Surf City is a municipal township on Long Beach Island located between Ship Bottom (to the south) and North Beach (to the north). Surf City is one of the widest parts of LBI and offers a number of different homes and building sites. Surf City fared well in Hurricane Sandy due in part to having received a beach replenishment project.
Surf City is roughly divided into a northern section and a southern section. The northern section which borders North Beach tends to have slightly higher property values, larger lots and wider streets whereas the southern end has more commercial development in the form of stores and restaurants. In any case, Surf City is a very popular area given the ability to walk to amusements, the close proximity to the bridge, the large well protected beaches and the general family feel of the area. This all reflects in the local Surf City real estate market.
Surf City is one of the widest parts of Long Beach Island and attracts many summer visitors. Apart from the summer renters and homeowners vacationing on Long Beach Island, many residents of Stafford, Barnegat and Manahawkin use the beaches in Surf City and Ship Bottom due to the close proximity to the bridge and the number of stores and restaurants in the area. Surf City was home to the first beach replenishment project on Long Beach Island which widened the beaches to provide protection from major storms. The effectiveness of this replenishment was demonstrated in October 2012 when Hurricane Sandy made landfall on Long Beach Island and Surf City, along with other areas of LBI with completed dune projects, fared very well in the storm with less damage than other, more at risk areas on LBI.
While Surf City, like the rest of Long Beach Island and the LBI NJ real estate market, felt the effects of Hurricane Sandy the Surf City area did not suffer as greatly as some areas. In general, areas to the west of Barnegat Ave were flooded by Sandy whereas much of the rest of Surf City suffered only minor damage. This is due to the natural width of Surf City and the federal beach replenishment which took place several years ago. The ability of Surf City to withstand a storm the size of Sandy has inspired some buyers to look ONLY at Surf City which has helped the property values in some areas.