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About Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Approximate Location Boundaries: Kill Devil Hills is located between the towns of Kitty Hawk and Nags Head. This town offers easy beach access, public sound access, and ample parking.  It is also home to the famous Wright Brothers Memorial Monument.

Zip Code: 27948

Location Characteristics: The name of the town, Kill Devil Hills, is odd but the story behind it brings to life the folk history of the area. Rum was the drink of choice back in the colonial times. A ship wrecked on the shores of Kill Devil Hills laden with a shipment of rum. The locals scavenged the shipment as was customary in those days and hid the rum behind the sand dunes where the Wright brothers later flew the first plane. The rum was strong enough to "kill the devil" and the sand dunes where the rum was hidden was nicknamed Kill Devil Hills and the name has stuck ever since.

Kill Devil Hills is home to an encompassing array of housing opportunities.  Out of all the Outer Banks towns, Kill Devil Hills has the largest number of year round residents. For those looking to retire or move to the Outer Banks, towns with a higher number of year round residents often offer more year round services. Many different styles of homes can be found from the ocean to soundside, including a mixture of condos and townhomes. Additionally, Kill Devil Hills is likely to have the most affordable prices in all of the Outer Banks.  Being one of the first areas to develop, lot sizes here are generally smaller than other places. This has helped prices stay lower because larger houses do not fit on these smaller lots. Homes in subdivision of Colington Harbour (located on Colington Island west of the township of Kill Devil Hills in the middle of the sound) often seem a world of their own, but are only a short drive to the ocean.

Kill Devil Hills is the site of the Wright Brothers National Memorial, commemorating Wilbur and Orville Wrights’ first successful power-driven airplane flight on December 17, 1903. Much of Kill Devil Hills is protected from development. The two largest tracts are the national park and conservation land.   The Wright Brothers National Memorial Park consists of over 350 acres of prime beach real estate and the Nags Head Woods Preserve owned by the Nature Conservancy is well over 160 acres.

Kill Devil Hills is home to the Outer Banks Daredevils of the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate summer baseball league.

Real Estate Market Snapshot: The Kill Devil Hills real estate market has been a buyer’s market for the past several years and has been very active. As prices stabilize, a dramatic shift appears to be in store for us. Currently, prices remain very reasonable. Since the sold prices for the Outer Banks real estate market has bottomed for many vacation rental properties, the return-on-investment ratios are the BEST that it’s going to get. Properties are selling and financing is available to qualified buyers. As demand continues to grow and should the inventory of real estate properties continue to shrink, real estate prices will rise. As prices begin to rise, the return-on-investment will be decrease.

If you have been thinking about purchasing an Outer Banks home, whether for retirement, for relocation, as income producing vacation investment property or as a vacation getaway, things won’t get much better. Now is the time to come in and talk with “Your Full-Time, Overtime, Anytime OBX Realtors”. We will provide you all the crucial information you need to make the best decision.  Please contact us to request our FREE monthly OBX real estate newsletter and our quarterly update with OBX Real Estate Market Statistics. We will keep you posted on the most current OBX real estate developments so you can have an edge on others when searching for Outer Banks real estate.

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Posted on June 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm by Hugh "Scooter" Willey