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Homes for sale in 10 happy seaside towns

Beaufort, S.C.
Beaufort, S.C. © Realtor.com

Beaufort, S.C., is a beach town with history.

"It goes back to the 1500s," says Jim Ware, broker with Tideland Realty Inc. "It's one of the deepest ports on the coast."

"We're surrounded by tidal saltwater," more than 200 islands and great architecture, he says.

Despite its pirate past, it's the slower pace and low-stress lifestyle that appeals to a lot of residents, says Ware, who "came here from Southern California in 1991 and never left."

With "natural beauty, tons of history, boating and islands to explore, you can live here 20 years and not have seen everything," he says.

The house: $399,000

On Lady's Island, this 2008 home is designed to look like a turn-of-the-century cottage. The exterior looks historic with a deep front porch with a ceiling fan and metal roof. But the interior is totally modern, starting with the kitchen, which has exposed beams, recessed lighting, breakfast bar with pendant lighting and banks of floor-to-ceiling windows.

The living room features a wood-burning fireplace. The house has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,282 square feet, plus a detached two-car garage with upstairs bonus space on almost one-fifth of an acre. The community includes a pool, tennis courts and dock area.

Listed by: Tideland Realty Inc.

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