Manteo Real Estate

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Manteo is a charming community on Roanoke Island, just across the Causeway from Nags Head.  Because Manteo is one of the few communities with a true town center--which just happens to be located on the waterfront--this quaint town hosts many festivals and events, including a farmers market which you can find every Saturday morning in the summer months.  Most people that buy real estate in Manteo are year round residents and second home owners, although a few of the communities--including Pirate's Cove, Shallowbag Bay and Marshes Light--offer rental income opportunities as well.  Manteo is also home to many cultural activities including the outdoor drama "The Lost Colony" produced by the Roanoke Island Historical Association. The waterfront area of Manteo is the heart of activity, with small shops and restaurants that appeal to both locals and vacationers. Click on the icons below to see all the property for sale in Manteo NC.

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As you come over the causeway from Nags Head, you can’t miss Pirate’s Cove--the largest planned community on Roanoke Island. Whether you are looking for a single-family home, townhouse or condo, there are some remarkable homes for sale in this community.  Pirate's Cove is a boater’s dream, with a world-class marina and an abundance of canals that enable you to keep your boat at your back door. Heritage Point, at the northern tip of Roanoke Island, is comprised of beautiful single-family homes, all which come with an assigned boat slip at the private marina. And while both of these communities are draws for Roanoke Island, there is no shortage of wonderful homes for sale throughout the smaller communities and streets of Manteo, with small town charm and welcoming front porches, all of which add to its southern hospitality.  If a condo is your preference, don't miss Shallowbag Bay, a wonderful spot with fantastic views from most units--and all walking distance or any easy bike ride to the town center.  If you are looking for friendly neighbors and some separation from vacationers, owning real estate in Manteo might just be the perfect location for you.

Manteo NC History

If you have heard the story of "The Lost Colony" then you will know some of most important history of Roanoke Island, which hosted the first English-speaking colonists in America. Manteo was the site of Sir Walter Raleigh's attempt to establish the first English colony in the New World in 1584. Although this settlement was later abandoned, in July 1587 another party of 110 English colonists arrived in the New World. And on August 18 Eleanor Dare, one of the colonists, gave birth to the first English-speaking child in the New World, Virginia Dare. Sadly, it was only a week later when the baby's grandfather, Captain John White, was forced to return to England for badly needed supplies. But when he returned 3 years later, there were no signs of his granddaughter, the colonists, or even their homes. In fact, the only sign of human presence were the words "CRO" and CROATOAN" etched on nearby trees. The fate of the colonists remains a mystery today.

Where did the name Manteo and Wanchese come from?

The towns Manteo and Wanchese are both namesakes of Native American chiefs who befriended the New Americans. Chief Manteo and Chief Wanchese were the only Native Americans who later made the voyage to England with Sir Walter Raleigh.

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