Coastal Carolina’s Hidden Island—Sunset Beach, NC

As you and your loved ones explore the numerous barrier islands of the Carolina’s, there is one that ranks in the top overall in so many categories that it is impossible not to want to write about it.  Sunset Beach, NC is this “hidden gem.”

North Carolina has 21 oceanfront municipalities, according to the 2010 Census.  This means that homes and benefits such as restaurants line the dunes with direct views of the Atlantic.

Sunset Beach, NC tops the list with a population of full-time residents of just over 3500, which includes the families on the mainland side of the island as well.  The island itself is over 6 square miles with dunes, trails, and small pockets of maritime hardwoods.

The housing density according to the Census is at 5,100 units, which gives Sunset Beach, NC the ranking in the top (5) five for homes on a barrier islands.  This equates to the ideal island living for a permanent or second home in the Carolina’s.  Sunset Beach, NC has approximately 1.5 homes per acre, so it has a terrific “small-town” feel.

The real estate values have held well at Sunset Beach, NC, and with its proximity to Calabash, Shallotte and Myrtle Beach, SC, it makes for a perfect island to call home.  International airports in Myrtle Beach, SC and Wilmington, NC, again bring a huge added value for permanent living on the island.

The other attractive value to Sunset Beach, NC is that out of the 21 oceanfront municipalities, it is ranked as the 2nd lowest in overall tax rates in the state of North Carolina.

These are just a few of the benefits of one of the top ranked islands for living in the Carolina’s.  To learn more about Sunset Beach, NC and all the real estate opportunities, contact Carolina Plantations or visit our website at

The data above was taken from the 2010 census which can be found at

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