Holden Beach is one of those coastal Carolina hidden gem communities that is not only a great place to plan a vacation but also offers exceptional value for a rental property investment or as the setting for your next home.
Holden Beach is a barrier island, located on the southern coast of North Carolina. With almost 11 miles of oceanfront, Holden Beach is the longest and the largest of the three islands in a group known as the South Brunswick Islands. It is bounded by Shallotte Inlet to the west, Lockwoods Folly Inlet to the east, and the Intracoastal Waterway to the north.
One road, North Carolina Highway 130, connects Holden Beach with the mainland. It rises 65 feet above the Intracoastal Waterway, giving visitors and homeowners a breathtaking view of the ocean. The beach and the ocean are the main attractions in this town, which prides itself on a restful, quiet lifestyle.
Along with heading out to the beautiful beaches, popular activities on the island include boating, surf fishing, kayaking, hiking and more. Holden Beach offers a fishing pier, and the island also happens to be a nesting beach for the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtles.
Before the American Revolution, early settlers who could pay 50 shillings per 100 acres of land could receive a permanent grant for Royal Governor Arthur Dobbs. In 1756, Benjamin Holden purchased four mainland tracts as well as the island between his plantation and the Atlantic Ocean. This island extended from Lockwood's Folly Inlet, west 6 miles to Bacon Inlet. Benjamin and his sons used the island primarily for fishing and cattle grazing.
The waters surrounding the island also contain interesting remnants of the area’s rich past. During the Civil War, Holden Beach and Lockwood's Folly Inlet became the marker for several shipwrecks including the Confederate blockade runners CSS Elizabeth and CSS Bendigo, as well as the Union blockade ship USS Iron Age. At low tide, visitors to the eastern end of the island can view the remains of the Iron Age.
In the 1920s, the Holden family began developing the resort community with a low density population and limited commercialism plan in mind.
Hurricane Hazel caused extensive destruction to Holden Beach in 1954 and rebuilding took many years to complete. The Island was incorporated on February 14, 1969. Seventeen years later, the Town of Holden Beach opened its high-rise steel and concrete bridge, which greatly improved beach access for the residents and visitors occupying the 1,900 homes on the beautiful island.
While there are limited commercial establishments on the island, the causeway leading to the island is lined with specialty stores, shops and a grocery store.
The Town of Shallotte, just 10 minutes, away offers several shopping centers, which include grocery stores and national chain department stores.
A little more than 30 minutes away you can visit Wilmington NC to the north and Myrtle Beach, SC to the south.
Whether you want to join the tight-knit community of the area year-round or are interested in a summer home or rental property, Holden Beach offers exceptional value. From small, getaway cottages to large group vacation homes, there is a Holden Beach home just for you.
Nestled into the southern tip of Coastal North Carolina, the beaches of Brunswick County foster family focused entertainment in a clean environment. It’s one of the many reasons why this part of the Carolina coast has emerged as a premier coastal destination for retirement living, relocations and coastal vacations. Most local spots are just minutes from major highways, airports, universities and medical facilities.
Outdoor activities can be enjoyed all year long. There is an abundance of premier golf courses, fishing charters, and kayak and canoe centers. Residents enjoy a laid-back, quiet lifestyle at price points that are quite affordable. The Intracoastal Real Estate team would welcome the opportunity to show you around.
Holden Beach, a family friendly destination, offers an abundance of beach house rentals to accommodate families of all sizes with first-rate amenities. Intracoastal Rentals offers a large selection of Holden Beach house rentals, including oceanfront, beach view, and rentals close to the beach. Whether you are looking for a pet-friendly location or a house that includes a pool, we invite you to come experience this family beach lifestyle at this highly regarded beach destination on the East coast.
Want to learn more about Holden Beach? The Intracoastal Realty Team includes many representatives who live and work in and around the Holden Beach area. We can help you find your perfect next primary home, second home or rental property.
Holden Beach Merchants Association
Holden Beach Turtle Patrol
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce
Holden Beach Town Hall
NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
NC Division of Coastal Management
State of North Carolina