Hear from Our Owners in The Cottages at Ocean Isle Beach…

Front Porches. The Cottages at Ocean Isle Beach, NC.
We build more than custom cottages.  We build coastal cottage communities!

DSC_1635Life at The Cottages at Ocean Isle Beach is an intoxicating blend of nature and nurture, a celebration of easy shoreside life that has lulled me into total relaxation. Southern. Serene. Coastal breezes. Spectacular sunrises and vivid sunsets.

My living room and broad porch are joyful, magical places that lure me into sitting and enjoying the simple pleasures: flowers and trees in rich, vibrant colors,  glasses of wine shared with friendly neighbors, views of egrets and herons, geckos sunning themselves on my grill, turtles paddling in the pond, lovely views of the nearby waterways, marshes and woods and, of course, life in flip flops!

Is there anything better?

Jeanette Harrison, Owner of The Seahaven. Relocated from Boston, Massachusetts.


image003We looked far and wide for the past 20 years for the perfect place to semi-retire, reinvent ourselves, and live the cottage lifestyle. The Cottages at Ocean Isle Beach was the answer. Our custom cottage, built by The Cottage Building Company, is everything we wanted in a cottage style home. We loved that Michele and Ron listened to our needs and wants, modified the floor plan, and perfectly captured our custom, dream cottage–from increasing in the size of the living and dining rooms, to redesigning our kitchen, to including our own fireplace design, to replacing our doors in the Jack and Jill baths with pocket doors, and so much more…

We so adore the outside, too. The lush landscapes, mature trees, inlet ponds, and rolling terrain make for beautiful walks. Being 1 mile from the beach is daily treat. Shopping and dining options are up and down the “coastal corridor” and in and around OIB.

Add to all of the above wonderful and diverse neighbors, great weather, and low property taxes. We wake up feeling like we live on paradise island. 

Mark Ballard and Tom Finney, Owners of The Waterside. Relocated from Columbus, Ohio.



As soon as we sold our business in Maine, we were on a mission to find our dream home at the beach in North Carolina. The Cottages at Ocean Isle Beach ‘ticked’ all the boxes on our wish list. Open floor plan, single story living, walking trails for our dogs, waterway views, maintenance-free lawns, clubhouse and pool. Most importantly, all this with a great community feel, awesome neighbors, and only one mile to the beach!

We are living the life! 

Richard Czopek and Chandra Bardwell, Owners of The Sandfiddler. Relocated from Moosehead Lake, Maine.


unnamed (27)We have been vacationing in North Carolina for twelve years (since our daughter moved here). We knew North Carolina would be our home when we retired and started searching for “the perfect ” place about two years ago. Our criteria was pretty simple. We wanted to be close to the ocean. We have spent time at NC beaches from Corolla, Atlantic, and Topsail down to Sunset.

We fell in love with The Cottages of Ocean Isle Beach the first time we drove into the neighborhood. The craftsmanship was the first thing we noticed but that was followed very quickly by the friendliness and professionalism we were met with. We were able to customize our home and were encouraged to visit and watch the progress as much as possible.

We moved in six months ago and are still pinching ourselves everyday. We are within minutes of two amazing beaches–Ocean Isle and Sunset. We love visiting with the great people that have become our neighbors. Our home is exactly what we envisioned–maybe even better.

Gil and Stacey Davis, Owners of The Seaside. Relocated from Pittsboro, Indiana.



Living at The Cottages at Ocean Isle Beach is a unique experience. As you enter the community, you are immediately enticed by the beauty of the landscaping and the colors of the cottages–each with a personality of its own. It’s a neighborhood of people, from many states, who have chosen this coastal oasis to call home.

The quality of the cottages built by The Cottage Building Company is exceptional. The setting provides not only a beautiful backdrop for the cottages but a wonderful place to walk and ride bikes.

The bonus above all is having the BEST people you could ask for as neighbors.  What more could you want or need?

Pam Groce, Owner of The Sweetwater. Relocated from Sunset Beach, North Carolina.


The Cottages are designed and built exclusively by The Cottage Building Company of Leland, North Carolina under the watchful-eyes and hands-on leadership of Founders, Creators, and Owners, Scott and Michele Cook.

The Cottage Building Company has created custom cottage communities of unparalleled quality and timeless design in southeastern NC over the past decade. The mission of The Cottage Building Company is to create close-knit, custom cottage communities in coastal North Carolina that celebrate the carefree cottage life.