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The Hots for Beach Huts

In Britain, beach huts are considered real estate!

Beach Hut
The British love their Beach Huts and there are around 20,000 of them dotting the coastline, but this nowhere near satisfies demand, and prices have escalated to silly heights.

Beach Huts
While the huts began life during the Victorian era as a place for bathers to change into their stripey swimsuits, they are now a national treasure and considered real estate. Most of the beach huts are just for shelter and storing your beach gear. Via NY Times.

residential beach huts
But some larger "residential huts" can be found in certain locations, and the owners are allowed to stay overnight between February and October. Via.

Beach Hut Interior
"Beach huts are small but for a lot of us they're the nearest thing we get to second homes", says an owner in a recent interview with the Independent.

beach huts poster
And the cost? Like with any real estate, it depends on location. In hot spots like Mudeford, Dorset pre-recession beach hut prices hit £150,000 for the sleep in versions. Via Art.com.
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24 comments:

Kellie ~ Ada and Darcy said...

Perhaps i could live in one of these and never go back to work! Ah what a dream!! xx

Laura Trevey said...

Oh... these would be so cute to paint!!!
Love them ~~

xo Laura

Christy said...

I love that poster too. My husband is Welsh, and whenever we visit his family we drive along the coast and I always stop to admire the beach huts. So cute and I would just LOVE to have one, one day!

Joyce said...

Just darling little beach huts.
Joyce

Jules said...

I want a beach hut! It's like a grown-up playhouse!

Carlotta said...

we have similar ones in italy where my parents have a country cottage there're some very pretty!!
I left you an award on my blog :)9

Olive Rue said...

That last pic is stunning!!!

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

These are adorable, but I pulled up the currency converter gadget and see that the ones in Dorset run $245,000! Holy cow!

Years ago I used to watch Christopher Lowell on HGTV and he did a number of shows where he converted those backyard sheds that you buy at Home Depot into various types of rooms. He turned one into the cutest little getaway day room, I'd love to see what he could do to one of these!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Gorgeous little huts. I love your intro pic. You are certainly encouraging me in my quest for that seaside cottage!! I live Sea-side now but in an apartment and don't think houses in my area will be within my budget. Unless... I drag one of those little huts above down to the beach!! Thanks Maya for your encouragement!! I love it!

sealaura said...

thanks for this little bit of history. I had no idea about these huts and they are so adorable. Norm and I would love a blue one!

Puna said...

I always kid about getting a shack on the beach, well here it is! I'm there!

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

The first time I ever saw one of these, I couldn't believe it and I wanted to know why we didn't have these in the US. I would be sooooooooo happy if I could have one of these!

Barbara Jacksier said...

America missed out when it came to cute beach cabanas.

Beach Vintage said...

How cute. I love the couple having a drink on the balcony.

Laura Trevey said...

I linked one of these great photos to Watercolors today!!

Patrice said...

I love that colorful beach huts poster from Art.com.

Florida Sue said...

The colors are beautiful. Just think what you could do with the interiors....

mary said...

These are totally adorable. Just posted on Kirtsy.com! :)

MissBliss said...

Fabulous!!! All you need is a little place at the beach to sleep.... oh wait, that's what we have here in South Beach!!! :)

Pearl Maple said...

Ahhhhhhhhhh
Sheds on the seashore just sounds like summer to me. Really handy too! All your beach provisions and toys stored in a little shed right there on the sand.

Unknown Mami said...

This post made me want to vacation somewhere that has beach huts. They're lovely. I've never seen one in person.

modernemama said...

My parents rented one every summer - they were called "chalets" because of the Swiss style, I suppose, and we were only inside them when it rained as it does every so often in the UK...

MBM said...

Maya,
I looove the Umbrella header you have! Do you mind if I ask where it is from? I would love to buy one of those wraparound umbrellas. Do you know where I can find one?
If you have any info, would you mind emailing me?
melissabritt@gmail.com

As usual, a beautiful post! Thanks a million.
MBM

Richard said...

I love the color of the mini house.! wonder if i will paint one of the house i would love to color it with bright colors like pink,neon orange and lavender.. haha (laughing) I so love the house in front of the seashore.