What's the difference between oceanfront and beachfront

It is no question that Myrtle Beach, SC is known for its beautiful, warm beaches and glistening waters, and we certainly understand why the Grand Strand is known as having some of the most stunning beaches in the country. And because of that, many individuals, couples, families, and retirees are flocking to the area to take advantage of the beautiful weather and everything the area has to offer. Due to the influx of people coming to Myrtle Beach, SC for the beaches, we tend to get quite a few questions and inquiries surrounding available oceanfront and ocean view properties.

With that, a question we get asked all the time here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts is what the difference is between oceanfront and ocean view. And we hear a lot of people say, “I just want an ocean view condo,” but what they really mean is a direct, oceanfront property. Much to some people’s surprise, there, in fact, is a difference between an oceanfront property and an ocean view property. Have you found yourself searching the web and not fully understanding the difference when you see the two descriptions? If your answer is yes, then this blog is for you. We hope the information below clears up any confusion you may have or equips you with the knowledge you did not know you were missing when it comes to these properties in the Myrtle Beach, SC area.   

What does ocean view mean

What are the perks and downsides of an oceanfront property?

Would you agree with us if we said that a sandy beach and warm ocean waters made the perfect combination for a backyard? How would you feel waking up every day to the sound of crashing waves and the calming smell of the fresh ocean mist? Well, that is pretty much what you can expect when you purchase an oceanfront property. ‘Oceanfront’ means that your unit is directly on the ocean with the beach right in front of you, and yes, we agree that it is as close as it gets to heaven on earth. 

Not that we have to point it out to you, but one of the main perks to an oceanfront property is that there is nothing standing between you and the warm sand between your toes, the glistening Myrtle Beach, SC sunshine and the dazzling, welcoming waters of the ocean. You have the beach and ocean available to you without having to drive, park and walk to put your beach towels down. You can walk right outside and you are there. Pretty sweet, huh? We tend to agree wholeheartedly. Lastly, if you are looking to rent out the unit, vacation-goers tend to favor oceanfront rental options, ensuring you will most likely see good rental income and a steady flow of renters throughout the year.

And while you may be thinking what could possibly be the downside of such an incredible setup, with the good comes the, well, not so good. The main downside of most oceanfront properties, as you may have guessed it by now, is the price. Due to the limited amount of oceanfront units in a condo building, those properties tend to be in high demand, and thus have a higher price tag than others that are not on the water. And not just condos, there are many incredible attached and detached oceanfront homes that will also carry a heftier price tag than those in a traditional cul-de-sac without the oceanfront view. But it is true when people say ‘you get what you pay for,’ and in this situation, most times you will have to pay a higher price for all the perks, beauty and convenience of an oceanfront property. It is just up to you to decide if that price is justifiable given your budget, your wants, and your needs.

Partial ocean view vs ocean view

What are the perks and downsides of an ocean view property?

On the other hand, ‘ocean view’ means that you are going to get a view of the ocean, and maybe a little view of the beach, but there may be things standing between you and the ocean. Image walking out on your balcony and instead of the ocean and beach being right in your backyard, you are able to see it in the distance. How much of a distance you ask? It depends on the unit. There are units that are extremely close to the beach and ocean but have a pool or smaller building in-between. Then there are units that are several blocks away and are a decent walk, or even a drive, to get to enjoy the beach and ocean.

But even though you are not right on the beach, the main perk to an ocean front unit is that you are still able to see and take in the beauty and tranquility of the water, but you are not paying the high price tag for an actual oceanfront unit. If a non-negotiable for you is being able to see the ocean, but you are not wanting or able to pay the higher price of an oceanfront option, and you are okay with a short commute (by foot or car) then an ocean front unit can be a great option for you. And similar to an oceanfront property, if you are looking to rent the unit out, a major perk is being able to list ‘ocean view on your rental listing. Many people who visit the Myrtle Beach, SC are wanting to see and/or spend time at the beach. So being in close proximity to the water is always a huge plus and can help ensure you have rental income coming in throughout the year. 

What is right for you Oceanfront or Ocean View

Since the views and distance to the water can vary in these units, be sure to contact our team here at Jerry Pinkas Realty so we can show you different options. We can work with you and your budget to get you the best view possible, as well as to check off all your wants and needs in a unit. There are so many incredible ocean front properties that have breathtaking views, and we look forward to showing you these options and finding your dream unit. 

Difference between oceanside and ocean view

What should I do if I am interested in purchasing an oceanfront or an ocean view property?

Now that we have discussed the differences between an oceanfront and an ocean view property, we hope that you have a better feel for what you are looking for. While there are perks and negatives to both options, I think we can all agree that nothing beats being in close proximity to, and waking up to see, some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. Are you still confused about which option best fits your needs and wants? Give our experienced team here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts a call today! Allow our incredible and knowledgeable agents to take you around to a few properties so you can see the differences in person, decide which option checks everything off your list and get all your questions answered. We know the internet can be a great tool, but nothing beats an in-person tour of some potential units. Our team has helped numerous individuals, couples, families, and retirees find their dream oceanfront and ocean view property, and we know we can do the same for you. This is what we do, we do it every day and we are good at it. Why have average when you can have the best? Give us a call today, we look forward to working with you!

 

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