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Australian Dream Drives House Prices Up

The RBA concedes interest rates and market choices are resulting in suburban sprawl.

By Kanebridge News
Mon, Sep 20, 2021 11:15amGrey Clock < 1 min

The concept of the Australian dream, to live in a house, is driving people further from city centres according to the Reserve Bank of Australia.

In a housing affordability inquiry, the central bank told a parliamentary committee looking at supply and pricing that “as populations increase and cities expand, some households will need to live further away from the centre of major cities and/or accept further increases in higher-density housing.”

It comes as last week the RBA told the inquiry that low interest rates are the primary driver of Australia’s property boom over dwelling supply issues.

Further, the RBA noted that buyers preferring houses over apartments and over the course of the pandemic regions over cities increases the difficulty of policy-making.

“The experience of lockdowns may also have made apartment living less attractive for some households, said the RBA.

“Some elements of the response to the pandemic could affect preferences between these choices, though it’s unclear how lasting these responses will be.

While the post-covid property market response is still unclear, the great Australian dream of a home in the suburbs remains the goal for many.

“Australia’s dwelling stock remains dominated by large, detached housing, and around one million detached houses have been completed over the past decade,” the RBA says.

The RBA has also noted the importance of rental affordability, noting that over the last 30 years the amount of households that are leasing has increased from one-quarter to at least one third. Home ownership rates have fallen across most age groups, with the most significant drop found in the 25-49 demographic.



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A 600-Year-Old Medieval Villa Overlooking Florence Lists for €12 Million

The four-storey, lemon-hued villa boasts more than 16,000 square feet of living space and historic character and charm by the bucket load

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A 14th-century villa in the hills overlooking Florence, Italy, has hit the market for €12 million (US$13 million).

Surrounded by cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves, the quintessential Tuscan home was built for the Davanzati family—who were powerful bankers, merchants and patrons during the Italian Renaissance who have a museum named after them in the heart of the city. The villa was one of the family’s multiple country retreats, according to Lionard Luxury Real Estate, which brought the home to the market earlier this month.

Courtesy of Lionard

The four-storey, lemon-hued villa boasts more than 16,000 square feet of living space and historic character and charm by the bucket load.

The ballroom has a giant skylight.
Courtesy of Lionard

On the ground floor there are ​​a number of reception rooms and open-air living areas, with many of them boasting antique paintings, tapestries and stately fireplaces made of marble or carved stone.

The most “magnificent” room, according to Lionard, is the winter garden hall, a ballroom with stuccos, loggias and towering vaulted ceilings, illuminated by an Art Nouveau skylight.

Courtesy of Lionard

On the first floor are multiple double bedrooms and an antique library, and the second floor, while in need of renovation, offers the possibility of creating up to 12 en-suite bedrooms. The villa’s tower has a “delightful sitting room and a rooftop terrace offering a breathtaking view of the city of Florence,” the listing said.

The villa has ivy-covered loggias.
Courtesy of Lionard

The basement, meanwhile, has a cellar with brick vaults that are perfect for wine lovers. An elevator runs between the levels.

Outside, the grounds have well-kept gardens, rolling lawns, a fountain, ancient wells and ivy-covered loggias.

Mansion Global couldn’t determine who is selling the villa, or when they acquired it.

The property is “an oasis of peace,” the listing said, and “one of the most exclusive historical estates on the hills that surround the city of Florence.”

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