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My wife and I have a dream to someday live at the beach full-time. We both know that would be a risky proposition. Every year, we see hurricanes and tropical storms wreak havoc on coastal communities. We’re undeterred. I can promise you that when Sara and I are at the beach this spring and summer, we’ll have serious discussions about how and when our dream can come true.

Of course, in addition to the weather, cost is another consideration. We couldn’t just pick and move to any beach in the world. We’re looking for value. For us, that means a combination of housing prices and location. We’d probably want to stay in the Carolinas to be close to family. Fortunately, there are still some relatively affordable options in both North and South Carolina.

The folks at Thrillist combed the sand… and Zillow… to find America’s most affordable beach towns, at least in terms of median home prices. They found some choice spots all over the country. The cheapest option on their list is Port Arthur, Texas, which sits on both Sabine Lake and the Gulf of Mexico. The median home price there is only $84, 937. But we’re interested in the Carolinas.

The best beach bargain in South Carolina is good ol’ Myrtle Beach, where the median home price is $301,846. Sara and I can do without the nightlife on the Grand Strand, so we’d probably look elsewhere. The most affordable beach town in North Carolina is more our speed. Swansboro, about 90 minutes up the coast from Wilmington, has a median home price of $322,388. That’s quite a bit more than Port Arthur, Texas, but Swansboro offers easy access to some of our favorite spots, including the Outer Banks. We may have to poke around there this summer.

You can see more of America’s most affordable beach towns HERE.

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