What we’ve learned now The Block properties have been listed
The Block properties have hit the web, with online listings popping up for the renovated apartments.
UPDATE 17 October, 2016: Andy and Ben's apartment at 4/164 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne now has a full listing.
As the Blockheads fight their way through kitchen week, their apartments have been listed as for sale across all major real estate websites, as well as their respective agents’ websites. Some of these agents have opted to list the property with no fanfare or reference to the property’s reality show fame, whereas others have decided to scream the association from the rooftops. There are no photos of the kitchens, which are due to be revealed on Sunday, although Carleen and Dan’s does have a snippet of their bench. According to the listings, the auction is set for 12 November.
Bottom floor couple Karlie and Will have renovated the newly minted 1/164 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne. The ad shows off the consistency and the style the couple used throughout. Karlie and Will are unique in that being on the bottom floor they have a courtyard as well as a terrace. Their agents Biggin&Scott have chosen to take the more subtle route, but the listing goes into minute detail of key features, with a zone-by-zone breakdown, including notations about if the couple won that week. Biggin&Scott have also listed the auction date, which is not listed for any of the other properties.
Karlie and Will's listing. Source: Biggin&Scott.
Moving upstairs and we take a look at the most experienced renovators and house sellers on The Block, the much-derided baby boomers Carleen and Dan. It seems they got their real estate agent, Hodges, on board early for their apartment, 3/164 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne. Hodges seem to be using this opportunity as some free boosting for its brand, and has peppered its own news section with tales of Carleen and Dan’s Block exploits. The listing reveals that Dan and Carleen finally finished their hallway, laundry and powder room at some point, and any keen observer of Block advertisements may be able to pick Carleen and Dan’s kitchen from the snippet of the stools that appear in the living room image.
Agents Hockingstuart must be done building anticipation, as they previously didn't have a full listing, for Geelong boys Andy and Ben’s apartment at 4/164 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne as it now has a full listing. It still has a lovely banner ad at the bottom of the page touting that they have the boys on board, and this links out to a listing on a popular real estate website that just so happens to be a major sponsor of The Block. With this update in the listing we can see a few things, firstly Hockingstuart have also listed the auction date they also seem to have a true image from the front of the building, the girls in apartment four have what looks like an architect's rendering. But the most interesting part of the listing is that it is the only one to have a shot of the view that can be seen from the property. Given that Block War 2016 was all over some wall space that blocked or didn't block a view you would think that one of the top floors would add in a shot of said view. There was also the addition of a much anticipated, for me anyway, floorplan with the as yet untouched fourth bedroom, you can see they have turned their loggia into a study that can be accessed by both this fourth bedroom and the master. So will this extra room and added feature get them the win come auction day?
Next up is the war zone of the top floor, and arguably what could be called the apartments to beat, what with its stunning city views. For 5/164 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne, Julia and Sasha have engaged the services of Gary Peer and again they have opted for the more subtle approach. Once again, it appears at some point the hallway, laundry and powder room eventually got some paint on the walls. In a view of the completed hallway you get a glimpse of the finally completed kitchen with those lovely gold stools Julia was showing off to Shelley the other night. Naturally, the listing also mentions the extra bonus of $20,000 in the safe for the eventual buyer of the property. Nice little extra sugar.
Julia and Sasha's listing. Source: Biggin&Scott.
Finally, Kim and Chris have opted to join forces with Greg Hocking who are proudly touting a partnership for the sale of 6/164 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne. Looking at the photos, it’s hard to understand the judges’ criticisms about the property’s inconsistency, as it all seems to flow seamlessly. The master suite is just gorgeous and is sure to be a key selling point.
On top of the listings on the respective real estate’s websites, the properties are also listed on Domain and realestate.com.au, though Andy and Ben’s only pops up on Domain. Domain obviously benefits from being a major sponsor, as the site's Block listings all have 360-degree shots of each room reveal so far with a lovely black bar to hide the kitchens from view in the living area, including some nice little Domain brand placement inside the images. Overall the listings are pretty standard with a few of the agents maximising the link to The Block, but only time will tell which property will be the most successful when auction day comes.