Pros and Cons of Living by the Beach

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Here in beautiful WA, we are blessed with an incredible coastline, providing ample choice for living close to the sea. While sea changes are often associated with retirees looking to move away from big cities, Perth offers its inhabitants the best of both worlds. Perth CBD sits on the banks of the Swan, just a few kilometres away from the natural beauty of the Indian Ocean.

There are many benefits to a sea change, and the best news is that you don’t have to be retired to enjoy them.

Why move closer to the ocean?

With the stunning ocean and pristine white beaches just a few minutes away, it’s easy to imagine beachside living as a permanent holiday. However, there are pros and cons to being so close to the sea. If you’re thinking of a move to the coast, read on. We’ve listed some of the pros and cons of living near the beach.

Living Near the Beach: Pros and Cons


Location, location, location.

Waking up to the sound of waves crashing on the beach is one of life’s joys, and in Western Australia, the chances of it happening are high. There are plenty of fabulous properties available near the sea. Select an older, leafy, established suburb like Cottesloe or City Beach, or consider a newer property in Perth’s beautiful northern suburbs.

Encourages a healthier lifestyle

Long walks on the beach can quickly become a reality when you live in coastal Mandurah or Cottesloe. Breathing the fresh sea air and absorbing vitamin D from the sun are great for your health and wellbeing, especially during the challenging post-COVID world in which we now live. Taking time to get outside when the beach is on your doorstep is a fantastic way to calm a busy and stressed mind. Numerous studies show people who live near the beach are less stressed and live happier lives.

Water-based activities

Living near the beach also gives you plenty of exercise and leisure options, including:

  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing.

Our stunning coastline is renowned for its diverse and plentiful sea life, and when you live next to the ocean, an underwater adventure is just minutes away.

Investment Potential

Coastal properties are unlikely to go down in value, especially if you are lucky enough to purchase a home with an ocean view. Historically, the resale value on beachside properties is often much higher than the average sale price of similar homes further away from the beach.


Exposure to Bad Weather

Living close to the beach may make you feel more exposed during inclement weather. While Perth’s climate is temperature, winter often brings gale-force winds, which always seem harsher when close to the ocean.

Maintenance Costs

We often hear prospective beachside property owners voicing concerns about upkeep costs, as the corrosive nature of saltwater can cause issues with some properties, and insurance may be slightly more expensive closer to the beach.

These may be viable concerns. However, in our opinion, the overall benefits and investment potential of coastal living almost always outweigh the cons.

Ready to take the plunge?

Western Australia offers many beautiful beach communities. From the beautiful rocky coastline of Dunsborough and Margaret River to the pristine white sands of City Beach and Mullaloo in the north, ACTON Real Estate agents are your local area experts for coastal properties in Perth. We have offices across WA, in the following locations: 

Applecross, City Beach (ACTON North), Coogee, Cottesloe, Dalkeith, Fremantle, Mandurah, Mt Lawley, Rockingham, South Perth & Victoria Park, in the Southwest (Busselton, Bunbury, Dunsborough, and Margaret River) and Quinns Rock (ACTON West Coast).

Why choose ACTON as your Real Estate agent in Perth?

ACTON Real Estate has strategically located offices around the elite Swan River, western suburbs, and up and down our wonderful coastline from Mandurah to Mindarie. Known and respected as one of Perth’s premier real estate agencies, we can help you find your perfect new beachside property.

Contact us today to see how we can help you with your prospective move to the ocean, or view our latest listings here.