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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Where We Live: Cedar shake 1930s beach cottage in Carolina Beach

This cedar shake beach cottage is a slice of history on Pleasure Island. Built in 1939, the home is complete with a second-story wraparound porch with views of the ocean.

CAROLINA BEACH—When you walk inside 719 Carolina Beach Avenue, it’s like taking a step into a time machine.

The 1930s beach cottage has preserved a simpler time, with few hints of the 20th century’s passage. Situated between more modern stilted duplexes and condos, this home has largely been preserved in its historical condition.

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With cedar shake siding – a simple type of shingle made from split logs – and original hardwood flooring, as well as an interior design that mimics a bygone beach lifestyle, there aren’t many cottages like it left on Pleasure Island.

After hitting the market last week, listing agent Ken Fox said he is already juggling numerous offers.

“It really is a gem,” Fox said. “Around here and just about anywhere on our coast, it’s tough to find something like this.”

In 79 years, the home has only had two owners. Tongue and groove paneling, shiplap and trim add detail throughout the interiors of the 1930s home. The 1,818-square-foot house features an open loft with intricate architectural details.

At four bedrooms and four bathrooms, the house sits on a wide, 0.29-acre lot, including in-laws quarters and aged live oaks.

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