Homemade Queensland ad infuriates hundreds of Reddit users
An ad for a four-bedroom house in Queensland has prompted hundreds of people to complain about advice and the state of the property market.
An advert for a four-bedroom house in Queensland has infuriated landlords and tenants, with hundreds taking to Reddit to denounce the advice and bemoan the state of the Australian property market.
An aerial view of the house – located in Logan and positioned on a 3258 sqm block – has been share on the forum site.
At first glance it looks like your average block of land – but on closer inspection it has an L-shaped “private courtyard” that wraps around the neighboring house on one side, and very little space between the neighboring house on the other side.
Many have pointed out that the narrow house and oddly shaped yard was likely the result of one person buying a single large block of land and then dividing it into two or three.
“I imagine the odd shape of the block was due to a landlord dividing a larger block in half, rather than anyone who was able to build townhouses,” one user commented.
Another wrote that they ‘lived in a house where the owner sold part of the backyard (the original block was over 1000m² so we still had a yard)’.
“The developer next door built three units on its resulting L-shaped block. Then I found out that selling your land was not uncommon here,” they continued.
“To access the back you have to go through the current house, which makes it impossible to build or sell afterwards. The block on the left would be a better proposition for this.
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“I guess it was a block that got split into 3? Based on the size of the neighbors in the lot of 3,” a third person agreed.
“Probably two blocks next to each other subdivided into 3. It’s 3 slim houses, in the same space you could have 2 regular width houses with a normal sized space in between.”
Others said the property made it clear that “smart city planning just isn’t the Australian way”.
“That big garden space is a rarity these days. I guess the only reason they didn’t do it (put a house in the garden) was because they didn’t know how to get a driveway there. without losing half a house,” one person said.
The home’s cramped layout also caused frustration among users, who described it as “90% one-hallway.”
“All the new developments on the outskirts of town have tiny blocks full of houses like this,” wrote one user, who lives on the outskirts of Melbourne.
“The authorities could free up a bit more land but no, they insist on cramming everyone in like that. I understand that in town this can be a problem, but here there is no reason to do so.
“Backyards don’t exist in new developments. I wonder why people don’t just build townhouses if you share your space with neighbors so closely. »
“It’s very common in older suburbs now,” another commented.
“All the 700-800m² blocks are bought by investors and have either the old house demolished and 2-3 units built, or the old house retained and another unit planted in the backyard.
“I see this happening all around me and it’s such a shame. But I’m renting here because I can’t afford to buy either and I’m going to move into sprawl with all the other home buyers. a first home.
A third agreed that the odd house and block were symptoms of “outdated zoning laws”.
“The vast majority of land in Australian cities is zoned exclusively for single family detached homes. It is illegal to build a few townhouses in this location. Illegal to build a small apartment,” they said.
“As a result, we end up with our extremely unaffordable low-density inner city suburbs when they should be medium to high density because that’s where everything is, the jobs, the services, the entertainment.
“High density does not mean great height. High density can be townhouses with larger interior spaces and larger backyards with more housing units per block. High density can be achieved with three-storey housing.
“What we have now is low density, large interior spaces, single storey houses, no backyards, dark colored roofs and walls, warm houses, congested roads because that everyone is forced to drive because there are no services in the low density suburbs. Change the zoning to allow for the construction of 21st century housing and you solve the housing and affordability crisis.