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Searching for a beach home? These are the top 10 most affordable towns

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 7/29/2021 Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy, USA TODAY

Anyone who’s spent countless hours on Zoom calls, staring at fake backgrounds, has experienced this fantasy: I should really be working from the beach.

If buying a home on the coastline is tops on your  "you only live once" list, now could be a good time to go for it. With many companies permanently switching staff to remote work, your beach chair office dreams may suddenly be more realistic.

In a newly released report, Realtor.com has determined the most affordable beach towns based on factors like median prices of home listings in more than 1,300 towns alongAmerica’s shorelines.

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The report analyzed data from May 2020 through April 2021.

“We then found the places with the most beach-based businesses (like restaurants, entertainment and marinas) using U.S. Census Bureau data to ensure these are places where buyers will want to be,” says Elena Cox, a data journalist at Realtor.com.

The threshold was at least 10 beach-based businesses per 1,000 households. Only one town per state was included to ensure geographic diversity.

Here are the top 10 budget-friendly spots that offer access to the ocean:

1. Atlantic City, New Jersey

Highlight:  For those who love the boardwalk and casinos.

Median home list price: $145,050

2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Highlight: Warm weather, golf and a bigger home inventory than most spots on the list.

Median home list price: $237,050

3. Daytona Beach, Florida

Highlight: Low real-estate taxes and no state income tax. Plus NASCAR.

Median home list price: $239,050


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4. Rockland, Maine

Highlight: An artsy scene on Penobscot Bay. And the Maine Lobster Festival.

Median home list price: $250,050

5. Swansboro, North Carolina

Highlight: "The Friendly City by the Sea” with lots of single-family homes for sale.

Median home list price: $310,050

6. Chincoteague Island, Virginia

Highlight: Small town with oyster beds, a national wildlife refuge and feral ponies.

Median home list price: $389,050

7. Long Beach, Washington

Highlight: Homebuyers can choose the calm bayside, or the Pacific Ocean side of the Long Beach Peninsula.

Median home list price: $399,050

8. Matagorda, Texas

Highlight: Population 500; quiet mix of rural and suburban that offers fishing or hunting.

 Median home list price: $399,050

9. Grand Isle, Louisiana

Highlight:  Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island, known for Gulf of Mexico views.

Median home list price: $399,050

a man standing next to a body of water: Grand Isle, Louisiana © Sean Gardner, for USA TODAY Grand Isle, Louisiana

10. Dennis Port, Massachusetts

Highlight: On Cape Cod, “The Port” has sandy beaches and a bustling main street. 

Median home list price: $475,050

Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy is the housing and economy reporter for USA TODAY. Follow her on Twitter @SwapnaVenugopal

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Searching for a beach home? These are the top 10 most affordable towns

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