Things To Do In Charlotte, North Carolina
Sep 27th, 2018
Have you considered a move to the Queen City? Whether you are a young couple, retired or currently raising a family, Charlotte has something for everyone!
Located near the border of North Carolina and South Carolina, Charlotte has the southern charm of the lowcountry as well as the feel of a big city. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Charlotte:
This family-friendly theme park located in Charlotte, North Carolina boasts 13 roller coasters, 7 thrill rides, 11 family rides, 14 kid ride and a water park with 14 attractions! For one price, you get admission to the theme park and the water park. As you explore the park, be sure to keep an eye out for your favorite Peanuts characters walking around. On select nights in the fall, the Carowinds Theme Park transforms into the SCarowinds SCREAM Park! You truly have to experience it first hand...
Charlotte Hornets & Carolina Panthers
It’s not a city without professional sports! Luckily for you, Charlotte is home to the NFL’s Panthers and NBA’s Hornets. The Spectrum Center can hold upwards of 20,000 fans. Cheer on Kemba Walker and the boys as they compete for the city’s first NBA title. The Panthers plat at Bank of America Stadium and have been a very competitive team since the arrival of Cam Newton. They are off to another solid start this season and look to continue that throughout the season. The Panthers have one two NFC titles since 2013!
Now don’t laugh. Not every city has an IKEA, so we are happy to say that Charlotte has everyone’s favorite furniture adventure destination! If you are unfamiliar with IKEA, let us fill you in. Once you walk into the building, you will notice a place for the kids to play. This supervised area is FREE of charge! You can enjoy your shopping experience while your children have a great time. It’s a win-win. Walk up the stairs and you will smell something delicious. It may be the Swedish meatballs, salmon or perhaps chocolate cake. Nobody likes to shop with an empty stomach, so grab a VERY affordable meal and make your way to the showroom. Enjoy walking room to room planning out how you wish to improve your living room or perhaps kitchen or even your child’s bedroom. Take your time and enjoy the ride!
Eat, Eat, Eat
There are sooo many delicious places to grab a bite to eat that it’s difficult to list all of our favorites, but we will list a few must-stop joints that you do not want to miss.
- Cabo Fish Taco - When Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives visits a restaurant, you need to take note. Guy visited this taqueria located in the heart of the North Davidson Art District, so we checked it out. Hands down the best tacos you will ever eat. When you are seated, you are greeted with freshly fried tortilla chips and a corn salsa that is complimentary. We recommend the Lemon Grilled Shrimp Tacos and t he BBQ Mahi Tacos, but anything you order is spectacular. Wash it all down with an ice cold beer or margarita for the perfect experience.
- Bar-B-Q King - Another DDD gem, Bar-B-Q King is close to the Charlotte Airport and be your first stop if you are flying in. You’ve never had fried chicken like this before! They take large pieces of crispy fried chicken and dunk it into their homemade barbecue sauce. Make sure you ask for extra napkins because you are sure to have a delicious mess on your hands. Complete your order with an extra large order of onion rings and you will be smiling for weeks.
Fun Things To Do In Myrtle Beach In The Fall
Aug 24th, 2018
With the unofficial end of summer approaching on Labor Day and children going back to school, cooler days are upon us. You’ve probably also noticed pumpkin-flavored everything hitting the shelves at your local grocery stores. If you still live up north, the harsh reality of winter is setting in as it always does once football season arrives. So, why not shift your focus to your future retirement here in Myrtle Beach? As Grand Strand locals, we are here to provide you with a few things that we look forward to each and every year once the rush of summer has ended.
Less Crowded Restaurants
We love our tourists here in Myrtle Beach because they bring in large sums of money each and every summer, but we all breathe a sigh of relief once everyone is gone. Roads open up, less accidents occur and everything is less crowded. You know firsthand if you’ve tried to go to Broadway at the Beach during the June, July & August and ended up driving around for 35 minutes just searching for a parking spot! The influx of visitors hits our restaurants the most. Our average Friday night dinner spot that we usually roll into without any issues has had an hour or so wait over the past few months, we can now revisit whenever we wish. It’s the little things in life…
Sure, the sun & sand is wonderful and a big reason why a lot of us move to Myrtle Beach, but fall here along the Grand Strand is spectacular. When you can step outside of your house and not immediately break into a sweat…that’s our happy place. The fall season brings the return of football, hockey, baseball playoffs and local high school sports. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities as well. Whether you enjoy kayaking, biking or just going for a run, the fall weather is prime for all 3.
