Discover Coastal Dream Towns

After canvassing all coasts for towns with seaside charm, a lively beach culture, and good housing, these are our top spots for planning quick trips or finding a new place to live.

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Dream Towns: Petoskey, Michigan

Petoskey, Michigan

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So You Want to Live in...Lake Bluff

So You Want to Live in ... Lake Bluff

Leafy and historic, this shoreside village an hour north of Chicago cherishes its small-town ambience.


Sandusky, OH

So You Want to Live in ... Sandusky

This small Ohio town is making waves with waterfront renovation and affordable real estate.


Stugeon Bay, Wisconsin

So You Want to Live in ... Sturgeon Bay

Water dominates work and play on this irresistible Wisconsin peninsula.

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20 Beautiful Beach Cottages

From polished and sophisticated to rustic and casual, browse through this roundup of beach cottages to find your favorite coastal style.

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