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Holden Beach North Carolina

Holden Beach, NC, is a quaint, island town off the coast of southern North Carolina. The town is the longest of the South Brunswick Islands. Holden Beach is continually ranked as one of America's best beaches by travel publications. It offers eight miles of white, sandy beaches. There are also tidal creeks and marshes along the backside of the island, which borders the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Holden Beach is about one hour from world-class shopping, dining, entertainment and attractions in Wilmington, NC, and Myrtle Beach, SC. Though it is convenient to all the Cape Fear Coast has to offer, the island of Holden Beach, North Carolina, still has charming small-town appeal and a relaxed atmosphere.

More than 900 residents call Holden Beach, NC, home year-round. During the peak of summer, the population swells to around 10,000 people. The island is mainly residential, with some small businesses located near the Holden Beach Fishing Pier and along the causeway that leads to the bridge to the mainland. Most business are small, family-owned establishments, including seafood restaurants, ice cream shops, fishing charters, vacation rental companies and specialty shops. The height of buildings on the island is restricted to 35 feet, so there are no high-rise buildings. This contributes to Holden Beach’s charming small-town feel.

Holden Beach, NC, offers many real estate options, whether you’re interested in a vacation home or a primary residence. Housing options include beach cottages, low-maintenance condos, and homes by the ocean that are large enough to accommodate a large family or a family reunion. The Realtors at Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage are ready to assist you, whether you want to live in Holden Beach or buy a property to use as a beach rental. Contact us for all your Holden Beach real estate needs.

The original owner of Holden Beach was Benjamin Holden. In 1756, he purchased the island that is now known as Holden Beach from the Royal Governor. Holden and his family used the island for grazing cattle and fishing for many years. In 1924, the Holden family built a resort hotel on the island. Since then, each subsequent generation of the Holden family has built and sold or rented more homes on the island of Holden Beach, North Carolina. Many members of the Holden family still make Holden Beach their home today.

For many years the only way to reach Holden Beach from the mainland was by boat or ferry. In 1956, the concrete and steel bridge Holden Beach Bridge was completed. The bridge is an attraction itself. As you drive over the bridge, make sure to take in the stunning view of Holden Beach from high 65 feet above the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Every spring, Bopples are tossed from the peak of the bridge during the famous Bopple Race. What’s a Bopple? You’ll have to attend Days at the Docks to find out! In addition to the race, the two-day festival also features family-style music, food and fun.

Residents and visitors are drawn to Holden Beach because of its lack of commercialization, but quick accessibility to modern conveniences. Just one mile from Holden Beach is the mainland town of Supply, NC. There you’ll find Brunswick Community Hospital, a supermarket, local businesses, specialty shops, art galleries, miniature golf, a go-kart track, bumper boats and a water slide. Along the Intracoastal Waterway there are many water access communities, marinas and restaurants offering heaps of mouth-watering, fresh seafood. At many of these waterway establishments you can arrive by automobile or by boat. From Holden Beach, it’s also just a quick drive to the Brunswick County town of Shallotte, NC. There you’ll find familiar superstores, chain restaurants, and a 10-screen movie theater.

Holden Beach is an unusual south-facing island, so it offers views of the sunrise and sunset over the Atlantic Ocean every day. High atop the Holden Beach Bridge is an exceptional spot for viewing or photographing the sunrise and sunset, but there’s only one day each year when you can walk across the Holden Beach Bridge. That’s during the NC Festival by the Sea, when hundreds of folks hike to the top of the bridge for a unique view of the parade that kicks off the event. The two-day festival also includes live music, food, arts and crafts, activities for kids, a sandcastle-building contest, a surfing contest, and fishing tournament.

Due to its long, straight stretch of shoreline, Holden Beach is a popular place for walking, jogging, running and riding bicycles along the water’s edge and along the island’s main road. Other island pursuits that rank high on everyone’s to-do list include fishing, swimming, water sports, lying on the beach, flying kites, collecting shells, and sitting on the porch. Loafing, lollygagging and taking it easy are also encouraged.

Whether you’re considering buying or selling a property, the Realtors at Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage are your Holden Beach, NC, real estate experts. Put our high-tech real estate search tools, intensive training, worldwide sales network, and years of real estate experience to work for you. Contact our real estate professionals for all your home buying and selling needs.

Contact our professional Realtors today for more about Holden Beach NC real estate.



Holden Beach
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