It is a warehouse-sized instance of the light, space and luxury these fussy judges Shaynna Blaze and Neale Whitaker bang on about each and every week on each and every series of The Block.
But this isn‘t the perform of any rookie renovator. It is the $four million Sydney inner west household of the The Block co-creator and executive producer Julian Cress, and it is magnificent.
Late subsequent month, it will be the scene of Cress’ most heart-rending auction.
That is when the sprawling Annadale warehouse he and wife Sarah transformed into the luxurious loved ones household they’d reside in forever, goes beneath the hammer.
Cress admits it is the most reluctant of sales, and it will be “heartbreaking” to bid goodbye to the 500-plus square metre monolith they lovingly renovated.
“I blame the youngsters,” Cress laughingly told news.com.au on a break from shooting the most recent series of The Block, at the notorious former Gatwick Hotel in Melbourne.
“We are gutted to be promoting. But with two boys (Max, four, and Charlie, three) we have realised The Block is going to be maintaining us in Melbourne for a when. The youngsters are going to start out college quickly, so we will not be back for 15 a lot more years.
“We want to see a loved ones love it.”
The loved ones has split their time among Sydney and Melbourne considering that the hit reality renovation show abandoned the harbour city and shifted production to Melbourne, forced south by the insane Sydney home industry and a lot more reality renovation show-friendly council restrictions on production.
Ten series later, Cress and Sarah have now renovated a new loved ones household in Melbourne’s Albert Park.
With the sale of Annadale, they will farewell a large slice of The Block, and loved ones history: the warehouse was as soon as the sparse studio of his Cress’ Archibald-winning artist father, Fred Cress.
These days, it is a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom award-winning dream of light, polished concrete and luxury which ticks each and every box a Block judge could possibly list.
Yep, proper down to the butler’s pantry.
Behind the exposed brick exterior lurks a household of yawning scale — the lounges might appear normal sized, but have been custom-created at pretty much 3 metres extended to match the space.
The higher ceilings tower above exposed steel and timber trusses.
There’s a private rooftop terrace, a gourmet kitchen with crafted stone benchtops, and bathrooms groaning with marble, copper and timber information.
And to make it quick to get out of the 4-automobile garage, a turntable guarantees drive-in, drive-out ease.
In the early days of The Block, the household doubled as a studio set, with host Scott Cam making use of it as his base to provide the show’s Sunday evening scoring verdicts.
“It’s kinda heartbreaking to sell a residence that we seriously developed and renovated as our dream household,” Cress stated.
“It was Dad’s art studio for a lot more than 20 years. He painted the portrait that won him the Archibald Prize in that studio in 1988.”
Back then, Cress says, it was a far cry from what it is now. The studio was a “rudimentary living space … a 1-bedroom bachelor pad with a makeshift kitchen”,
“It was all about a spot to paint images,” Cress says.
“When we decided to start out a loved ones we created it into a contemporary household.”
“We did two renovations, 1 in 2010 and the important 1 2015 to such meticulous requirements the builder we utilised won the master builder award for 2015,” Cress stated.
“At the time we spared no expense. We believed it was going to be our household forever.”
In the ultimate instance of “working from home” in 2012 the residence was utilised to shoot The Block All Stars.
“It was Scotty’s (Scott Cam) headquarters for the series,” Cress stated.
“We constructed the set in there, and each and every Sunday evening the contestants would come to hear their fate.” It also hosted a lot of finish of series wrap parties.
The residence, listed with Damien West of McGrath Edgecliff, will go beneath the hammer on March 24.
No word on no matter whether comedian and Television star Dave Hughes, who coughed up $three million for Josh and Elyse’s winning residence on the final series of The Block , will be amongst the bidders.