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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 April, 2005, 11:44 GMT 12:44 UK
Strip of beach on sale at £50,000
The plot which is up for sale
Would you pay £50,000 for this piece of sand dune?
A small section of beach on north Wales' Lleyn Peninsula will go to auction next month with a guide price of £50,000.

The strip of sand dune on Abersoch's Porthmawr beach extends to the high water mark and comes with planning permission for a beach hut.

In 2004, a hut on the same stretch of coast sold for £56,500.

Estate agent Martin Lewthwaite said building restrictions meant a new hut would be "four walls and no services".

No running water or electricity can be hooked up the shack, which can be no larger than 12ft by 10ft and must be in keeping with the style of the present huts.

Huts always create a lot of interest because they don't come up for sale very often
Estate agent Martin Lewthwaite

Mr Lewthwaite, senior manager at Beresford Adams estate agents in Abersoch, added: "They aren't to be lived in and there are very specific conditions attached to them.

"They're for bathing, and you can have a changing cubicle in there, or for sitting and lounging and watching people pass by.

"They're literally four walls and no services."

The patch of sand lies within the main row of about 100 huts between the golf club and yacht club, and offers prospective owners views over Cardigan Bay and St Tudwal's islands.

In 1998, rumours abounded that David Beckham and Victoria Adams, then his fiancée, had looked at buying a holiday home in Abersoch.

Blue corrugated iron beach hut
This Abersoch beach hut sold for £39,500 at auction in 2003

Prices for beach huts on the picturesque resort's sands have risen as dramatically as house prices have across Wales.

In November 2002, a 12ft by 12ft wooden hut on a slipway at Bwlchtocyn sold for £20,000.

Six months later, in May 2003, a corrugated iron one measuring only 8ft by 8ft sold for £28,000.

A buyer from England snapped up a freehold hut for £39,500 just a month afterwards.

The guide price for this latest sale has been set at £50,000 but, after a similar one sold for £6,500 more than that last July, the selling agent said the final sum could rise to £60,000.

High prices for beach-front property have not just been confined to Wales - or even huts.

In 2002, a public toilet with sea views was put on the market for £25,000 in Charmouth, Dorset.

Mr Lewthwaite said: "There has been lots of interest (in the plot).

"Huts always create a lot of interest because they don't come up for sale very often, particularly freehold ones like this one."

The piece of Porthmawr beach, which is currently privately-owned, goes under the hammer on 5 May at the Deganwy Castle Hotel, in Deganwy, Conwy.


SEE ALSO:
Corrugated house finally sells
01 Apr 04 |  North West Wales
Beach hut sells for £39,500
07 Jun 03 |  North West Wales
Price rise for beach hut
12 May 03 |  North West Wales


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