TODAY’S launch of WA’s first homes on 80sq m lots challenges the traditional view that houses need to be on a sizeable block.
The two residences are part of a housing trial in Ellenbrook involving 11 green title micro lots, all less than 100sq m and significantly smaller than Perth’s average lot size of 375sq m.
The project is a collaboration between Now Living, the Department of Communities and LWP Property Group.
Housing Minister Peter Tinley said the development was about more than just the buildings, but the community residents would participate in.
The homes are opposite open space, in walking distance of the Ellenbrook town centre and less than 450m from the upcoming train station.
“It’s an outstanding opportunity to identify what we can do from here,” he said.
Mr Tinley said the new development would challenge the traditional perception of the family home, with compact housing on micro lots already well received on the east coast.
“What is fundamentally important about this development is that we can bring anybody who are naysayers, who are concerned about the sorts of issues around this type of design here and we can see how good design inside good communities creates the outcomes we want and need for future West Australians’ amenity,” he said.
LWP managing director Danny Murphy said the organisation began investigating alternative housing options for green title lots five years ago, with the goal of providing new housing options with a lower land cost for homeowners.
Now Living built the homes and executive general manager Troy Gorton said the product was between an apartment and a traditional detached home, addressing the “missing middle”.
It terms of affordability, he said it was about more than just the purchase price; it was also the ongoing costs.
“Consumers are changing and their lives are changing,” he said.
“People don’t necessarily have the time or the spare money to worry about maintenance or security, so the ongoing costs of properties like these are quite beneficial as well.”
The house and land packages are priced from $299,000 and offer 100sq m of living space over two storeys, up to 130sqm including balconies, courtyards and garages.
A variety of designs are available including two-bedroom, two-bathroom or two-bedroom, one-bathroom two-storey homes with upstairs or downstairs living areas.
The first release will be available in late May, with the display homes also opening at that time.