Sunset Beach - A Hidden Gem Celebrated Nationally and Loved Locally

At Ocean Ridge, our community residents enjoy an exclusive slice of paradise at our private Oceanfront beach club in Sunset Beach, NC. This idyllic destination has not only captured the hearts of our residents but has also garnered significant national recognition. Recently, highlighted Sunset Beach in its article, “America’s 10 Most Affordable Beach Towns for Homebuyers in 2024,” placing it among the top contenders for affordable coastal living. This is yet another accolade for Sunset Beach, which was previously named one of the 21 Best Beaches in the World by National Geographic.

A Beach with Character and Charm

National Geographic writes, “At the west end of this remote beach, a mile from the access point, a solitary mailbox stands, planted by local Frank Nesmith in the ’70s, and continually replenished with notebooks inviting visitors to jot thoughts, dreams, wishes, and whatever else moves the spirit.” This Kindred Spirit Mailbox, a beloved local treasure, encapsulates the unique character and charm of Sunset Beach. It’s not just a spot on the map; it’s a place where memories are made and dreams are shared.

Unspoiled Natural Beauty

Sunset Beach is part of North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. According to the Brunswick Islands website, Sunset Beach is “uninterrupted by boardwalks or high-rises, the wide stretch of beach separating the surf and the marsh is perfect for biking or collecting shells, all while reconnecting with the natural world and one another.” This pristine setting offers an unparalleled opportunity to reconnect with nature, whether cycling along the shore, combing the beach for shells, or simply soaking in the tranquil environment.

One particularly enchanting feature of Sunset Beach is its unique location, allowing visitors to witness sunrise and sunset over the water. This rare phenomenon adds to the beach’s magical allure, making every visit a visually stunning experience.

More Than Just a Beach

While the beach itself is undoubtedly the highlight, Sunset Beach offers a variety of other attractions. The area boasts several championship golf courses, including the award-winning Big Cats courses of Ocean Ridge. Bird Island, a 1,200-acre reserve of beautiful salt marsh and tidal creeks, offers another natural haven for exploration and enjoyment.

The town’s amenities include the Ingram Planetarium and a fishing pier, providing diverse activities for all interests. For those intrigued by local history and oddities, the Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Bird Island continues to be a source of inspiration and fascination, even as the muse for Nicholas Sparks’ novel, “Every Breath.”

A Community and a Destination

At Ocean Ridge Plantation, our residents don’t just enjoy the natural beauty of Sunset Beach; they become part of a community that cherishes this coastal gem. As summer approaches and families prepare for beach vacations, many might dream of turning their temporary escapes into permanent residences. Sunset Beach and Ocean Ridge offer the perfect blend of affordability, natural beauty, and community spirit, making it a top choice for homebuyers in 2024 and beyond.

Discover Your New Home

Whether you’re looking for a serene weekend getaway or a full-time residence, Sunset Beach offers something for everyone. With its national accolades and unique local charm, it’s no wonder this beach town continues to capture the hearts of visitors and residents alike. Explore the opportunities at Ocean Ridge Plantation and see why so many have fallen in love with Sunset Beach, NC.