Duck, NC

Duck—The Thriving Coastal Community Of North Carolina

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In Dare County, North Carolina, Duck is a charming resort town with a population of just over 360 people. The town received its name for its abundant waterfowl that has been fetching numerous hunters and gatherers into the area since the 1800s. Currently, this charming coastal town, located in the northernmost part of Dare County, offers visitors plenty of outdoor recreational activities, concerts, summer events, art galleries, and the nation-wide famous jazz festival.

Most of the beaches in Duck are among the top in the nation. They are also private and great for people who love collecting shells. The local restaurants and the town shops are connected by the Duck Trail, which runs the town’s entire length, offering stunning views of the Currituck Sound.

Even though the town underwent phenomenal growth in the past few years, Duck is still a charming coastal town with its few residents tucked in among the most beautiful and extravagant communities. Regardless of the community you choose to stay in, the Duck Town Park, along with its many amenities, will always keep you entertained.

Education in Duck

The town located within the Outer Banks region shares the elementary and high schools with no separate educational institutions available for a single community. 

The best-rated schools in Outer Banks include Kitty Hawk Elementary School, First Flight High School, and Manteo High School. 

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Climate in Duck

Duck experiences nearly 200 sunny days every year, with a year-round average summer temperature ranging at 88 degrees. This allows the residents to indulge in a lot of outdoor activities throughout the year. 

Sometimes, the weather does change rapidly. Wind is an everyday occurrence and can range from gentle breezes to strong northeast winds. 

The temperature drops as low as 34 degrees in the winter season. May, October, and April are the most pleasant months in Duck. 

Public Transportation in Duck

Duck forms an integral part of the Kill Devil Hills metropolitan area. One of the features that makes Duck unique is that street-legal golf carts are a popular choice for transportation. Furthermore, the area is highly walkable, with bike and pedestrian paths generously spread throughout the community.

Living in Duck

Duck, the newest town on the Outer Banks, is popular among homebuyers who prefer quiet surroundings without a lot of street noise and city clamor. The town offers excellent local shopping and dining experiences, and the new Sound Side boardwalk makes an ideal option for residents who wish to take a morning walk or do yoga in summer.

Duck is also referred to as a highly walkable spot, as the town has strictly enforced a speed limit of 25 mph, making the town pedestrian-friendly. Dogs are also welcomed in Duck, with well-behaved fur babies allowed to be off-leash on the beach.

In Duck, there is a community for everyone—ranging from ones with superior amenities like Ship’s Watch and Four Seasons to the ones that simply offer comfortable and safe beach access. 

Located towards the north of the town is the Duck Research Pier—a working facility of the Army Corps of Engineers. It provides the residents with access to more than 3000 feet of magnificent, empty beach. Carolina Dunes is a significantly large community situated just north of the pier that offers stunning views from the high elevations. 

On the other hand, the narrowest part of Duck is home to the community called Sanderling. It features winding streets canopied by live oaks that have been protected since the community was found in the early 80s.

The homes in Sanderling are all built in the old Nags Head Style with tons of cedar shakes and no Caribbean paint colors. People looking to spend their life in a 4-5-bedroom home in an Oceanside community must definitely look at Sanderling. 

Things to Do in Duck

Duck is known for its prime attractions that are nuzzled between the ocean and the Sound, underneath the live oak trees. Numerous recreational activities can be found in the town ranging from parasailing, paddle boarding, fishing, and much more. The sound side boardwalk that runs the entire length of Duck makes it easier for residents to access multiple attractions in one place.

With trails through the willow swamp and maritime forest, the town park is also a central element of all fun activities happening in Duck. The park can be accessed from the boardwalk, and it features a public kayak/canoeing launch, playground, picnic shelter, and amphitheater.

Every year in October, Duck hosts the annual Jazz Festival. Additionally, over 60 events and programs like yoga on the green, family magic shows, interactive theater, Movies on the Sound, and live concerts are held during the summer months. What’s better, all these programs are free and open to the public.

When you live in Duck, you will be guaranteed the best life—you will get to spend your life doing what you love to do the most. Whether it’s exploring the area on a stand-up paddleboard or fishing in one of the best secret fishing spots, a good life is what this town offers to its residents.

Have Questions? Ask Liz!

Your real estate agent is the best source of information about the local community and real estate topics. Give Liz J. Holterhaus a call today at (252) 202-2156 to learn more about local areas, discuss selling a house, or tour available homes for sale.

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