Affordable beach houses in Orange County

For California home buyers who are specifically interested in buying a beach house, Orange County is a prime location for beachfront living. Bordering Los Angeles to the south, most of Orange County is within 60 miles of downtown Los Angeles. If you plan on buying a home in Orange County  in the near future, locating an affordable option on the beach may be easier than you imagined.

Buying a home in Orange County offers buyers proximity to the ocean, California sunshine, a more mellow lifestyle, and easy access to Los Angeles. If you are a beach lover, Huntington Beach offers 10 miles of uninterrupted beaches. Surfers will find some of the most consistent waves on the west coast in Huntington, which is why Huntington Beach is often referred to as "Surf City USA." The beaches, of course, are not just for surfers alone. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy activities such as boating, fishing, or simply lounging in the white sands. If you want to wake up to spectacular views of the ocean, Orange County beach houses offer that as well.

Before you rule out buying a home in Orange County as an option based on the belief that Orange County beach houses are outside of your budget, take the time to research home prices in the area—you will likely find that you can afford more than you realize. Beachfront condos in Huntington Beach, for example, can be found for around $500,000. Single family residences within walking distance to the beach can also be found for under $1 million.

Although the beaches and surf of Huntington Beach are world renowned, Orange County actually has a total of 40 miles of coastline. Newport Beach as well as Laguna Beach are also located within Orange County, California and offer excellent options for anyone buying a home in Orange County. Just as in Huntington Beach, a buyer can find condos with panoramic views of the ocean for around $500,000 in Laguna Beach. Single family homes near the beach can also be purchased in the $1-1.5 million price range. Newport Beach real estate offers many of the same benefits that Huntington and Laguna Beach offer, albeit at a slighter higher price.

Orange County beach houses are definitely a cheaper alternative for those who are interested in properties in Southern California. Compared to areas such as Manhattan Beach or Malibu, you will find that Orange County offers far lower listing prices. If you are looking for a more affluent option for beachfront or beach view property near Los Angeles, you may wish to consider Manhattan Beach or Malibu Beach. Manhattan Beach is located almost due west of downtown Los Angeles, within easy commute of both Hollywood and the center of Los Angeles. Considered prime real estate, a beach view home on Manhattan Beach will likely run you over $5 million. A home directly on the beach can easily run over $10 million. Malibu Beach, located northwest of downtown L.A. is another popular beachfront option. Although not quite as expensive as Manhattan Beach, Malibu Beach property listing prices will typically start at about $1.5 million and go up from there.

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