You don’t have to own your home to find a place that sums up the ‘Great Australian Dream’. If you’re trying to nail all the elements (and domestic cliches) that come with a ‘home among the gum trees,’ here’s what to look out for on your house hunt.
A glimpse of an Aussie landmark
Ask just about anyone living overseas what images spring to mind when they think of Australia and they’ll likely jump straight to these two man-made tourist hotspots. Nowadays, renters and homeowners alike will fork out a pretty penny to catch a glimpse of Sydney’s key attractions from their home. This two-bedroom art deco apartment in Kirribilli, NSW sits right on Sydney Harbour and offers postcard-perfect views of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Space to keep your boat
Fishing off your boat is a favourite Aussie past time, so if you like the idea of getting around the river in your own vessel boat, having your own private jetty probably sits high on your ‘nice-to-have’ list. For $750 a week, you could access your private boat ramp at this four bedroom house. The riverfront home is in sought-after West Ballina, NSW and with a lounge room opening to a private deck, you’ll be free to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Richmond River.
Room for a cricket game
Having the room to recruit an entire team for cricket on the weekend was a mainstay for many Aussies growing up. If being able to enjoy a good bit of green space is important to you, this six bedroom house in Bangalow, NSW has a magical five acres of the stuff. Take a break from the city life and live it up in the Byron Hinterland.
Close to the beach
We like our land girt by sea, so a home with ocean-front views is high on the wish list for many. But if money’s no problem, you too could enjoy beach views and a great north-facing aspect in beautiful Whale Beach, NSW. This four bedroom house not only offers suburb functionality but all the requisite panoramic ocean views right on your doorstep.
A cracking BBQ area
We all love throwing a snag on the “barbie,” so it’s little wonder many homes have at least a basic barbecue somewhere in the backyard. This four bedroom house in City Beach, WA boasts an additional outdoor kitchen, and the alfresco area has a pizza oven in the front yard too, so worth a look.
A verandah out the front (or back)
If you go by the celebrated ditty, the typical Aussie home should have a verandah. Being able to enjoy the great outdoors in a space designed for entertaining is ideal, much like you would in this four bedroom house. According to the listing, the original Flowers family farmhouse (circa 1904) in Bangalow, NSW is set on 22 acres of lush rainforest and creek frontage. Today, the property has been restored with a new kitchen flowing through the dining into the outdoor entertaining area.
A drink or two (or three)
Relaxing at your place with mates and a couple of drinks nicely sums up the laid-back Aussie feel that comes in summer. If you rented out this apartment in Perth, WA, you’d be living it up on the top two levels of the Swan Brewery Complex. For its slightly hefty price-tag (understandable, check out the photos), you’ll have unrestricted views of the Swan River and city.
A touch of history
Oh if walls could talk. We’re sure grand old buildings like this three bedroom house would have plenty to say. A new chapter is due to start for its next tenant, whether business or residential). Formerly the ANZ Bank Building, this Edwardian structure in Temora, NSW has been home to the banking sector for more than 115 years.