OFFERED: Lot# 24A BAY LAKE SUBDIVISION
There are many factors that establish just how suitable a waterfront lot is for any given individual’s or family’s needs. Many have learned the hard lesson of trying to dock their pleasure boat at an open-water, unprotected dock. It is a helpless feeling to watch a vessel bash against the dock in an unexpected windstorm, when berthed in this situation. In general terms, the close proximity to life’s everyday conveniences also plays a significant role in the valuation of waterfront building lots. Small and seemingly insignificant needs often become major problems when the needed items are plentiful at the local Walmart or Lowes……40-60 roundtrip miles away.
Lot 24A in the Bay Lake subdivision is very forgiving in both of these instances. Located at the head of Chocowinity Bay on the Pamlico River, this property is well-protected from the typical northerly winter storms and southerly/easterly storms of the summer. The location, relative to convenience, couldn’t be much better either. All types of merchandise are available in both Chocowinity and Washington, NC, with major merchandisers, hospital, doctors, dentists, major food stores, drug stores, veterinary clinics, banks, restaurants, etc. located within about 5 miles or less. In short, you can appreciate the rural feel of Bay Lake and the amenities of the river without being so isolated.
Let’s talk a little about the history of the area where this property is located. On the western extremes of the Pamlico River (where the Pamlico becomes the Tar River) a peninsula of land splits the Pamlico roughly NE and SW for about 3.5 miles. This peninsula creates a fork in the river, leaving the main body of the Pamlico River adjacent to the town of Washington, locally known as “The ORIGINAL Washington” on its north side and Chocowinity Bay and the town of Chocowinity to its south. While many have called this significant strip of land home for generations, arguably, it might have been best known as the avenue to Whichard’s Beach and Marina.
Whichard’s Beach and Marina was a LARGE waterfront recreation area, with boat sales, service, ship’s store, boat launch ramp, etc. At the very heart of this facility was a sandy beach facing the Pamlico and a sizable dance hall, where a hootin’ and hollerin’ good time was had on many weekends! The sandy beach was quite unique for the Beaufort County area and I’m sure countless individuals from far and wide learned to swim there. There were other facets, as well, such as the water slide that was a favorite of my now grown children. Probably the greatest asset of the facility was also likely the proximate cause of its demise.
Being on the very eastern tip of the above mentioned peninsula, this greatest asset of the facility was “the most breathtaking view of the Pamlico River!” Standing on the boat launch ramp at Whichard’s, the river seemed to just go on forever. As waterfront property became such an expensive development commodity, it was a matter of time before this area was to give way to development.
This natural progression led the Whichard family to turn their efforts to an area farther west on Whichard’s Beach Road, which is now the Bay Lake subdivision. The centerpiece of this subdivision is the man-made Bay Lake with a significant number of waterfront homesites located along bulkheaded canals. The original plan was for all of these waterfront properties to be open to the Pamlico River via Chocowinity Bay. The fruition of this plan has taken a monumental amount of work and probably even more persistence by the Whichard family. Opening the area to the river system became an on-again, off-again proposition for a significant amount of time, but as Benjamin Franklin said, “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
The Bay Lake subdivision is open now to the river and shares Chocowinity Bay with another waterfront subdivision, Cypress Landing. There are so many other positive attributes of this area. Do you have children? If so, you might check out the positive rankings of the school system in this area. These schools are packed full of small-town, rural values and remain “kinder and gentler” than many.
This lot is 1.08 acres with 155’ of road front, approximately 166’ of waterfront and offers over 300’ of depth (see tax map). It features a natural slope from Bay Lake Street to the water’s edge with a natural area for a boat dock or slip on the SE corner. Trees have been selectively cut and a few remain. For a copy of the Bay Lake covenants click here.
If you like boating, bring your boat, large or small. You might stay close to your home and enjoy the amenities of the immediate area or you might explore the Pamlico River…………and beyond. Now, the choice is yours!