Owning a home near the beach is a dream for many. You can make all the memories playing in the sand, swimming and surfing the waves. This dream isn't everyone's reality and sometimes people realize that there is more to owning a beach house than they want to deal with. It is important to know what you are getting into if you want to own a home near the beach.
Where at the beach do you want to live?
What beach? There are so many, so you need to decide exactly what beach area you would like to have set up. This can be determined by price and or the cities or areas near the beach. Do you want the east coast or the west coast? Would you consider a lake or a rocky shore? Narrow down what you want for your beautiful daily view of the ocean. Do you want a home near the shoreline or are you okay with a small walk? Many beaches are super popular in the warmer seasons, so you need to evaluate if you are okay with that or if you want something more secluded. Everything is dependent on location so this can be a big determiner once you figure this out.
What should you know?
You should know your budget and where you want the home but you always want to know some of the long-term costs. There is a whole different set of home maintenance for someone living near the sea. Saltwater and winds can create havoc on your home. Living by the beach is a lifestyle that is more costly. Property taxes are usually higher and home insurance prices go yo the closer you are to the water. Depending on which coastline you live on, you have to think about natural disasters when owning beachfront property.
What is the average cost?
You can count on this being expensive, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth it and that you cant budget for it. Most beach houses are going to be in the million-dollar range no matter what coast you are purchasing on. It is a large decision to buy a house but much larger to be investing in a beach house or condo. There are so many benefits that can make the cost worth every penny.
If you're ready to search for your dream beach house, contact me, we would love to help you dip your toes in the sand.