River Dunes wins Architectural Award

The architectural firm of Historical Concepts of Atlanta, GA, was recently awarded the 2016 Shutze Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, Southeast Chapter for their design of the River Dunes Harbor Club.  The Annual Shutze Award is a juried competition that recognizes excellence in classical and traditional design. The Harbor Club won the award in the category of Commercial Design under 10,000 square feet.

The Awards are named for Philip Trammell Shutze, the Atlanta architect whose work is revered internationally as one of the Twentieth century’s most devoted classicists. The awards recognize similar individuals who are contributing to the creation of 21st-century Classical and Traditional architecture and related fields.

Historical Concepts won a second award in Residential Design category, and principal Jim Strickland received a life-time achievement award. Historical Concepts has designed many of the commercial and residential structures at River Dunes, as well as the original community master plan.Amenities-Harbor-Club-Exterior-2-1440x648




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Clay Shooting on the Riverside

On Saturday, guests and owners at River Dunes enjoyed what has become a March tradition, the Annual Clays and Cuisine Weekend.  Though the clouds were heavy and the wind was brisk, the rain held off and clay shooting went ahead along the Riverside in the Dunes neighborhood of the community.  An enthusiastic group of participants gathered in the early afternoon, and everyone who wanted to try had the opportunity to test their skill and aim.

That evening a nice group enjoyed a spectacular game dinner at the Harbor Club prepared by Chef Robert that included four courses, followed by bourbon tasting and cigars by the fireplace on the porch.  Another great event weekend at River Dunes!

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Oriental Chowder Cook-off Victory

River Dunes Harbor Club Chef Robert’s Pancetta and Crab Chowder took home a second place People’s Choice Award at the annual Chowder Cook-off benefiting the Oriental Women’s Club.

This year’s theme was a Tribute to 100 Years of Work by the Oriental Women’s Club, and the River Dunes table decorations and accessories reflected the many wonderful things accomplished by this group. Dining Service Manager Kee produced a display that won the Panache Award for the second year in a row! Congratulations to the River Dunes team for a great success.

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Volunteer Firemen at Work in River Dunes

Yesterday, members of the Southeast Pamlico Volunteer Fire Department, many of whom are residents of River Dunes, ran a test drill to check out the water pressure in two of the hydrants located in the Boat House Row neighborhood. SPVFD Sub-station 19-A is just across Orchard Creek Road from the front entrance of River Dunes. The drill went very well, and, as these photos show, the water pressure was great!

Many, many thanks for all the hard work and practice that these volunteers do to protect all the homes and properties in this part of our county.



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2016 Best Boating Community Award

Excerpted from the recent press release by RealEstateScorecard.com announcing River Dunes selection as “Best Boating Community” for the fourth consecutive year.

In our quest to find the finest boating community, we keep coming back to River Dunes year after year. Situated close by Oriental, one of the best coastal towns in North Carolina, the charming coastal neighborhoods within River Dunes are perfectly positioned on the protected Inner Banks. The Pamlico Sound is the second largest estuary along the east coast and stretches 30 nautical miles to Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks.


The community’s centerpiece, Grace Harbor Marina, provides a safe harbor for sailboats, powerboats and yachts up to 150 feet in length. Staying true to the harbor’s name, River Dunes has been gracefully welcoming transient boaters traveling up and down the Intracoastal Waterway for over a decade. A visit to the marina has on occasion been the method by which current River Dunes property owners initially found the award winning master planned community on the Pamlico Sound.

We believe River Dunes is an ideal place to live for any type of boating. In addition to the high quality marina, the waterfront community has superb amenities overlooking the harbor that include a stately Harbor Club and restaurant, a resort-style swimming facility with two Jacuzzis and two fireplaces, guest cottages and a small, adorable chapel. Recently opened across the street from the Harbor Club is Grace Harbor Provision Company that will offer guests, residents and boaters supplies and hospitality. New amenities are under construction this year in the Harbor Village, including a retail complex that will feature a cafe and retail space on the first floor, a wellness/spa facility on the second floor and four guest suites on the third floor. Two Har-Tru tennis courts and a performing arts amphitheater are just down the street. The convenience of living in close proximity to the amenities is a part of life with new model homes in the Harbor Village begin in the high $400k’s.

