Living areas for everyone
Families need space to stretch out in, writes
AFFORDABILITY and functionality are two key features sought by family buyers in a new house. LJ Hooker agent Ralph Pacillo says houses suitable for families must have a flexible floorplan to allow the house to transform and develop as the family’s needs change or grow.
‘‘There needs to be room for the kids to play both indoors and outdoors,’’ he says.
‘‘A lot of people like to have two living areas so if the kids are making a racket, the parents can be in a separate place – that’s important for families.’’
The vendors, Sue and Joe, have listed their family house, which is expected to sell for an affordable price at auction, in the familyfriendly Flinders Park area.
‘‘It’s been our family home for 15 years . . . we’ve brought up four kids here,’’ the vendors say.
‘‘We’re moving interstate, that’s the only reason we are going. It has two separate living areas at either end of the house so you’re not competing for space and there’s not a lot of noise. There are two rooms out the back suitable for a games room and my daughter uses one as a bedroom because it’s more private.’’
The bathroom, laundry and toilet were all updated last year.
At the end of the street are two schools plus there is a major shopping centre within walking distance and public transport stops outside the property.