BACK in the ’80s and ’90s, townhouses were a fairly standard, no-frills form of accommodation.
Slightly bigger than apartments, but not quite as large as houses, they were often a stepping stone to a more luxurious and spacious new build.
But times have changed.
Townhouses — or townhomes, as some builders like to call them — are no longer the poor cousin of the quarter-acre block and, in fact, many buyers prefer them to a stand-alone home.
Broken down across Melbourne suburbs, the PRDnationwide data reveals Glen Waverley and Box Hill are strong performers, notching up 134 and 75 development approvals for individual townhouses respectively from January to April in 2018.
The increasing value of land in and around Melbourne also drives the need for higher density accommodation
Andrew Burke, Managing Director at Platinum Elevators says “Generally, new townhouse developments have a minimum of three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and, in some cases, a second living space,”
“People often also have marble benchtops for the kitchen and stone in the ensuites, and the finishes these days can be as good as you would find in a custom designed home.
“The majority of new townhouse developments are now including a home elevator as standard within the initial design. Residential lifts enable the ability of the residents to move freely between the levels of the home and utilise all rooms over the multiple levels”
“At Platinum Elevators we offer complete design flexibility across our comprehensive residential lift range of products. We guarantee the best fit design within any available space, we are the specialists at integrating a residential lift into any new or existing townhouse” he said.
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