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February 14, 2016 • Real Estate

The Pros and Cons of Beach Living

Beaches are known for being scenic utopias and an ideal spot for relaxation. However, like any other location, there are pros and cons to living on the beach. Before putting your home for sale or contacting a Boca Raton real estate agent, weigh the pros and cons of living in your paradise:

Pros

The ocean is the backyard: For beach lovers, there is no greater pro to living at the beach than having it as a backyard. Gone will be the days that frequent beach goers are constantly sitting in traffic. There is no need to plan a schedule around rush hour traffic or bedtime because you will already be home. Since beach days will no longer involve a commute,  you can spend more time in the sand.

Scenic Views: Beaches have breathtaking views that extend over the horizon. Being able to view the ocean from home is a great privilege that many people only dream of. Living on the beach also means that there is no longer a need to book a hotel to spend the night in your favorite location. At home, having an ocean view truly means there is a view of the ocean and not the parking lot.

Ocean Breeze: Living at the beach also means there is a cool ocean breeze. During the intense heat of the summer months, the ocean breeze cools the atmosphere. Often times, this is why beach towns are known for having slightly cooler climates than cities that are more inland.

Cons

Pricier Housing: Unfortunately, beach living usually comes with a higher price tag. Depending on the area, homes for sale that are right on the beach can cost millions of dollars. Most homes that are not in that price range are either foreclosures or in a location that is less travelled. Regardless of your price range, speaking with a realtor can help to find the home of your dreams in the location of your dreams.

Intense weather conditions: During stormy seasons, weather conditions near the beach may seem more intense. As storms hit the shores, it can mean more damage for homes because of higher waves crashing down on parts of the property. Also since many homes at the beach are almost near sea level, it can mean more flooding.

More Maintenance: Living near the beach can also mean more maintenance. This is, of course, contingent on how close the home is to the ocean. Homes that are right in front of the crashing waves will see more deterioration on barriers that protect the home and backyard from the ocean waves. When waves cause coastal damage, it can result in flooding. Homeowners near a sandy beach also need to upkeep maintenance so that tracking sand into the home doesn’t become a nuisance.

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