Our Intracoastal Waterway runs all the way from Winyah Bay to Cape Fear River but really the Intracoastal Waterways run all up and down the East Coast. This 3,000 mile inland waterway consists of natural inlets, saltwater rivers, bays, sounds and canals. This navigable route along it’s length opens to the sea in several places but really protects these inlands from travel on the open sea.
In Sunset Beach, the Intracoastal waterway splits the town in half. We have so many inlets and sloughs that a waterfront home is pretty standard but there are homes that are specifically on the waterway, the majority of these are on the north side (west side) of town.
The Intracoastal Waterway stretches from the Oyster Bay golf link the highway 904 in Sunset Beach. Shoreline Drive runs east and west directly through town parallel to the waterway. There are many homes off of this main road with large, long docks stretching out into the waterway. There are many lots still available as well for custom building if you’re looking to build your dream home on the waterway. Half acre lots are around $80,000 – $600,000. Quite a range, yes, but it all depends on utilities, view and accessibility.
Existing resale homes or between a $400,000 and $850,000. Most of these waterway homes feature beautiful view and a boaters or fisherman’s paradise. Select homes feature a 200 foot to 300 foot pier over waterway with covered fixed dock and floating dock, boat lifts and aluminum ramp.
Also, most of these homes sit on lots of at least 1/3 – 1/2. Many are over 1 acre. The more land, obviously higher costs but much of the land tends to be marsh leading out over the waterway.
Not all homes have docks, however. Many are simply waterfront properties and work well for those that appreciate the view but have no desire to maintain a dock or water vessels.
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