Buying a home on the beach may seem like a pipe dream for some, but affordable single-family houses on lucrative beach-front property don’t have to be unaffordable. RealtyTrac recently published an assessment of the top 20 beach town housing markets, taking average temperature, crime rates and the quality of sunny, summer days into account, as well as the average price of homes in these locales.
According to the report, median estimated home values in these markets range from the extremely affordable, sub-$200k range to nearly $1 million, but the ranking of quality compared to price may come as a surprise. The No. 1 beach town housing market on RealtyTrac’s list was Hobe Sound, Florida, with 64 percent of the year bright and sunny and 98 percent of the year having excellent air quality, with an average temperature of 76. What sets Hobe Sound apart from other locations on the list like Waianae, Hawaii, and Dana Point, California, is the impressively low crime rate in Hobe Sound - as well as the median home price of only $191,189.