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Southern Shores Move




My husband and I and our four kids are contemplating a move to the Southern Shores area. Would love to hear experiences, thoughts, pros & cons of the area from anyone willing to share (especially those with young kids). This will be a big move for us so it is a huge decision and we are looking into schools and all the other details that come with relocating a family.


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Okay, I'm going to assume you do not have to consider job opportunities or that Southern Shores (overall) is the residential area with the highest priced homes (other than beach zone). It is very picturesque, tree lined streets, many canals, 25 mph speed limits, a country club, town marina and a very conservative government. It is by far the largest Full Time Residential area on the Outer Banks, however if you can get the statistics, I think you will find out the percentage of retired or older people (without young children) is quite high. There is no commercial development within SS proper, only on the Southern border line. Shopping is close by. SS is in the Kitty Hawk Elementary School's District. My Grandsons went there and a 30 year retiree from a NY school district I was quite satisfied. We had a very active part in their schooling. If you were to look at Dare County Elementary Schools testing and other benchmarks they were very good statewide but one of the lowest in Dare. Somewhat surprising. Dare County Schools rank in the top 10 in the State. Lastly the area, other than tree damage is surprisingly unscarred by Hurricanes. Good Luck to you


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We have a rental property in Southern Shored in Chicahauk. I love the neighborhood (house is a 15 minute walk to the beach, and there is ample parking for renters. Our renters tend to comment on how quiet things are, probably since the house is not near 12 and the neighbors do not rent. Other than what was said, my comments for you:
- if you plan to have guests, consider that there is no public beach parking. You will have to lend them your passes from your neighborhood, if applicable, or Southern Shores Civic association (well worth the small annual membership fee).
- if you like to walk or bike, there are trails along 12 and you can bike in some neighborhoods without fear of getting run over by fast traffic. In my neighborhood, I see kids on bikes and skateboards and traffic is not heavy so that it would be dangerous for them.
- traffic in the area is a pain on Saturdays in the whole area in high season. You'll need to plan for that. Not an issue for us since we have Sunday check in.
- I like that Harris Teeter, Food Lion, and Walmart are very close.
- In Chicahauk, you can get in/out from 158 and 12, with lights at both roads. I would not know about other SS neighborhoods but there are lights along 12 from what I see.
- The proximity to Duck/Kill Devil Hill, etc. is a plus for us. Not much of a drive to anything, but unlike those areas, as was already written, there is not much commercial area to walk to.
- Consider the flood zone you would purchase in. Ours is X, no flood insurance, but the house is still on pylons and any water just goes under.
- We bid on a few houses before we purchased in SS, and the lots are generally smaller in other areas, or at least what I saw.
- SS has some beautiful and very quiet areas right over the bridge if that is important to you.
- If you really want to be in walking distance to commercial activities, SS is probably not for you.



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Many locals live there and many second homes are there too. It has a very active Home Owners Association and being in real estate I hear many buyers say they don't want to be in a HOA. Well SS has a very active HOA so be aware of that there are many rules and people that will mention it if you violate one. Some people like the fact they have a HOA, some don't. The schools in that district are very good as are most all the schools here. The traffic in SS in the summer can be a bit of a problem since many visitors use some of the roads as a short cut. the town has tried to stop that but without much luck. They have one of the lowest tax rates of all the towns here mainly because the residents do a lot of volunteering to offset expenses. If you want to be involved it is really easy to help out and volunteer for things there.


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Martin's Point is probably the place to be if you have kids. It is almost all full-time homeowners and many have children.


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Many locals live there and many second homes are there too. It has a very active Home Owners Association and being in real estate I hear many buyers say they don't want to be in a HOA. Well SS has a very active HOA so be aware of that there are many rules and people that will mention it if you violate one. Some people like the fact they have a HOA, some don't. The schools in that district are very good as are most all the schools here. The traffic in SS in the summer can be a bit of a problem since many visitors use some of the roads as a short cut. the town has tried to stop that but without much luck. They have one of the lowest tax rates of all the towns here mainly because the residents do a lot of volunteering to offset expenses. If you want to be involved it is really easy to help out and volunteer for things there.

Tim-OBX


What HOA?


