He bought the house 9 months ago. Then the ocean swept it away

Brady Dennis
Washington Post

Ralph Patricelli had grand plans for the vacation home at 24235 Ocean Drive in Rodanthe, on a spit of land in the middle of North Carolina's Outer Banks.

He and his sister purchased the four-bedroom waterfront home in August for $550,000. With its airy rooms, two levels of decks and stunning Atlantic views, Patricelli envisioned it as an ideal spot to welcome friends and family after two years of an isolating pandemic. After the season's last renters departed, he and his relatives had planned to host a Thanksgiving gathering in the home.