What we’ve learned now The Block properties have been listed

Jodie Humphries 14 October 2016 NEWS

The block 2016 listings

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

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.

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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 listing

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.

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    October 17, 2016

    Julia and Sasha’s listing appears to be the only one with an exterior shot of the building also, which I imagine is current and not ‘shopped, seeing they probably won’t do a large reno on the historical outside. Interesting to see there is a lot of development going on to the left, and some lovely new buildings to the right.

    As for the apartments, Will & Karlie’s appeals most to me, though with Andy & Ben’s extra bed and bath that could be a winner, or Julia & Sasha with the ridic kitchen appliacnes building in so much value along with the views (why no shots of that? I guess because it’s thru the terrace area still to be revealed).

    Man I’d love to pop over to Melbs and see the units for myself at the opens!!

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      JodieOctober 17, 2016

      Hi Adam,

      I actually think that image may be an artist rendition of what the outside looks like, although I could be wrong, if you happen to catch any of the show you will see that there is a lot of development going on in the area when they do aerial shots you can see it all.

      I am actually the same, although over the series from what I have seen I like the boys place as well, but I do really like Karlie and Will’s. If we get a chance to pop down for the opens we will put an article up so keep an eye out.

      finder.com.au resident Blockspert

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    October 17, 2016

    No sign of apartment 2 then, which I guess will be the “extra surprise” of a full reno by all teams from the end of next Sunday’s reveal… Shame, was hoping for a sneak peek of that ;).

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      JodieOctober 17, 2016

      Hi again Adam,

      Your comment actually prompted me to check and I will be adding an update to have the newly fully listed 4/164 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne.

      finder.com.au resident Blockspert

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      October 18, 2016

      You’re right; with that update, the boys’ apartment does look amazing. Hall/entry wasn’t changed much, but the new artwork is nice.

      That view though is gorgeous! Same, surprised there hasn’t been more of that in the other listings.

      The floorplan gives a clue that they won’t have much in the way of an outdoor kitchen… There’s a TV and a seat, no BBQ etc in their terrace.

      I like that the study nook is accessible from sliding doors in both the main and the extra bedroom. Never knew what a “loggia” was anyway :P.

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