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Beach huts on sale for 1.7m
Complex in Eypes Mouth in Dorset
Life's a beach: The huts have attracted a lot of interest
Fifteen wooden beach huts in Dorset are up for sale for 1.7m.

Estate agent Symons and Sampson say they have been flooded with calls from potential buyers for the complex.

The lure of unspoilt coastline has led to a boom in prices in the area, with beach huts commanding a special premium.

Developers are keen to cash in as the property boom spreads to the West Country, local estate agents say.

'Brilliant response'

The one and two bedroom units at Eypes Mouth all have running water and gas bottle heating, but some are in better condition than others. The oldest one dates back to 1927.

The key selling factor is the panoramic views over Lyme Bay from Portland Bill, Dorset, to Start Point, Devon.

"The whole area is completely unspoiled, that is what makes it such a rare opportunity," said estate agent Jim Rowe.

The three-acre site, on the market for just over a week, is being sold by 56-year-old David Lee as one lot.

The freehold is up for grabs, with the right to collect rent from tenants, some of whom have lived there for 30 years.

Permission exists for any vacant huts to be redeveloped.

Dorchester-based estate agents Symons and Sampson say the response from potential buyers had been "brilliant".

Growing trend

The sale is the latest in a string of major deals for beach properties along the South West's Jurassic Coast.

Earlier this year, a group of 18 beach huts at Branscombe, east Devon, were sold for about 2m.

Last year a chalet at Chesil Beach, just along the coast in Dorset, was sold for 120,000.

The 95- mile stretch of coastline is known as the Jurassic Coast because of the abundance of fossils.

But local estate agent Neville Thorner said the trend was not confined to beach huts.

"We recently sold a country barn for 63,000 with no planning permission. it just shows how people are investing in property," he told BBC News Online.

Rising prices

Property prices in the West Country have been climbing for some time.

Earlier this year, parts of the area were found to be the most expensive places to live outside London.

Homes in Purbeck, East Dorset and North Cornwall demand almost as big a share of the typical pay packet for local workers under 40 as higher priced homes in the London boroughs of Westminster, Camden and Islington, research by property website Rightmove found.

But estate agents in the area insist local people are not being priced out of the market.

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