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

$350m flat tuned out

$350m flat tuned out

A local council has rejected plans by a  multimillionaire radio station owner to create the UK’s most expensive flat in a luxury development near Harrod’s in central London. Ashley Tabor, who owns Classic FM among other radio stations, applied to knock two properties in the luxury Knightsbridge Apartments together to create a 10- bedroom penthouse […]

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Cat rescued from gas bottle blaze

Cat rescued from gas bottle blaze

An adjoining apartment was set on fire when a gas bottle exploded in the driveway of a block of units in Melbourne. A man who suffered burns to his face and hands was said to be in a stable condition at The Alfred Hospital after the explosion in Hughenden Road, St Kilda East. It took […]

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Google ‘holds council to ransom’ over housing

Google ‘holds council to ransom’ over housing

Google – the search engine giant without whom we would all be lost – is holding a local council to ransom over a housing development, according to reports. The tech giant wants to build a massive new campus in the North Bayshore area of Mountain View, a city in Silicon Valley, California where they already […]

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Five amazing facts about timber apartments (yes, really!)

Five amazing facts about timber apartments (yes, really!)

When we a right in the middle of a national panic attack over flammable cladding on high-rises, you’d be forgiven for thinking that timber apartment buildings were the last thing we needed. Surely you need concrete and steel to build high rise buildings, you say. Not so, Cross Laminated Timber (Crosslam) is as tough as teak, […]

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Free flat in Pyongyang … terms & conditions apply

Free flat in Pyongyang … terms & conditions apply

Ever wondered what it must be like to live in a North Korean apartment block? It’s something worth considering, given that they might be blown off the planet in a gust of Trumpian hubris, any day now. Well, our spies tell us it’s just like living here – only 50 years ago, when the world […]

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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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This high-rise life

NSW government moves to legislate on flammable cladding

NSW government moves to legislate on flammable cladding

The NSW government has taken moves to deal with the flammable cladding crisis. A bill introduced to parliament last week means that if any builders use unsafe building materials and found to have done it intentionally, they could face fines of up to $1millon. “These new laws will make it easier for us to inspect […]

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Local council to put 10pm curfew on Airbnb and Stayz guests

Local council to put 10pm curfew on Airbnb and Stayz guests

Another twist in the Airbnb story hit today. Not this time, the problem of unruly guests in apartment blocks with absentee and uncontactable landlords. If that’s a problem you suffer from, a council in Victoria is taking steps that may, just may be adopted in your suburb. ABC radio reports that the Mornington Peninsula Shire […]

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Ten things you really don’t need in a small apartment

Ten things you really don’t need in a small apartment

I’m not about to become one of those hugely successful people who turns suggestions into cleaning or tidying into a best selling book – unfortunately. But focussing on all things small in apartments, I thought a list of things you can do without would be worthwhile. I mean, why waste space you haven’t got? 1 […]

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The sharing economy comes home to co-living

The sharing economy comes home to co-living

OK, housing affordability protesters, grab your placards and let’s get marching and chanting. What do we want? A nice apartment. When do we want it? Now. Where do we want it? In a cool area with lots of cafes and bars. How much will we pay? As little as possible. I guess that’s why we […]

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Where are all the family friendly apartments? Not here!

Where are all the family friendly apartments? Not here!

As you struggle in the lift with your stroller or try to get your kids to school on time without them pressing all the buttons on the lift on the way down, do you every wonder if raising your family in an apartment is harder than it need be? While there are innovations aplenty in […]

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Seven splashbacks  – ideas to replace your tired old tiles

Seven splashbacks – ideas to replace your tired old tiles

If there was ever a perfect name for something, splashback is it. It’s that area behind your stove, sink, or washbasin that gets splashed and needs regular cleaning to keep the grout in between the tiles from going grotty, as well as the tiles losing their sheen. It’s one of the few areas in an […]

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Read and smile

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I don’t want to worry anyone but it’s nearly Christmas. It’s a difficult time for some, and by that I mean us, apartment dwellers. We need to plan carefully. We don’t need Christmas Carols like the 12 Days of Christmas to remind us that we don’t have room for lavish gifts. No leaping lord, no […]

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Cooking is for TV shows not real life

Cooking is for TV shows not real life

  Something is cooking and I can smell it in the lift, the lobby, the car park and even in the street. And it’s coming from INSIDE our block. Really, somebody is cooking in their own kitchen… and it’s a Friday night! I mean who does that? It’s Friday, the night where there’s a mass […]

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Locked out in my PJs with no spare key … aaaargh!

