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Five Bidders for Long Island Bathing Box

By Rebecca Richmond

When this particular property was described as beach front, it was even more accurate than most. A bathing box on Frankston’s Long Island foreshore in Victoria, seated on sand, is mere metres from salty waves. Located on the beach named clean beach of the year in 2011 and 2012, this property attracted 60 onlookers at auction, five bidders and sold to local buyers hoping to share the dwelling with their grandkids.

The petite beach shack was erected by the Rotary Club of Frankston Sunrise and Frankston City Council with the intention of raising money for local programs. Measuring only six by four metres and brightly coloured to fit in with the theme of other boat sheds and bathing boxes on the foreshore, it is a short stroll to cafes and restaurants, cinemas and Frankston’s shops and nightlife.

On auction day, Ray White Frankston agent Ashley Weston and Ray White Group auctioneer Jeremy Tyrrell attracted five bidders and sold the box for $114,500. That was $27,000 over the reserve price. “Set right on the sand beside exclusive Gould St, summers will never be the same again for the purchasers who can entertain on the beach and fully enjoy the spoils of spending the warmer months beside the bay.”

“Money from the purchase of the license to use the bathing box will go directly to a fund held by the Rotary Club of Frankston Sunrise for projects & programs within the community. Frankston Beach has been widely recognised for its boardwalks and pier, playground facilities, public artworks, visitor information centre and major events. The new owners will be able to store their kayak, grandkids beach toys, spare towels and barbecue and lap up summer in style.”

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