Five Florida beach towns you can actually afford to live in


It's funny to me when people think I make six figures after seeing my Instagram photos. I have apartment views for days.

Yes, I live across the street from the Intracoastal, but umm... like many Palm Beach County millennials, I bring home bacon bits, not bacon. 

Thrillist's list of affordable beach towns didn't include West Palm Beach. No surprise there. But several other Florida cities did make the cut. 


RELATED: Florida ranks as one of least affordable housing markets in Realtors’ new measure


Based on SmartAsset’s data, the list factors in "median home prices, home size, property taxes and annual housing cost (mortgage, insurance, taxes, etc.)." 

Basically, here’s the most beach bang you can get for your buck.

MELBOURNE, FL

  • Median home price: $116,100
  • What to love: Your chance to make your vacation-home dreams come true in a six-bedroom property in Melbourne is four times cheaper than a condo in Miami. 

DAYTONA BEACH, FL

  • Median home price: $112,000
  • What to love: You can drive your car on the beach. That is all.


FORT WALTON BEACH, FL

  • Median home price: $159,600
  • What to love: Living in the boonies is relaxing if you’ve got the right mindset. 

FORT PIERCE, FL

  • Median home price: $89,900
  • What to love: If you’re a Palm Beach native, this city is less than two hours away from home. 

RELATED: Best beaches of Palm Beach County


PENSACOLA, FL

  • Median home price: $142,400
  • What to love: The multi-generational crowd of men and women in uniform. Yep, Pensacola is home to a Naval Air Station and draws young folks to the city. 

At these prices, none of these cities are too bad, huh?


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