Thanks to its close-to-the-beach location‚ quality of life and reputation as the "Harbor of Hospitality‚" Elizabeth City is becoming one of North Carolina’s hottest relocation destinations.
Situated on the Pasquotank River and just an hour from the Outer Banks‚ Elizabeth City combines small-town living with urban sophistication. Newcomers, including lots of retirees‚ are drawn here by three things: the slower‚ small-town pace of life; lower cost of living‚ including very affordable housing; and the incredible environment – including the water.
An attractive‚ three-bedroom‚ 2 1/2-bath home on the water can easily be found in the mid-$200‚000 range‚ though you can also find $100‚000 condominiums and elaborate homes that cost three-quarters of a million dollars.
Neighborhoods near the Pasquotank River
With Elizabeth City's rising popularity, many new neighborhoods are being developed.
Pelican Pointe‚ a planned community on the Pasquotank River, has three phases‚ each appealing to a different audience. The first section‚ simply called Pelican Pointe‚ features 106 single-family homes. The concept is based on neighborhoods of the past, which evolved as people purchased land and built their dream homes. At Pelican Pointe‚ the home plans range from 2‚200 square feet to more than 5‚000 square feet.
The Village, another phase of Pelican Pointe, targets a growing demographic in Elizabeth City: retirees. Designed for ages 55 and up‚ the Village boasts eight different floor plans with outdoor maintenance taken care of by the homeowner's association.
The third phase‚ The Commons in Pelican Pointe, features 65 townhouses that often include extras like screened-in porches and vaulted ceilings. Again, yard work and exterior building maintenance are taken care of, so homeowners needn’t worry about that.
Harbor Bay Townhomes, located near the waterfront, are also an attractive housing option in Elizabeth City. Averaging in size between 1,100 and 1,450 square feet, the two- and three-bedroom units appeal to singles and young professionals who do not have the time for yard maintenance.
Elizabeth City Historic Districts
For beautiful homes with vintage character, head to the historic area of the city. There are six National Register Historic Districts that span 30 city blocks and contain the state's largest concentration of antebellum homes and commercial buildings.
In 1986, the Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association (ECHNA) was formed to help preservation efforts in all six historic districts. ECHNA’s early years were spent raising funds to help save the Pendleton House and the Jackson-Jennings House, along with many other commercial projects.
Today, ECHNA is focused on maintaining the integrity of historic homes and buildings in the area.
The Harbor Bay project satisfies demand for townhouses‚ which appeal to singles‚ couples and Coast Guard families. The development includes 41 townhouses that start in the low $160‚000s.
Upscale condominiums are also available in the downtown area.
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