One of the Best Places to Find Bargain Beach Real Estate in NC
So can you guess which Crystal Coast town was recently named as a top beach destination when it comes to finding affordable beach living? If you guessed Emerald Isle, North Carolina, you are correct!
In a recent article by MarketWatch entitled "10 Beach Towns Where Real Estate is a Bargain," Emerald Isle is named among the top ten budget-friendly beach destinations not only in North Carolina but also in the entire United States.
What makes Emerald Isle, NC, one of the best bargains in beach real estate?
Noted for its proximity to the larger cities like Wilmington, NC, along with its 12 miles of quiet and pristine shoreline, Emerald Isle is also celebrated for its abundant fishing opportunities and plentiful water-sport options. The median home price in Emerald Isle is quoted at the $320,000 mark—which is higher than the overall median home price in the U.S. of $200,000—but still very much an affordable and budget-friendly option when you consider the amenities, location, and quality of life that you get for your real estate dollars, while also comparing it to pricing found in other beach real estate markets across the country.
How did Emerald Isle make the list of best budget-friendly beach real estate?
The real estate research firm RealtyTrac used current data and statistics for beach towns with a population under 50,000 residents combined with a high quality of life, and from there investigated which of those had the best bargains for homebuyers in search of purchasing a home at the beach.
The study was released this summer and compared median prices for beach homes within those towns amongst each other, while noting the current home prices as compared to their housing-bubble peak price. Quality of life was also included in the criteria and focused on coastal areas with desirable weather, good air quality and low crime rates.
Where can I learn more about real estate in Emerald Isle, North Carolina?
We're glad you asked! Sun-Surf Realty has experienced real estate agents who are happy to assist you with any inquiries you have. Our staff and company know the island and the surrounding Crystal Coast from a local perspective as we live and work here every day—and love it, by the way. We can help you in your search for a vacation home, a permanent home or an investment property.