Tuesday, 19 June 2012 8:56 AM
A beach hut in Dorset has sold for a record £170,000 - £10,000 more than the UK average house price – within two days of going on the market.
On the upside, the wooden on hut on Mudeford Sand Spit near Christchurch was rebuilt ten years ago, has a fitted kitchen and running water and sleeps six. It is also right on the beach and boasts stunning views.
On the downside, it measures just 5.6m by 3.2m, it takes a walk and a land-train or ferry ride to get there and there’s no toilet. A local by-law means you can only sleep there between March and October. And you have to buy a ground rent of £2,500 a year.
However, none of that was enough to put off the buyers, a wealthy family with children from Christchurch, from smashing the previous record price for a beach hut. According to the Daily Mail, this is believed to be the £126,000 paid for a hut also on Mudeford Sand Spit three months ago.
Hut 97 at Mudeford was sold by another local family whose children had grown up. It comes with solar panels on the roof for electricity and a pump to supply water. It features a separate bedroom on the ground floor, a sofa bed in the living space and room for two more single beds in the eaves.
It’s one of 350 beach huts at Mudeford and about 23,000 in Britain. According to the Guardian, similar properties are available in the same area for £130,000 to £145,000.
Andrew Denison, from Denisons Estate Agents in Christchurch, told the Daily Mail: “The hut is positioned side-on with views of the harbour and the sea and the Isle of Wight, making it quite rare.
“The dual aspect views and the fact it is such a good size meant that as soon as we put it on the website people found it appealing. There was a frenzy of people interested and appointments were booked very quickly.
“The most expensive hut we have sold before went for £126,000 last month and we usually put them on the market for about £140,000. But, this hut is plush and a fantastic size so I think that is why it went so fast and for so much, I don’t know of any that have sold for this sort of figure.”
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