Beaufort presents a variety of choices in home styles, from historical 18th century architecture to new construction. There are currently several areas of home construction underway in and around Beaufort.
There's So Much to LOVE in Beaufort!
Enjoy a Relaxing Maritime Lifestyle
Located on the North Carolina mainland facing an inlet separating the southern Outer Banks, the vibrant and charming town of Beaufort offers a relaxing maritime lifestyle lush with amenities, attractions, and recreation. Though small, Beaufort is a hub of bustle and excitement, particularly in the streets of its historic downtown, where a unique mix of historic and modern buildings overlook hundreds of docks along the waterfront.
Downtown isn’t Beaufort’s only attraction! There are also plenty of options for boating, fishing, swimming, paddling, or exploring the surrounding waters by cruise ship, ferry, or water taxi. One highly intriguing attraction is Shackleford Banks, located just a 20 minute water taxi or ferry ride away. Here, miles of pristine beaches offer a quiet and scenic retreat full of shells and sand dollars, waterfront relaxation, and even the legendary Shackleford Ponies, descendants of Spanish shipwrecked Mustangs of the 1500’s.
Relax and enjoy the view from a waterfront park or bench bordering the docks of downtown. Head just outside of town for camping. Additionally, the Carteret County Parks and Recreation department offers acres of beautiful parkland, miles of maintained nature trails, and even as athletic and recreation programs for adults and children, from ballroom dancing to baseball and volleyball sports teams.
Located along the shores of the Intracoastal waterway, Downtown Beaufort offers a modern waterfront marina and a unique collection of revitalized shops and restaurants. Stroll the streets of downtown and enjoy the beautiful mix of historic architecture and modern business. Explore quaint shops and boutiques, beautiful galleries, and a large selection of maritime supply stores. Stop by one of the many restaurants & sample some truly exquisite fresh seafood.
A Rich History
The third oldest town in North Carolina, Beaufort was originally named “Fish Towne” by the Coree Native Americans who first lived in the region. Early settlers began to develop the land as early as 1709, though Downtown wasn’t constructed until the early 1800’s. Beaufort quickly became a thriving port and village. This newfound prosperity, however, became highly appealing to pirates, and both Edward Teach (Blackbeard) and Stede Bonnett were frequent visitors.
Other Nearby Areas
Atlantic Beach is conveniently located just mintues from the attractions of many nearby communities! All the shopping, dining, and events of the Morehead City waterfront are just a 5 minute drive across the Bogue Sound, and Pine Knoll Shores, home to the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area and the North Carolina Aquarium, is just ten minutes to the west. The historic maritime community of Beaufort is just 15 minutes across the Sound.