Choosers, not losers

Here at Title Online magazine, we love apartment living and all it entails. We are not alone: plenty of people these days wouldn’t live in a house for quids. It’s the first choice for most first-time buyers and an attractive option for empty-nesters keen to enjoy life with the financial shackles off and the kids gone.

A recent report showed that Generation X and Y singles and couples are buying apartments so they can be close to work, transport, facilities and entertainment, boosting the number of owner-occupiers by 5 percent in some areas.

Title is an online magazine that celebrates all the good things about apartment living.  Lots of lifestyle ideas including food, travel, celebrity features, fiction, reviews, interiors, style, gadgets – all the things that make apartment and townhouse living highly desirable.

And, yes, articles on strata specific issues and the roles of various professionals.

For a long time, people who lived in apartments were seen as losers – we couldn’t afford to live in a house.  But we are choosers, not losers, and Tile Online celebrates the choices we have made.

 

News & Comment

Six sexy space-savers for your apartment

Six sexy space-savers for your apartment

We apartment dwellers do have to be more space conscious than our house dwelling friends with their trampolines, ride on mowers and kitchens filled with gadgets they saw on Masterchef. We like things my Uncle Ken would’ve called nifty, while being very aware that you have to sometimes take a bit of bad with the […]

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Calm down when it comes to cladding – insurer

Calm down when it comes to cladding – insurer

As the panic over dangerous inflammable cladding spreads like a bushfire, one of the country’s top strata insurance companies has come up with a course of action for worried owners. Check your documents, then put safety measures in place if you have flammable cladding, is the message from one of Australia’s top strata insurers. Strata […]

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Apartment sales roller-coaster slows down

Apartment sales roller-coaster slows down

The apartment roller coaster continues within sight of Sydney’s Luna Park. Stage one of Blue at Lavender Bay apartments, as previously featured in Title hit the market on Saturday morning. Two hours and $200 million later, all 72 apartments had been sold, including an $8million dollar sub-penthouse. What can we read into this downturn defying […]

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Little things that are a big deal to renters

Little things that are a big deal to renters

Something too many landlords, rental agents, strata managers and strata committees don’t get is that something that seems too minor for them to bother with can be a huge deal to residents. Right now on  our sister website Flat Chat there’s a very good example with readers offering advice to a tenant who just wants […]

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Flammable cladding – it’s time apartment owners flared up

Flammable cladding – it’s time apartment owners flared up

If I were one of the apartment owners in New South Wales who are currently being told to brace for the expense of replacing non-compliant and combustible cladding in their apartment block, I would be close to combusting myself. “For every 10 apartment blocks in Australia with aluminium cladding, around eight face the risk that […]

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Buy ... rent ... sell

Apartments of the week

Apartments of the week

Every week, property magazines and websites promote an apartment or townhouse that they think is worth a second look.  So here is Title’s weekly roundup of our “best of the best”. From domain.com.au This 9th floor two bedroom apartment in Highgate, 907/127 Kent Street, Sydney is surrounded by history and also in easy reach of […]

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Castle Hill reaches for the Skyview

Castle Hill reaches for the Skyview

Castle Hill, way out in the Hills District, north west of Sydney is welcoming new high rise apartment living at Skyview, 51 Castle Hill Road. The developer, Toplace has launched phase one, the Phoenix and Hydra buildings, which have 428 apartments for sale off the plan. The completed development will have 923 apartments in five […]

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Apartments selling fast in 213 Miller Street

Apartments selling fast in 213 Miller Street

The final release of apartments of The Miller at 213 Miller Street, North Sydney drew plenty of interested parties for the remaining 15 off the plan sales. Presently a hole in the ground, a very big hole at that, the building will be ready to occupy in 2019. Developer Yuhu’s CEO Eric Rozendaal was happy […]

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Apartments of last week

Apartments of last week

Every week, property magazines and websites promote an apartment or townhouse that they think is worth a second look.  So here is Title’s weekly roundup of our “best of the best”. From the Wentworth Courier They’re promising “ultimate beachside living with spectacular ocean and beach views” at 22/14 Wilga Street Bondi.  This contemporary apartment in an […]

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If you build it – to rent it – they will come

If you build it – to rent it – they will come

Seems like there is hope on the horizon for those apartment dwellers whose incomes can’t run to owning in this ever climbing property market. The recent survey by Woolcott Research and Engagement into Airbnb attitudes in the community found a huge disparity in who rents, who owns and their respective attitudes to Airbnb. The numbers told […]

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Your style

Downsizing: A short guide to growing smaller

Downsizing: A short guide to growing smaller

Whether you find yourselves empty nesters, newly single or hankering after the new baby boomer lifestyle of inner city café society, there are more than a few things to bear in mind when you go from house to apartment living. 1 More than a few things It’s amazing how much a simple three bedroom house […]

