Breathtaking views. The sea-salt air. The sound of waves crashing nearby. The Pacific Ocean is not only an energizing force, but an inspiring setting in which to call home. Of course, that’s easier said than done in California. With only so much coastline in the Golden State left, beach houses naturally command the highest real estate values — and prices are not going down any time soon. So, you may be wondering if there any affordable beachside or close-to-beach locations left. The answer is, yes — but you may need to adjust your definition of “affordable.” (After all, there’s “California affordable” and everything else).

Where are the best beach bargains in California right now? Let’s explore.

 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA 

19924 Heron Drive
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
$1,159,000

This just might be the best bargain of them all: a renovated single-level Doran Beach view home in beautiful Bodega Bay, and set on the 15th fairway, for just under $1.2 million? Sign us up!  Spanning 1,903 square feet, this bright and airy home will be the host to plenty of vacation memories. The great room boasts excellent views of Bodega Head and Doran Beach.  An entry courtyard features a sheltered hot tub. Each of the three bedrooms offer privacy and sumptuous space, while the two bathrooms are spa-like and relaxing. Capture views to coastal hills from the front of the house; and more views of ocean and beach from the back on the deck, which is often wind protected. Is it a surprise that this long-time and successful vacation rental operated with multiple 5-star reviews? Not in the slightest.

 

1058 Via Tornasol
Aptos, CA 95003
$2,985,000

It doesn’t get much better than the captivating ocean and sunset views in this Mediterranean masterpiece. Find your little piece of paradise with a spacious gourmet entertainer’s kitchen, with granite counters and butcher-block island, and a sensational party deck equipped with automatic awning can be enjoyed year round. Wonderful and whimsical touches of subtle beach chic abound in this stunning property. Tropical landscaping and bamboo floors add to the casual but elegant feel. Comfortable family room with fire-glass fireplace, and 65″ mounted TV with surround sound. The master bedroom retreat amazes again with mesmerizing views, radiant floors, enormous walk in shower, seductive soaking tub and Toto bidet smart toilet. Other pluses include: Life Source whole house water filtration system, recirculating hot water pump, and three-car garage. This unique property is the epitome of the relaxed, yet upscale, beach lifestyle.

 

28 Potbelly Beach Rd
Aptos, CA 95003

$4,795,000

If you want to be right on the sand, this cozy shingle-style beach house has it all. Set on Potbelly Beach and in a gated community just minutes to Aptos Village, the residence puts you within walking distance to Capitola. You’ll have a place where you can put your feet up and enjoy the inspiring views all the way to Monterey and down to New Brighton Beach.  Windows surround the living and dining rooms, inviting in the sun and shoreline. The loft area has an ocean view. One bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor. The upstairs master suite has two walk in closets and stunning coastal vistas. In the summer, you can watch the dolphins play and whales breach along this picturesque beach. Take a long stroll on the beach everyday. Imagine life by the Pacific.

 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 

4485 Adams St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
$4,690,000
Enjoy your own personal paradise in Carlsbad. This contemporary waterfront home is a private resort destination within itself. Built in 2009, the home represents a flawless blend of modernist-, Craftsman- and Hawaiian- style architecture and features an open floorplan with up and downstairs great rooms. Modern angles and sleek features meet warm wood tones, striking a perfect balance between beach resort and modern. An iconic pool with cascading waterfalls and spa, overlooks the flagship attraction of this estate, your own private beach! Perfection.

 

1350 S Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
$5,690,000

Just a little above $5 million, this custom Old World California oceanfront masterpiece in Encinitas is a dream. You’ll literally be steps away from the world famous Swami’s beach. Watch the sunset over the Pacific every night and have your toes in the sand every day minutes after stepping out your front door. Live here and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation every day, at the finest resort. One of six ocean front Encinitas homes within the Cardiff school district.

 

903 Buena Vista #1
San Clemente, CA 92672
$1,999,999

The panoramic coastline and white water ocean views are enough to make you fall in love with this sweet and spacious 3-bedroom condo in San Clemente.  Recently updated and remodeled with immaculate detail, The residence is a must-see. A one-of-a-kind enclosed entrance greets you at the front door. As you enter, you can’t help but notice the outstanding ocean views and large open floor plan. The gorgeous kitchen boasts beautiful cabinetry with a large center island and a modern feel. Rich details, from travertine floors throughout to large French doors that open to the spacious wrap around patio and make you feel like you are over the ocean, combine to create an unparalled beach setting. The beach and white water views are endless from San Clemente Pier to Dana Point and Catalina.