Sandgropers won't give up big homes: Bankwest

While most states in Australia are seeing an increase towards purchasing units, townhouses, and semi-detached homes, recent Bankwest research shows Western Australians prefer their quarter-acre homes.


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Whilst I accept there's a strong consumer preference for detached home in Perth, there's also a land supply factor to consider. Many young couples and families would dearly like to purchase 300-500m2 near the City, but it's actively opposed by existing residents. Time and time again density is opposed in suburbs like Dalkeith, City Beach (which is so quiet most weekends you could fire a cannon down any given street with no incident), Woodlands and Floreat. Perth is a city for the "Haves".

Perth is still a city for the haves but it is changing. There is still a surprising amount of vacant or underdeveloped land in the city and inner suburbs; this is now gradually being infilled with med-high density. The biggest issues for Perth have been the same for the past few decades - medieval shopping hours, poor public transport, short-sighted infrastructure decisions, lack of cultural activities and, dare I mention it, no daylight saving. Who needs daylight at 0430 am? Yes Perth is improving but it is still not there.

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