We looked at a cute beach house in California the last time we were together. Let’s go all the way across the country to another beach house today – this time off the coast of North Carolina in Rodanthe in the Outer Banks. (Can you tell I am dying to be at the beach?!)
Just in case you don’t remember the plot of the Nicholas Sparks book or the movie, Nights in Rodanthe, here is the link to the movie trailer to refresh your memory.
The movie was filmed in Rodanthe and Wilmington. Exterior shots were done at the house on the beach while interior ones were done on a set. Much has been written about this beach house. (It might even be called one of the stars of the movie!) Julia at Hooked on Houses has done several posts about it here, here, here, and here. I am not going to put the movie rooms in today’s post, but if you want to revisit those rooms, click on the first of Julia’s links or watch the movie again.
In case you don’t know the history, here is a brief synopsis of it. It was built in the 1980′s and named Serendipity. At the time of construction, there was 400 feet of beach between it and the ocean. Over the years, the ocean began to encroach upon the property, and in August of 2009, Hurricane Bill wiped out the septic system and took out the heating and air conditioning system, too. (You can see a video of it after that hurricane here.)
The owners wanted to sell the house, but no one was interested since it would take a tremendous amount of money to repair it and make it livable again. Eventually the county wanted to condemn the property. It looked like the house would not be saved, but then… something wonderful happened. A couple came forward – Ben and Debra Huss. They believed the home was worth saving. So they purchased it and a lot to which they would move it, and in January of 2010 they had the house moved 7/8 of a mile to its new location.
(You can watch a video of the move here.)
The Husses wanted to move the home to keep it safe from the power of water, and more than that, they wanted to decorate the interiors so that it looked like the inn in the movie. That is what I want to show you today. They have worked tirelessly to make it look like the movie house. Let’s begin with the blue shuttered exterior…
Just take a look at some of its rooms, and see if you recognize any elements from the movie.
They tried very hard to copy the sets with as many matching details as possible. In fact, they purchased some of the props from the movie to use in the 6 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath house. Recognize the blue wallpaper and ornate bed in this bedroom?
I love the look of this sunporch. It really looks like a room out of an old Nags Head beach house.sunrealtync.com
And I bet the view from this upper deck is amazing – especially for watching the sun rise!sunrealtync.com
The Husses named the house The Inn at Rodanthe to honor the movie, but it is not actually an inn. It is really a house that you rent in its entirety. Currently it is booked through the first week in October.
There are many more rooms that I have not shown you from the Inn at Rodanthe, but I want to leave you with my favorite spot to soak in all the beauty of being at the beach…
Wouldn’t it be relaxing (and romantic!) to be seated on that swing looking out at the ocean?
I’ll have another home from the Outer Banks to show you next time. This one should be in a movie, but hasn’t as of yet. And I’ll leave you with a question to talk about today…
If you could, would you build a home right on beachfront property?
I always love hearing from you!