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

How can I find a flat when I work at weekends?

How can I find a flat when I work at weekends?

Having recently returned home from the UK, ISOBEL WILLIAMS set about finding her first Sydney flat from which to launch her new life.  She knew it wouldn’t be easy … but did it need to be this hard? I have recently embarked on the tortuous journey of hunting for an apartment in the suburbs of […]

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Renters priced out of airbnb hotspots

Renters priced out of airbnb hotspots

Rents in Sydney’s hottest Airbnb hotspots are soaring by up to five times as much as city averages, an analysis of housing costs reveals. And ordinary tenants are being driven out of some of the city’s formerly renter-friendly suburbs as landlords switch from residential rentals to holiday lets, according to real estate professionals, backed by […]

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Taking the plunge: Waterslide apartment back on market

Taking the plunge: Waterslide apartment back on market

Who will buy the world’s most expensive apartment … complete with its own waterslide, asks Jamie Thomson It’s always little surprising to see what the ultra-rich are willing to spend their money on when the world’s most exclusive apartments come up for grabs. Knocking through the walls to make one mega-apartment lacks a little bit of imagination, […]

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Boom or bust:  bubble fears are building

Boom or bust: bubble fears are building

Boom, bust and much, much worse: untangling the uncertainties of Australia’s housing bubble By Jamie Thomson Are we in a boom or a bubble?  Is the apartment market about to explode or just fizzle out. Are we looking down the barrel of negative equity in off-the-plan apartments, or does Australia’s rising population guarantee a housing […]

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Lock up and leave

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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The secret of successful packing

The secret of successful packing

Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, you’ll always need to deal with the sometimes-daunting task of packing your suitcase. Travel writer Elizabeth Pratt provides these essential tips for Skyscanner Australia on how to avoid common packing mistakes. Know your limits There is nothing more annoying than finishing packing your suitcase, only to get to the airport […]

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Floating away: top five shipboard spas

Floating away: top five shipboard spas

By Isobel Williams Long gone are the traditional days of ocean voyages when the main purpose was to reach a destination.  Then, for a while, it seemed the idea was to eat your weight in comfort food on a daily basis as your cruise ship gobbled up the miles to who cares where. Cruising holidays have become […]

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Interiors

Curtain up for blind ambition

Curtain up for blind ambition

If there’s one area we tend to forget about when moving into a new apartment or sprucing up an old one, it’s the windows.  Or to be more specific, the window coverings. Picking out colour schemes, matching the bed spreads to the rugs, getting shiny new appliances for the kitchen is the fun part but […]

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Jamie Durie book brings the outside in

Jamie Durie book brings the outside in

Nobody appreciates indoor-outdoor lifestyles more than Australians. Now TV landscape gardener Jamie Durie shows you how to turn your world outside in. It’s been 10 years since Jamie Durie made the move from landscape gardening to interiors and furniture design in his first book on the topic, and now Jamie and creative director Nadine Bush […]

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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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Interiors collection’s Tassie connection

Interiors collection’s Tassie connection

Soft options let you transform your high-rise home into a sunny summer hideaway By Charlie Adeline With summer just around the corner, it might be time to welcome it in to your apartment with a bright and breezy makeover more reminiscent of a holiday hideaway than an inner-city pad. One of the quickest and easiest ways […]

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Eating out

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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Q here for fresh food … with a view

Q here for fresh food … with a view

Considering it’s right on Sydney’s iconic harbour walkway, Q Dining is still very much a hidden gem, says Sue Williams There’s one item guaranteed never to be served up with the fine dining in a restaurant nestled under apartments in a top Australian location … a side-dish of attitude. Even though Q Dining at Sydney’s […]

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Strata Living

Quiz: Parking madness

Quiz: Parking madness

Parking – along with pets and parties –  is one of the perennial three P problems in strata. In this entertaining, interactive quiz, Jimmy Thomson of Flat Chat tests your knowledge of parking laws both inside your unit block and out there in the “real world”.