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Balcony style taken to the edge

Balcony style taken to the edge

If you’re the kind of person whose balcony has a couple of pots sans plants that are mainly used as ashtrays, read no further. If you’re the kind of person who sees your balcony as the chance to stamp your personality and design savvy on that patch of concrete that’s really an extension of you […]

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Bang for your buck in Brisvegas

Bang for your buck in Brisvegas

This is a bit different to most opportunities we alert you to. New apartments that are only weeks from being available to move in to and still on the market. They’re affordable too, starting from a shade under $400,000. So rather than imagining how your apartment might look based on the styled show apartment, this […]

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Premium views from Blue at Lavender Bay

Premium views from Blue at Lavender Bay

The words of former Prime Minister Paul Keating came to mind when we saw the images of the new project for Aqualand Australia, Blue at Lavender Bay – “If you don’t live in Sydney, you’re just camping out”! Boasting spectacular, uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour, the development, located at 61 Lavender Street, Milsons Point, will […]

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Amazing technicolour dream bulb

Amazing technicolour dream bulb

If you’ve never been happy with the colours of the rainbow and want to bring your lighting into the 21st Century, MicroNovelty has a new product on the horizon. Heelight is a breakthrough in the bulb industry. Heelight is the world’s most intelligent bulb that can hear the environment through a digital sound control. It […]

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Lock up and leave

The Africa safari lodge with absolutely everything

The Africa safari lodge with absolutely everything

By Sue Williams When wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough decided to make a new TV series about Africa, his producers were faced with a seemingly insurmountable problem. The veteran broadcaster was nearing his 90th birthday and couldn’t travel with ease all around the continent for his pieces to camera in each different location. So instead […]

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10 Best Of The Mess For Kids

10 Best Of The Mess For Kids

Think back to some of your favourite travel memories from childhood: there’s a good chance they involved being buried in sand up to your nose, splashing through mud or literally mucking about. After all, where’s the joy in good, clean fun without getting absolutely filthy? So, now that you have kids of your own, ditch […]

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Great Ways To Extend Your Stay In WA

Great Ways To Extend Your Stay In WA

  Some things in Western Australia hit you immediately: the beautiful beaches, the top-tier fresh produce, the untouched wilderness. But the longer you stay, the deeper it goes. Allow yourself the time to go outback, or out to sea, and you’ll taste, touch and see things that will stay with you forever. From Perth Stay […]

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20 luxury cruises to Cuba

20 luxury cruises to Cuba

While the thawing of relations between the USA and Cuba may have gone on to the back burner since Donald Trump was elected president, thanks to his predecessor President Obama, passengers can now legally sail directly from the USA. With that in mind, leading culinary and destination-focussed cruise line, Oceania Cruises has announced ten new […]

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Ten rising travel destinations to add to your bucket list

Ten rising travel destinations to add to your bucket list

From a ski resort in Japan to and underwater paradise in the Philippines, world travellers are always looking for those perfect destinations that have not yet been over-run by tourists but have all the facilities you want, already in place. Accommodation booking webssite agoda has announced the results of its latest Travel Smart study, revealing the top 10 […]

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Eating out

Mamak – Chatswood’s roti heaven

Mamak – Chatswood’s roti heaven

Waiting outside a restaurant was once near the top of my list of things to avoid, just above flossing and immediately below emptying the dishwasher. Not anymore. Deep in the heart of Chatswood’s many and ever more numerous apartment blocks, is a restaurant that’s worth waiting outside for a table. It’s not the only Mamak in […]

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Anyone for Venice?

Anyone for Venice?

Here at Title we like food and we like drink and we don’t mind a bit of style Speaking of which, your humble correspondent ‘s mind goes back to Venice 17 years ago (my God, was it that long) I know it was 1999 because they were premiering Eyes Wide Shut, starring Nicole Kidman and […]

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Hidden gem where money men favour curry

Hidden gem where money men favour curry

I had dinner with former Treasurer Peter Costello and current Treasurer Scott Morrison the other night. OK, when I said I had dinner, I was in the same restaurant – not actually at the same table. In fact, they weren’t sitting together either  – just a couple of tables from each other. None of which […]

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Spice of life in Sydney’s Central Park

Spice of life in Sydney’s Central Park

Spice Alley brings colour, life and a taste of South-East Asia to Sydney’s newest city centre residential hub, writes Jimmy Thomson. When it comes to Sydney’s latest street food hang-out, the laneway may be faux but the pho is very real. We get so used to complaining about apartment block developers knocking down old buildings and […]

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Six survivors keeping Kings Cross alive

Six survivors keeping Kings Cross alive

While the launch of another massive new apartment block, the hourglass-shaped Omnia, purports to propel ever-changing Kings Cross into its Manhattan phase, there are some stalwarts that have weathered every storm this “naughty but nice” area of Sydney has to throw at them. Drug wars, police corruption, the GFC and, more recently, the lockout laws […]

