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….
….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.