Simply my definition of near would only be Mid to Lower Currituck County (good home values and schools) or Dare Mainland (where there is nothing but bears and swamps). I don't consider being over an Hour away, near. Maybe I've been spoiled but a drive of more than a Half hour to spend the day on the beach is too much. It's either Outer Banks or Elsewhere, Wherever! Too many parameters being thrown in for the nearness to the Outer Banks. If you can work here, no need to look anyplace else. You have the great schools, plenty of youth activities, adequate shopping, cultural activities, extensive water sports, every denomination church, decent medical care, volunteer activities. What else do you need. I guess a job. Enough said from me. Over and Out!