The structure, which is in St Ives, Cornwall, is only two metres wide and is thought to be the most expensive garage in the UK outside of London. The estate agent describes it as “the perfect base to explore the coastal town of St Ives from”.
But locals are angry with the price tag and have blasted the county’s housing crisis and second home ownership.
One man wrote on Facebook: “Communities are being sacrificed on the altars of overtourism and a desire for second homes. It would be nice if working families in those areas could actually even rent a home.”
Another social media user posted: “Greed, greed and more greed of second home owners.”
A third shared: “Cornwall faces being a failed community very soon as working families are forced out.”
But, as Cornwall Live reports, parking is at a premium in the county, especially in touristy areas like St Ives. A park-and-ride system has to operate in the town during the busy summer.
So, estate agent Harding Laity markets the garage as a “private undercover parking space, a stone’s throw away from local beaches, restaurants and coastal walks.
“The Tate, Porthmeor Beach, coastal path, Fore Street and the harbour are all within a short walk of this perfectly positioned parking space, removing the hassle of limited parking during peak seasons and providing a shelter from the coastal winds in the winter.”
In June, a single tarmacked patch in a small car park overlooking Porthminster Beach in St Ives sold for £45,000.
In 2016, residents voted in a referendum voted to reserve new build homes for full-time inhabitants only.
However, this year residents again expressed their frustration at the issue, with a protest held in August to voice their concerns.