Anywhere along the Gulf coast can prove suitable for your needs. The further north you go, the prices will decrease.
My preferred area, near Tampa Fl, has a culture of waterfront accessible. With no less the 5 exceptional water front parks, in a community of 37,000 people is impressive. Then when you realize nearly every east/west street terminates in a pocket park it becomes quite clear that the city leaders are very aware that quality of life means citizens and visitors want big water access. Other communities are following Dunedin's example. Within 3 miles are 4 additional big water parks all linked together with the 46 mile long, 12 foot wide, paved, Pinellas Trail.
Take a look at what available in Dunedin. http://RealEstateMadeEZ.us (click the Dunedin link)
If you are serious, give me a call.
No, don't use that 'contact' link.
No, don't use Trulia email.
Go old school and give a call.
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group, Palm Harbor, FL
Check out 208 Snug Harbor Drive in Shalimar. It is one of my listings but it fits your bill. There are a couple of other properties in this area that might fit your requirements. Cal me and we can chat.
Keller Williams Emerald Coast
Re\Max Realty Group
Have you considered New Smyrna Beach?
We're located on the east coast of Florida, south of Daytona Beach, and North of the Kennedy Space Center. New Smyrna Beach is a little over an hour from Orlando, and, for that reason, is often called "Orlando's Beach."
Boaters like this location because New Smyrna Beach offers direct access to the Atlantic Ocean through Ponce Inlet, the connection between the Ocean and the Indian River. The Inlet is also known as one of the best places for surfing on the East Coast. Paddleboarding and kayaking are popular here as well.
You can find a home close to the beach in the price range you mentioned. To conduct your own property search of the New Smyrna Beach MLS, just click on the website referenced below. Good luck.