It's a dream many who move here share. Building a house overlooking the ocean. Better hurry. Oceanfront land is disappearing fast, and skyrocketing in price.
Builder Jim Busby says that's because available ocean-front property from South Carolina to Camp LeJeune is dwindling and demand is growing.
Some environmentalists say it's natural that people want to live close to the beach. But, they say it's unfortunate so many want to build right at the ocean's edge, leaving little natural uninhabited land.
The disappearing open coastline impacts not only the environment and potential homebuyers, but the towns as well.
Not only is Wrightsville Beach almost completely built up
Environmentalist Pope cautions
But there is no sign demand for this land will ease any time soon. And builder Jim Busby predicts the lack of land won't turn people away.
We'll just see more recycling; tearing down the old and building anew, only bigger.