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8. Seaside, Oregon
Seaside, Oregon | Realtor.com

8. Seaside, Oregon

List price: $1.495 million

This inviting 4-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath wood shake townhome would have been a welcome sight indeed for Lewis and Clark, those original out-of-towners who ended their famous trail trek here at the Pacific coast.

In addition to ocean-view picture windows throughout, the 4,307-square-foot seaside condo features a luxurious island kitchen, stone fireplace, sauna, hot tub, wine cellar and spacious outdoor deck.

"Situated in 'the Cove' at the desirable southern end of Seaside, this property is away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, yet enjoys easy access to the famous 1.5-mile oceanfront Promenade, or 'Prom,'" says real estate broker Hilary Herman of Lostrom & Co. Real Estate in nearby Manzanita.

What makes Seaside special?

Like many coastal towns on this year's "Happiest Homes" list, Seaside is experiencing high demand and low inventory. So far this year, Herman says single-family Seaside homes average 7 months on the market and sell at 97% of list price, or a yearly average of nearly $287,200. Realtor.com lists the average home price at $184,375.

Considering Seaside? Here's a tip: "When considering property in this small coastal town, walkability to the beach is best accessed from homes located west of coastal Highway 101," Herman advises.

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