Living on Island Time

Written by Melissa Snowden | Photography by Anne Liles

Just the experience of traveling to Bald Head Island creates a sense of serenity.  Leave your car and your worries behind as you jump aboard a passenger ferry at Deep Point Marina for a twenty-minute cruise to this exquisitely isolated barrier island, a mere two miles from the Southport coast.

As the ferry pulls into the marina, Old Baldy,  the 200-year old lighthouse commissioned by Thomas Jefferson, paints the backdrop for this lush island retreat. Once you enter “island time” your entire pace slows down.  Literally, it slows down to no faster than eighteen miles per hour, the highest permissible speed limit on the island, as gas-driven vehicles are prohibited on Bald Head Island.  Electric golf carts, bicycles, or your own two feet are the only methods of transportation available.

As you wind your way through the car-free roads called “Wynds,” take in the breathtaking natural surroundings of idyllic streetscapes with hidden architectural gems.


Bald Head Island has the unique characteristic of both east and west facing beaches that converge at a point. With fourteen miles of pristine beaches, beachcombers have the luxury of watching both the sun rise and set over the water to bookend the day.  

Just a stone’s throw from the ocean is a community called Cape Fear Station, which was named the Southern Living Inspired Community of the Year in 2017 by Southern Living Magazine. Very few communities hold this prestigious designation. Southern Living inspired communities are those that embrace the beauty and character of the natural landscape, embody southern inspired architecture, and foster communal gatherings within the development.  

Cape Fear Station was named after a U.S. life-saving station that once stood on the island’s east beach. The Common at Cape Fear Station is the community’s village green that provides a park-like setting for residents to gather, play games and enjoy outdoor music. The homes are nestled on the homesites to take maximum advantage of the topography and the views. Connected by sidewalks and alleyways, residents can easily make their way to visit neighbors and surrounding amenities.  

Directly across the street from The Commons, situated on a prime corner lot, 202 South East Beach Drive is a low-country masterpiece built by Whitney Blair, a three-time winner of Southern Living Magazine’s Custom Builder award. The home’s interior was thoughtfully designed by Southern Studios and exudes coastal elegance.  

This 2,300 square foot home boasts an open floor plan with 10-foot ceilings on the first level, shiplap walls, and white oak floors. The kitchen is a chef’s delight with top-notch appliances, quartz countertops, counter height island and a temperature-controlled wine room. The private, first level master suite has access to a rear deck leading to a screened in porch.  

This home takes full advantage of the outdoors with a built-in kitchen, extensive decking, and wide wrap-around porches.  Curl up with a book or let the afternoon breeze lull you to sleep on a shaded sleeping porch. Let your stress wash away like the tide, for that’s what living on island time is all about.

If you are interested in making Bald Head Island your home or private getaway, 202 South East Beach Drive is currently for sale. The property is listed with Bald Head Island Limited by the highly experienced island experts, Doug Oakley, Stephanie Blake and Garrett Albertson. For more information about this property or other properties on Bald Head Island, call Bald Head Island Limited at (910) 457-7400.