Monday, May 14, 2012

Suburbism

Is suburbism a word or did I just make it up?

This was in the window of  a Balaclava real estate agent. The last sentence reads, "Half the people who see it will fall violently in love with it, and the rest only deserve to live in Glen Waverley".

Apparently Glen Waverley doesn't do Boho chic. Of course it could be rephrased, "Half the people will hate it and much prefer a comfortable and large freestanding house in the pleasant and quiet tree lined streets of Glen Waverley".

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  1. Hello Andrew:
    We wonder what those who already find themselves living in Glen Waverley think about this? Clearly they are at the bottom of the pile, poor souls!

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  2. Mr Wilson said he received more than 20 responses, with only three negative. He said the offending line was tongue-in-cheek.

    http://waverley-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/agent-under-hammer-by-glen-waverley/

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  3. JayLa, it is comparing a raffish and expensive inner suburban area with an expensive middle suburban area. They have quite different demographics.

    Well, well. Thanks for the link. I wasn't aware there had been a fuss about it. I took the photo a few weeks ago and an agent was just passing and said to take one of the more up to date flyers, but the house wasn't in it. I thought it was quite funny, but then I don't live in Glen Waverley.

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  4. Whenever I see all those tattooed metal pierced cadavers bouncing along Chapel Street I applaud them for overcoming the trauma of a childhood in middle suburbia with its axminster, air fresheners and melodious doorbells.
    They might have stacks in the bank but their solidarity with the working class is clearly apparent.

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  5. Agree. For such a nasty and unfunny sales line I hope that the damn place doesn't sell.

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  6. Looks fugly anyway. Glad I can't afford it.

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  7. I quite like the sound of Boho chic. It could become quite a selling point to have "funky" inner suburb, townhouses described as such.
    I used to love the idea of a freestanding house in a leafy suburb, but now that I'm on my own and don't need that much space, I can see myself in a Boho chic type of place, if I had the money for one.

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  8. RH, nice work, but the tattooed and pierced did not grow up with Axminster. They may have grown up with Berber. No, I grew up with both. They probably grew up with laminated timber flooring.

    Kath, it did sell. It was a former brothel. I bet the new owners dine out on the Glen Waverley ad.

    River, the house is still quite a size, but yes, being on your own and if you had the wherewithal, it could be fun. But I can assure you, older people do tire of interesting places to live where 'interesting' people reside.

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  9. That language is so snobby and so elitist, it makes me think that real estate agents can be ridiculous :(

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  10. I have fallen violently in love before Andrew but never with real estate haha!

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  11. One man's boho is another man's chic.

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  12. Fall violently in love. I reckon most people would not have bothered asking about the property after reading that line and moved on, i know i would :-).

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  13. It is Hels but note they were careful enough to choose an otherwise decent suburb.

    Grace, that is un-Australian. We must embrace our real estate values.

    Clever Victor.

    Windsmoke, I had a look at it with Streetview and it is a very ordinary place from the outside.

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  14. These houses are preposterous, an absurdity, you look inside a plain weatherboard cottage and can't believe it's the same house. The goats living in them are a counterbalance; extravagant exteriors, plain inside.

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  15. aaah snobbery all round, well done

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  16. Fen, it is snobbery and reverse snobbery.

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