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5 of the most affordable West Coast ocean beach towns are in Washington State
August 6, 2022 at 12:17 p.m.
Washington State scores the top 5 most affordable oceanside towns on the West Coast
Washington State scores the top 5 most affordable oceanside towns on the West Coast

Property Shark released a new study that ranked the least expensive ocean beach towns throughout the country.

Washington State scored five of the least expensive West Coast beach towns, all clustered in Grays Harbor County.  

The state's least expensive oceanside town boasts its own airport -- a stretch of sandy beach from the Copalis River on the south to the rocks a mile north. It is only available during low tide. 


With the West Coast’s notoriously high prices, states the report, only two communities – Copalis Beach and Grayland – have median sales prices below $200 per square foot.

The report goes on to state that the West Coast’s most affordable beachside communities for homebuyers are clustered next to each other in Washington’s Grays Harbor County, with prices ranging between $188 and $258 per square foot, with a median home measuring 1,442 square feet.

Homebuyers interested in low-cost oceanside living must be prepared for small-town life. The population of these affordable ocean beach towns range from 200 to 2,200.

Ocean Shores offers the most amenities of the towns on Washington's coast that have been called the "least expensive oceanside towns on the West Coast"


Or try the “big town” of Ocean Shore, with a population of about 6,000. While Ocean Shores is noticeably more expensive than its neighbors at $288 per square foot, it also offers a lot more amenities.

Washington’s most affordable oceanside towns are:

  • Copalis Beach
  • Grayland
  • Westport
  • Moclips
  • Ocean Shores

The report also calls out Blaine, next to the Canadian border, as a pleasant, affordable beach town (although not on the ocean).  The report’s author, Eliza Theiss, says that Blaine offers extraordinary bird-watching opportunities and has some of the best golfing in the state. It offers some good amenities for a town of its size due to the cross-border traffic coming and going between the U.S. and Canada. Theiss also shares the fact that little ol’ Blaine often attracts actors and crews from TV shows and movies, who rent in the area when they are working just across the border in Vancouver’s hopping entertainment industry. Blaine’s median home sales price is $293 per square foot.

Port Arthur, Texas came in as the least expensive beach town in the country, at $65 per square foot and a median home sale price of $87,235. According to the report, the top 25 most affordable towns and cities with beaches are located in the South.

To read the full report, visit https://www.propertyshark.com/Real-Estate-Reports/2022/08/04/most-affordable-beach-towns-for-homebuyers-2022/
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