My House Is Bigger Than Your House. It’s Official!

A good while ago I wrote an article about Australia versus England at house prices where I tried to compare the cost of housing in Australia with houses in the UK.

My conclusion was that, despite a report suggesting Australia had some of the world’s most expensive housing, I still felt housing here was cheaper than in England. Being the observant guy that I am, I also suggest that generally speaking, houses here are much bigger.

I came to that conclusion after moving from here….

Our Old House in England

Our Old House in England

To here…..

Our Australian house

Our Australian house

….and realising that although my Australian house cost two thirds of what I sold my English one for, it had over twice the amount of living space and was on land six times bigger than the old house in England.

Well, now it’s official.

Australian houses are the biggest in the world!

Elsewhere, the good people over at The Australian Bureau of Statistics, commissioned by CommSec, put slightly more effort into their research than I did here at BobinOz and came up with the same conclusion, but with added specific data to back up their results. Take a look at these figures:

  • The average floor space of a new Australian house has now risen to 214.6 square metres, or 245.3sqm for new free standing houses.
  • Australia has now overtaken the United States (201.5sqm) as the country with the world’s biggest houses.
  • An average of 2.56 people now lives in each home. (The UK average is 2.36 according to the census 2003).
  • Britain has the smallest houses in Europe at just 76 square metres.
  • The average Australian house is around three times bigger than the average UK house.
  • No wonder I can’t find my slippers!

Reading those figures then, it’s no surprise that when we moved into our new Australian home two years ago, we thought we were moving into some kind of Palace. Yet when we chose our home, we deliberately stayed away from some of the enormous houses normally available only to the rich and affluent in England, but regarded as regular homes here.

And we probably only did that because we are British. We would have felt slightly embarrassed to live in such a home.

But whilst we British are used to small homes, the Australians expect them to be big.

It is a situation we are enjoying coming to terms with.

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  • mj January 22, 2010, 7:20 pm | Link

    Those are figures for new houses only, 99% of houses on both countries have not been built in the past 6 months. Not sure where that 75 sqm figure for the UK id from, according to government figures I’ve seen 92sqm is the uk average. In oz older homes tend to be smaller than new builds too, houses built in the 70s were only about 140 sqm on average so overall you’re probably looking at 160-170 sqm average for all Aussie homes, not quite double the UK size. Then again aussors do pay a lot more for houses than we do here.

    • BobinOz January 23, 2010, 8:15 pm | Link

      Hi MJ

      Yes, you are correct. Those sizes are for new builds only. That is why Australia houses have only just become the world’s biggest and also why I said “The average floor space of a new Australian house” in bullet point no.1 above.

      As for those older Australian houses of the 70s, which you say you were nearer 140 m², the vast majority of those were Queenslanders. That’s houses built on stilts.

      Nowadays, people buy those old Queenslanders, jack up the stilts to the regulation height and build underneath them. That converts them into houses of around 280 m².

      So, our houses are still bigger than your houses!

      As for “Then again aussors do pay a lot more for houses than we do here” – I would disagree with that all day long. But don’t take my word for it, check out our house prices for yourself over at realestate.com.au

      And if you still think Aussies pay more for their houses, please come back and tell me why, because if I have got it wrong, I need to know.

      Cheers

      Bob

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