Nobody wants to walk around a festival with a corn dog in 100 degree weather. That’s why our festivals are held in the spring and the fall. In October, we’ve got the annual Little River ShrimpFest where local vendors show off their famous seafood dishes. There are also plenty of vendors selling arts and crafts, food and so much more. We also have the Loris Bog-off! This year is the 39th Annual festival and it never disappoints. Show up, grab a big ol’ plate of chicken bog and enjoy the day!
Myrtle Beach Grows In House Numbers; City Leaders Look Forward To Future
July 19th, 2018
By Amy Kawata, WMBF News
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Construction is well underway throughout Myrtle Beach as the Grand Strand continues to dominate in East Coast population growth.
The city of Myrtle Beach recently issued 585 building permits for new single-family homes within the city limits. That number marks an increase of 200 homes over the previous fiscal year.
During the fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2018, city leaders said they issued 7,072 building permits with a total construction value of $311,396,599. Of that total, $210,370,305 was for new residential construction, while the remaining $125,320,375 was for commercial construction.
With the U.S. census data revealing Myrtle Beach ranked as the second-fastest growing metropolitan area in the country, city leaders said they don't expect that number to drop anytime soon.
The housing market is at a high right now, as construction continues to boom along the Grand Strand. Carol Coleman, planning director for the city of Myrtle Beach, said most of the new construction within the city is happening in and around The Market Common area and also the Grand Dunes.
Local realtors said they've sold more in the past two weeks than in the past two months and lately, more of their clients are opting to wait and buy new. They noted that just within the city of Myrtle Beach, a little over 5,000 homes and condos have been sold so far this year.
Coleman said there are many reasons that people continue to be drawn to the area.
“It’s a very pleasant place to live, No. 1. I think a lot of parts of the country have found out that the southern states, it’s a slower, calmer way of life. It’s less expensive by comparison. We have much lower taxes than they do in the northeast. So, property taxes are lower, that’s very attractive, especially to people that are retiring,” Coleman said. “You have higher land values up there, so they can sell their homes that they’ve been in for years that they’ve made investments in years ago, and they’re going to realize a big profit when they sell at the current value and they get a lot more for their money here.”
With growth, of course, there's also challenges such as traffic, what services are needed and public safety. Still, city leaders said they're prepared to welcome the growing population.
As for the businesses in Myrtle Beach, Coleman looks forward to attracting more familiar names to the area.
“I’d like to see what comes with the rooftops. That’s what the economic development people say, and there are a lot of businesses that wouldn’t look at this area because of our population numbers. But as we grow, they start coming in. I know a lot of people are excited about Topgolf. So, I think you know also, you’ve got a brand name association with Grand Dunes, with Dell Web. So, I think you’re going to see more and more businesses that people have been hoping to have here coming to the area, coming to the region, so that’s kind of exciting to me,” Coleman said.
She added she’d love to see the front area of The Market Common, often referred to as the "Old Campground,” transformed, but not into a residential area. Although nothing is set in stone, she hopes for a regional park for that space.
Read more at WMBFNews.com.
Custom Homes Myrtle Beach: Choosing The Community That’s Right For You
June 29th, 2018
As you may or may not know, Suriano Homes is the featured builder for two Carolina Forest communities: Waterbridge and Waterway Palms Plantation. Both are amazing in their own right, but we are here to point out the differences so that you can decide which is right for you and your family. Keep in mind that we have lots available in each, so we can make your dream home a reality whenever you wish to move forward with us!
This gated community in Carolina Forest offers over 120 acres of federally protected woodlands, stunning panoramic lake views and laundry list of amenities. Conveniently located to Highway 501, Highway 17 and Highway 31, you can travel wherever you want to along the Grand Strand without any issues. Now, on to the amenities!
Signature Swimming Pool - If you enjoy lounging poolside in the summer, there is no better place to do so in Myrtle Beach! Waterbridge is home to the LARGEST residential swimming pool in the entire state of South Carolina. That says quite a bit! With Junior Olympic-sized swimming lanes, a landscaped island, jetted spa and swim-up refreshment center, there is truly something that everyone in the family can enjoy! As an added bonus, residents have the ability to rent out certain areas for private parties and family functions.
