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Beach huts for sale: Would you pick the Dorset or Essex one?


Let the beach battle begin! Would you choose an empty £70k beach hut in Dorset or a pimped-up £57k version in Essex?

  • Which beach hut for sale would you choose to buy and enjoy this summer?
  • One is a brand new empty shell on sandy Friars Cliff in Dorset’s Christchurch
  • The other is in Essex’s Walton-on-the-Naze and is being sold fully furnished

As soon as the spring sunshine arrives, beach hut listings – and their often hefty price tags, depending on location – tend to follow .

They can range in price significantly, from a few thousands to a few hundred thousand pounds.

The price depends on a number of factors, including what beach they overlook and whether they are ‘front row’.

Beach huts can range in price significantly, from a few thousand pounds to a few hundred thousand

Beach huts that are on the second row tend to be cheaper but can still have good views of the sea

Beach huts that are on the second row tend to be cheaper but can still have good views of the sea

Beach huts that are on the ‘second row’ and so don’t have direct access to the beach tend to be cheaper.

We pick two such second row beach hut in different locations for our latest property battle series.

One is in the popular Friar’s Cliff in Dorset’s Christchurch, which is well-known for colourful beach huts.

Front row beach huts in this location can reach six figure sums. This second row beach hut is empty and has a price tag of £69,950.

The other beach hut is in Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex and is being sold fully equipped for £57,000.

Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘With the pandemic pivoting how many of us approach holidays, end everyone loving the idea of a trip to the coast – complete with some fish and chips  – what if you could have your own place by the sea to watch the sunset, but without the financial implication that comes with buying a seaside home? 

‘This is where a beach hut could be the perfect solution, providing you with your own private getaway to enjoy the coast, but for a fraction of the cost.’

1. Beach hut, Dorset, £69,950

This beach hut at Friars Cliff in Dorset, on the south coast, is on the market for £69,000 via Winkworth estate agents

This beach hut at Friars Cliff in Dorset, on the south coast, is on the market for £69,000 via Winkworth estate agents

Despite being on the 'second row' of beach huts, the property still enjoys some good views towards the Isle of Wight and The Needles

Despite being on the ‘second row’ of beach huts, the property still enjoys some good views towards the Isle of Wight and The Needles

The brand new hut is currently just an empty shell but could have some colourful interior design applied

The brand new hut is currently just an empty shell but could have some colourful interior design applied

The location of the hut is ideal for hikers who want to enjoy the clean sea air and beautiful views

The location of the hut is ideal for hikers who want to enjoy the clean sea air and beautiful views

This brand new beach hut is a few metres from the sandy beaches at Friars Cliff in Dorset’s Christchurch.

Despite being on the ‘second row’ of beach huts, it still enjoys some good views towards the Isle of Wight and The Needles – a row of three stacks of chalk that rise about 30m out of the sea off the Isle of Wight in the English Channel.

The hut is on the market for £69,000 via Winkworth estate agents.

2. Beach hut, Essex, £57,000

This second row beach hut is in Walton-on-the-Naze, a seaside town in Essex, and was built in 2015

This second row beach hut is in Walton-on-the-Naze, a seaside town in Essex, and was built in 2015

The sale of the renovated beach hut includes all the fixtures and fittings, including a worktop area

The sale of the renovated beach hut includes all the fixtures and fittings, including a worktop area 

The beach hut is 400 metres from the town centre and 300 metres from the railway station, which offers direct train links to London

The beach hut is 400 metres from the town centre and 300 metres from the railway station, which offers direct train links to London

The beach hut is on the market for £57,000 and the estate agents handling the sale is Sheens

The beach hut is on the market for £57,000 and the estate agents handling the sale is Sheens

This second row beach hut is in Walton-on-the-Naze, a seaside town in Essex, and was built in 2015. Due to its raised level, it boasts sea views.

It is 100 metres from Walton Pier, 400 metres from the town centre and 300 metres from the railway station, which offers direct train links to London.

It is on the market for £57,000 via estate agents Sheens.

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