How one family's suburban dream turned into another's nightmare | 60 Minutes Australia

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Once upon a time, the kings had the castles, and the poor old peasants were lucky if they had a hut to call their own. How things have changed. These days, the great Australian dream isn’t a mere cottage on a quarter acre block. It’s bigger, much bigger. Just look at the statistics. In the last 20 years, the average house size has increased by 40 per cent. That means the old three bedroom family home is out. Huge McMansions are in – five bedrooms and more, with everything that opens and shuts. And what’s more, they’re being snapped up by average, everyday Aussies. But, as Peter Harvey found, one family’s suburban dream can be another’s nightmare.

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