We’re often asked… why should I move to Arlington Place?  Well, to name a few… the place, the people, a school across the street, low cost of living, wide open spaces, the views, the amenities… but perhaps the reason that exceeds all others: PEACE OF MIND.

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Coastal Bliss

elevation appreciationWhat comes to mind when you think of Coastal Carolina?  Life on the water, rocking chairs on the front porch, quaint historic towns… or perhaps on the other hand… low land, hurricanes, flooding.  The latter being the sacrifices most of us make to live in this little slice of heaven.

Most of the year, we enjoy a relaxed outdoor lifestyle with the sun shining and gentle breezes.  Our typical day to day can make you quickly forget about spring Nor’Easters and fall hurricanes.

The water + elevation combo is few and far between on the coast, but we have the best of both worlds.  AP sits atop a high bluff which makes for incredible views, great drainage, no flooding and peace of mind that money can’t buy.  The neighborhood is high and dry with an average elevation of 21 feet ABOVE sea level🙌

Not if, but when

It’s naïve to think that our coastline won’t be the target of another hurricane.  We’ve already been through Irene, Florence and Dorian since we moved here.

hurricane florenceWith Pamlico county elevations just above sea level, the ridge that runs through Arapahoe and Minnesott Beach (where we live) is quite unique for the area.  Actually, highway 306 was once an old Indian trail and the high bluffs of Minnesott Beach were the site of an Indian settlement thought to be one of the largest trading centers on the Southern coast.

Indians chose to settle here for a reason, that reason being the elusive combination of elevated land with water access.  Fast forward hundreds of years and many of us have ‘settled’ on this ridge here for that exact same reason.

Read more about the geology of our elevations in Living on the Minnesott Ridge

Make Peace of Mind a Priority

Thinking about moving to the coast?  Do your research and ask the right questions about flood risk.  Better yet, ask the people who live here, many of which moved to AP to escape a flood zone.  Residents Bill & Cathy Cresswell echo the way many of us feel.  Here’s what they had to say:

“We had fallen in love with the Oriental area long ago, and knew it was in our retirement plans. We lived for 7-1/2 years in the northern part of the county, on the south shore of the Bay River. It was beautiful, it was a wonderful neighborhood, and it had an elevation of just over 8 feet! Hurricane Irene “gently” told us that we needed to think about moving to higher ground, and when a surprise opportunity to sell our house presented itself, we listened to Irene’s message!

Some things are just meant to be. Since moving to Arlington Place in 2013, we have no worries about which way the wind blows (the Pamlico Sound’s wind-driven tides used to dictate our lives!). We have found AP to be the perfect community.

We can walk or bike for miles without a lot of car traffic. The amenities are fabulous, and the best part is that we have met such wonderful new friends while still maintaining our old activities and friends from all around Pamlico County.

The best advice we can give to newcomers to the Pamlico County area is to consult an elevation map! Flood zones show you that the best place is in the Minnesott Beach area, and in our opinion, the VERY BEST of Minnesott is Arlington Place!”

Don’t just buy a home, buy yourself peace of mind that your family and your investment are protected, no matter what Mother Nature brings.  I guess you should never say never, but if we flood, call Noah because all of Eastern NC is going to need an ark!

back porch river view
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 (13) and Keegan (10)... oh and our fur babies Gus (13) and Hank (3). 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.