The Most Expensive Beach Towns in America
10. Anna Maria, Florida
Go here to see Realtor.com’s full methodology and to get more information on these waterfront destinations.
Median home price: $1.4 million
RELATED: Learn More About Anna Maria Island
This community on the northern end of charming (and well-loved) Anna Maria Island juts out into the Gulf of Mexico, with water views on three sides and a quiet, laidback atmosphere across the island.
9. Avalon, New Jersey
Median home price: $1.46 million
Avalon sits one mile farther into the Atlantic Ocean than any other Jersey Shore town; the real estate market is also far and above that of many of its neighbors, two of which are on the list of the most affordable beach towns. One of the state’s wealthiest communities, Avalon boasts a plethora of chic eateries, boutiques, and more—all steps from that spectacular ocean view.
8. Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
Median home price: $1.5 million
This community within the town of Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard is, like the rest of the island, accessible only by ferry, private boat, or airplane (private or commercial). Its legacy as a summer retreat for New England’s wealthy bolsters its median home price, though rentals and other temporary residences are available on the island.
7. Key Biscayne, Florida
Median home price: $1.7 million
This small town—the year-round population is right around 12,000—is located on an island just east of Miami and bordered to the north and south by protected parkland. With views of glittering Miami to the west and the open ocean to the east, it’s no surprise that home prices on this quiet island are through the roof.
6. Haleiwa, Hawaii
Median home price: $1.88 million
RELATED: Learn More About Haleiwa, Hawaii
Haleiwa is small, but it lies in the middle of Oahu’s iconic North Shore, a prime destination for surfers, artists, and anyone looking to take in the beauty of Hawaii’s seashores. The small population preserves the surf-town vibe, and homes ranging from plantation-style bungalows to custom oceanfront estates are available.
5. Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina
Median home price: $2.45 million
This Lowcountry escape not far from Charleston has a lot going for it—it was a Coastal Living Happiest Seaside Town, after all—including a commitment to preserving its natural treasures. Elegant homes abound on this mostly residential island, though beach access is all public.
4. Nantucket, Massachusetts
Median home price: $3 million
Few islands in the United States are as iconic as Nantucket: This windswept outpost is one of the top summer destinations in the country, especially for New Englanders. With that kind of public affection, is it any wonder that people are willing to pay through the nose for a piece of Nantucket?
3. Manhattan Beach, California
Median home price: $3.1 million
RELATED: 20 Best Beaches in California
This city on the edge of sprawling Los Angeles boasts a long stretch (more than two miles) of spectacular SoCal beach, with moderate weather year-round and an expansive blue sky. Quieter than other beachfront cities in the area, Manhattan Beach is well-known for its volleyball tournament and public courts.
2. Water Mill, New York
Median home price: $3.75 million
A low-key hamlet in the heart of the storied Hamptons (part of Southampton, in fact), Water Mill residents have convenient access to many of the surrounding towns, including Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor. Many properties here have access to both a bay and the ocean, so waterfront is definitely attainable—for a price.
1. Malibu, California
Median home price: $3.95 million
Star-studded Malibu has all the cultural capital of a major blockbuster film, with movie stars, pop stars, entertainment execs, and more snagging spaces along the coastline. With the ocean on one side and the Santa Monica Mountains on the other, Malibu certainly has the idyllic setting (plus the laidback, surfer vibes) to attract many of Hollywood’s richest and most famous.