Proper measurement: the rising phenomenon of dwelling and lifestyle


The Great Australia Dream of Home Ownership continues to be enticing, as our booming real estate market shows.

But the linear development for families, couples and singles has been fragmented in parallel with our ever changing lives due to the growing phenomenon of the “right size” lifestyle.

This can include moving from high-maintenance family homes to more manageable apartments or townhouses. Or the other way around. It’s less about following the traditional path from a tiny apartment to a five-bedroom house than it is about finding the right home for the stage of life you find yourself in.

Media cameraThe houses we want to live in have changed. Image: Frasers Property / Hamilton Reach

“It’s definitely something that is growing, especially as our population is getting older,” said Nerida Conisbee, chief economist at REA Group.

“The main advantage people cite is the ease with which smaller properties can be maintained. A townhouse or apartment with less maintenance can be a much easier way of life for the elderly.

“Security (for example an elevator that can only be accessed with a key or swipecard) can also be very important, especially for this older generation.”

Media cameraMary-Ann and Johannes Venter with daughter Neteske in their new home in Riverlight North, Hamilton Reach. Image: John Downs

Brisbane teachers Mary-Ann and Johannes Venter are moving their daughter Neteske and two dogs from a three-bedroom townhouse in the northern Brisbane suburb of Grange to a two-bedroom, one-bathroom unit on the Brisbane River in Riverlight North. Hamilton Reach, which is being developed by Frasers Property Australia because it suits the lifestyle better.

“People look at us weird when we say we’re moving into a two-bedroom apartment – when we’re 46 and 47 years old and have a kid – but even in the townhouse we’re in right now We’re also far apart, ”said Ms. Venter.

Outdoor areas are a great attraction.  Image: Frasers Property / Hamilton ReachMedia cameraOutdoor areas are a great attraction. Image: Frasers Property / Hamilton Reach

“We have a very active lifestyle and Johannes is a serious cyclist. When we saw that these apartments were being advertised, we checked it out and it was so appealing to be in a unit with all of the outdoor facilities.

“Our motto is less is more.”

A recent survey by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute found that the main reasons they moved were to improve their lifestyle, do less property maintenance like gardening, and put them in a better financial position.

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Originally published as a new “sliver” trend redesigning our homes