|Published:||Jul 23, 2013 9:37 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 24, 2013 5:34 PM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla. - "San Diego's great, but this is a little bit nicer," said Maria Weiss.
Loren Linck and Maria Weiss have decided to leave California for southwest Florida, starting a new life in North Naples.
"We can be here 12 months out of the year and have our friends and lifestyle and get into the community and be a part of the community all the time. Instead of just 3 or 4 months," said Weiss.
They're part of a growing trend of people choosing to live in Naples year-round, rather than only staying for the winter.
"There was a time in the history of Naples when things would drop off 50% the minute you got into the summer months. We're not seeing that," said Coco Waldenmayer, the Managing Broker at John R. Wood Realtors on 5th Avenue.
Instead, Waldenmayer said they're running out of homes. "It's a little frustrating for buyers."
But it's not at all frustrating for businesses like Truluck's in Downtown Naples.
"Every single night you're getting busier and busier and we've actually there have been times when I called my staff and instead of saying stay home, I actually need people to come in," said Rick Rinella, the Managing Partner at Truluck's.
And that change is obvious to some of Naples newest residents.
"2 or 3 years ago, you never could have this many people in the summer time. When you pull into a parking lot and it was empty, now it's nice to see that there are people here year round," said Loren Linck.