They say home is where the heart is, but for the majority of Australians, it also means living in the suburbs of large cities or towns within 50 kilometres of the coast. Like other countries, we have a variety of styles. Older houses such as Victorians, Queen Ann and filigree styles have their own charm. The Queenslander style houses are very popular in warmer climate locations. No matter the outside influence, our modern housing is distinctly Australian.
Our new homes are getting bigger. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the typical size of a new Australian home is now 215 square metres. Compare that to typical new homes in the US at 202 square metres, Denmark at 137 square metres and Britain at 76 square metres. The largest new homes in Australia are in Sydney at over 260 square metres.
See also our Aussie Real Estate section
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||10,000 sq metres (about 2 ½ acres)|
||studio apartment (no separate bedroom)|
|Block of Flats
|Battle Axe Block
||block of land where the house does not have street frontage, but uses a long narrow driveway between his neighbours to access his property|
||traditional Queenslander house built above the ground on stumps.|
||Queenslanders are built above ground on stumps made originally of wood. The underfloor area is used to cool the house through ventilation. The space beneath the house is often high enough that part of it is sometimes enclosed later as an extra living area.|
||dwelling for elderly relatives attached. May be attached to the house or located separately in the backyard.|
||bathroom (toilet, bath tub/shower and sink) attached to the main bedroom|
||Australian invention. Clothesline which rotates and can fold upon itself when not in use, similar to a very large umbrella. Found in most Aussie homes.|
||concrete block used in buildings|
||made of compressed asbestos and cement. Many old homes are fibros.|