Is Australian Housing Expensive?…. or Just Big?

overdevelopment 2You frequently see articles saying how expensive Australia housing is compared with other countries ……….But is this really true?

I was back in England recently and had a look at some estate agents prices in my home town which is about an hours commute out of the major city of Manchester.

The typical price for a terraced house, of which there are thousands, is around 100,000 pounds. Now at the current rate of exchange that’s around $150,000. A long term average conversion however would be more like $200,000.

So what do you get for the Money?

  • About 60 m2 of living space (around 6 square)
  • A block size of around 100m2 with a 5m frontage
  • Five smallish rooms consisting of living room, kitchen/diner, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom.
  • If you are lucky you may get a 2m setback which is a small garden at the front
  • Possibly a single colorbond garage which will practically fill the back yard.

Lets compare this with a basic house about an hours commute out of Melbourne, say Werribee. For your $350,00 you could expect:

  • About 180m2 of living space (around 200square)
  • A block size of around 550m2 with at least a 12m frontage.
  • At least eight generous sized rooms consisting of lounge, family room, kitchen/dinner, laundry, 3 bedrooms, bathroom with separate toilet.
  • A 5m setback for a garden.
  • A built on brick garage with concrete driveway.

At three times the floor area and over five times the block size, for less than twice the cost an Australian House looks much better value.

If we want lower cost houses perhaps we should be asking for smaller homes rather than compaining about affordability.

Is our housing expensive, or do we just expect too much? …………..What do you think?

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