8/29/2011 UPDATE - We're happy to share that WRAL.com reports house "escaped Irene's wrath unharmed."
An Outer Banks home made famous in the movie Nights In Rodanthe and threatened by the encroaching ocean is getting a new lease on life thanks to a bail bondsman from Newton, NC.
The "Serendipity" served as the house featured in exterior shots for the 2008 movie starrtng Diane Lane and Richard Gere, but the real-life house on Hatteras Island was declared a public nuisance by Dare County after Hurricane Isabel and other nor'easters eroded its 400 feet of beachfront and stripped its septic system away.
Enter Ben Huss, who became fascinated with the house after receiving a DVD of the movie from his wife. He made the six-hour drive to Rodanthe to view the home, only to find water surging all around it.
"It wasn't a house on the ocean," Huss said. "It was a house in the ocean."
But not anymore. Huss purchased the Serendipity from its former owners, and on January 18th, he had the entire structure moved less than a mile south to a lot about 250 feet from the ocean. Now, he's planning to restore the home, inside and out, to the way he remembers it in the movie.
Huss hopes to have the renovations complete in time to make the Serendipity available for vacation rentals this summer.