A truly retro beach shack that’s like “stepping into a time capsule” has sold for the first time in 52 years with many of its original features.
The humble fibro home on 5 Ann Street, Dicky Beach, is in a tightly held street just 100 metres from one of the most iconic surf breaks on the Coast.
The property on 607sqm sold for an incredible $1.75 million and will be knocked down for the new owners to build their dream home.
Agent Luke Carter, from Harcourts, said a new-build modern house with pool two doors down had sold for $1.92 million a month earlier, an indication of the high price achieved with the shack.
Mr Carter said the value of the property was in the land, just steps away from the popular surf break known as Ann Street, and the fact that the new owners effectively had a blank slate.
“Sometimes people with that budget don’t want to buy someone else’s dream. It’s such a special spot, they want to build their own dream there,” he said.
The three-bedroom house was held in the same family since the 70s and was owned by the son, now his his 60s, who had lived there most of his life.
It was one the last original homes in the area and had remained virtually unchanged even as others on the street were replaced by modern designer homes.
Mr Carter said the vendor had lived in the basic shack since he was a child and had inherited the property from his parents.
Many of the features from its early days have stood the test of time, including orange kitchen cupboards, laminate benchtops and brown vinyl flooring.
An interior doorframe is still marked with the heights of the children who grew up in the house over the decades.
In the outdoor toilet, drawings of fairies and pixies still adorn the walls from when the vendor’s sister drew them in her childhood.
“It’s a proper beach shack, like stepping into a time capsule. It’s how it would have been in the 1970s; it’s proper original,” said Mr Carter.
“It’s been well-loved and the fact that it’s lasted that long is a testament.”
The property includes a north-facing rear yard which backed onto Currimundi Special School’s vegetable garden.
It also has a large enclosed garage with huge storage space.
The Sunshine Coast has many of the last surviving beach shacks on the eastern seaboard but these are quickly being replaced as new modern homes are built.
Beach shacks were built in the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s as simple holiday homes that required little maintenance and were cheap to build.
Mr Carter said the owner had enjoyed his many decades living by the beach but had decided he wanted a change.
After selling the property, the vendor had a bought a modern home with a big shed for his boat.
Mr Carter said the new owners, who were retired, were planning to live in the beach house as a holiday home and then build.
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