A beach house within the five boroughs

Located one house in from the ocean at 144 Beach 139th Street in Belle Harbor, a two-family home with two 2,200-square-foot units with Thermador, Wolf, and Sub-Zero appliances, gas fireplaces, a finished basement, and a landscaped backyard with a cabana area, an outdoor kitchen, and a shower (yours for $2.599 million).

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You could pour your life savings into a beach house in the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore and then spend the summer season fighting the traffic getting out to your little slice of paradise, or you could snap up a beach house in the city to enjoy year-round, and with a (slightly) less strenuous commute to work to boot. Here, six homes in close proximity to the Atlantic—most at a fraction of what something similar will cost south and east of the city.

This three-story, detached home at 250 Beach 118th Street in Rockaway Park, Queens (yours for $595,000) has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a finished basement, and a large deck with exterior lighting for enjoying day or night. 

For $4,000/month, you can rent this single family home at 162 Beach 129th Street in Belle Harbor with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a modern kitchen, and a deck with an outdoor shower, for rinsing off the sand after a morning spent in the surf.

Just a quick walk to the beach, this first-floor three-bedroom, two-bath apartment at 7106 Beach Front Road in Arverne-by-the-Sea (for rent at $2,500/month) has a washer and dryer, parking for two cars, and an outdoor shower.

This sprawling beachfront home at 4050-52 Atlantic Avenue in the private gated community of Seagate on Coney Island (yours for $5.8 million) has 11 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, three roof decks, and direct access to sandy beaches and salty water. Bonus: It’s walking distance to the Boardwalk, Luna Park, and the Mermaid Parade.

This 3,000-square-foot home at 241 Beach 119th Street in Rockaway Park (yours for $1.150 million) has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, central A/C, a front porch, plus second-floor terraces from which you can spy both the ocean and the bay.