Parents Heather and Benjamin Child with kids Archer 3 and Alfred 8 months old. (Picture: AAP image/John Gass)DESPITE the surge in apartment living, new research has uncovered a surprising old school streak in what Aussies love most in a home.When it comes to what they value highest, Aussies still hold dear what their grandparents did — being outdoors, albeit with a 21st century twist.Even with shrinking land sizes and the growing popularity of units, a balcony, deck or courtyard was the top priority for four out of 10 homebuyers.The future of new build subdivisions, established houses and townhouses seems secure with 14 per cent of Queenslanders naming a backyard as their top priority, trumping even how a home looks from the street.Just 9 per cent of Queenslanders were concerned about street appeal, compared to 15 per cent of Victorians and even fewer South Australians (3 per cent).Indoors, Aussies still looked to the kitchen first (12 per cent nationally, 11 per cent Queensland) and despite the growth in renovation and fixer-upper television shows, just 3 per cent focused on a deluxe bathroom.Yates marketing director Paddy Bryans said there was a role for outdoor and green spaces for home buyers and sellers.“With the real estate bubble bursting across most capital cities, homeowners can no longer be complacent about selling their homes,” he said.Older buyers (aged 65 plus) especially were keen on outdoor living spaces such as balconies, decks and courtyards while younger buyers (aged 18-34 years) wanted “an awesome outdoor space to entertain”.Househunters and parents of two Heather and Ben Child won’t commit to a property unless it has a strong outdoor element.With an active three-year-old toddler and an eight-month-old, having safe space to play outdoors was important.“It’s important for us that our kids have a backyard to run around in, get muddy, climb trees, have water play. They’re all great for their development and keeps them quiet,” Mrs Child said.“My husband and I both have nostalgic memories of being outdoor kids. From water fights to backyard cricket, there’s so much joy to have in the garden.“We’re keen that our kids return to some simple pleasures to balance out all of the screen time.”Horticulture consultant Angie Thomas said homeowners looking to spruce up their homes for sale now or in the future needed to keep four key things in mind: Prune and trim; mulch; add a pop of colour, and plant a kitchen garden.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago“It’s amazing what a good trimming will do. Pruning wayward plants and giving hedges a neat trim will help make the garden more tidy and presentable.”She said mulch was “magic stuff” for gardens. “Applying a layer of mulch, such as eucalyptus mulch, around garden beds not only helps to reduce moisture loss from the soil, it also acts as a final unifying touch and brings the look of the garden together.”Adding colour could be as simple as placing pots of colourful flowers on the front veranda or outdoor seating space.WHAT QUEENSLANDERS WANT:41 per cent: Outdoor living spaces such as balconies, decks and courtyards18 per cent: An outdoor space to entertain14 per cent: A backyard11 per cent: Kitchen the number one priority9 per cent: Street appeal3 per cent: Bathrooms(Source: Yates)
Like Costa, Cesc Fabregas was one of the primary targets for the supporters’ frustration then, but both excelled at the Emirates Stadium, with the playmaker appearing to thrive on the taunts against his former club. Hiddink added: “When I came in I said ‘hey guys, you have to win back the support and the confidence of the Chelsea supporters and then we’re looking to the future’. “With the commitment of the players, on top of the way they played, they are pleasing the fans again and the fans are closing them in their arms.” Hiddink expressed admiration for Arsenal’s style, but praised his men for not allowing the Gunners to play before calling on Chelsea to be more consistent. “I like to see them play, but our credit was not to have them play,” he added. “We were having an unbeaten run of games, but there were some draws and also some games where we had to come back. “The team reacted very well, but that’s not enough. I want a team that’s not having this negative score. “We want to be proactive. We must be more consistent in getting the wins.” Midfielder Nemanja Matic added on chelseafc.com: “This was the real Chelsea, and I believe that we can show again in the future that we deserve to play for this club. “Of course we are not in a good position in the table but there are a lot of games until the end of the season and we have chance to show our quality. “I am sure that this win gives us more confidence for the future. “We deserved to win, we showed our qualities and that we can play good football, and I am sure that until the end of the season we will show that we are still a big team and that we can win something.” Chelsea are 13th in the table, 14 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham and the Champions League qualification places with 15 games to play. Their next fixture is the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Milton Keynes on Sunday. Meanwhile, Ramires could soon exit Chelsea, with Chinese side Jiangsu Suning reportedly making a £25million move for the midfielder. The Brazil international, who joined from Benfica in 2010 for a reported £18m, only signed a new four-year contract, until June 2019, in October. Guus Hiddink says Diego Costa “likes to fight – in a good way” and warned any defenders facing the Chelsea striker that trouble awaits. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger again bemoaned the influence of Costa, who antagonised the Gunners last September when Gabriel saw red. But Hiddink was grateful Costa focused on football and delivered. “He is important, because he’s focusing on his first job,” the Dutchman said on Chelsea TV. “If you have to play him as a central defender, then you are a bit in trouble. “He likes to fight – in a good way – and he’s got his credentials.” Costa was one of the players who drew the Chelsea supporters’ anger after Jose Mourinho’s departure last month. Hiddink reckons Chelsea’s players have won back the faith of the supporters after overseeing a seven-match unbeaten run. Chelsea are undefeated in eight since Mourinho’s departure, the first game of that sequence a defeat of Sunderland prior to Hiddink’s appointment which was saw the fans turn on the players who seven months earlier had delivered the title. Press Association Costa scored the decisive goal in Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday, not long after being tripped by Per Mertesacker, who was sent off after 18 minutes. The striker now has six goals in six games under Hiddink, who hopes he will shake off a knee problem which forced his early withdrawal at the Emirates Stadium.