Oceanfront Vs. Oceanfront Indirect View: Which Is Right for You?

When buying a home in Ocean City, differentiating terms such as “oceanfront” and “oceanfront indirect view” can be confusing. 

Ryan Haley, broker and owner of Atlantic Shores Sotheby’s International Realty, breaks down the difference between these two terms to help buyers in their decision-making. 

The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) divides our 10 miles of beach into different sections. 

What’s interesting about buying in a barrier island such as Ocean City is that it is very long and narrow island. At the widest point, it might be a mile wide, but the narrow points could be just merely a couple hundred yards. 

Ocean City town is divided into sections, from east to west, from oceanfront to bayside.

Oceanfront Vs Oceanfront Indirect View

The east side and right on the beach is referred to as “oceanfront.” This basically means that it is right on the beach and looks out on the ocean. 


Oceanfront With Indirect View is when we have an oceanfront building with some units facing the ocean and some units on the side. The units on the side of the building or on the side street will give the homeowner an indirect view of the ocean. In essence, these units are located right on the ocean, but it is angled or set back a little. 

Should you have any questions about anything regarding buying or selling a property in the Ocean City area, please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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