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QUIZ:  Pets and apartments

QUIZ: Pets and apartments

How much do you know about pets in apartments? Let yourself off the leash and try this informative little test

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Apartment Living: Promises, promises …

Apartment Living: Promises, promises …

By Jimmy Thomson Another year has rolled around and you still haven’t got to grips with living in your block? You’ve got issues, but who hasn’t?  And you have something to contribute – but who’s got the time? Well, without getting all Pollyanna about things, if half the people in your building did some small thing […]

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Parking people

Parking people

Parking spots are becoming just as hot property as apartments these days. Studies back this stuff up, with 2012 research by Eran Ben-Joseph revealing over 30% US city space is taken up by the humble concrete garage. And with over half under-used, that’s a lot of available space. But, with younger generations choosing public transport over owning […]

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Our Furry Friends

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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Trapped by the cats from Hell

Trapped by the cats from Hell

You carefully choose the right breed of cat for apartment living – but no one told you they were possessed, as Laura Good explains to Sue Williams. Some pets, just like some people, should never be allowed to live in apartments. And it’s nothing to do with size or breed; it’s all about temperament. I’ve always […]

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Other Recent Posts

No sweat as cyclists score more showers at work

No sweat as cyclists score more showers at work

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Once you have pumped up your tyres (again!) dodged the psycho motorists and then puffed and panted your way to work, what happens as soon as you get off your bike? Sweat, that’s what happens.  And litres of it. That would explain why the demand for end of trip facilities in Sydney is booming, with […]

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Dardanelle Towers 4 – Executive Perks

Dardanelle Towers 4 – Executive Perks

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What a find! Tucked away in a forgotten corner of a back-up computer drive (if they even have corners) we came across a lost set of minutes from Dardanelle Towers, the most dysfunctional strata scheme in Australia.  Do you know this place? Is it real? Do you live there?  Read on. It was a very […]

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Blue brings luxury to Lavendar Bay block

Blue brings luxury to Lavendar Bay block

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Lavender Bay is about to get another luxury development with the news that Aqualand as bought an 18-level commercial office building at 61 Lavender Street, Milsons Point with plans to convert it into 137 luxury residential apartments. To be known as Blue at Lavender Bay, the property is promising the finest in luxury living with […]

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Take a ‘green’ survey and get in the draw to win $200

Take a ‘green’ survey and get in the draw to win $200

Imagine if, alongside the levies and floor area of the apartment you were planning to buy, there was another rating – how “Green” the building is. It would be like the energy rating on your fridge.  Five star means your fridge is actively cooling the planet – one star means a baby polar bear dies […]

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Framed: Create your own wall of fame

Framed: Create your own wall of fame

Have you ever visited a friend’s home and found yourself admiring their wall of artistically placed prints that look so casually put together in just the right order? Maybe you then had a vision of a similar feature on the large empty wall space in your own home and how superb it would look. However, […]

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Thinking inside the Box

Thinking inside the Box

New block’s stunning cubes prove it’s hip to be square in Box Hill by Henry Clarkson Does Melbourne’s luxury apartment market have room for another high-end unit block? With their 999 Box Hill development, Beller are confident it does – and by focusing on this lively, up-and-coming suburb, they believe they are breaking new ground in one […]

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Bad for your body but good for your soul

Bad for your body but good for your soul

By Isobel Williams Back in the day, everyone knew their neighbours. Neighbours were more than just the noisy people who lived on either side of your own apartment; they were baby-sitters, dog-walkers, cat-feeders, plant-waterers and, most importantly, friends. If you was cooking and ran out of sugar you would simply pop round to 5A, jug […]

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Unit blocks to get smoking zones

Unit blocks to get smoking zones

As new laws crack down on smoke drift in apartment blocks, NSW allows smoking zones on common property, writes  Jimmy Thomson Sydney’s unit blocks may soon get a feature they will share with pubs’ pokie parlours, as well as some overseas international airports. Apartment owners will soon be able to set up smoking zones on common […]

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