Owning a waterfront home costs millions, right? Or at least hundreds of thousands of dollars to have a property just steps away from a body of water. Not so. We set out to find waterfront homes for under $250,000 and guess what? They exist! With Memorial Day -- the traditional kickoff of summer -- fast approaching, we found a handful of homes that might whet your appetite for summer livin' on the waterfront. Here's a look at some waterfront homes for sale starting at just $155,000.
Tulalip, Wash.3106 Mission Beach Lane
For sale: $155,000
Tulalip might be known for its casino and outlet mall, but it's also home to some affordable Puget Sound properties. This 1-bedroom, 1.5-bath home has 30 feet of frontage on the Sound. It was rebuilt in 2001 with floor-to-ceiling windows, a private balcony and waterfront deck. According to the listing description, it was even designed to later be converted into a houseboat.
Lakeside, Ore.1610 N. Tenmile Lake
For sale: $224,900
Calling all treehouse fans! Nestled high in the trees, this home affords panoramic sunset views. The property also comes with a double boat house, large grassy area and storage that could be used for additional sleeping quarters.
Hudson, Fla.13908 Duley Ave.
For sale: $225,000
Described in the listing as "affordable waterfront paradise with Gulf access in minutes," this Florida home has four bedrooms, three baths and a private dock on Hudson canals. The owner spent nearly $60,000 in recent upgrades to the kitchen, landscaping, bathrooms and more.
Hattiesburg, Miss.45 Stones Throw Drive
For sale: $229,000
With a back deck overlooking Lairds Lake, a wine/beverage cooler and jetted tub, this home is primed for relaxation. The interior spans 2,145 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths.
Constantia, N.Y.16 Liniment St.
For sale: $235,000
For $235,000, 290 feet of Oneida lakefront can be yours. The property spans almost three-quarters of an acre with a wrap-around porch and lush lawn. Built in 1900, the interior boasts hardwood floors, built-ins and a master suite overlooking the lake.