24 Hour Gym & Fitness Center - There’s no need to own a treadmill when you have access to this state-of-the-art fitness facility inside of Waterbridge. Feel free to use the cardio and weight training equipment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whatever time best fits your schedule.
Tennis & Basketball Courts - Whether you enjoy an intense game of 5 on 5 with your friends on the hardwood or a casual game of tennis with your spouse, Waterbridge provides you with both options.
Sand Volleyball Court - The perfect outdoor activity during a summer barbecue, volleyball is even more enjoyable in a sand court! Flip off your flip flops, divide up into teams and volley for serve!
Lake & Boat Launch - No matter what your favorite water activity is, you will be able to enjoy it here at Waterbridge! If you don’t have a boat, you are more than welcome to launch out in your kayak, row boat or canoe!
Waterway Palms Plantation
Also located in the heart of Carolina Forest, Waterway Palms is another gated community conveniently located to all 3 major Highways in Myrtle Beach. In this community, there are custom homes of two distinct styles: popular Charleston style colorful row houses and the elegant Low Country style. Here is what else this neighborhood offers its residents:
Swimming Pool - While not as extravagant as Waterbridge, the swimming pool in Waterway Palms is located on an island in the middle of a lake with the other amenities, which makes it pretty unique in its own right!
Boat Dock & Storage - In addition to a private dual boat launching facility, Waterway Palms provides gated, secured boat storage.
Fun For All Ages - For the adults, two tennis courts are available. For the children, there is a playground! Throughout the neighborhood, there are also beautiful gazebos set up where you can enjoy everything that Mother Nature has to offer.
Myrtle Beach Custom Home Builder: Reasons To Move To The Beach
May 31st, 2018
The kids are getting out of school and the weather is heating up, that can only mean one thing...summer is here! Sure, wherever you are located right now, things are looking pretty good, but what happens when fall and winter roll around? Will you be forced to shovel snow and have the weather dictate how you are going to live your life? What if we could convince you that a better life is waiting for you in the Carolinas? Suriano Homes is here to give you a few reasons how Myrtle Beach can be even more beneficial to you than just a really good tan.
1. Cost of Living - It's no secret that living in large metropolitan areas can be expensive. Property taxes in New York and New Jersey are through the roof. Sure, salaries are higher, but is it really worth it if you are working just to pay your mortgage? Myrtle Beach is a tourist-driven town, so obviously some things can be a bit pricey, but to retire here is ideal. Your average $500,000 home up north can be something spectacular here in the south. That's where we come into play! We can provide you with several plans for a custom home here in Myrtle Beach. Sound good? There's more.
2. Outdoor Activities - Do you like to golf? Fish? Bike? Here in the Myrtle Beach area, you can do all 3 of these outdoor activities year round! You don't have to pack up your golf clubs and store them for 8 months out of the year. Feel free to play some of the best golf courses in the world in the golf capital of the world! If you enjoy fishing, fish inshore for flounder, sea trout or red drum. You can also go out several miles out in the Atlantic and attempt to reel in an epic trophy fish!
3. Southern Cookin' - You've probably heard the term 'Freshman 15'. If not, it's a term used for freshmen in college who put on weight during their first semester due to the extra "calories". Typically when you move down south, the same thing happens. There are just so many great places to enjoy a meal that you will want to try them all! Sure, you will see your chain restaurants all over the Grand Strand, but once you become a local, you will learn when the true hidden gems are.
4. The Beach - "You live in Myrtle Beach? That's amazing! You must go to the beach every day." This what you will hear from tourists when you strike up a conversation. When you first move down here, all of your friends and family up north assume that you either golf or go to the beach every single day. Sure, it's a wonderful thing having both of these things so readily available, but life happens and we get busy. On the other hand, it's a wonderful thing to be able to take a selfie of yourself at the beach in January when your relatives are experiencing a few feet of snow.
We could go on and on about how great of a place Myrtle Beach is, but if you've been here, you already know. If you are truly interested in learning more about what Suriano Homes can do for you and your family, please don't hesitate to reach out!
