Chilling Video That Might Make You Reconsider Buying A Beach Home

Dream of owning your own beachfront property? Romantic Nicholas Sparks' films and long walks on the beach of the Outer Banks might come to mind. After this week's events, however, you might reconsider it. Heart-wrenching enough, a luckily unoccupied home hit the waves on Tuesday in Rodanthe, North Carolina, per CNN. The 1,440-square-foot home met its demise because of high water levels and gradual beach erosion, which is becoming a growing concern for the area. Located in the Trade Winds Beach neighborhood, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom beach cottage is not the first to be lost. It comes with the territory, as occasional collapses are often the result of severe weather along the island of Cape Hatteras.

Charming and scenic, North Carolina waterfront cottages have become a timeless staple on the East Coast shoreline. South of the Outer Banks, Carolina Beach is known as one of the state's first developed beaches, which established the coastal cottage trend in the late 19th century, per The Washington Post. Built in 1980, the recent Rodanthe loss at was split into two levels with most of the bathrooms and bedrooms located on the first level and the dining room, family room, laundry area, kitchen, and half bath located on the second. Prior to its end, the OBX beach house suffered storm damage in 2019 with final repairs recently completed. According to the listing, the seaside abode was last sold in 2020 for $275,000. Keep reading to learn more about the life of this charming Rodanthe cottage.

The oceanside Rodanthe rental that got away

Swept away! As with actor Richard Gere's "Nights at Rodanthe" character, a tragic end came for this amazing Outer Banks property as well. A video of the collapse was posted on Twitter this week via Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Like many other North Carolina beach houses continuing to be taken by the ocean, this single-family beachfront home was previously determined unsafe by the Dare County Planning Department. Also known as Chez Scov II, the property was a family-friendly rental returning to the market, although it stated its experiences with ocean wash over came with required sand removal, per Zillow.

The inside had a quaint open concept by adjoining living, dining, and kitchen areas. The kitchen featured an eat-in island close to the large sliding door windows, which led to the sun deck and hot tub. Essentials were inclusive with a dishwasher, oven/stove, microwave, and washer and dryer. The interior design featured vintage wood-paneled walls with traditional furnishings. Two of the larger bedrooms showcased quick door access to the deck with two smaller kid-sized accommodations, one with bunk beds, which may have been turned into a fourth. The exterior showcased decks on each level and an outside staircase leading to the second. With Rodanthe Pier Place down the way, the breathtaking ocean views were expansive, yet maybe a little too close to the action. Sadly lost, hopefully there's potential for a new property to take on the sea at 24265 Ocean Drive.