Many buyers start the search for a nice summer beachfront home before the actual season starts. Builders are quite aware, and tend to make plans beforehand. Realtor.com staffer Yuqing Pan takes a dive into America's hottest markets for waterfront homes, and compiles a list of best beach towns for outdoor activities.
Pan aggregates page view data from realtor.com in December 2015 and learns where people are actually checking out beach houses from online. One thing that she finds is that most people are searching homes in the Sunshine State, instead of other sunny Southern places. The reason, she explains, is that high list prices of homes in Hawaii and Southern California crush the budget of lots of potential buyers.
The 10 best waterfront real estate markets are: Sarasota, Fla., Naples, Fla., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Delray Beach, Fla., Vero Beach, Fla., Miami Beach, Fla., Jupiter, Fla., Lake Worth, Fla., Venice, Fla., and Palm Harbor, Fla.
Head over to realtor.com for the ranking of America's best beach towns for outdoor activities.