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  1. The roll that external services are having on our agieng population. From personal experiences and also statistics from major age care services such as IRT, it is evident that services such as in home care are rising in popularity. This is allowing elderly people to stay in their homes for longer.

    It should also be noted that although we are facing an ageing population, that ageing population is also working for longer and postponing retirement. in 2017 It is not uncommon to see people working up until the age of 70.

    In the current time different factors are contributing to children staying at home for longer periods of time. Such factors include the rising cost of living e.g rental prices. the majority of studies conducted on Nuclear households have been that of Anglo-Saxon decent. Cultural norms of different ethnic families carry different values and traditions when it comes to family structure. For example even in modern day settings where the average number of children is decreasing, Italian and Greek families still hold in tradition large family sizes and up to 3 or 4 generations living and caring for each other in the same household.

    • Really good point about elderly people and how staying in their homes longer is a major contributing factor to housing affordability. Regarding the ageing population, there seems to be a back and forth blame between Gen Y and baby boomers concerning the topic, which I think has especially added to this isolation between McMansion owners and workers living within the city (Beilharz, 2012).

      I also really liked your consideration of cultural traditions, which is something I did not think of myself. For example, in my culture which is Macedonian, it is common for parents and grandparents to own and live in one house (and it is uncommon for them to move houses in their lifetime). Generally, when the oldest son gets married his wife will move into his home, and females will move into their husband’s homes, however, children are only required to move out when they are married. When applied to Sydney, with housing prices in terms of sales and rent, it has become increasingly difficult to move out, especially whilst studying. As a result, although these traditions aren’t generally followed by those who are born in Australia (with a Macedonian background), unaffordable housing prices has proved an increase in these traditions.

  2. The rising popularity of the McMansion can be observed in both Australia and the United States. However, this has significant implications as exemplified through the issue of housing affordability in Australia. This could be regarded as the primary cost of the McMansion which is consequentially creating a generation of renters and a fear that many people will never achieve the Australian suburban dream. Meanwhile, it is also negative because of the environmental impacts it produces. So maybe it is time to begin thinking smaller. The United States has been demonstrating this through the tiny home movement. This movement opposes the large, sprawling McMansions. Tiny homes are generally under 700 square feet (Throsby, 2016). One clear advantage of these houses is that they are much more affordable for first home buyers as the price can range from $10 000 – $100 000 (USD) to suit every budget (Throsby, 2016). Subsequently, this trend is gaining momentum which can be reflected in the popularity of television shows such as “Tiny House Hunters” which are dedicated to helping people purchase a tiny home. Perhaps this could be an example of a big idea that is thinking small which could help slow down the unsustainability of the McMansion sprawl in Australia.

    Thorsby, D 2016, ‘The popularity of tiny houses is beginning to have a big impact on the real estate market’, Business Insider, U.S. News & World Report, viewed 30 April 2017,

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  3. Miller’s statement on McMansions and how they are ‘a home flawed in architecture and design’ is spot on in my opinion. Newer houses that are built in existing suburbs almost always look out of place and bulky compared to the older houses. Although I have recently noticed that when people purchase homes that are ‘knock down jobs’ they are more likely to build units or apartments on the land rather than building a new house. As mentioned in the Davison reading Australia’s future homes are fast becoming apartments and not your average brick house.
    This happened to the home I grew up in. When it was sold of and we moved out it was knocked down and was replaced by three, three bedroom modern looking units. This was not the first time this happened as the streets I lived near had several houses sold, knocked down and turned into units. One of the main reasons why this occurred was that the houses, more so the land, were desirable investment properties. They were located in a desirable area and were on big blocks of land that could fit a significant number of units.
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  4. Australia is among the countries with the largest house sizes in the world. But this trend towards large, multi-roomed houses has many social, environmental, aesthetic, spatial and economic repercussions and is proving to not be very sustainable.
    This increased sprawl of excessively large houses is quickly veering away from its original goal of giving people the comfort of feeling like they are living out of the city with open spaces for children to play while remaining close and allowing for easy commute. Suburbia as Davison brought to light is no longer as clearly defined as it originated. Suburbia has taken on a different character than intended. There is now an increased focus on the size of the house rather than the open space surrounding it, the house is now the prime focus, bigger houses and less free space. This heightened focus on house stems from status and identity now being tied to the size of your house. The suburbs are therefore becoming places of luxury rather than comfortable lifestyle. With family sizes decreasing and house sizes increasing this reinforces this reality of these McMansions being a frill and luxury to reinforce status rather than a necessity. With these progressively large house sizes and elevation in status that comes with it, comes a very high cost. The rise in house prices occurs parallel with less and less employment opportunities, which in turn makes it extremely difficult for young individuals and couples to even fathom the idea of purchasing a house let alone the house of their dreams, leading people to being more prone to rent rather than settle on something not perfect and extremely unaffordable or for some leads them into acquiring extreme amounts of debt which is economically detrimental . The sprawl of McMansions taking over is leading suburbs to take on a very different form, exclusive to only those who can afford it, drawing a big divide in the population between those who can afford these extremely high cots of living and those who cannot.
    This divide is reinforced with the rise of these big houses in gated communities, and highly privatized areas bringing an increased desire for isolation, extreme privacy and little to no interaction with their surrounding neighbours. The increase in the use of technology over the years additionally aids these neighbourhoods to become more and more unsocial. There is no longer a necessity to interact with those around us but now options to stay away from others both thanks to phones and the rise in isolated protected houses. This further continues to feed into the idea that the status associated with the house extends onto the status of the people living in such houses, people pick and choose where they want to live and who they want in their inner circle. There is less and less diversity both in the people and the houses in these communities, all large and similar looking.
    What originated as a simple idea has now become excessive, unnecessary and unsustainable and inaccessible for most.
    These McMansions are too expensive, people are forced to rent and move into the crammed city life, the luxury of living comfortably is now limited to the extremely rich. With population only rising, the inner city is not suit to sustain the amount of people coming in, these large excessive houses are not an ideal use of space and need to be replaced with more reasonably sized houses that can fit more people on the same amount of space. Furthermore, with status and identity being highly intertwined to the size and accessories of these houses, there are important social repercussions on those that cannot obtain these houses, individuals pushed aside due to cost restrictions are left with a feeling of being unfulfilled, feeling of invalidity and lack of ownership which is very character demeaning. It is time create a new trend and make the Australian dream more accessible to all and not set aside for the rich.

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