Homes of the Future: Mark McCrindle discusses housing trends

Thursday, June 16, 2016

What is shaping our built environment?

The first is population growth. Australia has just reached 24 million which means we have added an extra million people in less than 3 years, and most of this growth is in our larger capital cities. This is creating a shift from suburban to urban living; from the traditional horizontal communities to the new vertical ones. In our largest capital cities, two-thirds of all new housing approvals are high or medium density rather than detached homes. This densification is creating walkable communities, multi-use areas where people live, work and play in a more localised space, and of course increased access to transit and transport hubs. The other factor shaping developments is affordability. With rising house prices, Australians are looking for financially sustainable options which meet the needs of both lifestyle and affordability, and create the flexibility for our homes to change in tune with our needs and lifestyles.

What are the current trends and will they last?

While design trends come and go with the changing fashions, there are some broader development trends that are here to stay. The increased access to open spaces, in-door out-door areas, balconies, natural light and bringing vegetation into urban environments are all timeless trends that resonates with our temperate climate and needs. Similarly, with food central to our social environment, open-plan kitchens and meal areas in homes and open social spaces in offices are trends we will see continue.

How is technology affecting it?

Today’s technology is seamlessly integrated into our lives, and we are seeing the same seamless integration into our homes. The internet of things means that lighting, sound, temperature, entertainment and security in our domestic environments are all manageable through our personal devices. The decade ahead will see our pantries and fridges talk to our devices to update shopping lists, our home entertainment experience continue playing seamlessly on our portable devices and our hydrogen cars help power our homes.

Image source: The Clipsal Smart Home range (courtesy of

What are the demographic trends?

Homes of the future will have the flexibility to accommodate multiple generations living under the one roof. They will meet the changing needs of a more culturally diverse community and have clever innovations to facilitate support to Australians living independently in their homes to a much older age than we currently see.

What does the future hold?

While Generation Z, who are just starting their careers, will have to pay more for their homes in the future, these buildings and the built environment in which they sit will far exceed what their parents experienced in their first homes. Not only will the technologies and fittings in the home be exciting but the community spaces, café culture and neighbourhood amenities will continue to adjust and adapt to meet the lifestyle expectations of the 21st Century generations.

