Mirlo Beach Sign - No "Serendipity"
Serendipity Moved & Under Renovation
The Rodanthe Home "Serendipity," which was made famous in the movie Nights Of Rodanthe, is undergoing some renovations.
The Home was saved from being demolished by Ben and Debbie Huss of Newton, NC, who moved the home just in time. The couple has been spending time on the Outer Banks recently trying to decorate the house as closely as possible to how it appeared in the film. The couple has limited time due to the fact that the first rental of the season is due to check-in May 5th. Mr. & Mrs. Huss negotiated to buy the house in January. "We just had to save it," Ben Huss explains. "We weren't going to let it fall into the ocean. It's not an antique house or a historical house, but it's an iconic house, and we just couldn't let it die," Ben mentioned in a recent interview with the Island Free Press. According to Huss, preserving Serendipity is a financial gamble for him and his wife, "but I'm an old, hard-headed, crazy risk-taker," he says with a laugh and a smile. "We want to bring Serendipity back to its movie-style glory so people can enjoy it."
The home was originally constructed in 1988. In those days, "Serendipity" would have been the first home that you would see after crossing the Oregon Inlet Bridge, but now that spot across from the Mirlo Beach sign is left empty. "Serendipity" did not have much dune protecting the foundation, so it was only a matter of time until the home caused problems for the owners.
Work has been ongoing to the building's exterior to recreate the look of the enchanting "Inn at Rodanthe," as it was fashioned by moviemakers.