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Ahhhhh, these.

www.southernshores-nc.gov/residents/homeowner-associations/


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We were never told about a HOA.


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We were never told about a HOA.

tored1971


You needed a better Realtor maybe - how could they not have told you - strange!! I explain it everytime I show a house in there Big grin

But seriously, the Residential Property Owners Disclosure will address the HOA and the contact for it. By law you should have seen that and gotten a copy of it. I can send it to you if you want.

I see your RPD did not mention the Association, Whistle But the remarks section did. That should have been addressed in that document.




. Southern Shores civic
association offers 35 dune crossovers to the beach and several pedestrian accesses to Currituck Sound,Sea Oats Park which contains a soccer
field, basketball court and a children’s playground,Hillcrest Beach Access, with parking area and lifeguards as well as a gazebo and other
seating areas, Soundside Wading Beach, with picnic area and playground;Hillcrest Tennis Complex, with two regulation play tennis courts,
managed in conjunction with the Southern Shores Tennis Club; Southern Shores Boat Club, which provide wet and dry storage areas for boats,
a boat launching ramp and numerous social events and gatherings.


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We were never told about a HOA.

tored1971


You needed a better Realtor maybe - how could they not have told you - strange!! I explain it everytime I show a house in there Big grin

But seriously, the Residential Property Owners Disclosure will address the HOA and the contact for it. By law you should have seen that and gotten a copy of it. I can send it to you if you want.

I see your RPD did not mention the Association, Whistle But the remarks section did. That should have been addressed in that document.




. Southern Shores civic
association offers 35 dune crossovers to the beach and several pedestrian accesses to Currituck Sound,Sea Oats Park which contains a soccer
field, basketball court and a children’s playground,Hillcrest Beach Access, with parking area and lifeguards as well as a gazebo and other
seating areas, Soundside Wading Beach, with picnic area and playground;Hillcrest Tennis Complex, with two regulation play tennis courts,
managed in conjunction with the Southern Shores Tennis Club; Southern Shores Boat Club, which provide wet and dry storage areas for boats,
a boat launching ramp and numerous social events and gatherings.

Tim-OBX


Tim, don't get me started on the snake that was our agent.

Please send me the document phil.fortney@verizon.net

Thank you very much, I can't wait to meet you in person and properly thank you.

Should be down permenantly in 6 months.

Phil


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It is like living in the suburbs, not the beach. You seem better suited for Martin's Point...but that is not living at the beach either.However, you need to consider the children. We live between the highways...no kids but a minute or two from the beach.


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We were never told about a HOA.

tored1971


You needed a better Realtor maybe - how could they not have told you - strange!! I explain it everytime I show a house in there Big grin

But seriously, the Residential Property Owners Disclosure will address the HOA and the contact for it. By law you should have seen that and gotten a copy of it. I can send it to you if you want.

I see your RPD did not mention the Association, Whistle But the remarks section did. That should have been addressed in that document.




. Southern Shores civic
association offers 35 dune crossovers to the beach and several pedestrian accesses to Currituck Sound,Sea Oats Park which contains a soccer
field, basketball court and a children’s playground,Hillcrest Beach Access, with parking area and lifeguards as well as a gazebo and other
seating areas, Soundside Wading Beach, with picnic area and playground;Hillcrest Tennis Complex, with two regulation play tennis courts,
managed in conjunction with the Southern Shores Tennis Club; Southern Shores Boat Club, which provide wet and dry storage areas for boats,
a boat launching ramp and numerous social events and gatherings.

Tim-OBX


Tim, don't get me started on the snake that was our agent.

Please send me the document phil.fortney@verizon.net

Thank you very much, I can't wait to meet you in person and properly thank you.

Should be down permenantly in 6 months.

Phil

tored1971



The Southern Shores Civic Association (SSCA) is not a mandatory HOA but almost all residents join ($55 per year). That is probably why you didn't hear about it. Now if you are in the Chicahauk area of Southern Shores you MUST join the Chicahauk Property Owners Association (CPOA) ($140 per year). It is also stated in the deed.



