A grandma’s impulse buy is among a bunch of Melbourne beach boxes seeking buyers in the post-summer market.
The blue and yellow Beach Box 115 on Mornington’s Mills Beach — dubbed “Granny’s Cubby” by the owner’s grandchildren — has a $125,000 asking price.
Vendor Dorothy, who didn’t provide her surname, bought the sand shack in 2001 shortly after retiring.
She noticed the ‘for sale’ sign while on one of her daily beach walks and marched straight up to the real estate agents’ office to snap up the property.
Dorothy said she’d loved its position near the Beleura Cliff Path.
Her grandkids had also learnt to swim and snorkel in the ocean nearby, and had stored their kayak inside the box.
The family had enjoyed it in the cooler months too, by opening the double doors, sitting inside out of the wind, and watching the waves crash on the rocks.
“The beach box was a way to escape the busyness of life,” Dorothy said.
Hocking Stuart Mt Eliza and Mornington is marketing the property as offering “plenty of storage space for kayaks, boards, chairs, table, buckets and spades”, including additional roof storage.
“Your covered deck provides breezy extra shade on those really warm summer days — perfect for sharing a glass of wine and breathing in the serenity of your surrounds,” the online listing said.
“Watch your children and grandchildren frolic on the water’s edge, within safe distance and direct vision.”
Also on Mills Beach, Beach Box 2 is asking $150,000-$165,000 via RT Edgar Mt Eliza.
The red and white box may be skinny, but still offers plenty of space to store beach goods and relax in during a trip to “one of the peninsula’s most popular local beaches”.
It’s been recently painted and features a solar panel light.
Other Mornington Peninsula beach boxes up for grabs include the Rosebud foreshore’s box No. 127 for the $99,000 andNo. F76 for $85,000-$93,500, the Dromana foreshore’s No. 198 for $210,000 and the McCrae foreshore’s No. 66 for $249,000.
Closer to the CBD, a Brighton beach box described as a “much loved family heirloom” is set to go under the hammer on April 27.
It’s on the market for the first time in decades.
Selling agency Hocking Stuart Brighton said beach boxes on the stretch of sand had grown dramatically in value over the years, from typically achieving about $12,000 in the 1990s to more than $300,000 these days.
Ownership of the Brighton boxes is restricted to Bayside Council residents and ratepayers, but that’s not the case on the Mornington Peninsula.