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Living in Elizabeth City, NC

In addition to its charming waterfront and bustling downtown area, Elizabeth City, North Carolina, is steeped in history. Located in the northeastern corner of the "Tar Heel State," Elizabeth City, NC, dates back to 1663 and has long been an important shipping hub, thanks to its proximity to the Pasquotank River. The city is home to the largest U.S. Coast Guard base in the country, a lively arts scene and a welcoming community. No wonder the Elizabeth City neighborhood is known as the "Harbor of Hospitality!"

Things to Do

By day, explore Elizabeth City's revitalized waterfront, which overlooks the shimmering waters of the Pasquotank River, a tranquil coastal water body that snakes through Pasquotank County. The brick waterfront is lined with benches, making it the perfect spot to relax and survey yachts that are docked in the harbor. If history's your thing, check out the Museum of the Albemarle in the nearby downtown area, with exhibits that explore the area's interesting history. You can discover how water has shaped the economy of Elizabeth City and the wider Inner Banks area that makes up the inland coastal region of eastern North Carolina.

Grab a map from the Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association, which organizes historic walking tours of the local area throughout the year, and take your own tour of historic attractions in town. In the evening, visit Elizabeth City's downtown area and one of its many bars. Alternatively, grab a bite to eat on North Road Street, where you'll find oyster bars, fast-food joints, and family-friendly restaurants that serve fresh seafood.

Elizabeth City - A United States Coast Guard City

Housing in Elizabeth City

Elizabeth City real estate is a mixture of family homes, luxurious waterfront properties, and the elegant Antebellum mansions that are synonymous with North Carolina. Many homes in the Old Town district have been restored, and new apartment complexes have been constructed on the outskirts of the city. Homes for sale in Elizabeth City include semi-detached properties and single-family houses.

Transportation and Travel

Elizabeth City, North Carolina, is connected to neighboring cities by bridges and highways, providing speedy access places like Norfolk, Virginia, which is home to large shopping malls and must-see museums and only 47 miles away. The Outer Banks and its beautiful beaches are 88 miles away via North Carolina Route 12N and U.S. Highway 158W. Both options are ideal if you are living in Elizabeth City and want to travel further afield on a day trip.


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What Locals Love

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  • The brick waterfront along the Pasquotank River offers residents plenty of park benches to rest, relax. and watch the yachts float lazily in the nearby harbor.
  • Historic walking tours are all the rage for local history buffs. Sign up for a tour through the Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association or grab a map and go off on a tour of your own.
  • Downtown Elizabeth City offers plenty of dining options, including oyster bars, fresh seafood, fast food, and family-friendly restaurants.


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