Block sizes have undoubtedly become smaller in Australia in the last 50 years. The backyard has been decreasing in size for many decades across our capital cities and downsizing has become a way for many to afford to live in areas which were previously out of reach.
Currently, the average block size in Australia is between 200-350 sq m, which is a far cry from the expansive average block size of the 80s and early 90s which is between 600-700 square metres. This means that there has been a great shift in land size of new developments as the population grows, and the preference for capital city living continues. Brisbane is also no exception to the trend of smaller block sizes as time has passed.
Average Brisbane Block Size
For people who prefer larger block sizes, the good news is Brisbane is the average block size continues to still be around 600 square metres in middle and outer ring suburbs – the biggest in average for a capital city in Australia. This means that there is still plenty of backyard potential for veggie gardens, and even a granny flat – and even to subdivide in some circumstances.
Despite this smaller blocks of land are becoming more common and this is expected to continue in the next couple of decades. Smaller blocks will not only be more widely available, but also the most affordable for many groups of buyers as density of living increases.
For many first home buyers in Brisbane buying a smaller block of land and building is a far more affordable and appealing option to living in an apartment or unit. With house and land packages as affordable as $350,000 in areas of the Brisbane City Council local government area, it’s easy to see why smaller blocks are attractive for many different groups of investors and buyers.
Solutions for smaller block sizes
If you are considering purchasing a smaller block size in Brisbane or Australia, it might mean that you will have to get a little more creative with your backyard and opt for a smaller backyard or smaller home.
Rear loaded blocks where the garage is accessed from a lane at the rear of the property are also a solution to make the most of the reduced width in the block frontage.
Dixon Homes have a number of solutions to make the best use of space with small lots which include double story designs, narrow designs, and other solutions for multi functional space. A smaller block might mean you might need to make some compromises when it comes to your new home wish list, however for many people this is more than acceptable considering the location they wish to purchase in, and their budget. Younger generations have different living preferences than their parents,
The advantages of smaller block sizes
In capital cities, smaller block sizes mean people have an alternative to high rise, or apartment living, and still have their own outdoor area – albeit much more compact than decades past.
Major advantages include:
- More affordability for a detached home for first home buyers
- Less maintenance for backyards and outdoor areas.
- Smaller homes mean less building costs, heating and cooling, and upkeep costs.
- Increased liveability as people can buy in urban communities close to public transport, shops, public parks, and their workplaces.
Dixon Homes offer a number of house and land packages across Brisbane and south east Queensland, at block sizes to suit a range of different buyers, and lifestyles. Speak to us about your size requirements, and how we can accommodate them by calling us on 1300 10 10 10 today.