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Welcome to the heart of Beach Realty & Construction's legacy, where six decades of passion, dedication, and a commitment to excellence have shaped our journey. As we proudly celebrate our 60th anniversary, we invite you to delve into the rich tapestry of our history. From our humble beginnings to becoming a cornerstone in the real estate and construction industry, each milestone reflects our unwavering commitment to serving our community and clients with integrity and innovation. Join us on a nostalgic exploration of our past, appreciating the foundations that have propelled us into the future, and discover why, after 60 years, the Beach Realty & Construction story continues to unfold with enduring strength and purpose.

Kitty Hawk Rentals

In the winter of 1964, Kitty Hawk Realty and Rentals started in the den of Tom and Marge Cafferty’s four-bedroom house at the 4 milepost in Kitty Hawk. The company consisted of fifty rental houses (all oceanfront, as no one would rent anything else), one full-time staff member, and some creative ideas to manage summer rentals for cottage owners. Establishing the reputation as innovators and leaders in the industry, Kitty Hawk Rentals was...

The first rental company to produce a rental brochure (1965),

The first rental company to handle property in some place called “Duck” (1966),

And the first company to have offerings in Ocean Sands (1974),

Kitty Hawk Rentals has been a progressive force in real estate on the Outer Banks since its beginning. The company responded to the business's very active sales and construction aspect by changing the company name to the all-inclusive “Kitty Hawk Realty” in the early 70s.

After several location changes, the Kitty Hawk Realty staff settled on a flat-top oceanside building in Kill Devil Hills as the central reservation and sales office in 1975, with an inventory of approximately 150 rental properties. They would remain in this location for the next 39 years.

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Beach Realty & Construction

On the Fourth of July 1979, Jimbo Ward and an associate started J&B Realty, a Realty World franchise. Within the year, they added custom construction to the general real estate services. At that time, Jimbo already had eight years of construction experience on the Outer Banks.

In 1982, the company changed its name to Beach Realty & Construction, becoming a fully independent real estate firm, and built its headquarters in Kitty Hawk (where it still resides).

The first builder to offer a total design and construction package to the consumer,

The first to build everything from affordable first homes to condominium projects,

The first President and charter member of the Outer Banks Homebuilders Association,

Jimbo Ward and Beach Realty & Construction has established and maintained a reputation for service and integrity in the highly competitive construction market.

The sales force became well versed in all aspects of real estate – from assisting first time home buyers to counseling experienced investors, from lot sales to custom design and construction. Sellers and buyers benefit from our strong internet presence.

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Beach Realty & Construction/Kitty Hawk Rentals

These two leaders in Outer Banks rentals, real estate, and construction joined forces in 1985.
The merger boosted further growth, and in 1989, opened it's third office on the sound front in Duck.
Responding to market demand, in 1993 it inaugurated it's fourth location in Corolla, just south of Whalehead.
In 2014, in conjuction with celebrating it's 50th anniversary, the Kill Devil Hills office was relocated to Kitty Hawk, adjacent to it's headquarters, Sales & Construction office.
Also in 2014, our services began extending north the the four wheel drive beaches of Carova.

In 2023, Jimbo Ward, president and founder, enters into retirement and former General Manager, Jason Ward (son of Jimbo Ward), is named President of Beach Realty & Construction / Kitty Hawk Rentals.

In 2024, Kitty Hawk Rentals celebrates it's 60th anniversary of being a family owned and operated company on the Outer Banks.

60 Years and Still Growing!

Currently, Beach Realty & Construction / Kitty Hawk Rentals manages over 400 vacation rental properties from 4x4 - Carova to South Nags Head. 
Beach Realty & Construction builds one-of-a-kind custom homes from the Currituck Mainland to Hatteras Island and continues to provide knowledgeable and competent sales assistance to hundreds of satisfied buyers and sellers.

Join the Beach Realty Family as a guest, homeowner, employee, vendor and experience the magic that has kept us in business for decades! We know why you're here, we're here for the same reasons! Joining us as a valued member of the Kitty Hawk Rentals program, you have direct connections with the best sales agents, remodeling and construction professionals the Outer Banks has to offer.