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This House By The Sea Was Nearly Lost, Until New Owners Took Unusual Measures. This Is Epic.

Take a nice long look at this house, and tell me – does it look familiar? If you are a fan of Diane Lane or Richard Gere, you might recognize it as the house from the movie “Nights in Rodanthe”. Locally nicknamed “Serendipity,” the house located in ocean waves was perfect for romantic movie scenes, but it was hiding a dangerous secret.

The house was in danger of being entirely swallowed by the ocean. 


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In 2009, the house was reluctantly declared a nuisance by the Rodanthe community on Hatteras Island. 


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They loved the house, but knew something had to be done to about it. 


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If allowed to continue in its current condition, it would become no more than a dangerous pile of rotting wooden boards. 


Nights in Rodanthe (Warner Brothers)

Not to mention, vandals and looters had come looking for souvenirs, stripping the home of most of its greatest features. 


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However, looking bad wasn’t the only problem. After every storm, islanders would ask each other, “Is Serendipity still there?” The house seemed destined for ruin until…


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Two fans of “Nights of Rodanthe” not only bought the house – they moved it to a safer location. 


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As you can imagine, this was a precarious job – check it out for yourself in the video below. 


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Today, the house has been restored and serves as a vacation rental. Many props from the movie have also been restored to the home. 


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The inn is finally safe from ocean waves, and back to doing what it does best – providing a relaxing and romantic safe haven. 


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If you would like to stay in the Inn at the Rodanthe, visit its website. And don’t forget to share this incredible story with your friends and family. 

Credit: Messy Nessy Chic

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