With the rising sea levels ocean front property is changing and buying a house right on the beach may turn out to be an unwise investment in the coming years. While sea levels continue to rise faster than predicted, the landscape of living at the beach is changing rapidly.
Rather than buy a house, a second house, a retirement home, or a vacation house right on the beach, consider buying property above the beach. Houses and property on top of hills or cliffs have many benefits in addition to escaping rising sea levels. Long, picturesque views of the water and the entire landscape make properties above the beach a great investment and often provide more privacy than a house right on the beach which would be vulnerable to passer-by traffic. And, the higher elevation equals less maintenance over time as salt air can damage houses in the long run. Getting off the beach means less ocean spray and less sand in the house, but it doesn’t have to mean losing that beach feel.
Here are five seaside locations to consider for your retirement home that won’t be in danger of rising sea levels in coming years:
Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal: Nestled upon a long and beautiful coastline lies the small fishing village of Carvoeiro. This cozy, sandy bay is home to a wealth of restaurants, shops, bars, and great medical care. A healthy foreign retiree community already exists in this coastal region where English is commonly spoken and cliff-top properties can be a real bargain. Here, an ocean-view apartment within walking distance of the beach can be purchased for as little as $150,000. And while the town of Carvoeiro itself sits right on the beach, the dramatic cliffs to either side provide many beautiful above-beach properties, safe from rising sea levels.
Retirinho Beach, Brazil: Along Brazil’s sprawling coastline lies the popular destination of Canoa Quebrada, known for its beaches, resorts, world-class restaurants and thriving nightlife scene. This area is also home to stunning bluffs, high above the shoreline, with lovely homes that overlook the area. For as little as $50,000US you could have your own property, safely situated above the shoreline. And thanks to the US dollar’s strength against the Brazilian real, you could build your own dream house for as little as $50,000US.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: The beautiful bay of Puerto Vallarta has been attracting visitors and retirees for years and city itself has grown into a vibrant and friendly destination. Just south of Puerto Vallarta lie the neighborhoods of Ampas and Conchas Chinas. Ampas is a hillside community south of Old Town Puerto Vallarta where a jungle setting provides ocean views that many Americans and Canadians are beginning to take note of. Conchas Chinas, a bit further south from Ampas is sometimes referred to as the Beverly Hills of Puerto Vallarta and while you could easily spend a small fortune on million dollar villas in this cliff side community, you could also find a great house with a stunning view for as little as $200,000US.
Azuero Sunset Coast, Panama: This wild and undeveloped coastal region of Panama is home to one of the only places from which to see dramatic sunsets due to the orientation of the country and this particular coastline. While this area has largely been over-looked until now, the secret of Azuero Peninsula is becoming known. For now, above-the-sea houses are going for as low as $200,000US, but this won’t likely remain the case for long.
Guanacaste, Costa Rica: Through the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica, the dramatic cliffs and hills of the region provide many beautiful above-sea-level homes with picturesque views and easy beach access. This region is conveniently accessible from the Liberia International Airport and the communities throughout Guanacaste boast world-class dining, a vibrant nightlife scene, sport fishing, surfing, hiking, and a whole host of other amenities and activities, not to mention a thriving retiree community. New developments such as Punta Playa Vistas offer above-sea-level properties with great views, beach access, and all the modern amenities one could want.