Is This Paradise or What? is a project that interrogates ‘the dream’ that drives the people of Mandurah, Western Australia, and animates the current housing boom in the local area. A dream similar to much coastal housing development across Australia – real estate sales pitches that reference the ‘natural beauty’ of the setting, selling development precincts that use building techniques and aesthetics that are rarely sympathetic to the local environment. Spectacular local examples in Mandurah include gated communities which blend McMansions and Venice-inspired artificial canals, complete with personal jetties for pleasure yachts. What influences their choices of how residents live in Mandurah, and how sustainable are their choices in a delicate eco-system that is extremely vulnerable to storm surges and sea level rises?