Outer Banks Terms & Definitions

  • Locations
    • Oceanfront
    • Semi-Oceanfront
    • Oceanside
    • Soundside
    • Soundfront
  • Bedding
    • Pack-n-Play
    • Portacrib
    • Pyramid Bunk
    • Trundle
  • Amenities
    • Dune Deck
    • Game room or rec room
    • Half bath
    • Hall bath
    • Heated private pool
    • Hot tub
    • Private pool
    • Semi-private bath
    • Shared bath
    • Special Events
    • Theater/media room
    • Whirlpool
    • WiFi


Note: There are two (2) roads running north/south on the Outer Banks…the "Beach Road" (NC 12), and what is known as the"Bypass" (US 158). 

Oceanfront - An oceanfront home has no homes or buildable lots located between it and the ocean. The distance between the home and the ocean may vary.

Semi-Oceanfront - Semi-oceanfront homes are located one lot back from the ocean and may or may not require crossing the road. Children always will need assistance to cross any road, and may or may not have a home between it and the beach. The distance to the water, beach accesses, and views vary. 

Oceanside - These homes are located east Highway 158. These homes have two or more homes between them and the ocean. These homes may or may not require crossing a road, and may or may not have an ocean view. The distance to the ocean varies.

Soundside - These homes are located west of Highway 158 from Southern Shores to Nags Head and west of Highway 12 from Southern Shores to Corolla. The distance to the sound and views vary. Some homes may not have direct access to the sound (soundside homes in the village of Duck do not have direct access to the sound). 

Soundfront - These properties front the sound with no homes or lots in between. The distance to the sound, access to the sound and the view vary. Sunsets can be gorgeous!

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Pack-n-Play - An enclosed play yard for play and nap.

Portacrib (portable crib) - A fold away crib with a thin mattress.

Pyramid Bunk - Bunk set with a double on the bottom and a twin on the top.

Trundle - Bed that stores under another.

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Dune deck - An oceanfront sitting area.

Game room or rec room - Room which may include amenities such as a pool table, foosball, ping pong, etc.

Half bath - Bathroom with a toilet and sink only (no bathtub or shower).

Hall bath - Bathroom that is only accessible from the hallway.

Private pool - A private swimming pool located at the rental property. 

Heated private pool - A private pool that may be heated; see individual property descriptions for cost and availability dates.

Hot tub - A water-filled wood, plastic, or ceramic manufactured tub. Normally equipped with a heater that heats the water from 80 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit. It may also have jets to bubble the water; typically located outside.

Semi-private bath - Bathroom with two (2) entries; one from a bedroom and one from a hall or another room.

Shared bath - Bathroom that is situated between two (2) bedrooms that is accessible by both, AKA Jack and Jill bath. 

Special Events - Any event that will increase the occupancy of the home - even for just a few hours. Special Event homes can be reserved for an additional fee & security deposit. Guests must call our office to reserve a Special Event home. You can also email Events@SeasideRealty.com.

Theater/media room - Separate room with large-screen TV, multiple speakers and adequate seating for multiple viewers.

Whirlpool/Jacuzzi - A bathtub with jets.

WiFi (Wireless Internet) - Internet access that allows users of personal and hand-held computers to connect to the internet at high speed without cables.

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If you have any further questions about your Outer Banks vacation please email us, or call us at 866.884.0267.