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 Post subject: The Block 2013 - Bondi
PostPosted: 18 Apr 2012, 13:38 
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The following article appeared on the Property Observer website.

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It’s back to Bondi for The Block home renovation reality series after they sell South Melbourne
By Jonathan Chancellor Friday, 30 March 2012

The Block renovation television series seems set to return home to Sydney after the current South Melbourne series.

The production company has bought four single-level semis at Bondi, close to the southern end of the coastal strip.

The hush-hush purchase which echoes its previous property acquisitions of four adjacent properties has possibly cost $4.4 million or more. Each of the three-bedroom semis (pictured below) sits on a 260-square-metre holding.

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The $1.32 million sale of an adjacent semi indicates its partial renovation potential, although The Block is likely to add a second level subject to council permission.

The next soon-to-air series is set in South Melbourne which commences Monday April 16 features four two-storey terrace houses getting an extra floor. It follows the previous top-rating Richmond series during 2011.

The first series that aired in 2003 was closer to the heart of the beachside strip, on Roscoe Street, Bondi Beach, with four flats undergoing renovation.

It was followed by series at coastal Manly and Vaucluse, where blocks of four flats underwent renovation.


Tracking down the properties using the photograph included with the article and Google Earth I found the semi-detached houses located at 6, 8, 10 and 12 Tasman Street Bondi.

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Lets hope that this journalist has used the wrong photograph because the group of 3 semi-detached cottages at 2 - 12 Tasman St Bondi are listed as "historically significant" having "architectural, aesthetic, group value and streetscape significance" on the NSW Government heritage database which goes on to state:

Statement of Significance: Outstanding row of three, early twentieth century semi-detached. Unusual to find such an intact row in this area. The buildings also have special interest for their detailing. Local significance.

Construction Years: 1890 - 1915

Physical Description: Essentially unaltered row of three semi-detached, c. 1915. Slate roof with terra cotta ridge capping. Main roof pitched with gablet over entries. Skillion corrugated iron roof on either side for remainder of verandahs. All retain original turned timber posts and spindle valences. Tessellated verandah tiles. Casement windows in unusual sets of four, with small coloured panes. Good chimneys with unusual pots. Tuckpointed face brick. Let down only by fences and minor alterations.

Integrity/Intactness: Substantially intact.


Here is a detailed photograph of 2 Tasman Street Bondi which sold in September 2011 for $1.32m.
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With all the dilapidated apartment blocks in Bondi Channel 9 had to purchase "substantially intact" heritage listed properties!

Please be the wrong address or if not lets hope the Waverley Council take "historically significant" seriously.


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PostPosted: 18 Apr 2012, 14:36 
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A planning application was lodged on 28 February 2012 on behalf of Watercress Productions for 6 - 12 Tasman Street Bondi and states "demolition of rear-ground floor portion of the existing dwellings and the construction of contemporary ground floor rear additions and a contemporary first floor addition to each property".

The application states the properties are owned by Watercress Properties Pty Ltd and state the additions will "achieve a sympathetic heritage and streetscape outcome".

Then the application includes the following drawings from Brenchley Architects which shows that they will remove the original gabled verandahs and make the houses look like Victoria cottages.
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Planning application states that estimated costs will be $900,000.


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PostPosted: 18 Apr 2012, 14:52 
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PostPosted: 30 May 2012, 15:07 
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Planning application DA-78/2012 lodged on 28 February 2012 received 21 responses from local residents etc. about developing these substantially intact houses.

So not surprisingly, a new planning application (DA-199/2012) was lodged with Waverley Council for 6 - 12 Tasman St Bondi on 14 May 2012.

This time the estimated cost is $800,000 and the first floor extension is lower which they claim is not visible from the street however they are still demolishing the back half of the houses on the basis that they are "outdated".

The usual smoke and mirrors technique have been used as item D12/92115 is a proposed photo montage which shows a photo of the currrent houses and a second render photo is suppose to show the houses after the proposed extension however these photos have been taken from across the street and there are trees in the way so you can't see anything anyway.

