Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 23 Summer 2009 Contents Lakeside, riverside or seaside --
the dream of living by water has
become part of the Australian
psyche. We desire it, strive for it
and will pay great prices to acquire it. And
no matter if it's urban or rural, water draws
us like a powerful magnet. It's alluring,
magical... it's living life on the edge.
Land at the edge is different -- it's where
two worlds merge and where weather
systems collide. e views are longer, more
dramatic and the ever-changing light on the
water is hypnotic. Waterfronts are soothing
and rejuvenating and an increasing number
of Australians are choosing land's edge as
the most desirable place to live.
Australia -- as one of the world's sixth
largest countries -- is the only one of those
six to be completely surrounded by water.
Add to that the fact the West Australian
coastline, including bays and estuaries,
extends to more than 70,000km and you'd
wonder why we all don't live by water.
But even though 95 percent of Australians
live within 30km of the coast, there are only
a small number of us living right where land
meets liquid. e reason being that urban-
based waterfront properties are scarce and
tightly held -- and our regional coastline,
although plentiful, is mostly remote,
Living by the water is part of the
Australian psyche; we dream
about it, we aspire to it, and when
we achieve it, we rarely leave.
T E X T: Serena Kirby IMAGES: David Morcombe, James Stati and Joe D'Agostino
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