Dream of living on the beach, but don’t exactly have a bank account for it? You don’t need to! It’s totally possible to own a beach home and live comfortably in with a choice of several U.S. locations. Of course, there are some coastal states (looking at you, California) that have become exorbitantly more expensive year after year. But if you can accept not living in Southern California, then you’ve got plenty of other options. Florida and Texas are just two of the states to make the list in addition to some surprising states that you’d never think of in conjunction with beach property. Read on to discover the 9 cheapest places to buy a beach home in the U.S.
1) Pensacola, Florida
Owning a home in Pensacola is definitely not settling below your standards. The family-friendly Pensacola Beach was rated as one of the 25 top beaches in the country according to TripAdvisor! Located on the Santa Rosa barrier islands, this beach greets you with soft white sands, calm waters, and gorgeous Gulf Coast views. Craving a pristine shoreline? Look no further than the Gulf Islands National Seashore, a protected piece of coastline straddling three states. Lastly, Perdido Key State Park is another favorite destination among locals for sunbathing, swimming, and fishing. Kayakers also love the calm waters surrounding this park as well as Big Lagoon State Park and Big Sabine Bay. It’s amazing that the median home value here is around $135,000 when you consider all the attractive aspects of this Florida Panhandle city. With an average yearly temperature of 68 degrees, what’s not to love?