending in.

Easily distinguishable along the shoreline, these unpainted homes sit amongst the dunes, with expansive, wrap-around decks, relatively unchanged interiors, and a style that allows them to blend in – not detract – from their surroundings. Their subdued, coastal colors and sloping rooftops mimic the dunes, allowing the natural beach setting to remain the focal point.

First developed on the soundside of the islands, this building style was effective at weathering salt air and coastal storms. Function outweighed any frills when these originally popped up around 1830. By the 1850’s, there was a busy soundside vacationing community along the OBX. It wasn’t until 1855 that this style of home moved to the oceanfront and settled into the dunes – creating the thriving oceanside community we’ve come to know today.

The original, historic homes line Nags Head’s beach road, while newer homes that pay homage to the building style are tucked along the islands, showcasing their iconic exteriors with modern interiors.

Whether you’re looking to stay in a historic beach home, or a property with a twist on a classic, we have the rentals for you! Book online or give us a call at 866-938-7497 – we’d be happy to have you!

NH222 Island Dancer
Oceanfront, Nags Head
Built in 1935

NH225 Fourth Estate Cottage
Oceanfront, Nags Head
Built in 1935

NH315 Serenity by the Sea
Oceanfront, Nags Head
Built in 1922

NH324 Fred Wood Cottage
Oceanfront, Nags Head
Built in 1930

NH325 Frank Wood Cottage
Oceanfront, Nags Head
Built in 1923

NH333 Capt. Brad’s
Oceanfront, Nags Head
Historic Nags Head Charm

NH340 Gillam Hall
Oceanfront, Nags Head
Historic Nags Head Charm

NH521 Stinson Ranch
Soundfront, Nags Head
Original Structure Built in 1903

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