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Rodanthe movie house sold to N.C. bail bondsman

Posted December 28, 2009

— A North Carolina bail bondsmen has bought the nearly condemned beach house made famous in the film "Nights in Rodanthe."

The Hickory Daily Record reported Monday that Ben Huss of Newton bought the falling-down house officials wanted to condemn. Huss plans to move it a mile away where it won't be as vulnerable to coastal storms that pound the Outer Banks.

The house was on the market for about $500,000. The 60-year-old bail bondsman and his wife say they'll close on the house Jan. 4.

Huss says they plan to restore the house and model the interior after the house's appearance in the film, which was based on a Nicholas Sparks' novel.

Officials say the house is a nuisance because movie fans try to climb the damaged stairs when ocean water washes up to the house.

Expert Movers of Virginia Beach, Va., which moved the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in 1999, will move the house, according to Huss. No date has been set for the move, he said.


Information from: The Hickory Daily Record


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  • mgratk Dec 28, 2009

    I think I'd rather sit in that house during a storm than try to sit through that movie.

  • Rockermom Dec 28, 2009

    I read the article and thought it was sweet that he wanted to renovate this house, if nothing more than his own piece of NC history in a touristy sort of way. Then I read the comments and you people have no right to tell him what to do with his own money. Maybe he just likes the dang house!! Sheesh

  • NC is my home Dec 28, 2009

    That's another asset to our film industry in this state--it adds to the tourism value of the locations used on films. I read a book a few years ago, FILM JUNKIE'S GUIDE TO NORTH CAROLINA, listing all these locations. And when there are tourisms, they have to buy things like, gas, hotel rooms, food, souvenirs, etc. It’s one of those hidden benefits! Thank you for purchasing the house & planning to restore it. May it profit you as well as those businesses around it!

  • 5-113 FA Retired Dec 28, 2009

    For me it's worth much less because of the "celebrity" factor contamination.

  • Joani P. Dec 28, 2009

    I love this house and hope it will be restored to mint condition.

  • Ckimoo Dec 28, 2009

    I think its a pretty ugly house with all the random bay windows and all.

  • Rolling Along Dec 28, 2009

    Where does it say he paid $500k for it? The article says it was "on the market for $500,000" sheesh the reading comprehension...

  • wattsun Dec 28, 2009

    Terrible movie.

  • wralfan Dec 28, 2009

    It doesn't seem to me the house is a nuisance... but the people who shouldn't be climbing on the stairs are.

  • prez23062 Dec 28, 2009

    since most of the people commenting on this article seem to have a problem with this man spending his own money on something that he obviously enjoys, please make sure that none of you ever spend anything on luxuries, just the absolute necessities. no tv, no suv, no shopping for anything other than groceries, no internet...wait a second, how are you going to golo?