Hatteras Island is a back-to-nature retreat that is approximately 42 miles in length. It's connected to the northern Outer Banks by a 3 mile long bridge which soars over Oregon Inlet, giving you a picturesque view of what lies ahead. According to the 2010 census, Hatteras Island has a full-time population of 4,322, up nearly 8% from the 2000 census. Hatteras Island is made up of 7 Villages and, while the numbers vary slightly from source to source, is only 25% developed. The lack of development is in large part due to the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The appeal of the Outer Banks is its laid-back atmosphere, best exemplified by life on Hatteras Island. Water sports are a large part of life on the island, with sport fishing, surfing, wind surfing, kite boarding and paddling just a touch of what it has to offer. At the northern most tip you'll find the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo, followed by Avon, Buxton, Frisco and finally Hatteras.
There is a multitude of reasons to buy property on Hatteras Island, especially with prices lower than its northern neighbors. However in the near term, consideration should also be given to the age of the Herbert C Bonner Bridge, which is now more than 50 years old and due to be replaced, and the fact that Hatteras Island is more prone to flooding than the northern outer banks. Still, if you're a nature lover and getting away from it all is what you're seeking, then Hatteras Island is a perfect destination for your beach home.