How Small ‘Beach Huts’ Became Britain’s Most Popular Property

The cost of renting a tiny ‘beach hut’ is now higher than the average monthly rate for a property in Kensington and Chelsea, one of the UK’s most exclusive areas.

The purchase price has jumped as COVID-19 restrictions mean more Britons are vacationing in the UK, amid uncertainties surrounding overseas travel, according to new research from hotel booking site Hoo .

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There has been an increased demand at seaside resorts such as Sandbanks in Dorset, Whitstable, Kent and Southwold, Suffolk for beach huts, brightly colored wooden boxes where tenants can put on their swimsuits and get themselves wet. a cup of tea. They are similar to cabins.

Beach huts are small cabins measuring 1 meter by 3 meters that are 2 meters high – they are not intended to be inhabited.

Research shows that if you were to rent a beach hut in Mudeford, Dorset for a month, you would have a rental cost of £ 3,639 ($ 5,062), which is even more expensive than the average rent in London neighborhoods. from Kensington and Chelsea to £ 2,977.

While lockdown restrictions, which prevented people from traveling across the country, affected demand for beach hut rentals, the prospect that Britons have to vacation in the UK has seen the huts selling prices beach soar.

Buying a beach hut will cost an average of £ 36,034, a 41% jump from last year, according to Hoo.

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Beach huts date back to the 1800s, originally came with wheels, and were pushed towards the beaches and protected the modesty of users when changing. Queen Victoria had one installed in the 1840s on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England.

King George III used one when he went for a swim, while receiving a serenade with “God Save the King”.

Adrian Murdock, co-founder of Hoo, said in a statement: “Beach cabin rental prices remain robust and…[are] is expected to increase significantly over the next few months. Demand for beach huts also appears to drive up prices as vacationers invest in their own piece of beach hut bricks and mortar.

“A 41% increase over the past year is quite significant, although, as with any real estate investment, location is critical to the price achieved and the rental potential of the property. “

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