How To Live A Great Life Near The Beach That Doesn't Cost a Fortune

BEACH, OCEAN AND BREEZE

As you know millions of people every year look forward to summer and heading to the beach to relax after a hard years work at their job.

I always dreamed and wondered how to live a great life near the beach that doesn't cost a fortune, and believe it or not, I figured out exactly what to do in order to fulfill my life long dream and make that dream become a reality.

As many of you know from my previous articles and hubs I sold everything to fulfill my dream of living near the beach.

There is nothing like it in the world when you can get up and be on the beach smelling the fresh air and hearing the Seagulls sing in only minutes.

To be able to go out your back door and smell the salt air coming from the Bay only blocks away is something that will relax you no matter how stressed out you are.

Although many people would think I am crazy by saying this and may not think it is paradise to them, it is certainly paradise to me and my wife.


SHIP BOTTOM, LONG BEACH ISLAND, N.J.

SHIP BOTTOM BEACH ON LONG BEACH ISLAND
SHIP BOTTOM BEACH ON LONG BEACH ISLAND | Source
SHIP BOTTOM, LBI BEACHES RESTORED AND READY FOR SUMMER
SHIP BOTTOM, LBI BEACHES RESTORED AND READY FOR SUMMER | Source

WHAT I DID IN ORDER TO LIVE NEAR THE BEACH

Here is how I was able to get to the beach and be able to enjoy my life without it costing me a fortune.

  • I started by making a long range master plan of what steps to take first to fulfill my dream.
  • I began selling my material things that really were my pride and joys.
  • I knew I had to get rid of these things in order to get rid of the monthly payments that went along with my play toys.
  • First, my 2002 Corvette had to go.
  • Second, my truck had to be sold.
  • Third, I had to pay down all the loans I had besides my automobiles.
  • I had to live frugal for sometime to make this plan I had work.
  • I cut down on many things.
  • I stopped drinking alcohol and put that money aside to help fulfill my dream.
  • I changed my way of living, meaning only buying what I needed, not wanted.

I am not the type of person that has patience and willing to wait for things, but in this case I was willing to take it slow and easy so that I didn't mess up my plan and my dream of living near the Beach and Ocean.

I knew in the long run, all good things will come to those who wait and I was will willing to wait as long as it took to get to my Beach and start relaxing everyday of my life.

I do work a Part Time job, but it is so amazing to be able to go on the beach and leave and be at work in only minutes. The pressure is off and I am now enjoying life like it should be enjoyed by all of us. After all, we are only here but once on Earth, so we must all live life to the fullest if you can. And if you can't try to figure it out like I did.

Granted, you might have to give up many things to fulfill your dream as I did, but remember they are only material things. Your life and peace of mind is worth far more that any material thing that's for sure. At least i feel that way, I don't know about you?


ONLY MATERIAL THINGS

BYE BYE PLAY TOYS
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FULFILLING YOUR DREAM

WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO DOWNSIZE YOUR LIFE TO FULFILL YOUR DREAM?

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BEFORE AND AFTERS

THE BEST PARENTS IN THE WORLD. MY MOM AND DAD.
THE BEST PARENTS IN THE WORLD. MY MOM AND DAD. | Source
ME AND DAD YEARS AGO.
ME AND DAD YEARS AGO. | Source
OLD BARNY, L.B.I
OLD BARNY, L.B.I
OUR KITCHEN BEFORE THE TOTAL REMODEL
OUR KITCHEN BEFORE THE TOTAL REMODEL | Source
NEW HOME BEFORE NEW PAINT JOB BY ME
NEW HOME BEFORE NEW PAINT JOB BY ME | Source
PAINTING IN PROCESS
PAINTING IN PROCESS | Source
PAINTING COMPLETE
PAINTING COMPLETE | Source

MY LOW COST BEACH LIVING HOME

After all said and done and sold all my material things, there was only one other huge hurdle to jump and that was selling my home that had so much sentimental memories to me as I grew up there.

The circle of life brought me back to this same home after my parents both passed away. I was left my childhood home to move back into with my wife of 32 years from my loving and caring parents.

I totally remodeled our home to bring it up to date, but back then I had thought I was going to stay there until the end of my time here on Earth, but things certainly changed after I stopped drinking alcohol and became sober living a life now with a clear and open mind.

Now being sober I could think correctly and continue to fulfill that dream of beach living.

We put the house up for sale and kind of took a beating because of the market being so poor. I never got the money I put into the house from the total remodel and needed to go with a short sale, so yes I took a huge beating.

In the end though, it all worked out because my wife thought of an idea to live in a 55+ retirement community. The community was an Mobile Home Park right up the street from the open Bay.

I purchased a double wide Modular Home that needed tons of work, but I knew it had great potential when I was through remodeling it.

