Did you ever think we would long for the days filled with the busyness of getting the kids out of the door to school, popping in stores whenever, running to baseball practice, travelling in all directions for event-filled weekends?  Yeah, me neither.  And yet those pre-pandemic activities that filled our schedules to the brim seem to be a socially distant memory at this point.

I first wrote about the coronavirus in April, which feels like eons ago, in a post called Find Your Silver Lining.  As I reread my words, it’s obvious that I felt as if Covid would be a blip on the radar, a spring inconvenience at best.  Never did I think we would be having the same conversation as we round the corner into November, yet here we are.

Backyard Escape

Much of our personal silver lining has to do with where we live.  This realization came quickly after this whole mess started…

These last few weeks have been a wake up call for those of us that take our area for granted. We can look around and truly say that at a time like this, there’s nowhere else we’d rather be. It’s that intangible peace of mind that can make you feel fortunate and guilty all at the same time.

We have the option to escape to the water or the wide open spaces that surround us.  To have that outlet in your backyard is truly the ultimate coping method.

A paddle boarder enjoys a sunrise on the Neuse River. Photo by William Hughes Conkwright.

The neighborhood we live in is 1,000 acres of freedom bordered by a four mile wide river on one side and a winding Coastal Carolina creek on the other.

Ride the Wave to the Coast

As springtime uncertainty unfolded, we had a feeling that real estate might trend to rural areas.  But it was hard to predict how people would react to with so many unknowns.  Would everything just be put on pause until the world was covid-free?  Would a covid-free world ever exist?

I don’t know if it’s a peace of mind thing or if people were just ready to start living the life they’ve always wanted to lead, but by June the phone started ringing and hasn’t stopped since.

Living on the Inner Banks gives you the freedom to take many of life’s moments off hold.  But one might ask…

“am I trading one worry for another… will I now live in fear of hurricanes?”

Elevation Appreciation will fill you in on the latter.  There is no tradeoff at AP, we have the unique combination of a coastal lifestyle perched high above the water on a twenty foot bluff.

Growing Up

2019 set us up for a strong start to 2020.  But by March-ish, everything came to a halt as the virus took center stage.  A challenging spring was followed by a busy summer and an even busier fall.  Over 30 new neighbors have moved into the neighborhood this year, some into their primary residences and some their vacation homes.

sold homes 2020

And as we quickly approach an additional 20+ lots sold in 2020, we look forward to welcoming many more to the AP crew soon!  Despite high construction material costs, we’re knee deep in floor plans as we prepare to break ground on a dozen or so new homes.

What I love the most is that folks moving here all have a shared appreciation for Pamlico County and this neighborhood in particular… they made a choice to move to a home where they could live outside four walls.

Newfound Appeal

All of a sudden it doesn’t matter that our county doesn’t have a shopping mall or a Starbucks (give me Sweet Annie’s any day).

So what does really matter?

The answer is personal and unique to each person.  I guess for some it might be a Starbucks?  But for us and the growing number of people that choose to live here, it’s prioritizing time with the ones you love in a place you love.

The perspective on where to live and why has shifted… and so far, that new perspective seems to be embraced.  People are seeing our craveable coast in a new light, the same light that we’ve seen in it for years.  This year has given us a whole new meaning for “It’s Good to be Home”.  It sure is.

it's good to be home
Arlington Place blog author Becca Lang. Story by Becca Lang

Hey there, I’m Becca. I live and work in Arlington Place with my husband Blair and kids Evie (10) and Keegan (7)... oh and our fur babies Gus (10) and Hank (1). We’re lucky to live in such a unique place and do our best to make the most of what our little slice of heaven has to offer.