Tuesday, 11 October 2016

BRIGHTON BEACH

Brighton is an affluent beach-side suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 11 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Bayside. At the 2011 Census, Brighton had a population of 21,257. Brighton is named after Brighton in England. Brighton houses some of the wealthiest citizens in Melbourne with grand homes, and the development of large residential blocks of land. As of June 2016, Brighton has a median house price of AU$ 2,287,500. 

Brighton is also well known for its Dendy Street Beach with its 82 colourful beach boxes. Built well over a century ago in response to very Victorian ideas of morality and seaside bathing, the bathing boxes remain almost unchanged. All retain classic Victorian architectural features with timber framing, weatherboards and corrugated iron roofs, though they also bear the hallmarks of individual licencees' artistic and colourful embellishments.

Thanks to these distinctive decorations, the boxes turn the Brighton seaside into an immediately recognisable, iconic beachscape that can transform by the hour according to season, light and colour. Although these are nothing more than glorified change rooms, they are very much sought after and can fetch prices close to  AU$ 300,000.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.



8 comments:

  1. Looking at your title and thumbnail photo I just couldn't work out where the beach huts are in Brighton. I was there just last week walking along the beach and I saw no huts. Then I opened your post and had to laugh when I realised it was Melbourne and not England!

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  2. Those are so cool. Every beach should have one! Ah, but I'm in the U.S. They would never allow such boxes that hinder freedom to show whatever you want! LOL Seriously, I'm all for modesty. I say, bring 'em to California!!! ;)

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  3. I loved the original beach boxes in the UK and was delighted when smart Australians developed a similar style for our beaches. But the rules were so strict and the prices so high, I was surprised they retained their popularity. Still, $300,000 limits ownership to the wealthy.

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  4. Oh my! Can't get enough of those colors. I have seen pictures of these cottages before but I didn't know they were so many.

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  5. They are so fabulous. We have beach huts in the UK too

    Mollyxxx

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