Who doesn't dream of owning a beach house with water views from every room, an oversized deck or patio to entertain and beds enough to accommodate friends and family? We certainly do! And with summer fast approaching, we thought it the perfect time to comb through our listings to find a collection of somewhat affordable homes near sand, sea and sunshine. These sweet spots are the sorts of places where you'll make fond family memories.
Tell us: Which one is your favorite? And where would your dream beach home be?
South Thomaston, Maine
Located in the fishing village of Spruce Head Island, this two-bedroom cottage with its stunning harbor views would make the perfect vacation getaway or a full-time residence. The circa-1930 home was extensively remodeled in 2010 and features perennial gardens and a stone patio. Learn more about this cozy home.
Believe it or not, this home was built with pieces from a wooden boat. Appropriate, considering it's location in one of the country's oldest fishing harbors. The circa-1930 cabin served as a humble fishing shack until it was updated for modern living. We love its secluded location among wild bay and blueberry bushes and the large deck that makes outdoor entertaining effortless. Learn more about this historic home.
Manahawkin, New Jersey
This bayside artist's retreat is something truly special. Built in 1940, the one-bedroom cottage boasts fresh, modern interiors and upgraded fixtures. Enjoy sunsets from your own private deck or drop in a kayak and go exploring. Learn more about this coastal gem.
Things are happening in this once sleepy, coastal town. That's why we think this home may be one of the best deals in our entire roundup. Built in 1930, the two-bedroom home boasts a shabby chic interior, a waterfront backyard with dock to accommodate your boat and a master suite with French doors that open out onto a private master deck. Learn more about this cozy coastal home.
Avon, North Carolina
Located in one of the busiest and oldest towns on the Outer Banks, this canal-front getaway was recently updated with new flooring, lighting and boat dock. You can crab, fish, kayak or sail right into the sound from this home, which is a short stroll to the beach. Learn more about this two-bedroom beauty.
This rustic cabin is perfect for the person who wants to wave bye-bye to city life and stress. The tiny home, built in 1931, offers all the amenities a single person or couple could need. Walk to the beach and lagoon, fish, kayak and then come home to warm up by the stove. Although a small footprint, this cottage offers a loft space for overnight guests, and you'll love the ocean views from your back deck, which is the perfect spot to stargaze. Learn more about this Northern California cottage.
Gold Beach, Oregon
Guys, the view! This circa-1946 cottage has been completely remodeled and sits atop almost four acres of land. You'll love the privacy of the home and it's location in this cool town along scenic highway 101. Beachcombing, hiking, fishing and bird-watching are just a few of the attractions that await this home's lucky owner. Learn more about this Southern Oregon home.
The oldest home in our collection of coastal getaways, this circa-1840 farmhouse overlooks Tangier Sound along Maryland's Eastern Shore. Updated features include a new roof, windows and French exterior doors. The home comes with a two-story outbuilding and a pier for crabbing and, as it's surrounded by wildlife management areas, peace, quiet and beautiful sunsets are guaranteed. Learn more about the Terrapin Bay House.
Surfside Beach, South Carolina
Known as the "family beach," Surfside is home to this cozy cottage, which is designed for year-round living. Enjoy early morning or twilight in the home's screened-in porch, or cozy up by the fireplace during the winter months. New windows and siding give a fresh face to this vintage home, which is a golf cart ride away from the beach. Learn more about this two-bedroom getaway.
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Saving best for last, this brand-new home, located on Florida's Emerald Coast, offers its owner a chance to customize and decorate in beach-chic style. The home features three bedrooms and a modern kitchen with quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. Grayton Beach State Park, with its sky-blue waters and white sand dunes, is a short drive away. Learn more about this cozy home.