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Gulf Shores, Alabama

Address: 1157 W. Beach Blvd., #201
Price: $189,900
Square feet:700
Price per square foot: $271
HOA fees: $375 per month

Forget about just being close to the beach. This two-bedroom, one-bathroom condo hangs right over it. In fact, the unit's real selling point is the direct view of the Gulf of Mexico. Unlike other condos in this complex, you'll get a front-row seat to the water on a wood balcony that can comfortably seat your family. Inside, the kitchen is functional but not splashy. There are tile floors throughout the home and a nice tile stand-up shower in the bathroom. You'll also get a covered parking area. The complex has a swimming pool and is surrounded by white sand. If live music is your passion (and you enjoy a bit of a hike), the annual Hangout Music Fest, a three-day concert featuring more than 70 bands, is a 1.7-mile walk down the beach. If big rock shows aren't your thing, consider renting the condo out during the third weekend in May.

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Asa Goode: The Gulf Dream Team; 251-233-4549