Rodanthe Movie House Sold To Bail Bondsman

A North Carolina bail bondsmen has bought the nearly condemned beach house made famous in the film "Nights in Rodanthe."

The Hickory Daily Record reported Monday that Ben Huss of Newton bought the falling-down house officials wanted to condemn. Huss plans to move it a mile away where it won't be as vulnerable to coastal storms that pound the Outer Banks. The house was on the market for about $500,000. The 60-year-old bail bondsman and his wife say they'll close on the house January 4.

Huss says they plan to restore the house and model the interior after the house's appearance in the film, which was based on a Nicholas Sparks' novel.

Officials say the house is a nuisance because movie fans try to climb the damaged stairs when ocean water washes up to the house.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by ???? Location: greenville on Dec 30, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    People who throw stones, should not live in glass houses. Clean up your on back your before you try cleaning up someones elses. In other words, if you have nothing nice to say, dont say anything at all.
  • by Tad Location: Williamston on Dec 29, 2009 at 05:05 PM
    "me", why don't you and "anum" take a ride on the Majestic Mystery Ark? You two can work out all your feelings of disappointment and accusations of racism with the phony hero in the little captains hat. Take a Dinghy!
  • by Me Location: NC on Dec 29, 2009 at 12:36 PM
    Wow - I can't believe some of the comments on here. This was just a story about a man buying a house about to be condemned. Yes it was used in a movie but what difference does that make. And where in the world did you get the Coopers into this. I guess there's more negative than positive in this world and that is a shame.
  • by Anon Location: ENC on Dec 29, 2009 at 10:47 AM
    I am so ashamed of where I live because of people like a lot of you. You cling to your bible and religion yet act NOTHING like Christ acted. You spew racism, prejudices, bitterness, etc and then in the very next breath speak the name of a God that you don't really know. 'Tis sad.
  • by s Location: enc on Dec 29, 2009 at 07:25 AM
    Very good analysis Darren...I agree 100%...And yes,I know what I am asking for when I say I wish all Yankees would go home....I would love to send them packing along with their "I know how to do things better than you" attitude...And yes,we did fine before they came along with their fat purses & high crime & we would certainly be better off without most of them...However,I am so glad this house was saved,because I LOVED THE MOVIE!!
  • by Back Location: Greenville on Dec 29, 2009 at 06:57 AM
    I think it was gov. hunt(may be wrong gov)that made it a law that the beach beyond the dune line CAN be used by any individual. Why was this law written? Years ago some tourists were walking on the northern beach in front of a beach house. The owner, from up north, threatened to file charges against the individual for walking on his property. Thus, the change. Like I said; please enjoy our beaches as we do but leave the attitude at home. Oh, and by the way; NC did just fine before tourist dollars were here and we would still do just fine without.
  • by Anon Location: NC on Dec 29, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    The many of you who want all the "yankees" to go "home" have no clue what you're asking for. Where do you think that our small communities are getting the money to thrive? If we send them packing we may as well start burning all of our little towns here in the east to the ground! This is coming from a born and bred North Carolinian.
  • by From Edenton on Dec 29, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    Don't get mad and hostile, just because you can't afford it....Just a thought there.
  • by Positive Location: NC on Dec 29, 2009 at 05:38 AM
    FYI- Many of the military folks who live here in the east are originally from states that lie north of PA, so maybe we could all show a little more respect for our fellow Americans. Just a thought for those of you who may want to show some hospitality rather than attitude.
  • by Back Location: Greenville on Dec 29, 2009 at 04:38 AM
    I've seen cottages in the past moved before but they were not in the surf zone. Just wondering how they plan on getting to the house to do the set up. It takes time to set up a stable platform to lift a house(more difficult on wet sand), but it only takes an hour to wash sand from around a structure; its not the same as lifting and moving the lighthouse. I guess if you've got that much money, try it and good luck. So far as northerners coming down here; enjoy the beaches and your time here; just remember; if you have the stereotypical northerner attitude that I have seen MANY times on the beach in the past, leave it at home before you come or don't come at all.
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