The total cost for the home and another total remodel was $26,000.00. It is a Rancher type home and not what many people think when hearing, Mobile Home Park.


IT WAS ALL WORTH THE WAIT

Although it took years to fulfill our dream of living near the Beach, but it was certainly worth it. I couldn't ask for a better life.

I have what I dreamed about and it didn't cost us loads of money, although I don't live in a million dollar beach front, but my home is paid for and the beach is right up the street a couple of miles. I have the same access to the beach as the million dollar homes do without paying millions.

My motto is now, paying for what I need and may want cash and cash only. Live the simple life with no worries or stress anymore. If I feel a bit stressed out and feeling down, my beach is only minutes away to heal my inner soul.

If you ever noticed when you are down and out and you head to the beach and smell that awesome salt air your worries seem to disappear even if it is for a short time.

To hear the waves crashing on the surf and the Seagulls flying overhead singing their hearts out brings a sense of inner peace within. At least that is what happens to me and my wife.

The beach is so soothing and relaxing. It is like magic what the Ocean and Beach can do to you. I am sure anyone reading this will agree with my words, and if not, head up to the beach when you are tired out and stressed. See what magic the Ocean will do to your soul and body.

So the bottom line here is, if you are willing to downsize, change your life and being able to do with less, you can do as I did if that's what you wish to do in your life. It really isn't hard once you put your mind to it and get the job done.

Never let anything or anyone discourage you from fulfilling your dream in life, because if you do let that happen you will be sorry in the end that your dream never became a reality.

We gave up so much to have our dream become a reality and you can do the same if you are willing to give up things and live simple as I am now. Stress free living and being near the Ocean, Beach and Breeze is a gift from God I must say.

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CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

I am so thrilled for you making the steps to make your dream come true. Living near the beach is also healthier for you with all that sunshine, and salt-water air. We are about 30 min. from Cocoa Beach in Florida, I love going there. Maybe one day we will downsize too and live on the beach.


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the clean life 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Carly - Thanks for reading and your comment. yes it is so relaxing and the salt air smells wonderful. I wish I could bottle that and have it with me 24/7. I wish you all the luck in the world to making your dream come true too. I love Florida and have been there many times but the wife will not move permanently. Cocoa Beach is awesome and love Ron Jons there too.

Where I am is the Original Ron Jons and where it all began starting with 3 surf boards to an empire. The Original is on Long Beach Island in Ship bottom.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I think it is great that you hung in there and fulfilled your dream. Most of just dream and don't go that extra mile. Congrats.


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the clean life 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Pamela- Thanks for your comment and kind words. This time in my life I had the patience to hang in there with no rushing it. One day at a time.

Have a great weekend there in Florida :)


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

I'm glad you manage to fulfill your dream. Living nearby a beach is simply great. Thanks for sharing your story!


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the clean life 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Mike- thanks for commenting and taking the time to read this. I just love it here. Many people don't like beach living and much rather be where the snow is and sky.but that is what make the world go round right? Have a great weekend!


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Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

This is just beautiful. I am so glad you are living your dream. Voting up and beautiful and sharing.


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the clean life 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Crystal- thanks for reading and your comment. I am very happy here at the Jersey Shore. It took years to get here, but I finally did it! :)

Thanks for the Vote up and share too

Mark


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schoolgirlforreal 3 years ago from USA

Wicked awesome Mark, as we say in boston. love love love this. I'm aiming for the simple life too! What a great goal. The beach! yes, what could be more relaxing? great article. sharing and up etc.


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the clean life 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

schoolgirlforreal- thanks for reading and commenting Rosie! It is something I wanted my whole life and although it took years to get and a lot of sacrifices I made it finally. Anyone can do it if you truly want it bad enough. Think positive , believe and you will achieve ! :)


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

This is a really cool hub. I'm really glad you did what you did - all of it. And it's inspiring: to live a life of what you need, paying for it in cash. Awesome lessons here. :)


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the clean life 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

cclitgirl- Thank you for reading and your comment. I am glad you enjoyed this and although as I said it took some time, but keeping that drive and positive attitude I made it happen.

Nice to meet you as well and thanks again.


Aimee Hallermeier Ent 3 years ago

Mark, Your pages are so well written and very inspiring. Reading this particular one embraced me in total relaxation! I am happy for and proud of you. Keep them coming. Amazing how many lives you touch. Who would have thought..."Knew you when we were youngsters growing up." Great work, Sir!


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the clean life 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Aimee- Thanks so much dear for stopping by and reading this hub. Your words are very touching to me and I appreciate all of them. I smiled when I opened the link saying I had a comment. Very sweet of you Aimee.

I have over 400 more if you have time to read LOL.

All the best to you my dear friend :)

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