FIGURE 8 ISLAND by Rob Grantmyre
Just North of Wilmington is a private island accessible only by boat or private bridge. Figure Eight is one of only a handful of privately owned Islands along the Eastern Seaboard.
Prominent Wilmington architect Ligon Flynn believes “the privacy and exclusiveness are what appeals to people the most.” They are why the island is best known for its uncrowded white sand beaches, and unspoiled coastal lifestyle.
Originally developed by Bruce and Dan Cameron, construction began at Figure Eight around 1960. There are a mere 440 existing homes on Figure Eight and only about 100 lots available for building. There are no commercial businesses. Here you will find winding inlets, and rare maritime forests in place of the typical strip malls of many coastal towns.
A favorite vacation destination for entertainers and politicians, Figure Eight is simultaneously very exclusive, and very laid back. The carefree atmosphere is contagious. Driving along one of the Island’s few roads its common for everyone you see to greet you with a smile and a wave. The Island also serves as a Sea Turtle sanctuary with multiple hatchings each year.
Only 50 to 60 residents call Figure Eight their permanent home. The Island is ideal for second homes because of its proximity to the Raleigh, Charlotte and Washington D.C. markets. There is an active rental market allowing homeowners to enjoy nice returns on their investments.
Although there are no restaurants on the Island, The Figure Eight Island Yacht Club does offer dining, a swimming pool, and a harbor for members. In the early days the facility was used primarily as an office for the developer. Today it serves as both the Yacht Club and the office for Figure Eight Island Realty.