More micro lots to come in Perth

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More ‘micro lot’ homes will be built in Perth after the successful first development of the innovative housing concept in Ellenbrook.

The Ellenbrook micro lots. Picture: LWP Property Group

The first 11 homes in Perth’s first ‘micro lot’ housing precinct in Fruin Loop, Ellenbrook have been built on green title sites of 80sqm, in a collaboration between LWP Property Group, residential builder Now Living and the Department of Communities.

Now, another 16 ‘micro lot’ homes are on the way, with civil works for eight now complete and another eight blocks flagged for release to market in late April.

Six of the lots in the second release have already been sold as house-and-land packages, with construction expected to start soon.

Urban development experts have predicted the ‘micro lot’ trend could change the landscape of Perth’s residential housing market, offering smaller, more affordable homes.

The project comes amid Perth’s trend of rising land prices and decreasing lot sizes over the years. In the 1970s, Perth’s average lot size was 700sqm, which dropped to the about 525sqm in 2008 and is now around 350sqm.

LWP Property Group managing director Danny Murphy says the Ellenbrook ‘micro lot’ townhouses were part of a “cradle to grave” philosophy to provide interchangeable housing choices for different lifestyles.

“Often new growth areas are dominated by accommodation, suited for only one or two market segments,” Murphy says.

“People are then required to relocate as their housing needs change and the facilities and services no longer meet their requirements.

“By establishing a range of living options upfront, together with facilities and services for a broad demographic, it ensures that the community will sustain itself for multiple generations.

“People should be able to live in an LWP community for their whole life, notwithstanding changes in their housing needs.”

Murphy says the product has proven popular with downsizers, first home buyers, single-person households and investors.

Another 26 micro lots are due to hit the market this year. Picture: LWP Property Group

The award-winning, two-bedroom homes have one or two bathrooms, courtyards and balconies designed to maximise ventilation and natural light. One unit was designed for a person with disability and to accommodate a live-in carer.

WA Housing Minister Peter Tinley says ‘micro lot’ homes demonstrate the value of housing diversity and affordability.

“These projects change our perception of ‘affordable housing’ and challenge other builders to be more inclusive and place home ownership within the reach of more people,” Tinley says.

The Fruin Loop ‘micro lots’ won the 2019 Master Builders Award for Innovative Construction of Small Lots as well as the 2018 Award for the Best Small-Scale Infill Development.

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