When is it that you are going to be in AC? I forgot your dates... Anyway, I hope you find something reasonable, and I hope you keep in touch. I just can't imagine how exciting this is going to be for you.
I know that beach front is going to be lots more expensive, but if at all possible I'd have to go for it. Can't imagine being on A.C. and not waking up to that view.
Also, I was just wondering if you had even considered staying on the mainland, where it is much cheaper. I have not explored the mainland yet, but reading Lan's reports has really made me want to do that.
Anyway... best to ya, and I hope things work out for you.