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9 beachfront bargain properties for under $500,000

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When thinking about beachfront homes, multi-million-dollar mansions and high-end apartment complexes resting on the shores of glam suburbs probably come to mind.

Rapid price increases in recent years, particularly for lifestyle-rich homes in seaside suburbs, might make the dream of a house by the beach feel quite out of reach.

But outside of major metropolitan hubs and a little off the beaten track, plenty of affordable options can be found – and with a price tag of $500,000 or less.

These nine beachfront properties offer an enticing option for those on a budget – some ready to move in and enjoy right now.

Absolute beachfront with magical views

Dreaming of ditching the nine-to-five rat race for a shack by the sea?

This classic two-bedroom home at 20 Taylor Street in the seaside village of Tully Heads is your ticket to the quiet life in tropical north Queensland.

This bargain home has a spectacular absolute beachfront position. Picture:

The location is exceptional. The property boasts epic views stretching across to the Family Islands and is on the doorstep of Googarra Beach.

Amenities include a lap pool and a two-bay garage suitable for boat and caravan storage.

It even comes with a lap pool. Picture:

Peaceful yet accessible, it’s located 35 minutes from Mission Beach and two hours south of Cairns.

It could be a great weekender, investment property, or permanent home. It has an asking price of $500,000.

A secluded slice of paradise

If you like remote, then you’ll adore this property in the little coastal town of Toomulla. 

Located at the end of well-maintained 2km track, the two-bedroom abode at 108b Herald Street shares a private beachfront enclave with only three other homes.

This beach house offers a secluded setting. Picture:

Its concrete masonry build offers breezy interiors, a laidback lounge, and an idyllic front porch that takes in blissful ocean views.

The highlight is the manicured lawn that stretches all the way to the sand. There’s a stone barbeque to cook up local catches of fish and crab.

The home is very liveable as is. Picture:

Fitted with new electrics, its additional features include a solar system, near-new kitchen, and four rain tanks with bore water to 32m.

The agent is inviting offers above $489,000.

The little beach cabin that could

Retirement pad or holiday getaway? The choice is yours with this charmer in the New South Wales town of Ulludulla.

The beach is just steps away from this charming little home. Picture:

The two-bedroom cabin at 52/396 Princes Highway sits within the sleepy Beachside Village Holiday Park and is just steps from Racecourse Beach – a popular local surfing spot.

The cabin offers open plan living with raked ceilings, kitchen, bathroom, and covered entertaining deck with ocean views.

The property is in a good condition and very liveable. Picture:

It’s up for grabs for just $247,000 via a ‘walk-in walk-out’ sale, meaning it comes with everything included, from the furniture to kitchen utensils.

Versatile seafront studio 

This property at 14 Ocean Drive in the peaceful Queensland community of Ilbilbie has plenty of potential to become a superb weekend getaway or a permanent sea-change above. 

This home is on a sizeable block of land. Picture:

Essentially an open plan studio, its solid brick build and versatile layout provides an excellent blank canvas to renovate and reconfigure.

Or buyers could knock-down, start again, and capitalise on the 774sqm parcel of land fronting Greenhill Beach.

It needs a lot of work but boasts plenty of potential. Picture:

Nearby lifestyle amenities include Cape Palmerston National Park walks and excellent boating, fishing, and crabbing hotspots.

It has an asking price of $350,000.

An idyllic beach house project

This cute one-bedroom home at 72 Colonial Drive in Clairville offers a fantastic opportunity to create a dream holiday pad.

This home has jaw-dropping vistas and a priceless position. Picture:

It rests on 455sqm of absolute beachfront land looking out over an expanse of sparkling turquoise waters.

It has open plan living and dining, a galley style kitchen, and a double bedroom enjoying ocean views.

It’s another property that’s liveable but has a heap of potential. Picture:

Situated on the Isaac coastline just two-and-a-half hours from Rockhampton, potential buyers can enjoy excellent local fishing spots and a short boat ride to nearby islands.

The local BarraCrab Caravan Park is also an excellent spot to enjoy lunch or afternoon drinks and live music on the weekends.

It has an asking price of $320,000.

Oceanfront cottage in Pelican Point

If you love to fish, this seaside shack at 24 Newton Road in the quiet South Australian town of Pelican Point is the perfect spot.

The property has an absolute beachfront position. Picture:

Solidly built from stone, the cosy two-bedroom home is ready for a makeover.

The uninterrupted ocean views are truly spectacular, and it’s just a few steps away from a stretch of sandy white beach.

The views are showcased throughout the home. Picture:

A popular holiday and fishing destination, Pelican Point is about a five-hour drive from Melbourne and 30km from Mount Gambier.

The house has an asking price of $350,000 to $380,000.

Embrace the resort life

Perhaps the community lifestyle of resort living is more your thing, in which case you should check out this two-bedroom townhouse at 33/26 Bourke Street.

The villa sits within a resort-style complex with an enviable position. Picture:

It’s well located within the Comfort Resort Blue Pacific, which fronts the 6km stretch of Blacks Beach in Mackay on the Central Queensland coast.

The home has been recently updated and comes fully furnished, making it ideal for ready-to-go holidaying and a potential income generator.

The home itself is very well-maintained. Picture:

Resort facilities include two swimming pools, a tennis court, landscaped gardens, and on-site managers.

It’s conveniently located a short 15-minute drive from Mackay’s CBD.

The selling agent is currently accepting offers above $199,000.

Escape to Yorke Peninsula 

This cute 3-bedroom home 32 Hickeys Drive in Coobowie enjoys a truly breath-taking setting.

It’s perched right on the beachfront in the small town on the south-eastern tip of South Australia’s picturesque Yorke Peninsula.

The property boasts a stunning vista. Picture:

Offered fully furnished, it enjoys spacious living with a combustion fireplace and a full-length deck embracing stunning ocean views.

It also comes with an enclosed rear yard complete with a terrace and 12m by 7m shed to accommodate boat storage.

There’s a lot of scope to transform the property. Picture:

It’s heading to online auction on 14 November at 7pm with an opening bid of $350,000. 

Spectacular beachfront opportunity

Securing a beachfront property for under $500,000 is rare enough, let alone one on a half-acre block.

It needs work but the location is jaw-dropping. Picture:

Yet that’s exactly what’s on offer at 19 Acacia Street in the quiet Queensland community of Forrest Beach.

The generous parcel currently holds a two-bedroom house ripe for a makeover.

For investors, there’s enough space to build another dwelling, subject to council approval.

The house sits on an enormous block. Picture:

Shops and Forrest Beach State School are just a stroll away and of course the beach is within footsteps.

It has an asking price of $495,000.

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