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Company History

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 person, and some creative ideas to manage summer rentals for cottage owners.

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 very active sales and construction aspect of the business by changing the company name to the all inclusive “Kitty Hawk Realty” in the early 70’s.

Kitty Hawk Rentals flat top kill devil hills locationAfter several location changes, the Kitty Hawk Realty staff settled on a flat top oceanside builing 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.

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.

Beach Realty and Construction VintageIn 1982, the company changed its name to Beach Realty & Construction, becoming a fully independent real estate firm, and built its headquarters in Kitty Hawk. 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 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.

Beach Realty & Construction/Kitty Hawk Rentals

kitty hawk rentals duck office opening 1988These two leaders in Outer Banks rentals, real estate, and construction joined forces in 1985. The merger boosted further growth, and in 1989 we opened our third office on the sound front in Duck. Responding to market demand, in 1993 we inaugurated our fourth location in Corolla, just south of Whalehead. In 2014, in conjuction with celebrating our 50th anniversary, the Kill Devil Hills office was relocated to Kitty Hawk, adjacent to our Sales & Construction office. Also in 2014, our services began extending north the the four wheel drive beaches of Carova. We now handle around 500 vacation rental properties from 4x4 - Carova to South Nags Head. Fifty years and still growing...

We build one-of-a-kind custom homes from the Currituck Mainland to Hatteras Island. We continue to provide knowledgeable and competent sales assistance to hundreds of satisfied buyers and sellers.

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.

50 Years and Still Growing...

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