Older Australians prefer three-bedroom homes

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A new report by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) found in NSW the preference was for a three-bedroom separate dwelling in Sydney’s middle to outer suburbs.

The survey of 2,400 older Australians also found while, building quality and dwelling type was considered important, safety and security was critical.

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AHURI says policy innovation isn’t delivering the housing and housing assistance required to meet the aspirations of later-life Australians.

Report lead, James Rowley says, “Current patterns of housing supply are not meeting the diverse needs of older Australians with too many apartments and large separate dwellings and not enough mid- sized product”.

The report also says that strategic planning needs to move away from a mind-set that apartments are the only solution to delivering smaller retirement dwellings.

With the majority of village operators focused on apartments, it’s an interesting insight.

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