Cairns trending towards smaller housing blocks: HTW

Cairns trending towards smaller housing blocks: HTW
Cairns trending towards smaller housing blocks: HTW

The traditional housing style in Cairns has always been the Queenslander dwelling built on a quarter acre (1,000 square metre) block.

These were typically high set for the extra ventilation and were essentially timber dwellings.

All that started to change around the 1970s with a move to slab-on-ground masonry block construction, the valuation firm, Herron Todd White noted.

"Though driven by lower cost construction, these dwellings also had the advantage of improved cyclone resistance, however at the expense of reduced ventilation.

"Despite the hot tropical climate, air conditioning was a complete rarity in the mainstream Cairns market right through to the 1990s, but now, integrated air con is an essential component of all newly constructed houses across all levels of the market."

HTW said the trend these days is for bigger and bigger houses on smaller and smaller blocks.

"Sub 600 square metre block sizes were unheard of prior to the mid 1990s, but have progressively become part of the urban landscape over the past 20 years.

"The average new estate block size in Cairns is now down to around 670 square metres."

Recent years have seen significant restoration and renovation of original Queenslanders as well as the emergence of some replica Queenslanders in the original Queenslander precincts.

However, outer suburbs are almost exclusively low-set masonry block housing.

Cairns Housing Market


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