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This Is the Best Place in America to Own a Beach House

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5. Gulf Shores, Alabama
> Beach hot spot score: 7.4
> Average home price: $323,708
> Average 1-year home price increase: 17.4%
> Average annual low temperature: 63˚F

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4. Miramar Beach, Florida
> Beach hot spot score: 7.4
> Average home price: $497,865
> Average 1-year home price increase: 12.0%
> Average annual low temperature: 68.5˚F

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3. Panama City Beach, Florida
> Beach hot spot score: 7.5
> Average home price: $347,974
> Average 1-year home price increase: 7.3%
> Average annual low temperature: 61˚F

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2. Orange Beach, Alabama
> Beach hot spot score: 7.5
> Average home price: $381,555
> Average 1-year home price increase: 21.9%
> Average annual low temperature: 59˚F

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1. Galveston, Texas
> Beach hot spot score: 7.6
> Average home price: $263,954
> Average 1-year home price increase: 14.7%
> Average annual low temperature: 65.3˚F

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