Quality of Life: Now Available Without a Prescription


You know that feeling you get on the last day of an Outer Banks vacation? When it’s time to go home? Those sad and sudden realizations that come Monday morning, everything goes back to normal?

It’s kind of a drag. You wave goodbye to the dunes, pack up the car and resume your workday routine.

Sleep. Commute. Work. Commute. Repeat.

Sure, you like your job, but you miss the sand. You miss the easygoing afternoons. The only thing that gets you through daily rush hour traffic and conference calls is counting the hours to your next beach getaway.

I feel your pain. I’ve been there.

You fall in love with a place and wish there was a way to keep that “vacation feeling” going all year long. But that doesn’t seem practical. Maybe you’ll just wait until you retire.

You don’t have to wait.

In 2005, my wife and I decided to make our vacation house our permanent residence. The place we loved to visit became the place we loved to call home.

If the thought of living and working here has ever crossed your mind, there’s no better time to consider launching, expanding or relocating a business in Currituck County.

We’re officially one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina and exciting changes are on the horizon. Development projects are set to transform the mainland. Major infrastructure improvements will connect us across the Currituck Sound, across the state to Raleigh and across the border into Virginia.

Our tax rates are lower. Our business costs are lower. Our incentives continue to grow.

I know that “the best of both worlds” is a well-worn economic development cliché, but it’s true. So I’m going to say it again: Businesses get the best of both worlds here in Currituck County.

North Carolina + Virginia

You’ll set up shop in what Forbes voted the “2017 Best State for Business,” but you also get to share all the resources of our next-door neighbors in southeastern Virginia as an official member of the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Natural Beauty + Big City Benefits

You’ll get all the perks of living in a family-friendly natural paradise, with wide open spaces and unspoiled beaches. But you’ll stay connected to the world thanks to your close proximity to the Port of Virginia and some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Affordability + Opportunity

Competition for commercial real estate in major metropolitan areas is fierce (and expensive). Available acreage in cities like Norfolk and Virginia Beach is limited, but Currituck has plenty of affordable space and a quickly growing market.


If you still need a reason to make the leap, here’s a fun fact: in the 18th century, doctors used to prescribe salt air, seawater and sunshine for their patients. It’s true. They believed that a few days at the beach could “cure all ills.”

Modern medicine has come a long way since then, but I think those docs were on to something.

Life here in Currituck County just feels different. It feels… better. Healthier. Happier. It’s hard to describe, but I’ll give it a shot.

You know that feeling you get on the last day of an Outer Banks vacation? When it’s time to go home? That sudden and sad realization that comes Monday morning, everything goes back to normal?

Imagine if you decided to stay.

That’s what living and working in Currituck County feels like.

Note: This article was first published in the COAST OBX.

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