Are empty nesters moving to inner city apartments? – update

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3 Responses

  1. Kate says:

    Cue: crammed primary schools with no room to put another double-storey demoutable and log-jammed high schools in the inner city and lower north shore of Sydney.

  2. Jason Forest says:

    The most interesting thing about this data is that the age cohort that started the move into the high density accommodation don’t appear to be moving out of it when the traditional lifecycle model says they will. Projecting that forward 20 years is a very interesting prospect. Im imagining a whole lot of 52 year olds in apartments!
    Obvious follow-up questions for a PhD thesis:
    * Is it actually the same people who stay in units or is there churn in who from the cohort is in it?
    * Many of the units are in areas with a mix of housing. The people who do move out when they have kids may just be moving into the terrace next door and therefore still need schools etc
    * Are there particular characteristics to those who stay in vs those who move on?


  3. From business statistics, it looks like people are doing a lot of moving anyway no matter whether to high or low density locations. We’ve seen a big spike of people who are leaving their packing boxes out on the road for the garbage man! But for the older generation I suppose is preference on whether they want to be surrounded by people or not…

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