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The Early Bird Gets the Beach House

Naples Pier, Naples, Florida | photo by David CritzerFrom by Yuqing Pan | January 11, 2016

To figure out which of these towns were drawing would-be buyers, we aggregated page view data on® in December 2015 to pinpoint where people are actually checking out houses online. With the homes in Hawaii and Southern California busting most people’s budgets, all eyeballs are now on the Sunshine State.

The housing market in Southwest Florida has been red-hot for the past few years, but Sarasota (No.1) is getting blistering.

Here’s the full list and median list prices:

Hottest waterfront real estate markets

Sarasota, FL: $339,000
Naples, FL: $479,000
Myrtle Beach, SC: $168,950
Delray Beach, FL: $248,950
Vero Beach, FL: $309,000
Miami Beach, FL: $569,000
Jupiter, FL: $489,000
Lake Worth, FL: $210,000
Venice, FL: $265,000
Palm Harbor, FL: $235,000

Of course, coastal communities vary as widely as the people who vacation in them. That’s why we crunched the numbers further to come up with the top 10 beach towns for four types of vacationers (Best Outdoor Activities, Cleanest Water, Best Weather, Nightlife). So slip on the Havaianas, slather on some SPF 50, and let’s get to the beach!

Read the complete article here.

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