A traditional red phone booth has hit the market in London for £ 45,000 (US $ 65,000), up nine times the price of a family home in the London borough of Hartlepool.
The 100-year-old cabin advertises itself as an office despite covering less than 1 square meter.
Its dazzling price tag is more expensive than a family home in some parts of the country, like Hartlepool, where three-bedroom homes can sell for $ 45,000 and there’s currently one on the market for just 7,000, he says. Daily Mail.
The iconic booth is advertised on Rightmove and is one of only 224 remaining red phone booths in the UK (BidX1 Commercial).
The famous British telephone boxes were designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the architect behind some of the best-known British buildings, such as the Battersea Power Station, the Tate Modern, and Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.
The booth is so small that the ad for the selling company, Rightmove, does not offer a floor plan and the ad reads: “Own an iconic piece of British heritage located in the city. Run your own business, advertising potential or alternative uses. The electricity is connected. “
Included in the sale price will be a new coat of paint for the buyer says Daily Mail.
CABINS FOR ALL USE
The notice adds: “Historic England has been listed to preserve these iconic red canines, and many have transformed them into cafes, libraries, museums, bakeries, florists and defibrillators.”
Between 1926 and 1935 1,700 cabins were installed and the total number of survivors was just 224 in the UK, it says Daily Mail.
The notice of sale of the telephone booth (BidX1 Commercial).
Describing its location, the ad adds: “The City of London is a historic financial district, home to the Stock Exchange and the Bank of England. Modern corporate skyscrapers tower over the remnants of medieval alleys below.”
To add more appeal they add: “Wealthy workers frequent its elegant restaurants and bars. The booth is located on the west end of Austin Friars at its intersection with Cophall Avenue and Throgmorton Avenue, immediately across from the BlackRock offices.”
THOSE THAT REMAIN FOR SALE
The phone booth is being marketed by BidX1 Commercial, which is auctioning several of them across the UK, says Daily Mail.
They have four more in central London, all expected to cost around U$S 60.000 a 65.000.
Another is being auctioned in Nottingham for $ 45,000 and others in Bournemouth, Devon and Southport for $ 10,000 to 30,000.
Phone booths have previously been turned into libraries, coffee shops, and even a take-out fast food restaurant.
Tayyab Shafiq, 25, opened a take-out business in a red phone booth on London’s Uxbridge High Street (Tayyab Shafiq).
An auction spokesperson confirmed that all of the currently listed phone booths are owned by a single customer and one was already sold in Edinburgh last month for $ 30,000, he says. Daily Mail.
Mat Harris, director of BidX1said: “We are delighted to have sold twelve of these beloved red cabins on our digital platform. Buyers have acquired an iconic piece of British heritage through a very modern sales method.”
And he closed: “I am looking forward to seeing how the new owners put their own stamp on these distinctive red cabins, either a coffee shop, bakery, defibrillator, or miniature art gallery“.
The auction will take place on May 26.