Brighter And some

Death of the share house

by Karleen Jentz, Copywriter 29 August 2018

Most Aussie Gen X-ers will have fond – or maybe not so fond – memories of their late teens and early 20s, when they lived in a share house.

There’s nothing like arguments over fridge space, which mates get to sleep on the couch and who’s going to finally clean the toilet, to make you appreciate just how much mum did for you. The great Australian share house was even immortalised in a book and film, John Birmingham’s classic He Died With a Felafel in His Hand.

But new research shows the days of the share house might be numbered, as house prices continue to increase. According to the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, group houses now make up just one per cent of households.

The classic share house – an inner-city home with multiple bedrooms – is now prized by couples and families and it’s the type of house that is being extensively renovated.

And of course, young people are simply living at home for longer. Living with friends is a cheap way to get ahead, but living at home with mum and dad is even cheaper. With free wifi, washing, cooking and cleaning on tap, who’d want to leave home?

If you’re looking to grow up and break free of mum and dad, why not check our listings to rent. And mums and dads, if you need a bigger home to accommodate the kids who just won’t leave, have a look at our listings for sale.