Inside Brighton's Beach Boxes
Nestled on Dendy Street Beach, the Brighton bathing boxes are a popular Bayside icon and cultural asset.
Originally built to preserve morality and dignity in a time when bikinis and budgie smugglers were unacceptable swimwear.
Having survived heavy storms and various attempts by the council to have them removed, they are now one of Melbourne’s most visited tourist spots.
The 82 iconic structures are usually brightly coloured and made out of timber. No service amenities such as electricity or water are connected. Over the years, licensees have transformed their bathing boxes with personal expression through colour and decorative features which line the sands in a cheery beachscape collage.
Back in the 1990’s, bathing boxes were on the market for around $12,000. These days they attract top dollar value upwards of $300,000.
Owners hold a license to keep their box on the beach which is approved by the council. They rarely come up for sale and when they do, they attract a lot of interest.
Bathing box bragging rights on the best part of the beach
hockingstuart Brighton announces the landmark opportunity to purchase at auction Bathing Box No 34, a much-loved heirloom, on the iconic white sands of Dendy Beach, held in the family for decades.
Highlighted by a seashore-inspired mural, a rustic front deck, storage cupboards inside for beach toys and towels along with room for your paddleboard in the rafters, this high-framed box is the perfect place to create a family tradition. A prized position, footsteps to the carpark and the Brighton Life Saving Club, this Bathing Box invites you to take your time this summer and share it with loved ones and friends - play some beach cricket or simply relax on this iconic stretch as you watch the sunset from your deck.
Ownership of a bathing box is restricted to residents and ratepayers of Bayside Council. You do not get a title, just a license from The Council which can be transferred for a $300 fee. Licenses are renewed annually. The site now has Heritage Victoria classification.
The auction of No 34 Bathing Box, Esplanade, Brighton was held on Saturday, April 27th and sold recently for a great result!!.