House sizes rise, blocks fall

Australia's big backyards are disappearing as house sizes rise while housing blocks diminish. Dr Stephen Juan of Sydney University attributes the trend to the increase in Australian working hours.

Home buyers opt for bigger houses knowing they will be unable to maintain a garden. According to Tim Redway of AV Jennings, larger borrowing potential due to grants and low interest rates, increased home-office and computer usage as well as the decline in the number of traditional, nuclear families have caused the big backyard to disappear.

Angie Zigomanis, a BIS Shrapnel property analyst, cites indoor facility preference and the upgrade of existing properties as factors