No running water or electricity - but tiny beach hut goes on the market for £150k! (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Tiny beach hut in Mudeford with no running water or electricity goes on the market for £150,000
3:15pm Friday 28th March 2014 in News
A TINY beach hut in Mudeford with no running water or mains electricity has been put on the market - for a whopping £150,000.
The asking price for the 10ft by 15ft basic hut is the same cost as a house in some parts of the country and is as much as a top-of-the-range Bentley Continental car.
The one-room ‘shed’ on Mudeford Spit is accessed only by boat or a ride on the "Noddy" land train.
Even then, the owners face a half-a-mile hike to reach the timber, four-walled hut that is positioned at the very end of the sandy peninsula.
The enormous asking price - the equivalent to £1,000 per square foot - is said to be less than the going rate because of its distant position.
The hut’s only electricity comes via solar panels on the roof that power the lighting. A cooker and small fridge run off a camping gas bottle.
There is no toilet but there is a shared shower block on the sandy spit.
Whoever buys the hut will also have to fork out an annual ground rent of £3,000 a year to Christchurch council plus £500 a year in rates.
Andy Denison, of Denisons Estate Agents in Christchurch, who is selling the leasehold for hut number 17, said: "This beach hut is more towards the quieter quayside-end of the sandspit facing 'the run', the stretch of water between the spit and Mudeford.
"It has lovely views over Christchurch harbour and across to Avon beach.
"The hut is not huge but it's quite nicely done out with a little kitchenette and two sofa beds so you can sleep four people.
"You can only sleep there between March and October, but you can visit any time of the year.
"The cooker and the fridge both run off a camping gas bottle and the lights are powered by a battery.
"Water is from a stand pipe and on about four occasions a year the spit is opened up to vehicles so owners can move things in and out.
"It sounds like a lot of money for what is effectively a shed but they are in such demand that the bigger huts can sell for upwards of £200,000."
Steve Barratt, chairman of the Mudeford Sandbank Beach Hut Association, said: "The huts at that end of the spit go for a bit less because of the hike you face from the jetty or the land train station, especially if you have luggage.
"But the whole thing is market driven and there is always a demand for these huts.
"Despite its remoteness, hundreds of people from the mainland come across every day during the summer months."
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