The Block 2017: Location, properties and contestants revealed

Adam Smith 11 July 2017

theblock2017 1The new season of The Block has been revealed and we'll see contestants renovating five separate detached houses.

The Block 2017 will see this year's contestants renovating five inter-war period homes that have been transported to the show’s building site in the Melbourne suburb of Elsternwick.

“They’ve certainly got their work cut out for them, but what’s really great about this year’s competition is that, in the process, we’ll be saving these five beautiful old homes,” host Scott Cam said.

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“They’re all in their nineties now, relics from a bygone era. And sure, they need some TLC, but it would have been heartbreaking to see them all bulldozed.”

Co-host Shelley Craft has said that the contestants will be renovating the houses on large 470-square-metre blocks. Each home will also have an extension built, with an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, along with an upstairs master suite.

The show has also revealed this season’s contestants:

  • Friends Sticks (carpenter and photographer) and Wombat (salesman) from the South Coast of New South Wales.
  • Couple Ronnie (plasterer and handyman) and Georgia (kids clothing designer) from Perth, Western Australia.
  • Couple Hannah (ex-Qantas hostess and ground crew) and Clint (property salesman) from Townsville, Queensland.
  • Couple Jason (plumber) and Sarah (nurse) from Victoria.
  • Couple Josh (carpenter) and Elyse (model) from Melbourne, Victoria.

This year’s setting, Elsternwick, is located 9km from the Melbourne CBD and has a median house price of $1,655,000.

“Once upon a time, Elsternwick was one of Melbourne’s best-kept secrets. But in the past few years, it has become one of Melbourne’s ultimate suburbs," Domain managing editor Alice Stolz said. "It appeals to families, savvy professionals and expats for the high-quality schools in the area, as well as offering the best of the Melbourne lifestyle.”

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