After just having spent a lovely few days in the beautiful NSW Southern Highlands, there were so many attractive properties that I viewed in my travels that it was almost painful to come back to Sydney and pass the plethora of ugliness that reigns supreme in some of our newer far flung suburbs. I know builders have had to cut corners to accommodate for the competition and the ever growing mortgages of a city like Sydney, and so features such as eaves and front entrance porticos have been eliminated from house designs, but some of the houses are just eyesores. A colleague of mine confided that he believed some of these estates are likely to be the slums of the 30's and 40's and I tend to agree with him. Whatever happened to differentiation and style? Whilst I realise that low cost housing is here to stay, surely lower build prices needn't equate to ugliness? Or am alone in thinking thoughts such as these?