NC Landmark In Peril

A North Carolina landmark that was recently featured in a big time Hollywood movie is in danger of plunging into the ocean.

The Serendipity House on Rodanthe is in a head to head battle with the wind and waves of Hurricane Bill.

The house was most recently used in the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks novel "Nights in Rodanthe" has battled the effects of mother nature for more than 20 years.

The rental home had been a popular spot for vacationers over the years before a storm last year left it uninhabitable.


Serendipity House, in Rodanthe


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  • by spydermn Location: NC on Nov 12, 2009 at 11:25 AM
    soontobewifey - no luck. I think it will make it throught the storm but you are going to have to go further south for your honeymoon. Besides being a nicer location, I believe that I heard the inside shots of the movie were filmed in a house in Hatteras. Good luck and congrats.
  • by Jerard Location: NJ on Aug 31, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    I just got back from Rodanthe and let me tell you that house is done. It's only a matter of time now before it's gone. It has a warning posted on it that it is unsafe to enter the house. The beach has really eroded and even Wanders Rest two houses over now has the water lapping at its pilings. Shame such a nice house I guess Green Lantern across 12 will be the new ocean front home soon.
  • by soontobewifey Location: WV on Aug 25, 2009 at 10:20 AM
    does anyone have any new information on the house. I'm getting married in the fall and was hoping to spend my honeymoon in the house ....don't know if that is possible now. just hope it's ok.
  • by lynette on Aug 25, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    but i love this house in the movie. . . it just has to be saved. I watch the movie at least once a week and think about the house. Last night I watch the movie and just sat down and cried once realizing that this most precious landmark is going away from us. The house is just so near and dear to my heart. My family and I rented it one year and it just contains so many precious memories for me and I am sure many others.
  • by question Location: nc on Aug 24, 2009 at 05:37 PM
    Is the house condemend after Bill? Will septic be able to be repaired again or not?
  • by hmmm Location: NC on Aug 24, 2009 at 10:43 AM
    Lynette...it doesn't work that way. Nick...you are mistaken. This house is not on Topsail beach.
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Aug 24, 2009 at 09:00 AM
    If you build a house near the beach, there is always a chance it will face a threat from the sea. You HAVE to know this building right on the beach. We moved the Hatteras Lighthouse for this very reason. The barrier islands are constantly moving and shifting. The current owners may want to consider relocating the house further inland. But, if they don't want to go through that expense, then Mother Nature will finish the job. Taxpayers shouldn't have to foot this bill. It was a known risk to buy a house on the beach. Having been featured in a movie is of no consequence.
  • by JC Location: Greenville on Aug 24, 2009 at 08:10 AM
    Are you going to pay for it Lynette? Let's waste tax more tax dollars to a save a house that was in a movie. There are teachers and policemen losing their jobs because there is no money. You can't stop mother nature, pump in sand everyday but the ocean will eventually win!
  • by lynette on Aug 24, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    well why doesn't someone DO something? All of those poeple just standing there watching it. Why can't some sand be brought in the put around it and to push the ocean back? All it needs is to have that area built up higher again so that the ocean will recede.
  • by Mark on Aug 24, 2009 at 06:36 AM
    The house was build about 400 feet from the water 20 years ago. This one and half mile section of Rodanthe beach has just been losing about 10 - 15 feet a year due to natural causes. I was there last week when the waves from Bill hit. I got great pictures of the house from Friday before the storm hit to after the waves did there damage. I got great live action shots of the stairs falling into the ocean. By Saturday night the new septic system was almost totally uncovered but did not yet appear damaged. The three new AC units were still barely attached to the house. The owner put in about 100K in the last two years to get the place rental after the Nov 06 storm did damage to the original septic system and other parts of the house. The house next door, Tailwinds, is also an interesting story, having just come out of foreclosure.
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