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Families go in search of serenity
The Australian dream for owning a home is changing. We still want to be homeowners, but there has been a shift in where we want that home to be.
According to home builder Oracle Platinum Homes, demand for acreage properties is rising, proof that buyers are more willing to sacrifice inner-city convenience for space as a result of COVID-19.
Cameron Taylor, national marketing manager for Oracle Platinum, said that sales of its acreage properties had spiked significantly as families lean towards private open space over the more historical consideration of proximity to the CBD.
“Clients are willing to buy in emerging suburbs, further from metropolitan areas, as many are working remotely or have flexible working arrangements,” Mr Taylor said.
“They are opting for more affordable land and upscaling their home, sometimes to house two or three generations.”
Mr Taylor said there was also a trend for people wanting to skip a rung on the property-buying ladder, opting to build larger family homes with a potential granny flat to house parents now rather than later in life.
“We’ve also had a number of interstate buyers, from Sydney and Melbourne, looking to downsize their mortgage and upgrade their lifestyle and we specialise in homes designed to accommodate that.”
Oracle Platinum director Elia Orel said acreage living was a core pillar of the company’s business and it would soon open an creage display home at Mahoney’s Pocket Estate in Woodhill.
“We wanted to demonstrate a home with an attached granny flat and our Woodhill acreage display home features the latest trends and styles in its extravagant design,” she said.
The style has been dubbed Palm
Springs Boho and the entertaining and living areas are the heart of these homes, which include an open-plan kitchen and dining room that flow into an internal formal dining room inside or outside to a large alfresco area.
Ms Orel said they had also had a significant uptake of their attached granny flats, which measure about 100sqm and give a homeowner the opportunity to have extended family living close by.
Mr Taylor said: “The key is finding a home design that not only fits your requirements but embraces your surrounds and maximises the practical and seamless flow from indoor to outdoor living, so you really can make the most of your block.”