The Station Keeper's House (Serendipity) was then moved across the road to its current location and placed on short pilings. The house was nearly level with the ground and had a wood stove to keep it warm in the cooler months. The interior was renovated in the 1970s and early 1980s.
In December 1990, Kate, George, and Laurie Sage (many of the summer renters know them) bought the house on a whim and rented it for the first time in the summer of 1991. It was named "Sage Haven" to reflect its service as a safe haven away from everyday life for the Sages!
With that first rental year came the first major storm of the Sage family’s ownership - this storm was referred to as The Halloween Storm of 1991. This is also the same storm made famous in the movie The Perfect Storm starring George Clooney (and also available to watch on DVD if you stay at Serendipity!). During the Halloween Storm, the wild Atlantic Ocean apparently also wanted to enjoy Sage Haven and, as Mr. Sage told us, "It came through the house".
After the Halloween storm, the Sage family decided to have the house elevated so that future storms would go under the house rather than through it! There are pictures of the damage to the house and to the Kitty Hawk area in the History of Serendipity binder in the house. The short pilings that were previously mentioned can still seen under the house as a reminder of the Halloween storm, and where Serendipity used to once sit. After that storm, the Sages realized that fate, faith, and a lot of luck played into the fact that the house was not floating off to sea. They then changed its name to Serendipity in late 1991.
And serendipity it was for us as well, so we could never think about changing her name. She came into our lives by surprise in April 2017, and we knew from our first look that we would be very happy here. Nicole tells the story of how she burst into tears upon opening the door into the house for the very first time. That really did happen!
Serendipity has persevered through the years, enduring the battering storms and the untamed ocean of the Outer Banks. She stands strongly and proudly, undoubtedly earning her place in Outer Banks history. We hope she remains for our lifetime...and we believe she surely will.
The town of Kitty Hawk (where Serendipity is located) became world-famous and recognized as the "birthplace of flight" when Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved flight on December 17th, 1903. in the hills of Kitty Hawk.
The first flight of Orville and Wilbur Wright only lasted 12 seconds.
In the 1500s, small communities of Native Americans were living in the southern side of Kitty Hawk, what is known today as the Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve.