Alternative housing options you might not have considered as a retiree

So you’re looking at selling up the family home and downsizing in 2017? Well, you could be like many people

So you’re looking at selling up the family home and downsizing in 2017?

Well, you could be like many people and move into a smaller house, apartment or retirement village.

Or you could join the new wave of homeowners and downsizers doing something totally different.

With house prises soaring over the past decade many people have found themselves pushed out of the market. While a lot of the media attention has focused on the younger generation struggling to afford a mortgage, it seems to have forgotten that a lot of over 60s are in the same boat.

Even if you sell your family home for a decent price, a large chunk of that change can end up going into a new and albeit smaller house, leaving you with little left over to help you enjoy your hard-earned retirement.

In the past, an apartment has been the obvious choice for those downsizing once the kids have grown up and moved out, but with the the property market currently saturated with apartments in many major cities, this is no longer a solid investment for a lot of boomers.

So what to do?

There are two new major trends emerging in housing: tiny houses and shipping container homes.

Tiny Houses

The tiny house movement was the first of the two to really take off. These amazingly small homes are especially popular with singles who say they simply don’t need all that extra room anymore.

Life is so simple with this tiny home..thanks to pinterest for sharing this perfect space. #pinterest #tinyhouse #tinyliving #simpleliving #gogreen #greenview #gardening #findingpeacewithnature

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They can be custom made or bought for a fraction of the price of a unit or full-size house and are so nifty with their design that you can actually fit a lot into them!

Drawers are hidden in side panels, beds pull out of walls or descend from roofs and dining tables easily tuck away when you’re not using them.

The Alpha by New Frontier Tiny Homes. This is definitely a hard one to beat! #tinyhouse #design #architecture #downsize #tinyhouselife

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Not only that, many of them are mobile meaning you can move wherever and whenever you want.

Shipping Container Homes

The other big trend is shipping container homes, which can give you a lot more room for a fraction of the price of a house.

😍#shippingcontainerhomes #nofilter

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The containers themselves are low cost, which means you can spend more fitting them out with beautiful finishes and appliances. The containers are stacked together to create length and height, so you can end up with two-stories and any shape you want.

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There are a number of companies building these homes in Australia now, with many of them starting at around $135,000 for a three bedroom house and going up to around $300,000 for a two-story five bedroom place.

While these housing options are relatively uncommon right now, they’re expected to become more and more popular in future as people begin to look for different ways of living and spending their money.

#interior #beautiful #nofilter #shippingcontainerhomes

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For those heading into retirement, tiny houses and shipping container homes can be a great option and a real money save, too.

How cool are these?! Would you consider living in one of these homes?

  1. Susanne Marsland  

    I would definitely have either option. Right now actually. But my problem is where do you put them. Most councils are old school and won’t allow them especially in new estates with rules and covenants galore.

  2. Claire Hancock  

    In the pictures shown, some of the original steel walls of the shipping containers are visible. I wonder about insulation against noise and temperatures (both heat and cold) in the shipping container homes.

  3. Chris  

    Are tiny houses available in Australia, I wonder. They would need airconditioning and so would the shipping containers. I think the tiny houses are a great idea and building conglomerates should start whole estates of them.

  4. Good idea, looks great however there are a number if questionable areas in the designs. Steps stairs, pull out beds etc., would need a re think for retirees that have issues with mobility and strength.

  5. Debra Dryden  

    I have loved the idea of tiny homes for some time, but where do you put them, do you have to buy a block of land, have sewerage, power, gas connected, big cost. And do council regulations allow, tiny homes. It all sounds quite a cheap alternative until you consider the hidden costs. Does anyone have answers to these questions?

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