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In Balwyn, 38.7% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 45% in the City of Boroondara.

Dwelling Type is an important determinant of Balwyn's residential role and function. A greater concentration of higher density dwellings is likely to attract more young adults and smaller households, often renting. Larger, detached or separate dwellings are more likely to attract families and prospective families. The residential built form often reflects market opportunities or planning policy, such as building denser forms of housing around public transport nodes or employment centres.

Dwelling Type statistics should be viewed in conjunction with Household Size, Household Types, Housing Tenure and Age Structure for a more complete picture of the housing market in Balwyn.

Derived from the Census:

'Dwelling Structure is derived from the ABS address register supplemented with information from Census Field Officers.'

Dwellings

Dwelling structure
Balwyn - Dwellings (Enumerated)20162011Change
Dwelling typeNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Separate house3,39161.154.53,59267.761.7-201
Medium density1,86933.730.81,62330.628.5+246
High density2785.014.0541.09.3+223
Caravans, cabin, houseboat00.00.000.0--0
Other90.20.3330.60.5-24
Not stated50.10.300.00.0+6

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Dwelling type
Balwyn20162011Change
Dwelling typeNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Occupied private dwellings5,01989.690.54,87291.591.5+148
Unoccupied private dwellings58010.49.34478.48.3+132
Non private dwellings00.00.230.10.2-3

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Dwelling structure, 2016
Dwelling structure, 2016 Other, City of Boroondara: 0.3% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, City of Boroondara: 0.0% High density, City of Boroondara: 14.0% Medium density, City of Boroondara: 30.8% Separate house, City of Boroondara: 54.5% Other, Balwyn: 0.2% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Balwyn: 0.0% High density, Balwyn: 5.0% Medium density, Balwyn: 33.7% Separate house, Balwyn: 61.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in dwelling structure, 2011 to 2016
Change in dwelling structure, 2011 to 2016 Other, Balwyn: -24 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Balwyn: 0 High density, Balwyn: +223 Medium density, Balwyn: +246 Separate house, Balwyn: -201
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 3,391 separate houses in the area, 1,869 medium density dwellings, and 278 high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in Balwyn in 2016 shows that 61.1% of all dwellings were separate houses; 33.7% were medium density dwellings, and 5.0% were in high density dwellings, compared with 54.5%, 30.8%, and 14.0% in the the City of Boroondara respectively.

In 2016, a total of 89.6% of the dwellings in Balwyn were occupied on Census night, compared to 90.5% in the City of Boroondara. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 10.4%, which is larger compared to that found in the City of Boroondara (9.3%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in Balwyn increased by 277 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the type of dwellings found in Balwyn between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Medium density (+246 dwellings)
  • High density (+223 dwellings)
  • Separate house (-201 dwellings)
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