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    I love the layout of Mark and Duncan's place, and Phil and Amity's- the option of a third bedroom or another lounge area is great. If I had 1 or 2 kids and was living there, I would try and keep the 3rd bedroom as extra living space so the kids can escape to another room.

    The major flaw with Josh and Jenna's is the fixed marble dining area. Personally, I would hate not being able to push my table to the side of the room when we entertain- so often, we have food, drinks nibblies etc set up on our table at the side of the room so as to increase the floor space for a party. And I reckon the curtains were just too much...

    Anyway, it been a great series and I am keen to see Phil and Amity come through as the overall winners

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    If you look on the plans Josh and Jenna's living area isn't much smaller than the others. Maybe half a metre?

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    I love what the boys have done for their house. I actually like the quirkiness of it all and the styling etc. It is unique and I just like it. Their tv idea was very clever and a much better use of the space.

    I found J&J tv was in a silly spot and it would of been nice if they did something like the boys with the tv in the wall.

    I found D&D space a bit bland but I am very happy they won a room.

    I also found Phil and Amitys boring and a bit odd with the very high bench. It didn't match. I think their mezzanine should of been ignored this week but it seems to have bumped the scores up for two rooms.

    Help me understand, if you make a house the size of Phil and Amity's in terms of bedrooms, bathrooms etc. A lack of back yard surely can't help promote a family house would it?

    If I wanted a family home, I wouldn't buy one with that many bedrooms and bathrooms with almost no back yard.


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    It's pretty common for families in inner suburbs to have little or no backyard.

    These ones have the advantage of being within walking distance to the beach as well as the usual parks etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    I think some of you may not know what it's like living inner city- living spaces are almost always tiny, even in million+ properties. Buyers in these areas aren't going to expect really spacious living rooms.
    I do know what it's like. I think with 2+ kids and a 3bed home you need better living space. If you have that much to spend on a new family home there are better options. I think people are smarter than that when purchasing their family home, especially a 2nd or 3rd home and they're upgrading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttermilk View Post
    I do know what it's like. I think with 2+ kids and a 3bed home you need better living space. If you have that much to spend on a new family home there are better options. I think people are smarter than that when purchasing their family home, especially a 2nd or 3rd home and they're upgrading.
    But that's the trade off for living in these areas- smaller living spaces, small yard. It's not smarter to buy bigger, just different priorities. I've lived in inner melbourne (as in less than 2k from the city) all my life- 3 beds are rare, and the payoff is living space. If people want bigger living spaces, they move further out.

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    So the reserves seem to be around $1.3m.

    If you are paying that in Bondi (particularly in that part of it) you aren't going to be able to get a big family home. If you are buying in Bondi in that price range you are buying for the location and not the size of the house.

    Obviously everyone wants to get as much space as possible but $1.3m isn't going to buy you as much space in Bondi as it would somewhere else in Sydney.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    But that's the trade off for living in these areas- smaller living spaces, small yard. It's not smarter to buy bigger, just different priorities. I've lived in inner melbourne (as in less than 2k from the city) all my life- 3 beds are rare, and the payoff is living space. If people want bigger living spaces, they move further out.
    The trade off for me would be my kids sharing a bedroom, leave the main living room as is, the study upstairs, the 2nd smaller living space at the back and then build the DA approved bedroom upstairs when I want the extra bedroom later on (when the kids get older or before I want to re-sell). As is, realistically they all only have 2 bedrooms, and realistically, the others can also get a fake wall added and made into a 3rd bedroom at a cost of less than 5k. I just don't think they have done anything so fantastic that the other homes can't compete with (which is what everyone seems to think) The only great addition is the mezzanine, but Dan and Dani have the attic (which my house has and we love) + Dan and Dani and Josh and Jenna have million dollar finishes, Phil and Amity have been really cheap with their bathrooms and kitchen when you look closer.

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    Looking at realestate.com in Bondi just now, there are many bigger homes in that price range and definately under 2m. I found 5bed 2 bathroom home with carparking and it sold for 1.41m (ugly interior!) but still, the space is there in that price range.

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    Haha well perhaps it is indicative of wishful thinking on the price side of things by Channel 9!

    These houses are on the Tamarama side of Bondi though and very close to the beach.


 

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