The generally mild year-round climate, picturesque scenery, locally caught food and pristine sugar sand beaches are only a few of the things that seem to be drawing retirees, and young families alike. Of the 1,524 residents in our town, nearly half are retirees who found the perfect spot. That’s not even including the tourists who vacation yearly to scope out our area, planning their big move to the southeast.
Perhaps what people find so special about this town is its commitment to the local ecosystem. While our residential community only encompasses two square miles, protected wetlands, maritime forests, and ocean dunes surround us. These have remained unspoiled since our ratification in 1973.
Being nationally recognized as a Tree City, USA shows that we’re truly dedicated to maintaining the beauty that surrounds us. This means that the town has a department that cares for the trees, a Tree Care Ordinance to provide guidance for maintenance and planting, and a Community Forestry Program. We also annually celebrate Arbor Day.
There are public beaches in The Town of Pine Knoll Shores, and many more in the nearby areas. By moving to Pine Knoll Shores, you’ll have your own little piece of the beach to wake up to, every day. These beaches are in beautiful condition, having been taken care of for thirty years since the town started.
Don’t forget the wildlife! North Carolina is famous for its wild horses that live in some of the beach front areas, and these are only a short drive away. The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is full of interesting things for everyone, and is constantly changing.
Something very unique to the nearby town, and which offers even more evidence that the community cares about the environment, is the Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Protection Program. This is an annual event in which volunteers from the community check the beaches for mother loggerhead sea turtle tracks. When tracks are found, a coordinator is called and they locate and secure the nest of sea turtle eggs. The nests are sectioned off, which enables the sea turtles to be born without being disturbed. In the 2007 season, 15 of 17 nests hatched successfully!
Florida had better watch out! Pine Knoll Shores has bumped them off the number one spot in for future retirement. And we have Pine Knoll Shores real estate values to prove it. The National Active Retirement Association (NARA) said that, though North Carolina held the number five spot for twenty years, it is now surpassing Florida and Arizona as the most desired retirement state, making Pine Knoll Shores real estate a great investment!
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