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On Bald Head Island, Historical Lightkeepers' Cottages For Sale

By Staff Reports, posted Apr 19, 2022
Bald Head Island's three lightkeepers' cottages, built in 1903, are part of a listing that also includes additional property. (Photo courtesy of Bald Head Island Limited)
On Bald Head Island, historical homes are on the market.

Bald Head Island Limited recently announced the island’s lightkeepers’ cottages are available for sale.  

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978, the three cottages were built in 1903 to house the keepers of the Cape Fear Lighthouse and their families, according to a news release. The cottages are known as “Captain Charlie’s Station” for their association with Charles Swan, head lighthouse keeper for 30 years, the release stated.

For the past 40 years the cottages have been privately owned by the Mitchell family, the developers of Bald Head Island. 

“The chance to purchase Captain Charlie’s Station is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Trey Wallace, president of Intracoastal Realty Corp., the Wilmington-based company listing the property on behalf of Bald Head Island Limited and the Mitchells. 

The fully furnished cottages offer views of Cape Fear and private direct access to the island’s South Beach. An adjacent buildable oceanfront lot and mixed-use lot abutting the property are included as a part of the offering, according to the release.

The homes will be conveyed together as one property, with stipulations ensuring their exteriors remain consistent with their historic nature, the release stated. 

“The Mitchell family restored and protected the Captain Charlie’s cottages for four decades,” said Chad Paul, CEO of Bald Head Island Limited, in the release. “They believe the time has come to pass the torch to the next generation of islanders.”  

The property, which is co-listed by Realtors Vance Young and Stephanie Blake of Intracoastal Realty, is being offered without a predetermined price, according to the release.  

“Given the one-of-a-kind nature of these cottages, their iconic status and historic significance, we felt that it was appropriate to let the market establish the value,” Paul said in the release. “There really are no comps for a property this unique.” 
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