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JPICC: We are in same situation-want to move to OBX and only limiting factor is will there be other kids to interact with our 2 kids. Would like love to compare notes if you wld like to contact me privately. I appreciated the post about Martins Point, which was recommended as kid friendly by a realtor. Beautiful development that i visited on sunday. Please post if you make the leap as it may encourage us to do same! Also any follow up on the Forum as to the best neighborhoods for kids, to specifically include how many kids may live in Martins Point, wld be great!


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My husband and I and our four kids are contemplating a move to the Southern Shores area. Would love to hear experiences, thoughts, pros & cons of the area from anyone willing to share (especially those with young kids). This will be a big move for us so it is a huge decision and we are looking into schools and all the other details that come with relocating a family.

Jpicc

Whenever I see a post like this I always ask the question, how much time have you spent on the OBX? As far as SS goes if I had the money to move down there that's where I would buy a house.


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Thanx for the post. Have been to OBX about 10 times and have stayed in corolla, Duck, SS, Khawk, KDH and Nags head - have been there as late as the last week in Oct and as early as the 1st week of march in addition to several summers. Get the different vibe from SS north to corolla than south of SS to Nags Head - Currituck Club/Whalehead Beach vibe wld b ideal if not prohibitive in terms of kids - SS does seem like the best bet, but i never got the sense many year long residents of SS had kids


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SS is not just retirement community. There are more and more families with kids moving in. KH Elementary is great just won a nationwide award. We have a grand daughter who stays active and involved with other kids Girl Scouts, dance, softball, cheerleading and may others. Kids are as active as they and their parents want them to be.
Martins Point is a private gated community so things like school bus, mail delivery and trash collection do not come in the gate. Kids have to be brought out to the gate to get the bus.
We have never regreted picking SS


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We moved to SS two years ago with 3 small children. Loved every minute of it so far. Martins Point and Duck Woods Drive probably have the highest concentration of children but both are mostly (if not all) in a flood zone. We wanted to live in an x flood zone so moved to a higher elevation in SS. Kids are found throughout the town on probably every street. Message me if you’d like more details.


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Southern Shores town motto: Don’t even THINK of parking here.
Alternative town motto: nine holes and a nap

Legendary OBC contributor Jimmy Z has a beautiful home in S.S. I’m not saying the population is old but many of the residents call Jimmy “Sonny”


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As a 25+ year resident of KH, plus a vacationer for almost 17 years before that i feel that the only accurate info you will get is from official statistics. If you have elementary age children It would be interesting to know if the KH Elementary school has the number of students from SS. It might be a problem because SS uses the KH Zip Code. SS is very spread out. I also think recommending Martin's Point is admirable but it has some of the most expensive properties on the Outer Banks. Nice if you can afford it. The largest concentrations of children I believe are certain areas of NH and KDH plus probably Colington Harbor.


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Thanx for all the great posts - So much to ponder and envy all of u who make OBX ur home!


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Here is the 2010 census of SS by age and sex. More details are available on https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml?src=bkmk





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Isn't there a elementary school on Dogwood trail? Must be some kids around


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Kitty Hawk Elementary is on the corner of Dogwood and 158 (N Croatan HWY). That School gets it's students from not only SS but Kitty Hawk and Duck. Those Census statistics are quite interesting, but unfortunately are a bit dated (2010). It does give some idea of School Age Children. From ages 5 to 19 there are 411 children. That is roughly 15% of the total population which is somewhat low. As a former Auditor, I love playing with statistics. It also shows that Middle School and HS aged children are about 3 to 1. You then take that and marry that with the fact that 20 - 34 age group is only 212 and you should come to the conclusion that SS is a community with an aging population (78% of the population is over 34 years old). Using these 2010 statistics you would come to the conclusion that SS would not have the amount of children as many other Outer Banks Communities. Is that Bad???? It all depends on what you're looking for. Residentially I think SS is BEAUTIFUL.


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Those Census statistics are quite interesting, but unfortunately are a bit dated (2010). Residentially I think SS is BEAUTIFUL.

Pickle


Yes...but they won't take the next one until 2020. You can see the age groups though...one interesting fact about SS is the median age is 56. That means half of the pop. is over 56 and half is under. So, it does skew toward older adults. But, there is a great elementary school nearby. Sounds like a great place to meet kids from all over the feeder pattern.