The 6 Best Waterside Cities for Your Next Move!
According to our survey that conceptualizes what America’s dream home consists of, it was discovered that people dream of living on the beach. And it’s no surprise: science has proven that being by water is therapeutic for the mind and body, so imagine living by the water all year-round!
Whether by a lake or the ocean, being by the water can help you relax and feel more connected to the world. Before your next move, check out these waterside cities!
Located right in between Charleston and Savannah, Habersham is the small town you wish you would have grown up in! It is distinguished by its southern charm and natural surroundings. Not only are the people of Habersham friendly, but they are also eco-friendly. According to Southern Living, “the community was built around the low country landscape, encompassing the environment, rather than disturbing it.” This coastal city is surrounded by nature, making it easy to take a breather and soak in the serenity of the South! The thoughtful and charming architecture of the homes and buildings in Habersham has earned itself the “Best in American Living” Platinum Award for Best Neighborhood Design from the National Association of Home Builders as well as “Inspired Community of the Year” from Southern Living.
Looking for a place with character, culture, and comfort? Look no further, Saugatuck has exactly what you need! Nestled right along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, Saugatuck gives you all the small-town coastal vibes while only being only hours away from major cities like Milwaukee, Detroit, and Chicago. Being by water is known to influence creativity and this waterside city truly shows it. Saugatuck is known as the “Art Coast of Michigan,” and is home to The Art Institute of Chicago’s Ox-Bow School. Many artists have become locals in Saugatuck, “enriching [the] community with an appreciation of art that spills over into the many galleries and cultural events around [the] communities.”
Dating all the way back to 1639, Newport is full of history and charm. This New England city on Aquidneck Island is home to many beaches, including Easton’s Beach, which was named one of the Top 10 New England Beaches! One of the most popular attractions in the city is The Newport Cliff Walk — a 3.5-mile public access walkway bordering the shoreline. In 2013, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Newport as the first official Bicycle Friendly Community in the state of Rhode Island. Both Presidents Kennedy and Eisenhower have even made Newport the location for their “Summer White Houses.”
Located right where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, Astoria holds the distinction of being the first permanent United States settlement on the Pacific coast. This historic port town has been transformed into a vibrant town, full of museums, outdoor adventures, and good eats. Even Hollywood loves Astoria as it was the setting for the infamous 1985 classic The Goonies as well as multiple other movies. You can explore the waterfront (and possibly see sea lions!) by hopping on the trolley and taking a stroll down the Riverwalk. And don’t forget to check out the Astoria Sunday Market; the city closes off three blocks of 12th Street downtown and fills up the streets and sidewalks with vendors.
Listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach is home to several state parks, multiple beach areas, three military bases, a number of large corporations, two universities, and numerous historic sites. Along the 3-mile boardwalk at the oceanfront, you’ll find numerous hotels, restaurants, and shops. The oceanfront hosts multiple different festivals throughout the year as well as the East Coast Surfing Championships and North American Sand Soccer Championship. Near the point where the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet, Cape Henry was the site of the first landing of the English colonists. This area is now a registered Natural Landmark and is the most visited state park in Virginia, offering 1.25 miles of beach and 19 miles of hiking trails.
One word — lobster. Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, also known as the Kennebunks, are home to several beautiful beaches and delicious New England cuisine. The lobster trail of the Kennebunks is a guide to help you find the best lobster roll in town. Or you can go on a lobster tour and set traps to find out the day in the life of a lobsterman. Whether you’re looking for family fun or some good waves to surf, some of the most beautiful beaches in Maine can be found in the Kennebunks. With stunning views and fine dining, it’s no wonder why the Bush family has made this cozy coastal town the location of their family summer home!