There are some condos on the Riverfront downtown that start at $1500. These are 2/2's. One potential problem with downtown is you will not have the nice grocery store close.
There is also a condo community 5 min from the beach that is on a canal off the Intracoastal waterway. You can rent in there for $1200 - $1500. Some of the units face the water but you would also have a boat slip if you wanted to buy some jet skis or a boat!! This area has a grocery store, Walmart, Target & all kinds of shopping within minutes and it's still close to the beach (I used to live in the community too so I know it well!)
Please free to contact me if you would like more any information on any of these options!
I hope this is helpful.
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