Experience: Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Twelve splendid miles, laid east to west, flaunting panoramic views of Bogue Sound on the northern side and the Atlantic Ocean on the southern side, Emerald Isle is the crown jewel of The Crystal Coast. Some say Emerald Isle derives its name from the shades of iridescent blue / green reflected in the waters, others say the sky unveils a luminous green horizon just before the sun sets on the western side of the island.  The Crystal Coast is unique in the fact that her beaches lay facing southward to the ocean.  Think about most beaches you visit on the East Coast. They face east, toward the ocean, and the sun rises in front, above the water, and sets behind, away from the water.  In Emerald Isle, the sun rises from the eastern side of the beach and sets on the western side of the beach, spoiling us with an ocean view of both.  While we certainly won’t argue the wondrous shades of green in the waters and atmosphere, the fact is that Emerald Isle received her name by the original purchasers and developers of the island.  Aerial views of the maritime forests stretching toward the sky appeared as a vibrant green gem in the middle of a crystal blue sea. A real estate consultant viewed the island from an airplane and decided, "This Place Shall be Known as Emerald Isle"

It is no surprise that Emerald Isle was named the “Best North Carolina Beach in 2018” by USA Readers’ Choice Awards.  But, do you know what makes Emerald Isle more than just another accolade or a t-shirt?  It’s a beach town that you can LIVE at, a beach community that you can raise a family in, a beach island that you can retire on, and a Beach Home where you can stay and enjoy, long after everyone else has gone home.  As Florida beaches become more and more crowded and Carolina beaches grow more and more commercialized, The Crystal Coast retains its original ordinances and provisions that protect the natural seascape; the sand dunes, the salt marshes, the aquatic vegetation, and the maritime forests and restrict over-building and commercializing the island.  Just under 4,000 residents are home full-time in Emerald Isle, enjoying the moderate climate and quiet beaches in the off season.

What's My Emerald Isle Home Worth Today?

Carteret County Public Schools are amongst the highest rated in the State of North Carolina, both to attend as a student and to work for as a professional.  Emerald Isle schools are equipped with leading systems and technology including PowerSchool Mobile App to aid in communications between students, teachers, and parents in a digital world.

White Oak Elementary School is located at 555 WB McLean Drive, a 15-minute drive on to the mainland in Cape Carteret.  Educating grades Pre-K & Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, White Oak Elementary has 820 students with an average of 17 students per teacher.  White Oak has a sterling reputation and performs above average in North Carolina state test scores.

Broad Creek Middle School is 9 miles East of White Oak Elementary at 2382 Highway 24 in Newport and ranks at #70 out of 691 North Carolina Middle Schools and ranks #1 out of 4 Middle Schools in Carteret County.  Broad Creek Middle performs above average in State test scores and serves 640 students in Sixth through Eighth Grade with an average of 15 students per teacher.

Croatan High School is located at 3355 Hwy 24 in Newport, between White Oak Elementary and Broad Creek Middle. Serving Ninth through Twelfth Grades from the westernmost third of Carteret County, including the towns of Peletier, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Emerald Isle and parts of Newport.  Croatan is a Top Rated High School has been recognized by the state of North Carolina many times as a School of Distinction, a School of Excellence, and an Honor School of Excellence, earning a Silver Medal in 2009, 2010, and 2018. Celebrating a Legacy of Top Academic Performance with 930 Students and an average of 16 students per teacher, Croatan High School holds an outstanding reputation at The Crystal Coast.

Single-Family Homes in Emerald Isle

We are fortunate to have a local community college providing both live and online classes, at the Crystal Coast.  An easy 25-minute drive from Emerald Isle, Carteret Community College is located at 3505 Arendell Street in Morehead City and offers High School students the opportunity to graduate with college credits through the Career & College Promise Program, tuition FREE.  This Dual Enrollment provides our youth the path to accelerate their education with college certificates, diplomas, associates degrees, and college transfer opportunities while living at or close to home and without the heavy expense of student loans. There are over 40 different programs of study offered at the community college and over 12 branches of continuing education, life enrichment classes, and a small business center on site in support of local entrepreneurs and start-ups.

No matter the season at The Crystal Coast, there is always something happening.  In Fact, summer visitors don’t get to enjoy nearly half of the entertainment we do.  The NC Seafood Festival is in October, The Core Sound Decoy Festival is in December, The NC Chocolate Festival is in February, and the Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Day Festival is in March !!  For 30 years The Crystal Coast has celebrated The Feast of Saint Patrick at the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center with amusement rides, live stage entertainment, food, art & craft vendors, musicians, face painting, games, a petting zoo, a beer garden, and more.  Free Parking, Free Admission, and entertainment for all ages.

Condos & Townhomes in Emerald Isle

We love places that are family and pet-friendly and Emerald Isle makes the grade !!  (Have you seen our video of pets at the Crystal Coast?) Start your day right with a Sweet & Salty Dog or a Milky Bone Latte for you and a “Pup Cup” for your dog at Muttigans Coffee Shop / Pet Store at 8101 Emerald Drive. Then, check out the Eastern & Western Public Beach Access Points in Emerald Isle, both with Parking, Bathrooms, Showers, & Picnic Grounds. It is a bit of a walk and minimal parking, but for a more secluded beach with lots of seashells, sand dollars, photo opportunities, and stellar sunsets, park on Coast Guard Road and walk a couple blocks to The Point.  Our beaches are long and wide, an easy stroll for your four-legged family member, and we like to keep it pet-friendly around here by being responsible adults and cleaning up our mess.

 “The Only Thing We Should Leave at The Beach is Our Footprints” 

The beach isn’t the only place to experience the water in Emerald Isle, though.  The Salty Pirate Water Park is Emerald Isle’s family-owned water park and arcade, open Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Big Kids climb and ride the water slides and little ones splash and play in the wading pool.  For a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean visit the clean, friendly and family-owned Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier. Anglers are catching Wahoo, King Mackerel, Speckled Trout, Red Drum, and more.  Enjoy the atmosphere at Surf’s Up Grill & Bar at Bogue Inlet Pier, Emerald Isle’s premier beachfront restaurant.

Water Front Land in Emerald Isle

Remember how Emerald Isle got its name? Drift back in time to a place where the maritime forests meet the sparkling seashore, revealing a flawless crystal green emerald set in a sea of glistening aquamarine. Rediscover this moment in time inside 41 protected acres of Emerald Isle Woods Park.  Explore nature and birding trails, view white-tailed deer, osprey, snowy egret, shorebirds, woodpecker, and all migratory birds of the east coast in their natural environment. Embrace the panoramic water views and taste the sweet salt air from the fishing pier. Launch your kayak, paddleboard, or canoe from the floating dock and enjoy the quiet side of the island on beautiful Bogue Sound. 

If there is a heaven on earth, we imagine it would look and feel like Emerald Isle at The Crystal Coast.  Words can’t describe and a photograph cannot capture the aura of this dynamic island. To visit Emerald Isle is a treasure but to live here is the trove and no two days are the same. At Barefoot-Chandler & Associates Real Estate, we understand that we are blessed to live here and work here and we always welcome the opportunity to help people Experience: Emerald Isle, North Carolina.

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