The Block All Stars’ Dani and Dan show off their completed room. 35 St Vincent Place, Albert Park.
35 St Vincent Place, Albert Park.
35 St Vincent Place, Albert Park.
Rumour places chef Jacques Reymond in Elwood.
As every Melburnian knows, anything Sydney can do Melbourne does better.
But it’s a lesson that seems to have escaped Channel Nine, with the ratings of The Block taking a big hit since filming was moved to Sydney. The spinoff series All Stars – set in Bondi – has been getting trounced by Channel Seven’s My Kitchen Rules, which is pulling more than 2 million viewers a night compared with a little more than 900,000 for the reality reno show.
It’s a dramatic reversal for what was once a ratings juggernaut for Nine, at least back when the setting was Richmond and South Melbourne. In fact, Melburnians continue to tune in to the show at levels that well outstrip Sydneysiders, which just goes to show where the key demographic is.
And that’s certainly going to up the stakes when the regular season of The Block screens in a few months.
Producer Watercress is set to shake up the ageing formula in a big way this season, buying an entire six-storey apartment tower in South Melbourne to renovate. The contestants are already on-site and, judging by who Private Property has seen coming and going from the building, the ”couples” are well on their way to selecting the estate agents who will represent them.
Wisdom begets prestige
If a location on Albert Park’s prized St Vincent Place doesn’t make it notable enough, the exterior of this terrace might seem familiar because it featured as a setting in period film The Getting of Wisdom.
Numerous scenes in the 1978 classic were shot around the iconic ”Rochester Terrace”, of which this two-storey Victorian is one.
It’s now being put under the hammer with an asking price in excess of $3 million. Home hunters should note that the horseshoe-shaped precinct encircling St Vincent Gardens is the most expensive and tightly held real estate in the city, with prices hitting as much as $13,590 a square metre.
No.35, which sits on about 300 square metres, offers four bedrooms, and formal sitting and dining rooms. Out the back is a two-storey self-contained apartment.
Marshall White’s Oliver Bruce is putting 35 St Vincent Place to auction on February 23.
House that Jacques bought
Legendary French chef Jacques Reymond is believed to be the buyer of a $2 million contemporary house in Elwood.
In a deal that’s shrouded in secrecy, Reymond is tipped to be the ”and/or nominee” who is set to occupy the two-storey, three-bedroom house at the leafy end of Ormond Road. The property features a library, study, pool and roof terrace.
Listing agent Kay & Burton denied Mr Reymond was the buyer and declined to comment on the sale.
Beasley books a sale
Who says the top end of the market is a ghost town?
The luxurious South Yarra pad of ex-bookie Simon Beasley has sold for at least $8 million, with the full-floor apartment at 155 Domain Road getting snapped up last weekend.
Kay & Burton agent Andrew Baines had been quietly shopping the place around off-market for a couple of weeks and three buyers put in offers before any kind of public sales campaign had to be launched.
Mr Beasley’s punt on the market has certainly paid off considering he paid $3.98 million for it in 2007. That works out to be about $20,000 a square metre.
West leaving east
Actor Madeleine West is set to auction the Richmond apartment she bought as she finished her run as Dione Bliss on Neighbours.
It’s the second pending property transaction in the past month for West, who is also selling the Kensington family home she shares with chef Shannon Bennett.
The two-bedroom, art deco-style apartment was bought for $297,000 in 2003. Thanks to Bennett’s role as an ambassador for Miele, the kitchen and laundry have top-flight appliances. The ground-floor unit also offers access to a large communal backyard.
Hocking Stuart’s Daniel Atsis is quoting $450,000 to $490,000 for 6/200 Lennox Street. The auction is February 23.
Since Neighbours, West has appeared in TV shows Underbelly and Satisfaction.
Bell tolls for elder digs
Annie and Andrew Bell are selling their grand classic house at 202 Kooyong Road, Toorak. It is known as ”Elder House” because it was owned for 40 years by Elder Smith Goldsbrough Mort for its chief executive. It has been a tightly held property with just four owners. The second was a member of the Baillieu family. He sold to an interior designer, the late John Coote. The Bells bought the house in 1986, raised a family there and are downsizing. Mr Bell is executive director of stockbroking firm Bell Potter, and one of the Bell brothers behind Bell Financial and Agricultural Group Holdings.
The design is perfect for entertaining, and the Bells have apparently had some marvellous parties at the property, including one for which a piano was strung from the historic oak tree in the garden.
The light and airy house has a flowing floor plan of casual and formal living areas on the ground floor opening to a terrace and Paul Bangay-designed gardens with a luxurious pool. On the first floor are five bedrooms, bathrooms and a rumpus room. There is a study on each floor.
The property is for sale through Kay & Burton. Michael Armstrong and Gerald Delany are handling the expressions-of-interest campaign, which closes on March 8. They are quoting $5 million-plus.
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