The Family Unit

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THE Australian dream used to be a broad patch of turf in the suburbs with a corrugated shed and outhouse, a Blue Heeler and a Hills Hoist.

If you were lucky, a kit home on an acre at Bonnie Doon awaited in the summer for some murky water lake swimming with the kids.

But the ’50s rush to the suburbs has been replaced by a race to city lifestyle as innerurban nooks are snapped up under fierce competition.

Even holiday homes are becoming holiday townhouses.

In many areas apartment prices are overtaking house prices in the same vicinity as a growing number of Melburnians embrace the trend towards small and modern.

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