Australian homes

How COVID-19 has changed Australian homes forever

PHOTO: Residential developer Stockland is preparing for major changes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic as increasing number of people work from home and no longer need to be near the city (Sydney’s Town Hall station in 2019 before the pandemic).

  • Residential developer Stockland revealed how COVID-19 has changed homes
  • Fewer Australian are prioritising living near a major city centre since pandemic 
  • This has changed dramatically since the first case of coronavirus in Australia 

One of Australia’s biggest residential developers has revealed how the COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed what people want in a house.

With an increasing number of people working from home, Stockland is now catering for home buyers who are far less interested in being near the city centre.

Stockland’s general manager of community sales, Stephanie Mackenzie, said Australia’s outer suburbs and regional areas needed to cater for the new legions of workers who didn’t need to leave their area every day.

‘We’re definitely seeing patterns emerging where we’re rethinking whether or not we need to live as close to work as what we did,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

How COVID-19 has changed housing

Space is increasingly more important than being near the city

Home owners want a dedicated study with good technological connectivity that can easily be converted back to a bedroom

Professionals working from home in suburbs and regions want cosmopolitan cafes, restaurants near them

A Stockland poll of more than 1,199 people in August found 38 per cent of potential home buyers were more interested in space than being close to the city.

In January, before the first case of COVID-19 came to Australia, just 19 per cent of people told a similar Stockland survey space was more important than proximity to the city.

Major changes in work arrangements has made a separate study room a priority for 40 per cent of respondents.