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The unofficial start of summer is finally upon us, and not a moment too soon! School is (almost) out, the sun is high, and surf and sand are calling. Thoughts of your own little beach house might be very much on your mind, especially right now. But then reality intrudes: Who can afford that? Well, you could be surprised.
We found five ideal seaside dwellings that are remarkably well priced—all below a million dollars.
And one of the great things about most of these houses is that you can try before you buy. Most are available for short-term rental, and some come fully furnished.
Of course, this means that these well-appointed and perfectly located beachfront homes generate income, which can help with your house payments.
You can almost smell the salt air and hear the waves as you browse our list. Dive in!
Yachats rocks: Directly overlooking the beach on the dramatic Oregon coast, this newly renovated, four-bedroom, three-bath home has everything you need for a stylish escape for a weekend, or for decades to come.
Located on a bluff above the ocean, the home features a short path to the beach. It’s about 1.5 hours from Corvallis and three hours from Portland.
Expansive windows and decks with built-in seating allow you sweeping vistas of the ocean. You can also take in the views from one of two primary suites. Everything feels freshly new and nautical inside this 2,034-square-foot seaside home.
Cozy in Carrabelle: What appears to be a quaint seaside cottage on stilts is actually a decent-size domain with three bedrooms and three baths. The acre lot comes with three outbuildings and covered parking for your car, boat, or RV.
You might never want to leave this retreat, with its beautiful tongue-and-groove ceilings and wood floors. Standout features include a loft bedroom, three sunrooms, and remarkable views of the private beach and Saint George Sound.
It’s located in the town of Carrabelle, which prides itself on being “Florida Panhandle’s Gateway to the Gulf” and is known for its off-shore fishing and sugar-white sand.
Spend nights in Rodanthe: Remember that Nicolas Sparks novel made into an iconic rom-com starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere, called “Nights in Rodanthe”? In this traditional-style, shingled beach house, you can write your own romance.
Or you could let others create some seaside drama, as this six-bedroom, 4.5-bath, 2,924-square-foot home has a heart-racing rental history—$124,000 so far, with $85,000 already on the books for 2023. Hatteras Island on the famous Outer Banks is a well-documented vacation paradise.
You and your guests will enjoy taking long walks on the beach, just steps outside the door, and sunrise views from the east-facing windows and decks. There are also plenty of places to snuggle—including a great room and several seating areas.
Delightful on Dauphin Island: This beach house supports itself, not just literally on the stilts that keep it above the high tides, but also financially with its vacation rental income ($125,000 as of 2022).
The four-bedroom, three-bath house sits on a sandy spit of Dauphin Island, which stretches from the Mississippi Sound to the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a short walk across the sand from one body of water to the other.
This cottage is rustic chic on the outside and resort luxe on the inside. It features a comfortable main suite, a marble island and breakfast bar in the kitchen, and all-new bathrooms. It comes with all the furnishings, accessories, and artwork, so it’s totally turnkey.
Best beach buy: South of Tallahassee on the Gulf of Mexico sits this three-bedroom, two-bath abode with direct access to the ocean and a terrific spot for fishing.
The elevated home comes with an outdoor shower and a sink below, so you can catch, clean, and cook without making a mess in the indoor kitchen.
The screened porch off the great room features remarkable views. Inside, there are vaulted ceilings and low-maintenance tile flooring. This is also a well-established vacation rental property, and all the furniture is included in the very reasonable asking price.