by Pat Winter
You may have seen photographs of some of the houses on the beach in the Outer Banks’ town of Rodanthe damaged beyond repair by high seas and wind, abandoned and left to the ravages of nature. Newcomers Susan and Chris know what it feels like to be the homeowners of property taken hostage by Mother Nature. When Hurricane Sandy roared through Manahawkin, New Jersey, in October of 2012, their home, which was 4 feet above sea level, had 5 feet of water inside. They recall the bay coming right through the house and beaching a boat in their back yard!
The Marinos eventually sold that waterfront property and settled down full time in their home in Burke, Virginia. As retirement grew closer, the Marinos began looking up and down the East Coast for a place to settle. Florida was high on their list, and they bought a condo located on Hutchinson Island in the town of Jensen Beach. However, they continued the search for a full-time retirement location when good friends from their boat club in New Jersey, Becky Kirby and Scott Schultz, began urging them to come visit their new community, Albemarle Plantation. So the Marinos booked a Discovery Weekend and, in addition to a tour with a real estate agent, they had an upclose look at Becky and Scott’s experiences as new residents. Just one visit convinced the Marinos this is where they wanted to live. It was May 5, 2023.
Back home in the Fairfax County, Susan and Chris began to prepare their home of twenty-seven years for sale. They listed their home on June 20, sold it on June 23, and by the end of the day on June 24, the Marinos had a contract on a house directly across the street from Becky and Scott!
Susan and Chris are already settled nicely into their home on the golf course. Susan, a territory manager for a retail company, continues to work from home and oversees marketing in 700 grocery stores. Her company handles “impulsive merchandizing,” stocking grocery stores with those bright colored items that dangle from hooks attached to the shelving. Chris completed a stint with the Merchant Marines but returned to land to take a job in Marine Engineering and Architecture. This job gave him the opportunity to work on ships all over the world, and he worked with the same company until it was sold. He retired four years ago.
Although Susan and Chris have only been here for two months, they are very happy with their new location and are slowly adjusting to Albemarle life. Chris remarks that at first he couldn’t believe that the residents here were genuinely so friendly and supportive. Owners of a 24-foot Chaparral sport power boat at our Marina, the Marinos are some of the newest members of the Osprey Yacht Club and are anxious to explore the waters of the Yeopim Creek/River and the Albemarle Sound. They have also joined the ranks of the Italian Heritage Club. Their two daughters, who live in Northern Virginia, are eager to come for a visit and enjoy their parents’ new lifestyle.
When you get the chance to meet Susan and Chris, be sure to ask them about their experience brewing beer in their new house! And be sure to welcome them “home!”