Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Tour To Benefit Flat Top Preservation Fund

The Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Cottage Owners Network recently announced that this year’s flat top tour will be held from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday, April 27.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s Flat Top Preservation Fund, which provides funds for the preservation and maintenance of the historic flat top located at 13 Skyline Road designed by Frank Stick and now owned by the Town of Southern Shores.

Tickets for the tour may be purchased online here and in-person on the day of the tour from 10am to 1:30pm at the Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Owners Network tent, located at Southern Shores Crossing at 1 Ocean Blvd. In-person tickets can only be purchased with cash or a check.

The cottages that will be open for the tour are:

  • 218 Ocean Blvd – Mackey Cottage
  • 18 E. Dogwood Trail – Oh So Sandy
  • 170 Ocean Blvd – Pink Perfection (Edith Pipkin Cottage)
  • 169 Ocean Blvd – Atlantic Breezes
  • 157 Ocean Blvd – Sea Breezes
  • 23 Porpoise Run – Sokol/Clements Cottage
  • 156 Wax Myrtle Trail – Clarke/Gudas Cottage
  • 159 Wax Myrtle Trail – Falconer Cottage
  • 142 Ocean Blvd – Seaquel
  • 113 Ocean Blvd – The Knight Cottage
  • 69 Ocean Blvd – Sea Spray Cottage
  • 43 Ocean Blvd – Powell/Harritt Cottage
  • 78 Skyline Road
  • 13 Skyline Road – Owned by the Town of Southern Shores

The Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Owners Network is proud to offer homes of varying sizes, locations, styles, and finishes for a self-guided open house tour. Approximately 25 examples of this original architectural style still remain as flat tops in Southern Shores, of which 14 will be featured on the tour. Five of the historic homes on this year’s tour have been designated as Southern Shores Historic Landmarks by the Town of Southern Shores.

Frank Stick, (1884-1966), beloved Outer Banks artist and developer, obtained an option on the land that is now Southern Shores, and supervised the platting of lots, the installation of roads, and the design and erection of the first flat top cottages. These now quaint architectural houses were reminiscent of the cottages he had seen in Florida, and were of cement block construction, with wide overhanging soffits, propped up shutters, and flat tar and gravel roofs.

For more information about the tour, click here.

For additional information about the Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Cottage Tour, contact Sally & Steve Gudas at 804-399-8342 or