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The Courier-Mail - Home - - NEWS - Saman­tha Healy Es­tate Ed­i­tor

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.

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