Defeated youth turns to the “tiny house”

Via Domain:

Those on the display site would range from budget options starting at roughly $60,000 to higher-end designs that come with a $120,000 price tag.

The movement’s popularity can partly be linked to the growing interest in minimalism and following a simple, no-frills lifestyle.

But property consultant Clem Newton-Brown, the man behind the Tiny House Village display site, said it was also appealing because it offered a viable solution to the housing affordability crisis gripping cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.

Mr Newton-Brown, a former state MP, said the average size of a new, detached dwelling in Australia was 231 square metres, a figure that had doubled since the 1960s.

“Bigger houses cost more money to build; they cost more money to run and you need to buy more land to put them on,” he said.

“We’re seeing the impacts now with housing affordability and homelessness that there is not enough density in the way we live. But living denser doesn’t necessarily mean stacking people up in apartment blocks.”

I know there are lots of hipsters out there that love their pooey beards and stuff so I’ll not discount the possibility that the tiny house phenomenon does have some intrinsic supporters.

But, let’s face it, the truth is this is just defeated youth sticking themselves into a shoebox to experience the impression of having a roof over one’s head.

As I’ve noted before, the drive for such is fundamental, from Maslow’s hierarchy of needs:

Perhaps those tiny hipsters will be able to launch into the higher echelons of love and self-actualisation from their tiny houses, just so long as they use prophylactics (which may self-fulfilling!).  And there is this problem:

The strange case of the tiny house stolen from Canberra has been cracked overnight, as Queensland police located the home and arrested a 24-year-old Canberra man in Hervey Bay.

A spokesman for Queensland Police said officers made the arrest late on Wednesday night after receiving a tip-off from a member of the public who had spotted the tiny home.

This tiny house stolen from Canberra, owned by business owner Julie Bray, was found in Queensland less than a day later.

The $20,000 prototype was stolen, along with its trailer, from a Mitchell business about 8:30pm on Sunday.

News of its arrival in Queensland, less than 24 hours later, made it to owner Julie Bray after she took to social media to track it down.

OK, so scratch “security and safety”. At least it offers warmth and rest when it’s not stolen.

Meanwhile, the parents from hell are warm, fed, secure, safe, loved, esteemed and self-actualised as they keep swapping property like footy cards.


  1. truthisfashionable

    This really pisses me off. Talk about a solution trying to solve the wrong problem.

    The cost of building a house is nothing compared to the cost of land. A 320sqm block 60km from the Sydney cbd has an asking price of $475,000.

    Even of you did buy one of these dog kennels, where are you going to put it… On land! Ffs

    • Tiny House buyers could be the hippies (hipsters) of 21st century Australia. Pool their money, eight or ten to an inner suburban block(they’re not really interested in rural), communal kale patch and artful graffiti fencelines. Collingwood would suit. Brunswick would do. We’d need zoning regulations to probihit from some areas.

      • Collingwood is already full of worker’s cottage barely any bigger than these things, as is neighouring Abbotsford. Limited scope for increasing density (already greater than Shanghai) there.

    • Agreed.
      Let’s say that the purchaser has access to $500,000.
      Before they may have been spending $200,000 on the house and $300,000 on land.
      Now, with a $20,000 tiny house, they have $480,000 to go towards bidding up the price of land.
      It in no way goes towards solving the problem of the land bubble.
      Instead it continues to contribute to it.

      • Exactly, the value of urban sites is elastic to the intensity at which people are getting crammed in on it. And the more cramming, the more can be gouged out of each person for their smaller and smaller space. It is a big lie that cramming “reduces housing costs”.

        It is like saying that running a racket enabled by tighter and tighter quotas, in food (to “combat obesity”), would result in “lower food costs”. When people are trying to outbid each other for scarce loaves of bread and the price ends up at $20?

      • Make land tax elastic with the number of properties owned. The more land you buy the more tax you pay. Buying an OO home has low land tax. First investment property has higher tax. Third is very high.. stop hoarding of land.

  2. I don’t mind me the occasional Tiny House tv show but it can only ever work if the land is effectively free or exceptionally cheap.
    Even then, the costs don’t really stack up when compared to building an equivalent small house on a rural property. Include other issues like council approval and local laws, sewage/toilets.

    So like a caravan but not as convenient. Or like an actual house but not as good to live in.

  3. Sounds like my parents!

    Not complaining Mum and Dad. You’ve been wonderfully generous parents in every regard, including houses 😉

  4. Immediately reminded me of NAB’s bizarro, acid trip inspired ‘Leap’ campaign where renting ‘gameboy’ takes the double leap of death to join honeybun in an identical trailer on the ‘other side’ where home loan nirvana waits.

    Always figured the random road bike that went under the trailer’s wheels was a creative editor’s ostensible insert for ‘shock and remembrance’ but to those on the inside, a clever swipe at what home ownership in Straya has become.

  5. My beard predates the hipster beard revolution by several decades and I keep it neat and clean. No poo in mine most days, but I’m not surprised to hear that those wankers with Ned Kelly beards and Hitler haircuts need a good wash.

    • “They are a popular facial accessory for hipsters and lumberjacks alike, but it seems having a beard really does make you more attractive.

      New research suggests that women are hard-wired to love men with beards, as well as faces with masculine features.

      The study found that even when women were shown gruesome photos of facial lice and injuries they still picked out bearded men as the most attractive.

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      Ewww. Not for me. A beard gets in the way and, ewww.

      • Well I’m no great fan of beards and I can’t imagine why a woman would like a man to have one, but I have one really because my various partners over the years have suggested it, and my current partner insists on it. She absolutely loves my beard…says it makes me look very masculine.

        I suspect the actual reason is because it hides my face.

    • Its surprisingly easily to comb ones hair to look like Hitler, its the mo that takes dedication though.

      • I do not like Adolf but that moustache and name should be legal. I saw a guy working at the petrol station and his name tag says “Osama”. I wondered if he applied for other jobs and was rejected because an Al Qaeda leader had the same name.

  6. I guess it’s time for me to face the truth, Australia is desperately short of residential land and therefore shrinking our houses are the only sensible nay viable solution.
    I say bring it on, these shrunk houses are exactly whats needed for postage stamp sized lots and fit in perfectly with the Macroeconomic trend towards reduced weight pay-packets. It’s all part of the solution….

  7. Real hipsters have well off Baby boomer parents that they can fall back on when things get tough and will inherit when their parents drop off the perch.

  8. It wasn’t long ago the only time you heard about tiny houses was when they were being proposed as an option for housing the homeless. Now we’re pushing it as some kind of genuine lifestyle choice for the masses?

  9. I’ve never really heard the conversation that I’m about to articulate here. Traditional Aussie kids move out of home, rent, save their $, then buy a house. Those days are now crumbling due to high prices. You have immigrants coming here that can afford to buy houses here and the following is one of the big reasons why. In many instances, there are multiple families sharing the one house. They pool their money together and thus have more disposable income to save for that expensive deposit than traditional Aussies homegrown. Many of us locals can’t fathom to shack up with multiple families and do this since culturally, we haven’t been accustomed to doing so. But given this insanity with prices, there really is little choice if locals wish to compete on the property ladder. The immigrants have us locals over a barrel for our own property, and it’s not just money. It is culture. Our kids are being fed a bunch of lies and misinformation. It is not a level playing field. And expectations to follow I’m mum and dads footsteps on the property ladder need to be revisited. We can’t have our kids view themselves as failures for things that are not their fault, but largely due to governments, and previous generations ineptitude to advocate in their behalf. Start asking around to see who lives with who…you’ll be surprised.