Sun-worshippers pay up to £27,000 for new beach huts in Shoebury

Unbelievable price of new beach huts revealed

Trevor Smith outside his new beach hut at East Beach, Shoebury

Trevor Smith inside his new beach hut at East Beach, Shoebury

First published in Echo News by

NEW beach huts planned for Shoebury are up for grabs after the first batch sold for more than £27,000 each.

Sun-worshippers can bid for seven new beach huts planned for East Beach after Southend Council doubled its £110,000 investment on the first eight.

Architects Pedder & Scampton’s competition-winning design for the first beach huts to grace East Beach in 30 years split opinion with some people bemoaning their departure from other huts seen in Shoebury and Thorpe Bay.

However, demand was so great that estate agent Haart accepted sealed bids.

Grandfather Trevor Smith, 59, of Lifstan Way, Thorpe Bay, who was sunning himself in his hut yesterday, said: “We had a beach hut before in Thorpe Bay. I won’t tell you how much we bought it for or howmuch we sold it for, but I quadrupled my money.

“It wasn’t a bad investment.

It’s not unlike other property. It’s going to go up in price.

“But this isn’t an investment – it’s about getting my family together as a family unit.”

Haart fuelled demand for the modernist constructions with a carefully set out strategy normally reserved for new-build houses, with teaser publicity and viewing days to create “auction fever”.

Manager Paul Wigmore said: “Some of the sealed bids were very much in excess of £20,000.”

Since moving in, the new owners have been getting to know each other and holding barbecues.

Mr Smith said: “They are a really nice group of people down there.”

The council, which as freeholder receives about £700 a year in ground rent and insurance, has set aside £100,000 in next year’s budget to build more, with eight huts earmarked for the concrete outlook near Rampart Terrace.

Conservative councillor for Shoebury, Roger Hadley, who first proposed the new beach huts, said: “I went to see one which a plumber who has done some work for me bought and it looks like a fivestar room.

“It’s fitted out with a wine rack and a sink. It’s absolutely superb.

“It’s good that they were all sold and we have doubled our money.”

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8:14am Thu 17 Apr 14

Thomo100 says...

Is this news or an advertisement?
Is this news or an advertisement? Thomo100
  • Score: 16

8:15am Thu 17 Apr 14

supermadmax says...

"Lifstan Way, Thorpe Bay"

Questionable, given it cuts though the two sections of southchurch park, is much closer to souuthend east station than thorpe bay station and descends from southchurch road, I would suggest its more 'southchruch' than thorpe bay.

Given Trevor Smith's willingness to be economical with the truth I'm not surprised he managed to "quadrupled his money" on a property deal.
"Lifstan Way, Thorpe Bay" Questionable, given it cuts though the two sections of southchurch park, is much closer to souuthend east station than thorpe bay station and descends from southchurch road, I would suggest its more 'southchruch' than thorpe bay. Given Trevor Smith's willingness to be economical with the truth I'm not surprised he managed to "quadrupled his money" on a property deal. supermadmax
  • Score: 10

8:22am Thu 17 Apr 14

wonga says...

There you go Southend Council.. a nice cheap solution to your housing problem. You could rent them out and quadruple your money couldn't you.. :D
There you go Southend Council.. a nice cheap solution to your housing problem. You could rent them out and quadruple your money couldn't you.. :D wonga
  • Score: 10

10:26am Thu 17 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

that's a lot of holidays, somewhere hot, with sand......
that's a lot of holidays, somewhere hot, with sand...... pembury53
  • Score: 11

12:17pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

More money than sense.

I like beach huts. They are part of our national identity but pay that sort of figure?

Totally unrealistic and quite obscene when there are people living in squalor in a space not much bigger than a beach hut.

Sometimes life is full of ironies and paradoxes.
More money than sense. I like beach huts. They are part of our national identity but pay that sort of figure? Totally unrealistic and quite obscene when there are people living in squalor in a space not much bigger than a beach hut. Sometimes life is full of ironies and paradoxes. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 5

1:09pm Thu 17 Apr 14

emcee says...

B&Q do a range of large sheds (basically what beach huts are) for a few hundred quid or so. OK, so you may not be able to install them on the seafront but at least by putting them up in your garden you can avoid ground rent etc and you can then better spend all those thousands saved on REAL holidays to exotic beach locations around the world.
B&Q do a range of large sheds (basically what beach huts are) for a few hundred quid or so. OK, so you may not be able to install them on the seafront but at least by putting them up in your garden you can avoid ground rent etc and you can then better spend all those thousands saved on REAL holidays to exotic beach locations around the world. emcee
  • Score: 6

2:07pm Thu 17 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
More money than sense.

I like beach huts. They are part of our national identity but pay that sort of figure?

Totally unrealistic and quite obscene when there are people living in squalor in a space not much bigger than a beach hut.

Sometimes life is full of ironies and paradoxes.
Almost as dear as a high rise hovel flat...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: More money than sense. I like beach huts. They are part of our national identity but pay that sort of figure? Totally unrealistic and quite obscene when there are people living in squalor in a space not much bigger than a beach hut. Sometimes life is full of ironies and paradoxes.[/p][/quote]Almost as dear as a high rise hovel flat... CarnMountification
  • Score: 1

8:19pm Thu 17 Apr 14

tokyontroyzee says...

Shed with a cheap kitchen tacky!
Shed with a cheap kitchen tacky! tokyontroyzee
  • Score: 0

10:37pm Thu 17 Apr 14

keepitreal says...

good to see Roger lined a hut up for a mate
good to see Roger lined a hut up for a mate keepitreal
  • Score: 4

4:36pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Lesley says...

A sink and a wine rack? Wow!
A sink and a wine rack? Wow! Lesley
  • Score: 4

2:25pm Sat 19 Apr 14

echoforum says...

End of downturn ..and back to the good old days of smug property investors and slimy estate agents..how heart warming .
I'm missing the food bank stories already....at least The Kursaal is now 'Thorpe Bay borders..so not all bad.
End of downturn ..and back to the good old days of smug property investors and slimy estate agents..how heart warming . I'm missing the food bank stories already....at least The Kursaal is now 'Thorpe Bay borders..so not all bad. echoforum
  • Score: 0

12:53pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Nebs says...

They should have build two storey beach huts, would have made twice as much from the same area of land. Great views and a balcony would make upstairs go at a premium.
They should have build two storey beach huts, would have made twice as much from the same area of land. Great views and a balcony would make upstairs go at a premium. Nebs
  • Score: 2

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