Real Estate Scorecard Announces 2014 Bliss Award Winner for Best Boating Community of the Year - River Dunes in Oriental North Carolina

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River Dunes in Coastal North Carolina

Best Boating Community of the Year

As Real Estate Scorecard traveled up and down the coast, from Florida to North Carolina, they searched for full service boating master-planned communities and found last year’s Bliss Award winner a tough act to follow. River Dunes in Oriental North Carolina has superior benefits including being positioned on the Inner Banks and the Pamlico Sound. The 28-acre, 400-slip inland marina protects 14 miles of natural shoreline from development, and the 1,100-ft. channel creates a safe harbor for the community. Within minutes, boaters can navigate across the Intracoastal Waterway and Pamlico Sound to the Outer Banks beaches.

Property owners describe River Dunes as “This community was developed the right way. The amenities were done first and not "promised" later. We have a beautiful hurricane-safe harbor, yacht club and green space everywhere. Being on the ICW, we have access to anywhere. It is a perfect location!” and another says “Are we happy? Assuredly yes! The community property is very well-maintained. The management team has worked tirelessly to successfully secure and enhance the development's financial backing. There is a strong sense of community and we feel welcomed to it. These are genuinely good people...and we are proud to call them neighbors.”

Grace Harbor Marina is framed out by a Nantucket-style cottage home neighborhood and white picket fences. River Dunes amenities include an 11,500 square foot clubhouse overlooking the marina, an outdoor swimming pool, cabanas, fireside hot tub, fitness center, tennis courts and more. Guest cottages are tastefully designed reflecting classic coastal living providing guests the opportunity to experience the boating lifestyle River Dunes offers property owners. Home prices begin in the mid $400k's and lots can be found in the low $100k's.

River Dunes marina has a long list of five star marina reviews and accolades such as the 2007 Sustainable Community of the Year for going green and 2013 Best Customer Service by MarinaLife. In 2011, ActiveCaptain ranked River Dunes marina as #3 Marina in the World. Fuel, state-of-the-art floating docks, a boat ramp, boat storage and high speed internet are available. River Dunes does an excellent job in keeping property owners informed about what’s happening on their website and through social media.

Life at River Dunes revolves around the water. The community’s social clubs are actively involved with educational events, sailing regattas, fishing competitions and fundraising events. The community annually sponsors the Leukemia Cup Regatta which helped raise over $125k to help fight cancer in 2013.

River Dunes is a debt free North Carolina boating community committed to protecting its treasure by the sea.


After visiting 241 master-planned communities in the Southeast, only 140 or 58% have made 'the cut' as of 2014 and are worthy of being included on Real Estate Scorecard's 'best list'.

Bliss Awards are presented annually to the best master-planned communities we find in Florida, Georgia, The Carolina's and Tennessee. All 140 communities were given an equal opportunity to participate in the Happiest Community of the Year™ voting process. Through the Bliss Awards, readers learn about the friendliest neighborhoods, most relaxing places to live, communities with superior amenities and attributes that make them special.

Over 2,400 verified property owner reviews on Real Estate Scorecard's website have been temporarily 'unlocked' - reviews they considered before determining their winners. The fourteen Bliss Awards™ are selected by category:

Happiest Community of the Year™
By State - in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee
By Lifestyle - Beach, Boating, Golf, Mountain, Lake, Tennis, and Equestrian
Best Community Spirit

This year, Real Estate Scorecard added a new category for Best Community Spirit after a newcomer made the competition tougher. To see all fourteen 2014 Bliss Awards winners, visit:

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