When we ranked the country’s most affordable spots for ocean-adjacent living, we were thrilled to find a few newcomers kicking sand in the face of America’s most beloved beaches. Move over, Malibu and Miami. Step aside, Santa Cruz and Southampton. We love those star-studded beaches and bountiful bikinis, but home prices in those desirable locales are out to sea when it comes to affordability.
Instead, it might be time to get familiar with places like Gulfport, Ocean Shores, and Port Lavaca. What they lack in name recognition, they make up for with wallet-friendly pricing. But if you were ready to set sail and buy a home in one of these affordable beach locales, what kind of house would wash up?
To answer that question, we found a typical home in each of our top 10 spots for oceanside affordability. No home on our list is priced over $400,000—which makes the idea of putting your toes in the sand year-round much more feasible. So get out a beach umbrella, put on your flip-flops, and follow our footsteps in the sand as we journey into the heart of beachside bargains.
1. 33 N Kingston Ave, Atlantic City, NJ
Sandy substance: Only a couple of blocks from the beach, this three-bedroom has been fully renovated. When you’re not down by the water, you can spend the afternoon chillin’ on the front porch.
2. 4 Saint Marks Pl, Keansburg, NJ
Sandy substance: Just a short walk to Point Comfort and a half-mile to Keansburg Amusement Park, this three-bedroom home pulls ahead of the crowd when it comes to affordability.
3. 517 Lewis Ave, Gulfport, MS
Sandy substance: Separated from the beach by a single piece of property, this gulfside stunner offers a classic beach-home vibe. If you don’t want to get wet in the Gulf, there’s a pool out back.
4. 1321 SE 1st Ave, Deerfield Beach, FL
Sandy substance: This cozy ranch is a car ride away from the beach, but there’s still plenty to love, including a fresh coat of paint and a big backyard.
5. 10706 N H St, La Porte, TX
Sandy substance: Make your way to the nearby waters of Trinity Bay from this three-bedroom charmer. We love the hardwood floors, the pool out back, and the large lot.
6. 2438 Yaupon St, Myrtle Beach, SC
Sandy substance: This is pure Carolina charm only a block away from the beach! This four-bedroom home offers views of the ocean from the deck.
7. 711 Alamo Beach Ave, Port Lavaca, TX
Sandy substance: Right along the water, this three-bedroom home sits on a spacious quarter-acre lot. Simply descend a staircase to splash around in the bay.
8. 1115 Bel Aire Dr, Daytona Beach, FL
Sandy substance: Just across the road from the beach, this colorful four-bedroom home recently had its price cut by $30,000. We sense a sweet Airbnb opportunity for the guest suite behind the garage.
9. 237 Sand Dune Ave SW, Ocean Shores, WA
Sandy substance: According to the listing, this three-story home offers “incredible views of the Pacific Ocean from both the 2nd and 3rd floors.” It’s the perfect pad for a buyer who’d love to stroll across the sand dunes.
10. 965 Vermont St, North Bend, OR
Sandy substance: This quirky three-bedroom home offers stunning bay views and proximity to the local airport. We’d love to land along this stretch of the Adventure Coast and call this place home.
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