Why high-density living sets up sustainable lifestyles
Are you stuck in suburbia surrounded by piles of stuff accumulated over the years?
Stuff you weren’t particularly conscious of having until it started erupting from the cupboards it’s stuffed in; depleting the oxygen supply with every crumpled receipt thrown in the bin?
Before the panic ensues and you race out to apply for Hoarders Australia, consider the five ways high-density living could avoid this and more.
According to Conservation Council Director Peter Verstegen:
“Perth is ready to embrace a much more sustainable future.”
With more and more Perthites flocking to high-density housing, it could be your time to de-clutter and embrace a new sustainable beginning, too.
In fact, a 2015 report commissioned by the Conservation Council of WA found 73% of respondents don’t believe the benefits of a separate house and garden outweigh the benefits of inner-city living.
Are you part of the 73%? If not, here’s why you should give high-density living a shot.
The Heart Wants What It Wants
The Heart Foundation has found high-density living promotes physical activity, which can reduce cardiovascular disease-related deaths by 35%.
While there is certainly a relationship between high-density living and physical activity, high density alone won’t guarantee you triathlete status.
Although your apartment may not strap on your helmet or put your running shoes on for you – it’s normally positioned in an area that makes being active far easier.
By creating a ‘walkable environment’ – which consists of mixed land use and densities, connected streets, quality open spaces, and access to public transport – opportunities to be active are more accessible.
A well-designed and located apartment encourages people to walk, cycle or use public transport. These commute options aren’t so feasible from a suburban household.
Forfeit Your Four Wheels
Luckily for us in Perth, there’s a myriad of inner-city bike/pedestrian paths to hop on and view the road traffic from afar.
A 2014 Urbis report titled Australia’s Embrace of Medium and High Density Housing includes a winning testimony from a couple in Pyrmont, NSW on their newfound freedom gained from opting into apartment living.
Annie and Tom beefed up their savings account since moving into the city; they were even able to sell one of their cars.
The couple not only reduced their carbon footprint; they had extra money left over to enjoy their new inner-city lifestyle, and the modern conveniences that came along with it.
Pinch Those Pennies
Environmental and general wellbeing benefits aside, high-density living can also reduce the dint in your wallet. Your finances should be sustainable too, right?
The costs associated with running a house are almost too confronting to think about, prompting people to seek more sustainable living options.
The Conservation Council of WA report found 69% of respondents didn’t consider low-density living in detached single housing to be a more affordable option. How could it be? You’re hemorrhaging money on house and car upkeep (among other things).
Apartment living drastically reduces your outgoings, presenting all the amenities either within the high-density complex or in close proximity.
Conquer the Clutter
Simply put, less space equals less stuff. Making the move from low-density to high-density living requires a spot of spring-cleaning; narrowing what you really need to suit a smaller living area.
We accumulate a lot over time without realizing waste has one of the biggest impacts on the environment. Once you’re in an apartment, upkeep becomes a thing of the past and you can pave the path to a greener, more sustainable future.
Stay Ahead of the Curve
State Government and Planning Minister John Day says Perth’s population is predicted to double in the next 35 years, requiring an extra 800,000 homes.
As a result, greater urban infill and high-density living are believed to be a vital strategic tool for shaping the future of Perth.
If we’re ever going to reach the heights of sustainability, people must be at the forefront of all plans. Internationally acclaimed urban planner Larry Beasley – responsible for turning Vancouver into one of the most livable cities in the world – is all about focusing on human needs and urbanism, saying:
“People don’t just buy a unit – they buy amenities, walkability, open space and so much more…The sustainable city will really work when it’s liveable.”
If you’re interested in checking out the way of the future, with all your needs catered for under one sustainable roof, Western Australia's largest and most trusted apartment developer, Finbar, has a selection of off-the-plan or ready to move into developments to choose from. Visit www.finbar.com.au to make the ultimate lifestyle choice.