Historic House Listings

OMG! Outerbanks History. Watch the wild horses from your porch. Oceanfront in NC. $1,399,000

August 30, 2019

Wow. This would be a dream to own! A true piece of Outerbanks History! This was the original Whalehead Lifesaving Station. It was moved to this location in the 1980’s to save it from demolition. It is now situated in the horse sanctuary. Imagine sitting on that deck, listening to the ocean and watching the wild horses walking by. Disclaimer, there were not any interior pictures with the listing, I found some from an old listing. Not sure of the date. Located on three oceanfront acres in Corolla, North Carolina. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 3,237 square feet. $1,499,000 New Price: $1,399,000

From the current Zillow listing:


Own a piece of OBX history while living in paradise!The Whalehead Life Saving Station was moved to this location in the famous 4-wheel drive/wild horse sanctuary to save it from demolition.The Station sits on 2.85 acres, nestled inside 800 acres of wildlife refuge & sandy duneshow’s that for privacy?Enjoy ocean breezes on the expansive wraparound deck or inside where the open floor plan affords plenty of room for entertaining & memory making.The 3rd floor tower is the perfect place to get away or enjoy breath-taking ocean views.Rustic with modern amenities, this unique property has it all.

Description from a past listing:


The Whalehead Life Saving Station was moved to this location in the famous wild horse sanctuary in the 1980’s. The current owner’s father had the station moved to this lot saving it from demolition by neglect! There are no nearby houses. Only sand dunes with wild oats growing on them. The wild horses can be seen grazing nearby on the oat grass and sometimes even come right up to the house. You won’t find a more private location while living in the popular Carova Beach 4 wheel drive area.

Imagine the Outer Banks 100 years ago…….

It was a time when every ship that sailed past these shores risked destruction from the perilous shoals or sudden storms. It was a time when United States Lifesaving Crewmen kept watch from station houses such as this, risking their lives to save those hapless mariners.

You’ll feel the spirit of these brave, rugged crewmen throughout this authentic structure. Nestled inside 800 acres of wildlife refuge and sandy dunes, your nearest neighbors will probably have four feet and a tail, or wings and a beak. Just a short distance from the ocean, but driving is an option. (approximately 1000 ft)

The Station, although a historic building preserved in a rustic state, has the comforts of home. The eat in kitchen is a guaranteed gathering place equipped with refrigerator, microwave, and dishwasher. The loft living room is another visiting area where Lifesaving Crewmen spent free time between storms and their daily duties. All Rooms have ceiling fans and natural cross ventilation (no A/C except window units in the bedrooms). Expansive wrap-around decks provide a sunny spot and wonderful views from all directions, all day long.

So plan for an outback style adventure and be sure to pack your imagination, that way you’ll be assured of hearing the echoes of its seafaring history in the halls. One of its most endearing features is never ending privacy.

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