10 Beach Towns You Can Actually Afford to Buy a House In (+ Listings We Love)
St. Marys, Georgia
Median listing price: $109,000
Small-town appeal makes this Southern city a sure thing for those looking for a more relaxed way of life. Stay close and hang out at locally owned restaurants, boutiques, and museums that showcase St. Marys spirit and soul. If you get the itch to explore, hop on the ferry to neighboring Cumberland Island National Seashore or head to Jacksonville, Florida, which is a quick 45-minute drive.
81 Holly Drive, $167,000
The blue shutters and tree-shaded setting of this 1,600-square-foot home are purely Southern and delightfully coastal.
Median listing price: $280,000
With a choice position on the Columbia River, just a few miles from the Pacific, Astoria has a confluence of factors that add up to major Pacific Northwestern appeal. Think: outdoor recreating galore, nearby mountains and dense woods, Victorian- and Arts and Crafts- style architecture, authentic fishing industry grit — and, of course, craft beer.
5118 Lief Erikson Dr, $280,000
With large windows framing Columbia River views and loads of surrounding foliage, this shingle-style charmer couldn’t be cozier (or more perfect for its Pacific Northwest setting).
Median listing price: $160,000
Want a spot where you can splash in the water year-round? This Gulf Coast town is the answer. Caribbean-quality beaches with calm waters and plenty of historical and cultural attractions make Pensacola an accessible gem along Florida’s panhandle.
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5027 Challenger Way, $219,000
This move-in-ready home boasts luxurious amenities like hardwood flooring and a heated saltwater screened-in pool – and it’s just minutes from Gulf Island National Seashore and the pristine white-sand Gulf beaches.
Median listing price: $299,000
Don’t let its reputation as a tropical vacation paradise fool you – parts of Hawaii are actually surprisingly affordable. The natural wonders within short driving distance of Hilo, including state and national parks, and its conveniently located international airport make this cultured and bustling – but not too busy – Big Island town truly accessible.
165 Hoku Street, $330,000
Located in the heart of Hilo – just a short walk to shopping, restaurants, and beaches – this 1,600-square-foot home has five bedrooms and a spacious, landscaped backyard perfect for hosting evening barbecues.
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Median listing price: $36,000
This character-loaded Gulf Coast town was tested when Hurricane Katrina tore through more than a decade ago, but it’s since bounced back with all its Southern charm. Bordered by water on three sides (marsh, Bay, and Gulf), the city boasts gorgeous historic architecture in addition to a compact yet robust downtown – and it earns major brownie points for its day-trip proximity to New Orleans.
415 Thomas Street, $144,900
Set on nearly half an acre of land just a short walk from the beach and seawall, this 1,400-square-foot three-bedroom cottage is charming inside and out.
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Median listing price: $290,000
A solid stretch of December through, say, April in Old Orchard Beach might be rough, but come summertime, the town has the stuff of New England coastal dreams, with a pier that comes to life both day and night and a seven-mile-long beach. Bonus: It's a stop along the Amtrak Downeaster line, meaning getaways from Brunswick to Boston are always at your fingertips.
12 Goodwin Ave, $219,900
This quaint two-bedroom has an open floor plan and prime location – just a few miles from the town’s gorgeous beaches and activity-packed pier.
Beaufort, North Carolina
Median listing price: $149,000
North Carolina’s third oldest town certainly has much to brag about in the history department (it was founded in 1709 as a fishing hub and was once a frequent haunt of Blackbeard). But it’s also the quaint old homes, charming boardwalk, and environmental assets – Beaufort is home to the North Carolina Maritime Museum and the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center – that have us pining for a piece of real estate to call home.
124 Mimosa Street, $179,000
This cheerfully blue three-bedroom cottage sits on a quiet creek with easy boat access to nearby rivers or downtown Beaufort.
Median listing price: $187,000
In a part of the world not known for its clear skies, Sequim (pronounced “skwim") breaks the typical climactic mold, thanks to its position in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. Come for the famed lavender fields, stay for the local Dungeness crab and summer berries.
410 Ridge View Drive, $309,950
Though it’s a little over Sequim’s median listing price, this 3,000-square-foot, three-bedroom home is well worth it, with mountain views for miles and wraparound trees and foliage that make it feel especially private.
Median listing price: $499,000
It's a stretch to describe nearly any part of the California coast as affordable. But the town of Oxnard has listings that make the location between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara practical and well worth the investment. Plus, despite its quieter existence, Oxnard doesn’t lack for seaside activity: a bustling harbor (with Channel Islands access), coastal bike path, and winery trail all add to its West Coast appeal.
713 Forest Park Blvd, $443,000
This three-bedroom, two-story condo is centrally located in a sought-after neighborhood with shops and parks nearby, and is just a quick drive to the beach or neighboring Ventura.
Median listing price: $225,000
It might be the 32 miles of pristine beachfront and lively Pleasure Pier amusement park that attract tourists to this Gulf Coast barrier island, but it’s the fresh Gulf seafood, storied industrial past, and quiet streets lined with pastel-colored Victorian homes that will make you want to stay forever.
4210 Jackson, $220,000
Smell the sea breeze from this bright blue three-bedroom beach cottage, located just steps from the sand and boasting an upper observation deck where you can watch the gentle waves roll in from the comfort of your home.