Living by the Sea

Living on the coast, by the ocean, is a dream come true for many. But it’s a lifestyle not without fault. Let’s explore the pros and cons of living by the sea.

Pros

  • The beach is a relaxing environment. While there is only anecdotal proof that living by the ocean lowers your blood pressure, we all know how relaxing a stroll on the beach can be. The low, recurring sound of the ocean can also lull our brains into a meditative state, helping us focus more and low stress levels.
  • Oceans tend to moderate the weather. In general, most coastal areas benefit from moderate weather given the ocean’s proximity. The sea breeze and currents keep things in check, except for the occasional cyclone.
  • Fresh sea air is good for you. Continuous breezes keep the air quality in check – who hasn’t had a deep breath of fresh ocean air and felt its invigorating qualities. That’s because ocean air is charged with negative ions, which actually help us absorb more oxygen from the air.
  • Sea water is also therapeutic. There’s a reason that salt water has been used by cultures for centuries – it has a lasting ability to heal wounds, treat pain, and reduce infection in the body. When the water is warm enough for a lengthy dip, swimming is a fantastic exercise.

Cons

  • Living on the coast translates into more expensive housing. Property with a view, whether it is a rental property or you are buying real estate, will always be more expensive, as demand is always there.
  • You’ll pay more for your insurance in a coastal home. Homes by the sea are more prone to maintenance issues and insurance companies charge a premium for that.
  • Many ocean towns are overrun by tourists. Many oceanfront towns are a magnet for tourists, and can result in towns being overrun with cheap hotels and restaurants, crowds, and noise. It’s important to consider location when it comes to where to live by the sea.
  • You will have extended home maintenance living by the sea. Having a seaside home means a damp, salty environment for your home – this increases your home costs significantly, especially for outdoor items like air conditioners and cars, which will need to be cleaned and cared for. Your home may also be more prone to issues like rot.

Living by the sea looks fabulous and sounds great, but be sure to check into the pros and cons before you decide it is for you.