You can find River Dunes off the Intracoastal Waterway at Mile Marker 173. Beyond the architecture, we are deeply impressed with the comraderie among the property owners and their outreach efforts in the local community. For a boating community of its size, it’s hard to find anywhere else like it. Their compassionate outreach efforts of the community are like a mirror reflecting the community’s generosity. We’re not sure the word ‘no’ is even in their vocabulary. The community is always willing to help. Over the years, they have actively been involved as a host or sponsor in fund raising efforts for the Leukemia Cup Regatta, Bike MS, Pamlico Girls on the Run, Oriental Dragon Boat Races, and more.

One property owner described River Dunes as “the management team has worked tirelessly to successfully secure and enhance the development’s financial backing. There is a strong sense of community and we feel welcomed to it. These are genuinely good people…and we are proud to call them neighbors.”

Morning Coffee at the Provision Company

Sunday morning coffee, newspapers, and bagels were the order of the day at Grace Harbor Provision Company. Now that interior and exterior construction is complete, the gathering places are beginning to be filled with merchandise, supplies and property owners. By the start of the spring boating season, the Provision Company will be offering daily hospitality and supplies.

Heading to the Windy City!

North Carolina’s premier waterfront community is live and in person in Chicago this weekend at two popular events. From Thursday through Monday, the marina will be featured at the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV and Strictly Sail Show, located downtown at McCormick Place. Stop by our booth, S2606, for some friendly conversation about one of the Top Ten Marinas in North America.

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Harbor Village continues to grow!

Warmer weather has allowed construction to accelerate on the newest addition to the Harbor Village at River Dunes. The new building, located just across the street from the Harbor Club and adjacent to Grace Harbor Provision Company will house a cafe and retail space on the first floor, and a wellness/spa facility on the second floor. The third floor will offer some additional guest lodging spaces. This building will be a wonderful expansion of the world-class amenities and services available at River Dunes for residents and guests.

River Dunes named Business of the Year

At its Annual Banquet, the Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce named River Dunes “Business of the Year” for 2015. Based on community outreach and contributions to the economic growth of the area, Pamlico County Economic Development Director Beth Bucksot presented the award to River Dunes President Ed Mitchell. Pictured above: Debra Harrison, Chamber President; Ed Mitchell; Beth Bucksot; and members of the River Dunes staff.


Supporting Pamlico Girls on the Run

Recently, a group of River Dunes residents turned out the help with a 5K Fun Run benefiting the Girls on the Run program. Girls on the Run of Pamlico County is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping girls in grades 3 through 5 learn to make healthy choices now and during the challenging years of adolescence. Their after-school programs offer positive, nurturing experiences that encourage hopes and dreams and big ideas. The program follow a research-based curriculum that combines training for a 5K Fun Run with health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training.

River Dunes is proud to be a sponsor of this worthwhile program benefiting the girls of Pamlico County, and we are proud of the people from our community who volunteer their time and energy to help this great program succeed!

New Homes, New Retail Space!

The footings are underway for the new Retail/Fitness/Spa/Café facility just across the street from the Harbor Club at River Dunes. The new building will add lots of new services for residents, members and guests with a café bakery, a gift and décor shop, and a full service spa and wellness facility. Along with the Provision Company and the Harbor Club, this building will anchor another corner of the growing Harbor Village.

Along with new construction in the commercial area, a new residential neighborhood is coming out of the ground in the Harbor Village. Just around the corner from the Harbor Club, next to the tennis courts, two new model homes are well underway in the Boat House Row neighborhood. For pricing and other information on this neighborhood, you can contact the Real Estate office at 252-249-0253.

It’s really a busy fall as several new custom waterfront homes are also in various stages of completion in Broadwaters and Oyster Point. Keep following our progress as we will continue to post updated photos on the blog!

Busy Boating Season

The months of October and November are traditionally busy ones for Grace Harbor, as many boaters make their way south to the warmer waters of Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean for the winter. The cavalcade of beautiful boats is always enjoyable viewing for owners who live on the Marina or the Channel. One of our home owners recently snapped some photos of one of the larger yachts we’ve docked this season. Thanks for the pictures – we love getting shots of our marina and guest boats!

Once a boater has spent a night or two at River Dunes, they make it a regular stopping point on their travels north and south. It’s become a popular destination on the ICW because of the five star facilities and warm welcome. If you’ve not stopped here, don’t miss us on your next voyage!