Like Jackie in Toronto, we swapped to a high rise apartment from more suburban housing living and
You have to be quite wealthy now to afford to buy a free standing house within ten kilometres of the city. It wasn't always the case.
I think now travelling on a freeway from Ballarat, you no longer pass the entrance to Caroline Springs but we used to and how we used to mock it. For a young gay man, to live in Caroline Springs would be a fate worse than torture or death. The estate had a grand sign above the entrance to the modern housing estate, a nice park with a lake we could see from the road and the original blocks of land were sold for $29,000. It is quite unlikely that you could buy a property there now for less than $500,000, perhaps a lot more. (I just checked and you can buy 3 bedrooms for less than $500,000)
One argument for outer suburban living is that the kids have space to play. Well, generally they don't have a lot at home. Housing blocks are now very small and large homes are built to the edges. They do possibly have quiet streets where they can hit a cricket ball or kick a footy, but will they? They are more content inside with their phone type devices.
R is a culprit of saying, well you can't bring up kids in a high rise apartment building, yet for nearly the last ten years he has seen kids (Asian and shorter term Anglo children) grow up in this very building and they seem to cope with the horror of not having a back yard or a quiet street for cricket that those gifted with such spaces now ignore as they play on their devices.
You may or may not believe me when I say there is nothing wrong with a quite new suburb west of Melbourne called Tarneit. I want to Google Tarneit to check the spelling but if I do, I know for the next week I will be bombarded with ads on the www offering land and house packages in Tarneit. However, a mobile billboard trailer promoting an open display house in Tarneit around the streets of South Yarra, is probably poor marketing, as would be targeting me to buy a house and land package in Tarneit. I am sure if I even use google maps to check the spelling of Tarneit, I will still get ads.
All around the world kids grow up in apartments. There is no reason why Australian kids cannot and the more kids who live in apartments, the better it will be for kids who live in apartments.
As for me at my age, I'd rather live in a public housing bedsit in St Kilda than an outer suburban house.