Buying a home at the beach doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and Realtor.com’s ranking of the most affordable beach towns makes it easy to find a spot where a piece of paradise doesn’t come with a million-dollar price tag.
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Median home price: $239,000
Part of Oregon’s aptly named Adventure Coast, North Bend offers water views, of course, but also seemingly limitless outdoor activities, from fishing and clamming to surfing, hiking, and horseback riding. Temperate weather and an abundance of homes with views of either water or scenic golf courses priced around $200,000 only add to this town’s appeal.
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Median home price: $232,500
Seattle residents may already know of this West Coast beach town (Ocean Shores is just three hours west of the city), but newcomers will fall for the windswept shores and ocean views. Seasonal offerings include whale-watching cruises and clam-digging (plus a clam festival!), but prospective homebuyers here can be assured that there’s something to do in Ocean Shores throughout the year. Ocean Shores is also on a small peninsula that separates North Bay and the Pacific, so there are plenty of oceanfront properties to go around.
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Median home price: $199,900
Known for the spring breakers who arrive each March and April and for NASCAR, Daytona Beach also boasts a recovering real estate market, where a single-family home within walking distance of the beach is still available for less than $200,000. Other perks of this Atlantic-facing beach include a seasonal sea turtle population, calm waters for watersports, and the rare ability to drive onto the beach.
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Median home price: $199,700
The joys of Port Lavaca are of the uncrowded variety: A day on the beach here entails long hours of relaxing in the shade, sometimes without another sunbather to be seen. Homes in downtown Port Lavaca can go for more than $300,000, but the long coastline here means waterfront homes a little bit out of the city are available for much less.
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Median home price: $199,000
Millions of visitors flock to Myrtle Beach’s sunny shores every year, but full-time (and even part-time) residence here comes with its own pleasures, like access to the area’s 60 miles of sandy beaches during non-peak seasons. (The Myrtle Beach area does enjoy 215 sunny days each year, on average, after all.)
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Median home price: $193,600
A bustling resort town until World War II, La Porte is making its comeback, drawing out-of-staters and Texans alike (it is just 35 minutes from downtown Houston, after all) to its quiet beaches and uncrowded fishing pier. Its location on Galveston Bay means the water is warm and gentle, and history buffs can take pride in settling in a town with a rich past.
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Median home price: $157,900
Nestled on Florida’s sun-soaked southeast coast between Miami and Palm Beach, Deerfield offers an understated break from the glitz and glamour that cities along this stretch of shoreline are known for. Laidback beach vibes rule here, and homes just a few blocks inland from the water are available in the low $100,000s.
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Median home price: $154,700
Offshore barrier islands protect the waters of Gulfport’s beachfront, keeping the surf gentle and allowing swimmers of all ages and skills to frolic in the clear waters of the Gulf. Ferries from Gulfport provide access to said barrier islands for day trips and beach explorations, and the real estate options here range from cozy cottages to beach houses that fit the whole family, so there’s certain to be a home to suit any taste (and budget).
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Median home price: $125,000
More relaxed than many of the high-energy towns along the Jersey Shore, Keansburg’s median home price is on the low end for the area. The public beach lacks lifeguards but offers powdery sand and stunning sunsets—and Realtor.com says a good home relatively close to the sand can be found for around $150,000.
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Median home price: $117,500
Topping Realtor.com’s list with the lowest median home price, this storied beach town might be making a comeback—Atlantic City home prices haven’t quite bounced back from their recession lows, keeping property values near that iconic boardwalk at affordable levels even as more business open their doors.