The pick: The Renaissance, in Nags Head. This majestic 6,300-square-foot beach house has a two-story rear deck facing the ocean dunes, with primo sunrise seats, a pool (add $500 per week to heat) and hot tub, a billiard room and, for movie night, a plush home theater with a 97-inch projection screen and industrial-size popcorn machine. The fully equipped kitchen features Viking and Sub-Zero appliances (two food markets are close to the house); the dining room, facing Roanoke Sound, features the sunset. And with an elevator accessing all three floors, you won’t need to lug groceries and beach gear up and down the two grand oak circular staircases.
Accommodations: Eight bedrooms/suites (six with king-size beds, two with whirlpools); eight and a half baths.
Rental fee: From $5,070 per week for January to May; up to $13,170 in late July
How to book it: 800-368-3825; carolinadesigns.com.
Other options: Crystal Seas, a nine–bedroom, seven-bath beachfront in Hatteras, with pool, wet bar, two hot tubs, fireplace, game room, home theater, $1,695-$6,450 per week. hatterasrealty.com or 800-428-8372. Simple Pleasures, a 10-bedroom, nine-and-a-half-bath beachfront in Kill Devil Hills, with pool, two hot tubs, 18-seat home theater and elevator, $3,995-$11,695 per week. 800-334-4745; sunrealtync.com.