Kids frolicking in the sand. Afternoons spent on the sailboat. Watching the sun set over the water. Ponying up a $50,000 monthly mortgage payment. Because you need that kind of cash to be able to afford a beach house, right?
Maybe not. SmartAsset’s 2019 look at the most affordable beach towns in the country might surprise you.
“To rank the most affordable beach towns in America, we examined four factors,” they said. “Specifically, we looked at the median home value, the average number of rooms per house, median property taxes and median housing costs.” Their methodology took into account “229 cities located directly on an ocean (including bays and sounds), using data from the Census Bureau’s 2017 5-Year American Community Survey. (Click here to read)