The beach box is a coat of arms to the great Australian summer and an ode to the lifestyle of living or holidaying by the sea. Brighton and other surrounding suburbs in the prized Bayside municipality are home to a number of beach boxes, or bathing houses, that have been carefully placed along the water’s edge.
The vibrant, mixed colours of the neighbouring boxes have long been an iconic element of Australian tourism campaigns, and the miss-matched facades are tourist attractions themselves. So, what is it about a beach box that makes having one so special? It’s about those hot summer days by the water, under the shade of a wooden apex roof. It’s about owning your very own slice of paradise.
With the summer heat starting to creep in, now is the perfect time to own an iconic Brighton bathing box. On December 2 bathing box number 60 will trade hands, providing a rare opportunity to embrace the beach box lifestyle and enjoy long summer days by the ocean with friends and family. One of 82 colourful beach boxes that line the picturesque Dendy Street Beach, number 60 is listed at a price range of between $270,000 – $297,000.
From Friday night fish and chips to kids’ birthday celebrations, selling agent, Barb Gregory, knows first hand the many benefits of owning a beach box. ‘The beauty of opening those sturdy double-doors and gazing out to the ocean is simply unsurpassed’. Barb describes the beach box she used to share with friends as ‘a safe and convenient second home that could take us from busy, working life to a place of respite alongside the calm, humming waves’.
Barb was especially fond of the social side of the bathing box lifestyle, sharing the space with friends and family. While the streets of Brighton, including the houses, the shops and the cafes, continue to change and evolve, the glorious beach boxes promise a quintessential bayside lifestyle for years to come.
The very first beach boxes were erected in Brighton in the early 1800’s, when they were used as ladies changing rooms. These days, a humble beach box is a hot commodity and to purchase one, you must be a local or pay local rates. In total, there are around 90 beach boxes along the Brighton shoreline, of which many have been handed down through generations. Each year, one or two new boxes are built and there is always a buzz in the community on auction day.