So all things being equal, I think I'd choose a much more understated residence than the Grand Beach House. Something probably more along the lines of this adorable little Beach Cottage priced at a much more respectable $595,000 (and yes, I know in other parts of the country $600k would buy you a palace).
I'd paint the kitchen cabinets white, of course.
And pull up that hideous commercial-grade carpet
But really, this place is all about the view.
This back patio reminds me a lot of the place we stayed in Bozeman last summer.
So, which would you choose and why?