Why more people are choosing townhouses

Townhouses were once seen as options for investors and first-home buyers, but today they occupy a broader section of the home-buying demographic.

Buying and Building

Families and downsizers have gravitated towards townhouses as a more affordable and lower maintenance property choice than a traditional single-storey home.

The growing popularity of townhouses is driven by a broad section of home buyers whose vision of the Great Australian Dream has evolved in recent years.

Today’s house-hunters are less hung up on the idea of a Hills Hoist in a large backyard and more concerned about the lifestyle possibilities their home will deliver.

Townhouses are increasing in appeal to a broader section of buyers. Photo: Vaida Savickaite


“One of the key attractions of townhouse living is that they are often positioned near amenities such as open space, shops, schools, walking and bicycle trails, and public transport, which is fantastic from a lifestyle and investment perspective,” says Averley senior development manager Andrew Jones.

Current house prices, which have risen by as much as 30 per cent in parts of the country, have also contributed to a surge in demand for townhouses, and not just among couples and singles.

“Land developers and builders have worked together over time to offer larger high-quality townhouses with three or four bedrooms, multiple living areas and bathrooms and home office zones that appeal to larger families,” Jones explains.

The vibrant community of Averley is set to be more than just a place to live. Photo: Supplied

Their wide-reaching appeal is one of the reasons townhouses are among the off-the-plan properties on sale at Lendlease’s Averley community in Melbourne’s south-east growth corridor.

The development near Pakenham will provide around 1500 lots by the time it’s completed and includes more than 20 hectares of parks and reserves. Townhouses will be built throughout the Averley community, giving residents proximity to parklands, playgrounds, bike trails and walking paths.

Buyers can choose their builder and home design, including floor plans to suit their lifestyles. Contemporary townhouses feature flowing living areas and private bedrooms to give families spaces to come together and areas for relaxing in peace and quiet. Generous storage is also a prominent detail and one that every buyer enjoys.