This Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina house is one tough cookie: Not only did it during it's first year of existence, but it's also the oldest home in the area by at least 20 years — for now. The went on the market this summer for $3.75 million and is expected to change hands as soon as October, which makes local historians and preservationists super nervous.
Why? Because the land (half of an acre of oceanfront property) is a lot more valuable than the house — we're talking $3 million versus $500,000 — so they're afraid the new owners might tear it down, along with its history. Unfortunately, the home doesn't have a historical landmark designation so the new owners would be under no obligation to preserve it, but some community members would like to see it moved instead. But that's pricey, too: It would cost $100,000 compared to just $20,000 to knock it down.
If the community does raise enough funds or somehow convinces the new owners to keep this historic gem, they'd preserve a classic Nags Head-style cottage with 3,330-square-feet — 2,500 of which are decks and covered porches. Original pine paneling on the interior walls and ceilings make it a homey beach house, while a 1998 renovation helps keep it modern and functional. And since the outdoor area is the real selling point, a robust garden full of native flowers like wax myrtles, black Japanese pine, and beach lilies gives the home much-appreciated privacy and serenity.
Take a look at the home locals are fighting for here: