The Heart is Where the Home Is

January 25, 2018

Home is where the heart is

Home is such a meaningful concept, isn’t it?  The dictionary.com defines ‘home’ as “the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.” It is the second part of that definition, “as a member of a family or household,” that starts to speak to a view of ‘home’ as a rich and textured concept, full of anthropological and social meaning.

Any parent of a homesick child can observe the physical trauma that separation of a person from home can create and yet on being at one’s own home, there is a sense of comfort that is so entrenched and enveloping that it is barely noticeable.

 

For aspirational Aussies, the idea of ‘home’ has been tied to home ownership – The Great Australian Dream of the quarter acre block took root in post-war Australia and reached a peak in the mid-70s, where homeownership rates were around 70%. Property was, and I suppose avocados were too, a lot more affordable then.

 

In the 1980s, there were wide-sweeping changes to the finance industry which saw de-regulation of home loans. Socially, it was the rise of women in work and it was a recipe for a housing boom.

 

For the next two decades, property prices rose faster than inflation and as we now see wage growth at historic lows, there are some challenges to home ownership for many young Australians hoping to step foot on the property ladder and dare to dream the great Australian dream for themselves.

 

Home is so much more than bricks and mortar. Where you choose to live too becomes an intrinsic part of identity as memories are formed by social interactions with people and the imprint of the physical environment.

 

How fortunate we are to live in this corner of the world and to call it home. There is a diverse range of housing options and an inclusive social community that treasures that diversity as an asset worthy of the beautiful natural environment of the region.

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