Save big on beach homes in these affordable ZIPs

Where a vacation spot can turn into a permanent home thanks to lower price tags
  • HomeUnion compiled the top bargain beach towns using data from in-house and the U.S. Census Bureau and FBI crime statistics.
  • Manitowoc County ranked as the cheapest bargain beach town.
  • Larger cities such as Baltimore, Chicago, Jacksonville, Long Beach and Virginia Beach also made the list.

Real estate investment management firm HomeUnion released a report highlighting the most affordable (err, bargain-friendly) zip codes to live in if you want to live by a beach. There’s a good chance these spots aren’t coming up TripAdvisor anytime soon, but if the economy has you scurrying for sales bins and red tags, these are the cheapest places to catch some rays and waves.