So after dreaming about it for 20+ years, and after never actually moving to a beach town I purchased a beach place. During the last few months it has been fully renovated and now is very comfortable and clean etc. Will not rent. Occasionally, I pretend I'm now a local and I find that I don't care about that and wonder why I ever thought I would. One strange side effect: I wait for better swell and not paddle out every time there is a surfable bump. Still stoked but more selective I guess. And oh, the main decorative feature is hanging my boards on the wall of the living room.