“Do you dream of time “off the grid”? Yearn for that special place to share a laugh, grill a steak, and have no worries beyond what to grill tomorrow? My family has found just the spot, not too far down the road, called River Dunes. River Dunes is a boating community nestled along a harbor off Broad Creek where the Neuse River meets the Pamlico Sound. This place takes you by surprise, in the best of ways. “
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.
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.”