Suriano Homes Featured on Building Industry Synergy Cover Story
October 7th, 2017
"Suriano Homes, Inc. Your Dream Home Is Their Passion" by Susan Roush
A day without wearing his work belt is nearly unimaginable to Tom Suriano. “I am a hands-on builder,” he said. He has been building full time since high school graduation, beginning the journey with framing and masonry. Tom said, “It just turned into my passion.”
In the intervening thirty years, he has established Suriano Homes and compiled an impressive portfolio of custom homes that he has built in his native New Jersey, along the Grand Strand, and recently into Brunswick County, North Carolina. Suriano Homes is a featured builder in the Waterbridge and Waterway Palms Plantation communities within the thriving Carolina Forest area. His wife Paula has been in real estate for nearly 20 years, and besides being a talented design consultant and coordinator to Suriano Homes’ clients, she oversees the financial side of the business. They combine their distinctive strengths to serve their clients in a thoughtful and rewarding manner.
Besides Tom’s on-the-job presence, there are other distinguishing elements in the construction of a Suriano home. Tom uses Douglas fir instead of pine studs. He prefers it because it is stronger and straighter. Though more expensive than pine, he passes savings on through volume ordering. He added, “All my sheetrock is glued and screwed [as opposed to nailed]. The entire house is 12- gauge wire, and we do the Taexx® built-in pest control system exclusively through Home Team Pest Defense. I also install a centrally located Wi-Fi box.” Other materials that are standard to Suriano Homes, often considered an upgrade, include Pella or PGT windows, Typar house wrap and synthetic roofing felt that offers more durability and protection. A minimum 3000 commercial concrete mix adds strength and crack resistance over the typical residential-commercial mix. A good quality Sherwin-Williams paint primer is also used. Building codes require Energy Star ratings, but Tom boosts the code by using R38 insulation instead of the minimum R30. Tankless water heaters are the norm, and Tom offers the option of a gas furnace that will automatically kick in when the heat pump cannot keep pace with frigid weather.
Suriano Homes has an in-house CAD designer for creating or modifying floorplans. Many buyers come in with plans and clear ideas. “This [Waterbridge] is an upscale community and most of my clients want this type of package,” Tom said, referring to their model home. To make it easier for people to compare builders and keep track of their notes, Tom created a buyer checklist that breaks down exterior and interior structures, materials and options, “So they can compare apples to apples.” Of the homeowners Building Industry Synergy spoke with, all of them had done their due diligence, including builder interviews, before deciding on Suriano Homes.
Common themes emerged among
them about Suriano Homes:
quality and value.
Elise and Michael Zebrowski
recently moved into their
Waterbridge home. Tom Suriano
was the last builder they
interviewed, and as Michael said, “It
was meant to be.” Turned out they
were all from the same hometown
and went to the same high school
though they had not been in touch
for decades. After their meeting,
Tom came back with a plan and
Elise recalled, “It had everything we
said, so we felt he really listened to
us.” Elise added that she has a hard
time visualizing things and Tom was
very good at helping her visualize an
outcome. Michael has been in
construction and engineering for
nearly 30 years on large-scale
projects. He was an Engineering
and Facilities manager of a 6.2
million square foot hotel/casino – so
building a 2,700 square foot home
was not that daunting to him.
Michael said, “I have to tell you
what a pleasurable experience it was
working with Tom and Paula and
their staff. They were very receptive
to our needs and desire to achieve
the house we wanted. It was always
about what we wanted.” One of the
things they wanted was a stone hood
on the range. Another architectural
feature was a squared off turret off
the front corner house, which is
where the master bath shower is
located. The Zebrowskis love their
Suriano Homes Custom Builders
March 9, 2017
Suriano Homes has been in the Grand Strand since 2011. Tom and Paula Suriano moved from New Jersey to Myrtle Beach, SC with a vision to fulfill a dream of designing and building high value and high quality custom homes becoming the forever dream homes for clients in our area. Tom has been at it with the skills and professionalism he gained in training as a master framer for over 25 years in New Jersey. Now, with much success, Suriano Homes is poised to grow in unprecedented ways. We have a tremendous team dedicated to handling the whole process of custom building in-house. From selection of lots, to designing your floor plan, our Sales Team, Interior Designers and C.A.D. Designers will ensure that you need not look outside of SURIANO for any of the needs during your custom build experience. Our goal is to understand your dreams and make it a reality with a quality experience.
