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A Short history of The Block

Here’s everything you need to know about Australia’s longest-running reality TV series

 
How long has The Block been running?
The Block started way back in 2003, when four teams renovated an apartment block in Sydney’s Bondi Beach. At the time, all contestants were still required to work their day jobs and were only allowed to renovate after hours and on weekends. Since then, there have been 15 seasons of the show, each more challenging than the last (and yes, the contestants no longer have to work their normal jobs too - we’re not THAT mean)! Over 67 properties have sold so far.

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Have all the homes sold?
Nup! By no means! There have been several seasons where homes have failed to sell at Auction and have been passed in. However, as auction results go, The Block ALWAYS punches above its weight and has a far better auction clearance rate than average. Records also show that Block homes have an incredibly high buyer retention rate, meaning – most of the original bidders are still listed as owners of the properties. How’s THAT for buyer satisfaction?!

The Block For Sale

The Gatwick apartments all sold in 2018 with Hayden and Sara walking away as winners with $645,000 profit.

Who buys them?
All properties for sale through The Block are put up for public auction - meaning absolutely anyone can bid! Over the years a number of corporations like Crazy Johns Mobiles and Sydney’s The Sun Herald newspaper have purchased homes, but private investors, normal families and even a few celebs have successfully bid on the day (comedian Dave Hughes picked up Josh and Elyse’s home back in 2017 for $3.067 million - $447,000 over reserve)!

Dave Hughes with Josh and Elyse Knowles

Comedian Dave Hughes picked up Josh and Elyse’s home back in 2017.

What sold for what, when? (taken from Domain.com)
Season One 2003: 67 Roscoe Street, Bondi

  • Unit 1, Adam and Fiona: $751,000. * WINNERS with $256,000 profit * 
  • Unit 2, Warren and Gavin: $670,000
  • Unit 3, Phil and Amity: $655,000
  • Unit 4, Paul and Kylie: $747,000.


Season Two 2004: 77 Whistler Street, Manly

  • Unit 1, Jason and Kirsten: $872,000. It sold again in 2008 for $882,000 and then again in 2014 for $1.14 million.
  • Unit 2, Andrew and Jamie: $868,000. It resold in 2009 for $890,000. * WINNERS with $178,000 profit *
  • Unit 3, Matt and Jane: $795,000. In 2007, it sold at a loss for $720,000, then sold again in 2012 for $785,000 and then in 2016 for $1,435,000.
  • Unit 4, Steven and Richard: $800,000. It resold for the same price in 2009.

Whistler Street, Manly - The Block
Throwback to season two of The Block in 2004 at Manly, NSW.

Season Three 2010: 107 New South Head Road, Vaucluse

  • Unit 1, Josh and Nisha: $1,105,000. * WINNERS with $305,000 profit *
  • Unit 2, Mark and Duncan: $907,000. It resold in 2014 for $1.19 million
  • Unit 3, Erin and Jake: $997,500
  • Unit 4, Chez and Brenton: $970,000, passed-in and sold after Auction. Sold again in September 2015 for $1.42 million


Season Four 2011: 37-41 Cameron Street, Richmond
The Block moved to Melbourne in 2011

  • Number 37, Josh and Jenna: $1 million. Sold post-auction.
  • Number 39, Polly and Waz: $855,000. The only home to sell at auction. * WINNERS with $115,000 profit * Listed for sale the following year with an upper limit on its price guide of $880,000, but didn’t sell.
  • Number 41, Amie and Katrina: $860,000. Sold post-auction.
  • Number 43, Rod and Tania: $922,000. Sold post-auction.


Season Five 2012: 401-407 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne

  • Number 401, Dale and Sophie: $1.33 million
  • Number 403, Mike and Andrew: $1,400,001.01. It resold in 2016 for $1.73 million
  • Number 405, Brad and Lara: $1.62 million. * WINNERS with $606,000 profit 
  • Number 407, Dan and Dani: $1.44 million


Season Six 2013: 6-12 Tasman Street, Bondi (All-Stars)

  • Number 12, Phil and Amity: $1.67 million. * WINNERS with $395,000 profit *
  • Number 10, Mark and Duncan (and Dale): $1.37 million. It resold in 2016 for $2.55 million.
  • Number 8, Josh and Jenna: $1,575,000.
  • Number 6, Dan and Dani: $1,575,000.


