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Ocracoke Island Realty's Company History

Ocracoke LIghthouse

The history of Ocracoke Island Realty is not just a tale of a successful real estate company but a narrative that intertwines with the captivating history of Ocracoke Island itself. This rich tapestry of growth, dedication, and community integration has made Ocracoke Island Realty a revered name in the world of real estate and vacation sales on this enchanting island.

Ocracoke Island, known for its maritime heritage and pristine landscapes, has attracted visitors for centuries. Its unique history, steeped in tales of pirates like Blackbeard and naval battles during World War II, adds a layer of intrigue to the island’s allure. Ocracoke’s picturesque village, complete with a charming harbor and an iconic lighthouse, remains a testament to its historic charm. The village’s character is preserved by strict building regulations ensuring that the landscape retains its timeless beauty, much like when the Ocracoke Lighthouse was first built in 1823.

This historical backdrop sets the stage for Ocracoke Island Realty, a company with a legacy that spans over three decades. Throughout its history, Ocracoke Island Realty has played a pivotal role in serving vacationing guests and helping individuals pursue their real estate dreams on this remarkable island.

Martha Garrish, a pivotal figure in the company’s story, has been involved for over 30 years. As the former owner and the current Broker-in-Charge and Sales Manager, her unwavering commitment shines through in her work. Martha’s deep affection for Ocracoke and her passion for helping individuals realize their real estate dreams have solidified her reputation as a professional characterized by a strong work ethic and an unwavering commitment to client satisfaction.

Martha’s active participation in the local community, including her service on various boards and organizations, underlines her dedication to the well-being of Ocracoke. Her profound knowledge of the Ocracoke Island real estate market and her focus on fostering strong client relationships have established her as a trusted real estate professional within the Ocracoke community.

Martha Garrish

In 2004, Village Realty seized the opportunity to acquire Ocracoke Island Realty, marking a significant milestone in the company’s journey. This strategic move not only expanded the company’s services but also brought together a wealth of experience.

In a further chapter of expansion and progress, Ocracoke Island Realty took a significant step in 2005 when it acquired Sandy Shores Realty. This move marked a strategic development for both companies. Ocracoke Island Realty has since maintained a steadfast focus on exceptional customer service for our guests and homeowners.

We manage over 300 vacation rental homes on Ocracoke Island. Ocracoke Island Realty provides a wide array of real estate options, including second homes and investment properties such as vacation rental homes and condos. Our commitment to the island community and dedication to delivering exceptional service make them an essential part of the Ocracoke real estate landscape.

Ocracoke Island itself boasts a unique and captivating history. As a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina, Ocracoke has a rich maritime heritage. Ocracoke’s picturesque village, with its charming harbor, lighthouse, and pristine beaches, has made it a sought-after destination for vacationers and those seeking a quiet island life.

Fisherman on boat in Ocracoke

What truly sets us apart is our unwavering connection to the community. Each member of our team actively participates in and contributes to the local community. Many of them call Ocracoke their home, with some being native islanders, while others have become long-time residents. A few are newcomers who have chosen to follow their dreams and make Ocracoke Island their home. Regardless of their backgrounds, our entire team shares a common commitment and enthusiasm for providing exceptional customer service, ensuring that guests and clients have memorable experiences on Ocracoke Island.

For those interested in navigating the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the Ocracoke Island real estate market, Ocracoke Island Realty boasts a dedicated and knowledgeable sales team. Our professionals are well-equipped to guide clients through the intricacies of buying or selling property on the island, drawing upon their deep understanding of the local area and its real estate trends.

Our Vacation Rentals team at Ocracoke Island Realty is a dedicated and passionate group of professionals who take pride in curating exceptional experiences for our guests. With an in-depth understanding of the unique charm and offerings of Ocracoke Island, we are committed to matching visitors with the perfect vacation rental to create lasting memories. Whether you’re seeking a cozy cottage in the village, a spacious canal-front home, or a charming sound side home, our team is here to guide you through the selection process, ensuring that your stay on Ocracoke Island is everything you’ve dreamed of. Our expertise extends beyond mere accommodations, as we are well-versed in the island’s activities, local events, and hidden gems, making us your go-to resource for a memorable Ocracoke experience. From booking to check-out, our team is dedicated to providing top-notch customer service and helping you make the most of your island getaway.