Housing choice goes mobile

The topic of housing choice has hit the roads, literally, with WA Apartment Advocacy Director Samantha Reece today launching the associations first mobile Tiny Home with Minister for Housing Hon Pete Tinley MLA.

The Tiny Home which is just 6m long x 3m wide will host its first formal education session this Saturday at the Shire of Kalamunda’s Retirement Expo before then attending a number of street fairs and shows across the State.

Samantha Reece stated that with the State Government’s goals of achieving 47% infill there was a need to change the way that WA people thought about housing.

“While traditionally we have been a State that is married to 4 bedroom/2 bathroom homes, this is not necessarily a house design that will suit you for all aspects of your life,” Ms Reece said.

“As we increase our population and we have to cater to an aging demographic, then WA needs to be thinking of other housing options that will be affordable and yet still provide quality of life and apartments or Tiny Homes can certainly fit into that alternative view.”

The launch of the Tiny Home comes hot on the heels of the 12 month apartment trial held at Oracle Apartments by Blackburne, which has seen 10 sets of people so far try the apartment lifestyle for a month, free of charge.

The inaugural trial has been so popular that the Department of Communities will be hosting an apartment trial at Arbor North at the Springs from February and Mirvac with their Reserve project in Claremont.

Ms Reece stated that the community’s perception of smaller housing had shifted over the last couple of years.

“Of the 10 groups that have tried the apartment lifestyle at Oracle there has been 100% conversion to apartment living with one couple selling, buying and moving into their new apartment just 5 months after their trial finished,” Ms Reece said.

“These 10 groups comprised of families, young couples, baby boomers and seniors in their 70’s and regardless of their life cycle stage, the conveniences of apartment living still suited their needs.

“A great City offers diverse housing choice and flexibility for its residents and this is what we are endorsing for Perth.”

The WA Apartment Advocacy are also finalists for the PIA State Awards which will be announced at tomorrow’s Awards Ceremony at Crown.

The Tiny Home was purchased with financial assistance from Mirvac, Blackburne, LandCorp, Department of Communities, Keystart Home Loans, CHU Insurance, Colliers International, Shire of Kalamunda, Town of Victoria Park and City of Canning.

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