Parking space in St Ives sells for £55,000
Parking is a premium in any town centre but in St Ives – the idyllic Cornish resort once home to Britain's artistic elite – a single space has just fetched £55,000.
The figure, more than twice the average salary in Cornwall, has been offered for a space in Tregenna Hill, according to estate agent Paul Le Bas. Such is the demand for parking spots among wealthy visitors that a "dog fight" breaks out as soon one becomes available, he added – pushing the price up from £24,000 just five years ago.
"Just put it on the internet, ring round everyone that you have on the list and normally it's a dog fight after that. It's quite entertaining," Mr Le Bas, of Miller and Sons St Ives branch, told BBC Cornwall.
Between 1928 and 1939 the former fishing village was home to artists such as Alfred Wallis, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth. Now thousands visit the town's Tate Gallery and increasing numbers of holiday homes are being bought.
Councillor Colin Nicholls, deputy mayor of St Ives, said: "There's only a certain type of person that wants to pay all that, but it seems to me like a dinner party accessory." Jerry Harper, director of property developers, Trelyon Estate Limited, said buyers were usually second home owners. "They do not want to spend hours driving around St Ives looking for a parking space," he said.
- 1 Stoke City investigate 'religious abuse' after 'pig's head is found in Kenwyne Jones' locker'
- 2 Gove’s lesson: spare the comma, spoil the child
- 3 You thought Ryanair's attendants had it bad? Wait 'til you hear about their pilots
- 4 Join Ryanair! See the world! But we'll only pay you for nine months a year
- 5 It’s official: thanks to Stephen Hawking's Israel boycott, anti-Semitism is no more
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.
£30000 - £40000 per annum + BENS: Progressive Recruitment: Drupal Developer A ...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + bens: Progressive Recruitment: C# WEB DEVELOPER Le...
£240 - £260 per day: Progressive Recruitment: WPF Developer (C#, VB.Net) North...
£85 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: KS2 teacher needed to do PPA ...