Pamlico Living

About Pamlico County, Oriental, the Neuse River and the Pamlico Sound

If you like water and boats, you will probably love Pamlico County. Many of our navigable creeks offer protection from storms, yet easy access to the broad Neuse River, the open expanse of the Pamlico Sound, the Intracoastal Waterway, and ocean access is provided by the Beaufort Inlet — the best inlet south of Norfolk and north of Charleston. Navigation is relatively easy. There are no rocks to hit, no current to worry about in the river or sound, fog is a rarity, and there is little in the way of commercial traffic. We enjoy a long boating season and there is usually a consistent breeze, even in July and August due to the proximity to the ocean and the resulting afternoon sea breeze that kicks in. It is because of these consistent breezes that Oriental has become known as, “The Sailing Capitol of North Carolina”. In many ways living here is like living on a lake that is connected to the rest of the world.

The local fishery includes flounder, drum, weakfish, tarpon, shrimp, and our blue crabs are plentiful and are second to none.

Real Estate

         Offered by Coldwell Banker Willis-Smith of Oriental

Waterfront home on beautiful Broad Creek with “sailboat depth” three slip pier plus private mooring. Home is in “move in” condition with great water views in three directions and wraparound porch for outdoor entertaining. Five minutes from Oriental. Rare deep water home offered at $559,900.

Canal Front Lot in Oriental $199000Canal front lot right in Oriental with good elevaltion and good water depth.

Dolphin Point HomesiteGreat watefront lot in Oriental’s finest neighborhood with dock, $330,000. Enjoy a private launch ramp and tennis court.

However, this area is not for everyone. If your boat draws more than 6’ or has a mast height of more than 60’ you may want to look elsewhere. While the rivers and sounds offer 15’ to 20’ in depth, many of our navigable creeks offer 6’ or less of water depth and the bridge clearances along the ICW are fixed at 65’.

This is a friendly, rural area with many marinas, local restaurants, and interesting boating destinations such as Ocracoke Island and Cape Lookout National Seashore, but little in the way of symphony orchestras, ballet, opera, or shopping malls. We have one golf course in the county with others to choose from within a short drive away. If there is one overriding reason to be here is the leisurely pace of the lifestyle and definitely not the career opportunities. It is for this reason that this area has attracted retirees and second home owners from all parts of the country and from all walks of life, all of whom share a common love and respect for the water.

Exploring Real Estate

Real estate possibilities in this area include waterfront, water view, canal front, interior properties with deeded boat slips, interior properties and boat slips are available for purchase or for rent. Prices vary greatly depending on location, size, and water depth. If you can take a moment to let us know your requirements, we will do a custom search of our local Multiple Listing Service to find those possibilities that come the closest to meeting your needs.

Nick Santoro is licensed real estate broker with more than 20 years of experience in this market and has served more than 15 years on the Pamlico County Planning Board and is now affiliated with local office of Coldwell Banker Willis Smith Company.



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Pamlico County Facts
Average Temperature: 64°
Average Rainfall: 52.84”/year
Average Snowfall: 2.3”/year
Sailing Season: Year Round