Corolla is a seaside resort area well-known for its beautiful, soft-sand beaches, family-oriented atmosphere, upscale homes, and abundance of shops and restaurants. There is no Town of Corolla per se; what is called “Corolla” is really an unincorporated portion of Currituck County that stretches 20 miles from the Dare County line north of the Sanderling up to the end of the N.C. 12. This area of the Currituck Outer Banks gets its moniker from the small historic village on the northern Outer Banks that was named Corolla for postal reasons in 1895.

Corolla is new as East Coast beach resorts go. There wasn’t a paved road leading to this area until 1984, and the vast majority of its commercial and residential development occurred in the 1990s. Residential development is predominantly in planned subdivisions, which lends the area a more cohesive feel than other parts of the Outer Banks. Corolla is known for having the greatest number of large luxury homes on the Outer Banks, but it offers a mix of home styles and price ranges, even on the oceanfront. Beach access is a combination of public access and private access through subdivisions. Though Corolla’s location on the northern Outer Banks is out of the way, the needs of the permanent and visiting populations are amply met with commercial businesses and services, including Harris Teeter and Food Lion grocery stores.

Section 1Pine Island, Corolla, NC PUD
Known for its opulent oceanfront estates, Pine Island is well-planned and well-maintained and is one of the most sought-after luxury addresses on the Currituck Outer Banks. Just north of the Dare County line, the community offers 3.5 miles of wide beaches and is bordered on the west by the 5,000-acre National Audubon Society Pine Island Sanctuary. The community has a low density of development compared to its physical size; therefore, its beaches are fairly uncrowded. Pine Island’s two sections (North and South) offer a range of home sizes along with several beach accesses and community walkways; two staffed pools with baby pools, grills, restrooms and showers; tennis courts and the Pine Island Racquet Club with indoor tennis; a basketball court; a paved multi-use path; and planned activities.
Pine Island Reserve, Corolla, NC
Currently under development by SAGA Construction, Pine Island Reserve is a 14-acre oceanfront community of upscale homes. These homes are sure to be top properties on the rental market; each will offer oceanfront views and direct beach access, from nine to 12 bedrooms, innovative design features, indoor and outdoor living spaces, a pool, concierge services and special-event coordination.
Spindrift, Corolla, NC
One of the few private, gated beach communities on the Outer Banks oceanfront, Spindrift offers 1-acre home sites, all of them close to the ocean. The Currituck Club golf course is across the street, and Spindrift offers tennis courts and beach access.
Ocean Sands, Corolla, NC PUD
Ocean Sands is a sprawling planned development of homes and condominiums and direct access to the wonderful lower Currituck beaches. It’s divided into sections A through Q, and some sections offer different amenities for owners and renters. Amenities include 18 beach accesses, a 7-acre fishing lake, community pools, tennis courts, quiet streets and convenient proximity to golf, shopping, dining and recreation.
Crown Point, Corolla, NC
Located between Ocean Sands and Whalehead Beach, Crown Point is a small community of homes on large lots. It offers a pool and clubhouse, three beach accesses and a boardwalk system, tennis courts and picnic grounds. An added bonus is a community water-filtration system.
Buck Island, Corolla, NC PUD
A private, gated community on the oceanfront near one of Corolla’s main shopping and dining districts, Buck Island is an upscale development with meticulous landscaping, lighted sidewalks, impressive homes and the option of duplexes. Beach lovers will find beach access, oceanfront sunning decks, a beach cabana with showers and restrooms, and cabana services. Buck Island also offers a pool (with baby pool and heated whirlpool), playgrounds, tennis courts and a half basketball court. Across Route 12 on the sound side is Timbuck II, a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex of more than 60 businesses.
Whalehead Beach, Corolla, NC
Stretching for 3 miles along the oceanfront, the Whalehead Beach development consists of classic beach homes, most of them built in the 1980s and early ‘90s. Five beach accesses and a system of walkways make it easy for all residents and renters to get to the beach, and the quiet streets are ideal for biking, jogging and walking. Homes are on large lots, some with well water and some connected to the community water system. The shops and restaurants of Timbuck II and Monteray Plaza are nearby.
Corolla Light Resort, Corolla, NC PUD
Award-winning Corolla Light is a true family resort community with 400 homes, an inn and a wide array of amenities and planned activities for the whole family. The resort offers five lighted oceanfront walkways and gazebos; two oceanfront pools, a soundside pool and baby pools; a playground; The Oceanfront Grill and a poolside snack bar; lighted basketball, volleyball and shuffleboard courts; a gift shop; a soundside pier and gazebo; a walking trail and ecology walkway; a fishing pond; a sports and fitness center with an indoor pool; indoor and outdoor tennis courts; and trolley service. A shopping center with restaurants, shops, outfitters and a skateboard park is on site, and the attractions of Currituck Heritage Park are across the street.
Corolla Village, Corolla, NC
Historically, this was all there was to Corolla – a small enclave of modest houses, a schoolhouse, a post office and a general store situated near the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Those early residents of Corolla village were hunting guides and fishermen, lighthouse keepers and workers at Corolla Island (now the Whalehead Club). As development spread into the Currituck Outer Banks, the small Corolla village area was forgotten for many years, until the Twiddy family saw its promise and began restoring its old homes and buildings. Today it’s a charming cluster of restored historic buildings with shops, a working two-room schoolhouse, a community garden and more. Find it just north of Currituck Heritage Park and the lighthouse.
Ocean Hill, Corolla, NC
On the northern end of Corolla, the Ocean Hill subdivision has 111 home sites, all of them within easy walking distance of the beach. The community offers beach accesses and is connected to Corolla Light and the attractions of Corolla via a paved multi-use path.
The Villages at Ocean Hill, Corolla, NC PUD
The northernmost community in Corolla, at the end of N.C. 12, The Villages at Ocean Hill offers mid- to large-size homes, beach access, two pools, a snack bar, a fitness center, two tennis courts, a multi-sports court, a basketball court and a paved multi-use path that leads to Currituck Heritage Park and the commercial district of Corolla Light. To the north is the four-wheel drive area of Carova and adjacent to the west is the Currituck Banks National Estuarine Research Reserve, a beautiful spot for observing coastal ecosystems.
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