© Richard Bernabe / Offset

The beach house known as “Serendipity” on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is famous for several reasons. It was

the location for the film Nights in Rodanthe and has remained an idealized landmark ever since for movie fans and vacation goers alike. Originally built in the 1980s, the house was located over 400 feet away from the Atlantic. However as photographer Richard Bernabe documents, the shifting waters and sand in recently years placed “Serendipity” in danger, condemned and closed shortly after the Hollywood film was completed.

Miraculously, the location was saved thanks to a couple extremely fond of the old house. In 2010, the 83,000 pound structure was purchased and moved to a new more safe location a short distance away. Though beautiful and haunting, Bernabe’s image of “Serendipity” overtaken by flooding is now a thing of the past, the landmark preserved for years to come.

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