Memories are made mostly where we live and with our family. We are passionate about bringing your dream home to reality!
Suriano Homes represents quality and integrity and are current members of the BBB, Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Home Builders We are Licensed General Contractor’s in NC and SC and honored to be one of a very select featured builders for the WATERBRIDGE Community, Carolina Forest and featured builders for up and coming Waterway Palms Plantation as well.
Suriano Homes, dedicated to bringing dream homes to reality!
Why Live in Myrtle Beach
March 7, 2017
Quality of life is high, while cost of living is low. This may be what most people moving here find to be the deciding factor in their choice to relocate. For starters, home prices are reasonable, the same lifestyle that so many have come to love can be had at remarkable prices. Beyond reasonable real estate, the Myrtle Beach area has a very low cost of living—something not always typical of coastal cities, but what makes the area even more unique is the high quality of life. In the Myrtle Beach area, your dollar has a much higher buying power than virtually any other major area in the country with the cost of living typically situated at 7 percent lower than the nation as a whole.
The Suriano Difference
March 6, 2017
So many wonder what is the difference between tract, spec homes and custom homes. Well simply custom is made the way YOU want it! Suriano Homes is dedicated to being the best in-house custom home builder in the Grand Strand. Watch this brief video and see why Suriano Homes is the builder for your dreams.
Floor Plan Design Process
March 6, 2017
The idea of coming up with a floor plan can be very scary for almost all the clients we work with. But it really doesn’t have to be. Suriano Homes has a thorough system that we operate by that ensures quality delivery for each of our client’s dream home design. The process is quite simple. Lot selection, and by that, we have to remember to make the lot selection appropriate. If we want a wide house on a narrow lot, that is a dream nobody can fulfill. So, keeping in mind the basic “look” you are going for, then selecting a lot that will allow for that dream to fit. If you are uncertain, you should definitely us up front first. Better to consult than to settle for second best. Who wants to regret a land purchase before you break ground?
Once we have all of that out of the way, we get to the fun part. We sit down with Tom, our very experienced builder. He listens as you share everything that you desire. He will talk budget, architectural review codes (if necessary), advantages of building up or out, and all the nuances you WILL NOT BE THINKING ABOUT. Tom will then hand the “Dream” off to one of our qualified C.A.D. designers. A floor plan is made!
But that is not all. Almost 100% of the time, changes must be made. So don’t panic, expect it! In our follow up meeting, we will rework entryways, window placement, outlet placement, tweak porch dimensions, etc. After resubmitting the ideas, our CAD design team will make the changes real time so you can see how you like or dislike the suggestions.
Now we are ready to roll! Don’t panic if the design is not finished in two or three meetings. It is ok. We are a team dedicated to getting it right with you. Suriano Homes knows that designing a custom home takes some patience, especially in the beginning phases of the design/build process.
Take a watch at our short (1.37 minute), fun video. The music and cinematic fun is just to show you how we see the process. So don’t be intimidated, come in and let us hear your dream. Who is ready to floor plan with Suriano?
March 5, 2017
Not all communities are equal. Waterbridge, located in the Carolina Forest community, is a 10 minute drive to the ocean yet as it is set back in natural beauty surrounded by over 80 acres of lakes gorgeous pines and hardwoods and top level amenities. It has easily become Myrtle Beach’s premier custom home development. Take a look and see what is so special about this unrivaled neighborhood in our short 1 minute video.
Suriano Standards- Windows
March 4, 2017
Suriano Homes strives to build a quality custom dream home for each and every one of our clients. We know well also that in this industry, not all products are equal. We encourage each of our customers to be aware of the quality of the products used by builders as they research which builder to choose for their own. For us at Suriano, we choose a PGT High Energy Efficient and strong and sturdy windows and sliders. Homeowners can know that for most in our industry the windows and doors we use are typically upgrades for other builders. For us, the PGT windows and sliders are our standard window, no upgrade here. Nothing is as frustrating as having windows and doors that are not functional and after a few years they begin to fade and need repainting. Not our industry award wining doors and windows. Building a dream home can’t be done by cutting corners on excellence. This is why we choose to outfit our homes with a quality window.