Locked out in my PJs with no spare key … aaaargh!

I have a recurring dream that I’m taking out the recycling, I’ve forgotten to put the lock on the latch and the door closes behind me leaving me stranded in my PJs in the lift lobby with no phone, no money and no dignity. At least I’m not nude, nobody takes out the recycling nude, […]

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Dardanelle Towers 1:  The naked truth

Dardanelle Towers 1: The naked truth

We recently discovered, hidden deep in the darkest corner of our archives, what seem to be long-forgotten reports from an apartment block with more than its fair share of idiosyncratic characters. Is this place real, or a figment of someone’s imagination? Perhaps you know these people. Maybe it’s your building.  Read on to find out […]

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Dardanelle Towers 2:  Gimme Shelter

Dardanelle Towers 2: Gimme Shelter

Our Title archivists have found another missive from the troubled strata scheme that is Dardanelle Towers.  We are still making inquiries to try to work out where it is – if, indeed, it exists at all. However, the existence of an old World War 2 bomb shelter suggest it may be in a beachside suburb. […]

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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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Our Furry Flatmates

Put your best pet forward when you apply to rent

Put your best pet forward when you apply to rent

Making your rental application when you have pets can make a stressful time worse and have you howling at the moon – which won’t help, trust me. Some agents are upfront that pets are not allowed by the landlord, and regardless of whether the bye-laws say you can, if the landlord says no, that’s it. […]

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Pregnant woman cooks flatmate’s ferret

Pregnant woman cooks flatmate’s ferret

It’s as story all us fur parents dread. We let others into our apartments to make a few dollars through Airbnb. You might let out your second bedroom to someone you’ve found on Flatmates.com. We ask friends or find professionals to cat or dog sit while we’re overseas.  You just never know what might go wrong. […]

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Be smart at the dog park and avoid the cold shoulder

Be smart at the dog park and avoid the cold shoulder

We’ve given you guidance on the best dogs for apartment living, but all of them will  appreciate some time off the leash at a dog park. There are links later in this piece for parks near you in your capital city but for now, it’s worth just giving the dog park newbies out there a […]

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Is yours one of the top dogs for apartment living?

Is yours one of the top dogs for apartment living?

With strata laws increasingly leaning towards allowing pets – rather than the blanket bans we once endured – the question arises, what’s the best dog for apartment living? Small dogs would seem to make sense but then some smaller breeds are nervy, yappy and territorial, barking at any noises outside your front door (usually your […]

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Weird and wonderful: the perfect pet for your pad

Weird and wonderful: the perfect pet for your pad

It might be raining cats and dogs in strata these days but apartment owners with a taste for the exotic  – like giant rhinocerous cockroaches and spinifex hopping mice – are stretching the boundaries of what can’t be ‘unreasonably’ refused. With default by-laws changed so that pets are more likely to be permitted, many owners […]

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Cats and dogs get their own computer game

Cats and dogs get their own computer game

How do dogs do that look? You know, when they know you’re going to leave them for the evening or that unexpected work meeting. They drop their heads and look at you with reproachful eyes that tug at your heartstrings and no amount of reassuring fusses can fix. And when you’re gone, you know they […]

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Other Recent Posts

My cat doesn’t make me laugh out loud

My cat doesn’t make me laugh out loud

Isn’t it every cat owner’s dream to make a funny cat video that goes viral on the internet? Alright, I admit it’s exploitative. But any person who shares their precious apartment space with a feline fur kid or two knows that exploitation works both ways. Like the ever more expensive cat food they turn their […]

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The incredible shrinking apartment, how small can you go?

