The biggest properties “The Block has ever seen” will all have “a pretty cool feature with a twist” the show hasn’t included before, which “really takes a family home to a new level”.
A handful of industry professionals have been given exclusive access to the upcoming season, with builds expected to be finished in the coming weeks.
The blockbuster reno show will this year be set in Bronte Court, in Bayside suburb Hampton, where five properties have been purchased.
Buyer’s advocate Emily Wallace was among those let into the homes last week and said the biggest difference this year was the amount of land each property had on offer.
“It’s probably the biggest The Block has ever seen,” she said.
“In previous seasons, there has been a mix of targeted buyers with layouts designed for wealthy downsizing couples, young couples or families. But this year each design has been targeted at families.”
She said each home was “very different” and tailored to suit demand in the post-COVID market.
“Family homes in Bayside, in particular Hampton, are hot property and The Block houses tick a lot of boxes,” Ms Wallace said.
“We have two clients looking in that area currently. There’s plenty of buyers missing out on properties in this sector at the moment so that demand will likely still be there when The Block houses go under the hammer later in the year.”
It’s understood the homes are two weeks away from being finished and speculation is rife about who will be staring on season 2021.
Instagram account TheBlock365 has tipped this year’s line-up to be a “fans vs. faves” affair, with couples including Ronnie and Georgia, from 2017, and Mitch and Mark, from 2019, rumoured to be returning.
Ms Wallace added that the homes weren’t in Hampton’s “most desirable” pocket and would likely help increase the median house price.
She predicted each home would have a very different reserve, given the land size and positioning within a court.
As for her pick, the buyer’s advocate said she had a “clear favourite this year”.
“I won’t reveal which house, but it’s the home with the most logical floorplan of them all and had the biggest emotional attachment,” she said.
“Each home this year has a pretty cool feature with a twist that hasn’t been seen on The Block before and really takes a family home to a new level.”
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