Want a second home? Look at the NC coast for a reasonably priced (by DC standards. I'm sure the NC POV is different) beach house. Here's two that caught my eye in Topsail.
910-A S. Anderson Dr.
910-A S. Anderson Dr. is a three bedroom, three bath duplex in a gated community for $549,000. It's 1800 square feet, it was recently remodeled and it has a 30' deeded boat slip with a 10,000 lb. lift. Amenities include two boat ramps, private parking area, and a gazebo for community use. The house features hickory floors, stainless steel appliances, and storm protection. It was originally listed at $575,000 and it's been recently reduced to $549,000.
2139A Ocean Blvd.
2139A Ocean Blvd dining room with views of the Point
2139-A Ocean Blvd. is a two bedroom, two and half bath duplex at Serenity Point for $355,000. It's 1250 square feet. The Point is on the southern tip of Topsail Island. The house has views of the Point, the ocean and the sound. Although I feel the house needs updating, I love the unrestricted panorama of the dunes.