If you are scouting out homes for sale in a beach community, you likely know that the homes look different and have a different price point. One thing that you may not be prepared for is the way of life that will be different at the beach community. If you are new to life in a beach community, here are five things that you may have to get used to.
Going a little further out for groceries
Beach community shops are typically set up for tourists and those who come to the area to vacation. The shops in the area are likely to have "convenience pricing" so groceries and other items that you need for the home will be more expensive if you shop directly in the community. You may have to head close to the city once a week in order to get groceries for a less expensive price.
Dressing will be casual
Shorts, tank tops, and flip-flops can be observed in beach communities every day of the week. If you are used to people taking more interest in fashion or in dressing up, the beach community will be a more casual change of pace.
Your children will have seasonal groups of friends
If you live in a beach community year round, expect that your children will have three different sets of friends. The first set is those who live in the beach community all year like you. The second set will be those who come to the community a few weeks in the summer. The third will be the children they meet at the beach and in their play areas. A diverse group of friends may actually be enjoyable for your children.
Park your car in the garage
If the water that you live near is salty, you will want to park your car inside of your home's garage. You will also notice more people parking inside of the garage so that salt water does not erode the metal of the vehicle and cause damage. This is the reason why many people prefer to live within walking distance to the waters edge.
More neighborhood signage
In the average suburban neighborhood in a city that is not near the water, you may notice few signs, outside of street names. Since beach communities often have visitors or short-term renters, you may notice more parking signs, more rules about cars and boats, and a number of other signs posted. Be sure to follow all signs to make driving and living in the neighborhood easier.