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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Oak Island, North_Carolina

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Where to Retire in Oak Island and Home Prices

Oak Island is part on a barrier island and part on the mainland across the bridge, so housing prices of course vary according to location, with homes on the water more expensive. The town is made up of many cottages, condos and single-family homes.  There is a large golf and marina community on the mainland.  Zillow reports the median home value on Oak Island to be $400,598. in late 2021.

What Is Special about Oak Island

Oak Island is a small, quiet beach community that is popular with retirees who live there year-round or as a second home.  It has boat docks, fishing piers, restaurants and shops, and outdoor activities.

What Is Not Special about Oak Island

If you are not a boater or a beach person, you may not find much to do here. Oak Island has had hurricanes; Summers bring lots of tourists

Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 45 degrees, with July's average at 82. Oak Island has experienced hurricanes, with the most recent in 1999.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The small town boasts beautiful beaches, fishing, boating, and access to the Intracoastal Waterway. It has many restaurants, ice cream shoppes, galleries and stores, and also offers parks, and golf courses, and a library. The Ocean Education Center displays exhibits about local marine life and provides programs for children, and the Oak Island Lighthouse offers tours.  Southport is nearby with more shops and dining, but Wilmington, about  30 miles away, is a college town and offers more of a cultural scene, with performing arts and many events.


Crime is higher than the national average, and almost all incidents involve theft.

Medical Facilities

Dosher Memorial Hospital is in Southport about 11 miles away, and operates a medical clinic on Oak Island.


Wilmington International Airport is about 35 miles away; Oak Island Airport is run by Brunswick County for general aviation; The community is very popular with boaters, has many marinas and offers access to the intracoastal Waterway.

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