There's something romantic about the idea of owning a beach house. It connotes a feeling of luxury, of reaching an ultimate relaxation goal. But it also sounds real damn expensive, and it is in most places.
If this is the kind of dream you're running down, thinking it might never come to you, Realtor.com's new study might help you work out the mystery of how you can get into your own beach palace. The site collected data on beach home prices across the United States. It used those median prices to call out the 10 cheapest cities for beach home purchases.
Realtor.com selected two cities per state -- in order to inject the list with "geographic diversity" -- with a minimum of at least 30 miles in between the cities in each state. Every city has a population between 1,000 and 100,000 and at least 30 homes on the market. So, it's not the most scientific study, but it does provide an interesting look across the country.