The definition of ‘home’ means something different to everyone.
For some it is a brick and tile in the suburbs and for others it is an apartment in the midst of the action.
In my early 20’s, home was a hostel and whatever I could cram in to a backpack.
My point is that our definition of home changes over time, and is often linked to a better income, a growing family, a shrinking family, health needs and lifestyle.
I still remember my first studio apartment on the Gold Coast. It was smaller than many of the master suites currently on offer, and I could clean the whole place with a hand-held car vacuum cleaner.
Now my home is a four bedroom defence house in a suburb dominated by schools and playgrounds. I have two adult-sized vacuum cleaners now, and both get used daily. Thanks, kids!
And soon, home will be our first actual home. We are actively looking and knows where our budget might take us - just hopefully not back to that studio apartment.
And this is why HOME is evolving. Because buyers are, and builders, developers and architects must keep up. That means finding a balance between luxury, budget, size and location. But what goes around comes around and given the trends, it is only a matter of time before I swap house for hotel-style apartment with concierge services. And hopefully a masseuse.