SURF CITY, NC (WECT) - If you want to buy a plot of land in a Surf City neighborhood, you better act fast because there is not a lot of empty residential space in the town's subdivisions left.
New homes are popping up in the mainland and there are not a lot of empty lots left. The town's planning director says only about 20 percent of the empty lots in the subdivisions are still up for grabs.
With Camp Lejeune about 20 miles away, many military families are choosing Surf City to build their homes.
"We have a lot of Camp Lejeune families down there," said Allan Libby, the Director of Tourism and Business Development. "They want to be able to travel away from the base to raise their families." It's also one of the few beach towns with a large mainland area, making it an attractive place for retirees who want to live near but not on the beach.
"Coastal living is different than island living," said Libby. "There are a lot of benefits but there are also a lot of challenges and I would say that not everyone is cut out for it."
It's more than just more homes. New restaurants and attractions are also coming to town. There are plans for a Fuzzy Peach, a Japanese steakhouse and plans for a movie theater, bowling alley and laser tag facility.
"People are feeling encouraged and better," said Libby. "Those looking for commercial or residential space for many years are starting to figure out, it's not going to get better, lets go ahead and pull the trigger and that's what we are seeing."
There are also plans to bring educational growth to the area. Cape Fear Community College owns 20 acres of land inside Surf City.
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