Barbecues and beach huts, sun hats and sandals. All were out in force over the bank holiday weekend when the sun graced us with its presence.
This sunshine got everyone in the mood for summer and so at Quick Move Now we took a look at the price of a beautiful little beach hut by the sea – for when summer arrives in earnest in the not too distant future (we hope!).
Our research shows us that while house prices may be struggling somewhat lately, the cost of beach huts is rocketing.
Last summer, a beach hut on Mudeford Spit, near Christchurch, Dorset, was reportedly sold for £170,000; not far off the price of the average home in Britain. The wooden hut, which overlooked the beach and the harbour, is just 18ft by 10ft and you need to travel by train or ferry to get there.
Maybe it was its solar panels for lighting and its 12v pump system that supplies water from a tap that induced the two day bidding war to become its proud owners. It probably wasn’t the extra £2,500 ground rent payable annually or the fact that it can only be slept in from March to October due to local bylaws.
It is thought it is the most expensive beach hut sold to date, beating the previous record of £120,000 for a similar dwelling in Mudeford just three months earlier. But all this could be dwarfed by a discreet pitch of five modern huts built recently.
The Beach Hut at Shaldon in Devon is currently being advertised at £245,000. Estate agents have described the 23ft by 6ft building as a ‘luxury one-bed apartment with stunning views over the village harbour’.
It has under floor heating, electric windows that close automatically when it rains and wireless internet access.
But what is it about a little hut on the beach that is suddenly making it so appealing?
It is quintessentially British. An icon up there with the London taxi, fish and chips and warm ale. People now strive to eventually own a beach hut. And with 23,000 of them out there, that’s a lot of us living the dream.
Holidaying in Britain can be fabulous and you couldn’t ask for a better way to spend your lazy summer days than in a little beach hut by the sea.