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Our Furry Friends

Tall storeys: Five funny tales of flat life

Tall storeys: Five funny tales of flat life

Over the last 10 or more years our friends at Flat Chat have uncovered just about every apartment living horror story you could ever wish to read.  Here’s list of five of the funniest ones. The Litter Lady. The apartment block doesn’t allow pets, so the cat-loving owner snuck her cat in and kept it a secret, […]

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Plan for your pets when you’ve passed on

Plan for your pets when you’ve passed on

NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman has today shown the caring face of government, launching a pet emergency card to prevent furry, feathered and finned friends being left home alone when their owners pass away or are seriously ill or injured. “My labs Monty and Ralph are important members of my family. Most pet owners feel […]

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Heavy petting: Cat cam catches sitter in the act

Heavy petting: Cat cam catches sitter in the act

When the cat owner’s away … streaming images of illicit encounter beamed from New York to shocked apartment owner’s phone in Australia By Jamie Thomson Picture this, you’re on holiday and you decide to check in on your apartment via your newly-installed surveillance cameras. But then you’re confronted with images of the man you’ve paid to look […]

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Who’s the top dog for caring owners?

Who’s the top dog for caring owners?

With so many Australian pet owners, Pet Insurance Australia was interested to see what types of breeds are more likely to be insured. The results were fascinating. With some pure-bred dogs reaching upwards of $2000 per puppy, you might assume that the expensive pure-bred varieties would top the list. Not so: mixed breeds, bitzers and […]

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Chocolate shock: Don’t kill them with kindness

Chocolate shock: Don’t kill them with kindness

People love people who love giving chocolates.  But your precious pet may not be around much longer if you indulge their sweet tooth with chocolate treats.  Chocolate is toxic to dogs so Valentines Day may be all about romance to us humans but it’s a danger zone for dogs. “Chocolate can be very toxic to animals, […]

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Other Recent Posts

Monopoly builds fun into the high-rise game

Monopoly builds fun into the high-rise game

Ever fancied yourself as a multi-storey apartment block developer? Monopoly, the oldest property board game in the world, has moved into high-rises (they call them skyscrapers but we know what they mean). Now you know what to get Meriton boss Harry Triguboff for Christmas. Winning Moves Australia is stocking up with games that will keep the […]

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Five classic errors apartment newbies make

Five classic errors apartment newbies make

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New to apartments or teetering on the brink of buying your first unit? Trusting that someone somewhere will make the right decisions for everyone? If only. You need to have your wits about you when you enter the brave new world of apartment living. Here’s a guide to the five basic mistakes apartment-owning newbies often make. […]

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Best of both worlds, boutique apartments at Northmead

Best of both worlds, boutique apartments at Northmead

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Nobody needs urging to Go West these days and this new low rise boutique development at Onyx Northmead should get plenty of interest. The development is in landscaped surroundings with mature native blueberry ash trees and is a real green oasis. Some rear apartments have their own private garden, while a number of apartments have […]

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Show us the money: Kids press parents to downsize NOW

Show us the money: Kids press parents to downsize NOW

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There was a chilling report over the weekend that more than one in four Gen Y Aussies are banking on their inheritance to help them buy a home in real estate hotspots like Sydney and Melbourne. Either that, or they are pressuring their parents to sell out of their rambling family homes and downsize into […]

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Owner dug a secret cellar – then sold her flat

Owner dug a secret cellar – then sold her flat

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From the latest roundup of posts to our sister website Flat Chat comes a story that has even us scratching our heads. It’s about a woman who not only put a bathroom in her ground-floor unit without permission, she secretly dug a cellar under the flat too – all without telling a soul. Then she […]

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Chinese Take Away: Beijing pulls up the investment ladder

Chinese Take Away: Beijing pulls up the investment ladder

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Just when you thought you had an idea of where the apartment market was heading, China has dropped another bombshell. The government has restricted new developments in the Australian property market which will cause a further shrinkage of the new apartment market. New deals have been placed on a restricted list so developers will be […]

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Is home sharing shrinking the rental market?

Is home sharing shrinking the rental market?

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The sharing economy continues to shake up the status quo. Taxi drivers fight their corner against Uber drivers while Uber’s clients become every more loyal, seduced by watching their ride approach on the app,  anticipating the possibility of free mineral water. That super clean Uber ride with its polite and friendly driver may well drop […]

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Crystal Balls to fortune tellers: What will happen to the apartment market?

Crystal Balls to fortune tellers: What will happen to the apartment market?

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Meriton’s Harry Triguboff has been quoted as having faith in the Sydney apartment market after it was announced that Meriton had purchased the balance of the Little Bay project in Sydney. He also expects apartment building to fall up to 33 percent over the next 18 months. Two sides of the coin but what does […]

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