How much do I have to pay for a home that is within realistic walking distance to the beach?

Asked by Kristal Kraft, Greenwood Village, CO Sat May 12, 2007

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Kaye Thomas, Agent, Manhattan Beach, CA
Sun May 13, 2007
In the South Bay Beach Cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and El Segundo prices vary depending on they type of home, age and location.
In Manhattan Beach there is nothing within walking distance to the beach in a townhome or a single family residence under $1,200,000.
In Hermosa Beach it is possible to find a small condo about 5 blocks from downtown for about $600,000. Townhomes within walking distance start about $900,000. Single family homes are over $1,100,000.
In South Redondo you can buy a 1 bedroom condo on the water with a peek of the water with prices that start around $500,000 or slightly less depending on location. Single family homes within walking distance on the Avenues are over $1,000,000. It is possible to find a small 2 bedroom for a bit less west of PCH but they are rare. Townhomes in the area begin around $880,000.
El Segundo has a few condos within walking distance (1/2 mi) that begin around $600,000. Most homes in the area begin around $850,000 for a small starter.
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California M…, Agent, Oceanside, CA
Sat May 12, 2007
Those prices vary. Beach towns have wild price fluctuation based on location. WQe funded a loan on a ten-unit complex, in Imperial Beach, that sold 6 months ago for $1.1 million. It was 400 yards from the Pacific Ocean. That same location might costs $2-3 million in Del Mar or La jolla for a 1 BR condo. I'd defer to someone like Roberta Murphy for this question.
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Roberta Murp…, Agent, Carlsbad, CA
Sat May 12, 2007
Kristal: I don't think you will find much in close walking proximity to San Diego beaches for less than $500,000--and most of those will be beach area condos.

On the other hand, you may be an endurance hiker who could handle a five mile stroll to the sand. In that case, you should see what we can offer!
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Laurie Manny, , Long Beach, CA
Sat May 12, 2007
A 1000' cottage in Seal Beach would start upwards of $1 mil. In Long Beach within 2 blocks of the beach is well upwards of $1 mil, several blocks further up you might get lucky at about $750 for a cottage.
Beach close condos can be had for about $450 and up. High rise, ocean view condos are about $850 with HOA of about $500 per month.
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Rachel LaMar,…, Agent, Carlsbad, CA
Tue Feb 15, 2011

I think you have some great answers already, and I agree with what has been said. Of course, it is all about location, but here in San Diego not all beach communities are equal either. Oceanside is a great example of a beach town where you can likely find attached properties near the beach for under $500,000. Oceanside has undergone a revitalization in the last decade, and continues to grow and get better. Right next door in Olde Carlsbad you also can find attached homes that are under $500,000. Here you will be able to walk not only to the beach, but into Carlsbad Village, where there is fantastic dining, shopping, etc. If you or your clients have the time you will find some deals in either of these places! No need to put on your hiking boots unless you are looking in some of the pricier communities, like La Jolla or Del Mar.

Rachel LaMar,J.D.
LaMar Real Estate, Inc.
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Marilia Cath…, , 92101
Fri Mar 28, 2008
If you are thinking about a couple of blocks from the ocean and you need a 3 bedroom, 2 bath with at least a 1 car garage and it is detached, I would say that you need to budget from $850K to $1M.
As always, if you need to clarify any other questions, my cell is 619 300-5008.
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The Hernandez…, , 92124
Thu Oct 11, 2007
Depends on which beach - In San Diego - the two beaches that are the best deals right now are Imperial Beach & Oceanside.

Imperial Beach went through a major major cleanup with HBO coming out and filming their show "John from Cincinatti" - there are some great deals out there - Homes in the mid $400s on the beach or a block a way.
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Javier Varon, Agent, Carlsbad, CA
Wed Sep 26, 2007
Oceanside is your answer. We have some great properties even a duplex for under 500k...
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