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


marrickville ageing population investor wealth distribution English affordable university commute Education Future Forum volunteers research data Royals hopes australian communities trends report insight education research Tuesday Trend local divorce rate parenting aged care Christmas presents bureau research visualisation society trends Real Estate Institute of Victoria sentiments Melbourne woolworths cooking Work place ease of travel FOMO The ABC of XYZ know the times interactive debt plans Australian Dream World Water Day 2013 FPA census 2016 Aussie mateship trends of 2016 2016 census sydney hills house price housing trends sunny days Tasmania community engagement national private wealth case study visual celebration students religion meals Charlotte emerging generations future of work staff study census Hills Shire Council Aussies education future report optus my business awards organisations rain follow SMSF residents urban living index paying to work cars transport global generations daily telegraph ABS sydneysiders safe pharmacies Northern Beaches Christian School stats graphs sector wide study future of shopping renting publication demographic transformations focus groups eliane miles wealth and income poor data travel population map names sports year 7 Do It Yourself new york times generation alpha the changing face of Northern Territory Sydney Hills Business Chamber house price rise mentor long weekend define anzac affordability owning a home housing market professional services Christmas lunch marriage urban school satisfaction marriages workplace culture census results royal baby learn balance social impact mythbusters South Australia monarchy keynote speaker 23 million presentations typical australian wealth in the media sector easy rider hills shire emerging trends not for profit etiquette tips organisational culture public speaker 2012 entrepreneur education prince george snapshot research report household NBRS Generation Y menai rich professional development schools ethnography business index dessert Northern beaches Event water builders increasing densification baby names report baby boomers criminal teach the hills shire keynote growing population education future world youth day healthy future earning forecast future proof click employers SMART perth commuters Sydney keynote speaker ACT social issues training relational TAS trend Financial Planning Week global men the australian dream christian conference presentation Channel 7 norwest Social Trend couple JOMO Australia Day 2017 Northern Beaches weather Tuesday Trends stay home neutral bay Macquarie University rental stress WA staying in The Daily Edition wedding buildings social shifts urban living brisbane in depth interviews rise of local financial waverton online internship conference speaker australian communities forum TDE house prices narcissism young people spend christianity #censusfail census fail geomapping christmas Queensland market research intern hello fresh royal family grandparents mining boom conferences leader innovation James Ward entrepreneurial shopping centre Australian communities educhat family living victoria purpose Caregiver goals communications teacher SA socialising ipswich litter Adelaide employment 1994 non profit cartodb Australian Trends unaffordable culture CPI mortgage Australian schools home REIV Conference trend tuesday women marketing ferry states language dare to dream media release wealth and income distribution church trends analyst qualitative research NBRS Architecture future economy Valentine’s Day New Zealand presentation going out emerging technologies annual income public holiday Queensland: QLD university degree curiosity System's Architect HSC storytelling trends of 2017 trends population event future-proof data analyst property 24,000,000 father's day infographic ACF 2016 business Crime Rates daily commute 2017 not-for-profit award internet investment Assistant Store Manager year 12 village divorce work parents communicate 2015 ashley mckenzie toys research February 16 youth unemployment middle class the hills award winner micro engagement national wealth cloudy days suburban living collaborative teaching social social change food Australian Bureau of Statistics millenials January 26th resilience renter of the future pharmacy VET selfie domestic insights gen z state speakers crows nest entertainment urban taskforce low density Wodonga cost business performance hornsby royal influence New South Wales change jobs of the future Geoff Brailey medicine group session holiday deloitte relevant bondi Word Up Christmas season outsourcing millionth car Australia Day Duchess of Cambridge mccrindle cash rising house prices mccrindle in the media winter financial independence energy the average aussie social research GPO goal Australian Census communication sydney metro careers omnibus Kirsten Brewer housing growth eliane analysis social lives Wagga Wagga 2020 society infographic wall australian social research optus google high school social analysis internships alpha news changing face of sydney australians staying home more visualisation demography sustainable coffee population milestone home ownership lifestyle wages crime sydneysider megatrends product rent ashley fell workshop house research pack Vocational education 24 million property price data visualisation Kiwi sector wide Myth recap PSI sun Australian demographics media commentary brand responsive education sector generational trends public speaking 1975 cost of living conference 2016 census results area townhouses average sydneysider community authenticity mover and shaker statistics capital city finance faux-ciliser CBD social researcher Generation X cancelling event Res Vis educated cica high density city Scouts IT Specialists tertiary education personalities Births learner potts point unemployment millennials technology contiki NT customer friendship thrive vegetarian Western Australia debate young australians DESTEL world professional speaker teleworking mccrindle tea charity future of education trades focus group Real Estate SRE households faux-cilise average Australian demographics video REIV National Conference social life google for education Canberra generation 1980 results government baby name predictions brand experience resource school students darwin innovative happiness overcast learning 2014 grave decision NEETs shopper's pick earnings fresh sunburnt country 2016 VIC average aussie local communities Gen X nfp children child care proactive media activity Christchurch gold coast DIY shifts hobart Skilling wage Australian Families breakfast communities tuesday office opening brands challenge forecasting schools students acf15 collaboration sydney event wellbeing Bathburst baby local community EFF future proofing workforce VET sector Engineering Manager life engage investing baby names australia report blaxland Love Australian Communities Trends researcher high density apartments population growth leadership workshop baby boom youth small business apartment property market huffington post faux-cilising workplace fears digital belief social enquiry train wolloomooloo motivate quote faith gen alpha generations dreaming consumerism lalor park dream ideas cancel plans supply and demand media princess charlotte ultimo manly community event micro apartments Wellington personal growth financial dreams pyrmont mythbusting meetings new office teachers group budget suburbs Australian Population Deaths kate middleton 1968 moreton bay work-life home owner friends identity seasons experience equip report Sydney baby names high density living environmental scanning twentyseventeen retirement tv McCrindle Speakers financial future Australian Home ACF winter blues school royal capital cities baby name "know the times" social media greatness demographer online shopping events newspaper bus poker master post rationalism suburb office Gen Y housing demographic weekly earnings culturally diverse slideshare networking work mates survey design leadership earn panel Financial Planning Association mccrindle research ageing summer office space Netflix Hornsby Shire Council socialites optimistic program Channel Seven social researchers environment cold gender thought leadership 40 million holidays cultural diversity futurist tea travelling moderators guide list survey cancelling plans logan demographic trends shbc global financial crisis priorities clothing vegemite tattoos salary baby name trends income tableau social trends aged care puzzle spirituality story rule keeper professional Andrew Duffin skills social commentator financial fears participants learning styles consumer student sydneycity career social commentary Merry Christmas Mark McCrindle mobile 10 years impact land of the middle class national crime rates economic offenders repayments real Australians growth NSW Territory jobs New Zeland Population Clock housing affordability politics aussie culture mother's day families apartments Research Executive facts easter research services australia sydney speaker entrepreneurs of today generation Z forum Financial Planning Association of Australia shopping