The incredible shrinking apartment, how small can you go?

We’re on a bit of theme this week, it’s all about living small. Whether it’s to afford to live where we want in our city of choice and still have money for teabags, or to be more social and share the work and play part of our lives with others. Well, in the urban jungle […]

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Shake up your bathroom storage

Shake up your bathroom storage

Do you suffer from bathroom blues? You have whatever storage the architect decided would suffice but it’s not enough, not even close? More and more bottles, jars and cans burst forth from cupboards until you’re using the edge of the bath, the toilet cistern and the top of the shower screen as emergency shelving. There […]

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Forget the car space it’s time to get on your bike

Forget the car space it’s time to get on your bike

The times they are a changing at such a pace it’s hard to remember whether your phone opens with a PIN, a fingerprint or by just staring lovingly at it. We’re becoming more urban, more urbane, more loving of apartment life and enjoying a world where we can live happily without owning a car. What […]

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Mailbox thieves cash in on online shopping

Mailbox thieves cash in on online shopping

Recent TV news vision of a blatant thief helping herself to people’s valuables in various Sydney gyms got us thinking again about the perennial problem of mail theft from our external mailboxes. Mail which can sometimes result in entire identities being stolen without the person realising until credit checks reveal someone is out there stealing […]

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Six of the best convertible coffee tables

Six of the best convertible coffee tables

Coffee tables are a major presence in our homes, replacing our ancestors campfire as somewhere to gather to eat and tell stories.  They can reflect our style, they can display our tastes, they are so integral that the Seinfeld episode when Kramer came up with the idea of a coffee table book about coffee tables […]

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In Brief: Brutalist block out but containers in

In Brief: Brutalist block out but containers in

The ‘so ugly it’s beautiful’ Sirius building in Sydney’s Rocks area is a step closer to demolition after the NSW government rejected heritage status for the brutalist former public housing block. NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton announced on Wednesday that she had declined to grant protection for the block, opening the door to a $120 million […]

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Taking the sofabed to a whole new level

Taking the sofabed to a whole new level

I often think being an apartment owner is like being a gypsy. There’s something about the lock and leave mentality that means if you don’t get back there later that night, it’s not a problem. Nothing will happen while you’re gone and you’re free to stay up all night or couch surf or sleep under […]

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Fear of flatting – how I learned to loathe living in a house

Fear of flatting – how I learned to loathe living in a house

It was my life’s desire to never live in an apartment, much like old people don’t want to move into a retirement home. I didn’t want to live so close to other people, sharing lift lobbies, stairs, gardens, balcony barbecue smoke, party noise, music noise, dog barking noise, leaf-blower noise. But now you couldn’t shoo […]

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Five fantastic hacks for your micro flat

Five fantastic hacks for your micro flat

Those of us living in expensive state capitals may have to accept that we might never be able to afford the apartment of our dreams. But don’t despair, because if you’re the type of person that enjoys a gadget (and who isn’t, really?) gets a kick out of things that surprise people and love a […]

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Wish list survey shows we’re wannabe tradies

Wish list survey shows we’re wannabe tradies

You know that immense feeling of satisfaction when you’ve followed instructions and assembled a piece of Ikea furniture? And the drawers open and close? And it looks just like it did in the store. Great isn’t it? You’ve saved money, you’ve demonstrated your self-assembly skills which gives you self-confidence and lifts your self-esteem. Suddenly, you’re […]

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Seven reasons you may need to say bye-bye to your balcony barbie

Seven reasons you may need to say bye-bye to your balcony barbie

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Could this be our last summer of unfettered fry-ups on balcony barbecues, asks Jimmy Thomson.  It’s certainly heading in that direction with everybody getting  very worked up about flammable cladding fires, not to mention legislation that makes it easier for apartment residents to get rid of the smoky, smelly and potentially cancer-causing cook-outs that have […]

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