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Get to Know the Grand Strand: Bald Head Island, NC

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Get to Know the Grand Strand: Bald Head Island, NC

With a pleasant year-round climate, unrivaled natural beauty, and one of the lowest costs of living in the United States, the Grand Strand is a proverbial paradise for any would-be property owner.  It is no wonder then over the past eight years alone over 104,000 people have relocated to the Myrtle Beach/Conway/North Myrtle Beach metropolitan area.

With so many people looking to relocate to the area from across the world, it’s only understandable that many are not entirely familiar with the different townships and communities that make up the Grand Strand. Fortunately, your real estate experts at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Elliott Coastal Living are here. With local insight into the history, attractions, and real estate offerings of the Grand Strand, prospective homebuyers can begin to feel a little bit more at home in their new community.

This week we will be looking at the secluded coastal village of Bald Head Island, NC.


Although small, Bald Head Island–and the subsequent Smith Island complex—played a significant role in early American history.

Throughout the 1660s, Bald Head Island underwent several failed settlement attempts, including early efforts to establish the city of Charleston. During the Golden Age of Piracy, the Village of Bald Head Island was a favorite refuge for the various buccaneers that prowled the surrounding waters. The infamous pirates Stede Bonnet and Edward Teach—a.k.a Blackbeard—were both reputed to frequently dock at Bald Head Island to replenish provisions and quickly off-load plundered goods.

In 1776, Bald Head Island was briefly involved in the Revolutionary War when British Major General Henry Clinton and Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis used the island as a staging ground for the invasion of Charleston. Before leaving, Clinton left behind a garrison of troops and oversaw the construction of a large readout called Fort George. Over 100 years later, the fortress was repurposed as a major base for Confederate shipping and smuggling operations during the Union blockade of southern ports.

Today Bald Head Island is world-renowned as a serene nature preserve and a blissful refuge from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.


By far, Bald Head Island’s greatest attraction is its unrivaled natural beauty. Besides fabulous beaches, you’ll find stunning salt marshes, a maritime forest, freshwater lagoons, as well as untouched creeks and wetlands.

What really sets Bald Head Island apart from the other communities of the Grand Strand; however, is the fact that transportation on the island is limited exclusively to golf carts and bikes. Gasoline-powered vehicles are not permitted on the island. As such visitors and residents never have to worry about the idyllic peace and quiet of their coastal haven being disturbed by nightmarish traffic jams or incessant honking horns.

Beyond the idyllic peace and stunning natural beauty, the island is ripe with engaging entertainment venues; including charming boutiques, restaurants, a luxurious golf club, and a plethora of historic sites; including the historic lighthouse lovingly dubbed “Old Baldy”. The unofficial mascot of the island, Old Baldy is the oldest standing lighthouse in the state of North Carolina. Climb the 108 stairs to the top and you will find one of the most breathtaking views found anywhere on the East Coast.

Real Estate

Featuring some of the most luxurious homes in all of the Grand Strand, Bald Head Island is perfect for any would-be property owner.  

If you are looking to buy or sell real estate on Bald Head Island, turn to the local real estate experts at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Elliott Coastal Living. For more than 60 years, the friendly staff and real estate professionals at BHGRE Elliott Coastal Living have been helping the people of the Grand Strand with all their real estate needs. Visit our website or stop by our office today to explore the incredible homes and condos available for purchase in Bald Head Island, NC.

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