If you have never seen a picture of these small, colorful houses located in Melbourne, Australia – chances are, you were probably living under a rock. Named ‘Brighton Bathing Boxes’, these amazing, little structures are located on the Brighton Beach, which explains their captivating name.
There are exactly 82 houses, and you won’t find any two that would look completely alike, and that’s part of the reason why they are so popular! In fact, many travelers come to Melbourne just to see those beautiful ‘boxes’, that they have previously added to their “bucket lists”. Also, because these houses are so popular, the area around them is always very crowded, especially so in the Summer time, when one can go swimming and sunbathing right in front of them.
So what is inside these cute and vibrant boxes? Well, they are used as different storage units by their owners, or “licensees”. The boxes are kept in their original state since the time they were built, over a hundred years ago. You won’t find any modern utilities, such as gas, water or electricity, inside. However, they are maintained well by their owners, and that’s exactly why they look like they were just built… yesterday, or a year ago.
If you’d like to buy one, the asking price in 2014 was… $260,000 Australian Dollars. A hefty price for one small storage unit.
If you don’t want to buy one, but you still want to see them – the easiest way to get here is by taking the local city train (Sandringham line) to the station conveniently named “Brighton Beach”. Check out the map at the end of this post to see the exact location.
So, which one is your favorite?
The exact location of the “Brighton Bathing Boxes” in Melbourne, Australia:
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