Bargain beach houses: The nation’s most affordable seaside towns

Aly J. Yale
The Mortgage Reports contributor

Beaches houses on a budget

It turns out beach houses don’t have to break the bank. According to a new list, 10 American beach towns offer the best of both worlds — affordable housing and seaside views.

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Gulfport takes the cake recently ranked the nation’s top 10 most affordable beach towns, and Gulfport, Mississippi, came out on top. The city’s median home price is just $184,100 and homes on the water start at only $300,000.

As’s Lance Lambert put it, “In many parts of the Gulf Coast, buying a beachfront home is still out of reach for most ordinary mortals. Not here, though.”

Jacksonville, North Carolina, is the nation’s second-most affordable beach town, with a median price of just over $184K. With fishing piers, miles of endless shorelines and nearby hotspot Emerald Isle, it’s beachside homes are a steal at around $300,000.

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For views of the Pacific, head to Aberdeen, Washington, the country’s No. 3 most affordable beach town. The median list price in the area is just over $208,000, and water sports are a big draw in the area. Paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing are all local favorites.

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Other bargain beach towns

Other cities to make the list included Atlantic City, New Jersey; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Corpus Christi, Texas; Palm Bay, Florida; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Coos Bay, Oregon; Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Condos in Port St. Lucie start at just $200,000, while those in Coos Bay are in the high $190,000s.

“That isn’t exactly cheap, but it’s not too bad considering how much oceanfront condos and single-family homes are going for in places such as Miami,” Lambert wrote.

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