Whether you’re making it your second or permanent home, these picturesque coastal getaways have it all: gorgeous beaches, charming downtowns—and surprisingly reasonable real estate. Is it time to make the move to the shore? (The answer is a big fat wallet-approved yes.)
St. Marys, Georgia
Median listing price: $109,000
Small-town appeal makes this Southern city a sure thing for those looking for a more relaxed way of life. Stay close and hang out at locally owned restaurants, boutiques, and museums that showcase St. Marys spirit and soul. If you get the itch to explore, hop on the ferry to neighboring Cumberland Island National Seashore or head to Jacksonville, Florida, which is a quick 45-minute drive.
The blue shutters and tree-shaded setting of this 1,600-square-foot home are purely Southern and delightfully coastal.
Median listing price: $280,000
With a choice position on the Columbia River, just a few miles from the Pacific, Astoria has a confluence of factors that add up to major Pacific Northwestern appeal. Think: outdoor recreating galore, nearby mountains and dense woods, Victorian- and Arts and Crafts- style architecture, authentic fishing industry grit — and, of course, craft beer.
Median listing price: $160,000
Want a spot where you can splash in the water year-round? This Gulf Coast town is the answer. Caribbean-quality beaches with calm waters and plenty of historical and cultural attractions make Pensacola an accessible gem along Florida’s panhandle.
Median listing price: $299,000
Don’t let its reputation as a tropical vacation paradise fool you – parts of Hawaii are actually surprisingly affordable. The natural wonders within short driving distance of Hilo, including state and national parks, and its conveniently located international airport make this cultured and bustling – but not too busy – Big Island town truly accessible.