Season Seven 2013: 142 Park Street, South Melbourne (Sky High)

  • Unit 101, Alisa and Lysandra: $1,435,000. * WINNERS with $395,000 profit *
  • Unit 201, Matt and Kim: $1,455,000. This apartment resold in 2017 for $1.9 million
  • Unit 301, Bec and George: $1,507,000. It resold in 2016 for $1,725,000
  • Unit 401, Madi and Jarrod: $1,601,000. It resold in 2017 for $2 million
  • Unit 501, Johnno and Trixie: $1,605,000

Alisa and Lysandra Design Duo
Winning The Block: Sky High, “completely changed our lives,” says policewoman turned professional designer Alisa Fraser who took out the series with twin sister Lysandra in 2013. “We’ve got our own business, it’s allowed us to do our own flip, and we’ve created our online series. Nothing is the same.”  (Photography: Lisa Cohen)

Season Eight 2014: 47 O’Grady Street, Albert Park (Fans V Favourites)

  • Unit 1, Steve and Chantelle: $2.47 million. * WINNERS with $736,000 profit *
  • Unit 2, Kyal and Kara: $2.44 million
  • Unit 3, Alisa and Lysandra: $2,375,000
  • Unit 4, Brad and Dale: $2.31 million


Season Nine 2014: 121-127 High Street, Prahran (Glasshouse)

  • Unit 1, Michael and Carlene: $1.39 million
  • Unit 2, Chris and Jenna: $1.81 million
  • Unit 3, Max and Karstan: $1.71 million
  • Unit 4, Simon and Shannon: $1.9 million * WINNERS with $435,000 profit *
  • Unit 6, Darren and Deanne: $1.38 million
  • Unit 5, the challenge apartment:  Sold for $1,725,000 in 2014 and again for $2,275,000 in 2017

Shannon and Simon The Block
Winning The Block: Glasshouse completely changed Simon and Shannon Vos’s lives. In 2014, their apartment sold for $335,000 over its reserve. And it’s been nonstop for the design, construction and adventure duo ever since.

Season 10 2015: 27 Darling Street, South Yarra (Triple Threat)

  • Unit 1, Josh and Charlotte: $2.2 million.
  • Unit 2, Tim and Anastasia: $2,175,000
  • Unit 3, Ayden and Jess: $2 million
  • Unit 4, Darren and Deanne: $2.29 million. * WINNERS with $935,000 profit *


Season 11 2015: 1a Affleck Street, South Yarra (The Blocktagon)

  • Unit 2, Kingi and Caro: $1,735,000. Resold in 2016 for $1,722,000
  • Unit 3, Andrew and Whitney: $1.79 million. Resold in 2018 for $2.05 million
  • Unit 4, Suzi and Voni: $1,829,000. Resold in 2017 for $2.21 million
  • Unit 5, Luke and Ebony: $2.2 million
  • Unit 6, Dean and Shay: $2.3 million. Resold in 2018 for $2,365,000. Failed to sell at auction in September 2019 with a price guide of $2.3 million to $2.45 million. Negotiations still ongoing. * WINNERS with $755,000 profit *
  • Unit 1, The Challenge Apartment: Sold 2015, for $1.67 million

The Blocktagon
The 2015 contestants in front of the Blocktagon, pre Block transformation.

Season 12 2016: 164 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne

  • Unit 1, Will and Karlie: $2.6 million. * WINNERS with $815,000 profit *
  • Unit 3, Dan and Carleen: $2.3 million
  • Unit 4, Andy and Ben: $2.25 million
  • Unit 5, Julia and Sasha: $2.59 million
  • Unit 6, Chris and Kim: $2,305,000
  • Unit 2, The Challenge Apartment: Sold 2017, for $2.2 million


Season 13 2017: 46 Regent Street, Elsternwick

  • Number 46A, Jason and Sarah: $3,067,000
  • Number 46B, Hannah and Clint: $2.65 million. Resold in 2018 for $2.83 million.
  • Number 46C, Ronnie and Georgia: $2,781,000
  • Number 46D, Sticks and Wombat: $2,615,000
  • Number 46E, Josh and Elyse: $3,007,000. * WINNERS with $547,000 profit *

The Elsternwick 2017 The Block
Judge Neale Whitaker admits he was blown away by the overall standard of the Elsternwick houses in 2017 “I love the fact the houses have been transported into Elsternwick from other parts of Melbourne, and I love the backstory of the houses themselves. The fact they are ‘same-same, but different." Neale Whitaker tells Insider Style.

Season 14 2018: 34 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda (The Gatwick)

  • Unit 102, Kerrie and Spence: $2.85 million
  • Unit 201, Hans and Courtney: $2.77 million
  • Unit 202, Hayden and Sara: $3.02 million. * WINNERS with $645,000 profit *
  • Unit 301, Norm and Jess: $2,859,000
  • Unit 302, Bianca and Carla: $2,991,000
  • Unit 101, The Challenge Apartment: Sold as part of the Monopoly contest. Resold in March 2019 for $2.5 million.


Season 15 2019: 38 Grey Street St Kilda (The Oslo)

  • House 1: Mitch and Mark: $3.374 million
  • House 2: Tess and Luke: $3.620 million *WINNERS with $730,000 profit*
  • House 3: Andy and Deb: $3.420 million
  • House 4: Matt and El’ise: $3.450 million
  • House 5: Jesse and Mel: $3.378 million

The Blockheads 2019
That is a wrap! The 2019 contestants elated as they just finished the incredible Oslo transformation.

For all the 2019 Block auction highlights 
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