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Note the area circled on the proposed montage photo is missing the proposed new ground floor extension and first floor addition to 8 Tasman St.
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Maybe they have used the same photo twice - honest mistake or deceptive behaviour?


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PostPosted: 13 Oct 2012, 18:36 
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Article in the newspapers yesterday about the new series of The Block All Stars at Bondi.

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Block stars are back

The Advertiser, Saturday 13 October 2012 by Holly Byrnes

They are all chips off the old Blocks, now four familiar couples are set to get a second shot at nailing the reality TV title which eluded them all at auction.

The Block All Stars series, which began filming for Channel 9 in Bondi yesterday, will mark the return of original fan favourites, Adelaide's Phil Rankine and Amity Dry, tradie mates Mark Bowyer and Duncan Miller, newlyweds Josh Densten and Jenna Whitehead and fiery lovebirds, Dan Reilly and Dani Wales.

With castings a mix of viewer votes and producers' input, the show's creator Julian Cress confirmed the final four would get their "last chance" to win profits but more so prestige.

Nine is expected to launch its 2013 ratings assault with the All Stars format.


Just in case you have forgotten who this article is talking about I put together a line-up.
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What do they mean "the final four would get their "last chance" to win profits"?

- Bondi 2003 Phil and Amity reserve $595,000 sold for $655,000 prize $60,000

- Vaucluse 2010 Mark and Duncan reserve $860,000 sold for $907,000 prize $47,000

- Richmond 2011 Josh and Jenna reserve $950,000 sold for $1,000,000 prize $50,000

- South Melbourne 2012 Dan and Dani reserve $992,000 sold for $1,440,000 prize $448,000

I think Dan and Dani winning $448,000 only 3 months ago is more than enough especially as there have been 3 couples over the 5 series who have won nothing for their 10 weeks of work.

The real issue here for me is that Dan and Dani completely obliterated every period feature at 407 Dorcas Street South Melbourne so I think it is safe to say that the little heritage listed cottage in Tasman Street, Bondi doesn't stand a chance.


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The Block 2013 All Stars will begin on Channel 9 on Monday, 4 February 2013 at 7pm.

Watercress Productions started filming at Tasman Street, Bondi on 12 October 2012 on a 10 week schedule. The filming has now wrapped up and last month the realestate agents were selected to sell the properties in March 2013 before Easter. Jonathan Chancellor of Propertyobserver noted that the competition between realestate agents was so fierce that realestate agents had "shouting matches in the street. And they were from the same estate agency franchise".

The biggest concern for these 4 cottages was that they are heritage listed and were significantly intact prior to Watercress Productions purchase for The Block 2013 All Stars. However Katrina Chambers (one of the sisters which renovated 41 Cameron St, Richmond during The Block 2011) has visited the cottages and blogged on 12 December 2012 that "The houses have serious heritage conditions to abide by, so it made it hard for them to throw caution to the wind. Huge parts of the house were unable to be touched. You’ll have to watch to see how they get around it all."

I am glad to hear that the houses have serious heritage conditions however I am frighten by the comment "see how they get around it all"!!

The following photograph is by Katrina Chambers taken in December 2012 of 8 Tasman Street, Bondi and the new tuck pointing can clearly be seen, along with the new terracotta roof, ridge capping and finials. However what are the black pipes on the roof - a TV aerial?
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For comparison the following photograph is of 8 Tasman St Bondi in July 2012 before renovations began.
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The other news is that on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 Mark Bowyer (who is 55 years old and renovated one of the Vaucluse apartments in The Block 2010) had a heart scare and was rushed to hospital. This was Day 45 of the 65 Day shoot for The Block 2013 All Stars. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Scott Cam and Duncan Miller's wife, Jenny, stepped in to help out Duncan to finish the room for the Sunday room judging while Mark was in hospital.

It was hoped that Mark would return to the Tasman Street house but his doctors told him to rest so he was replaced - my guess is that he was replaced by Rod Walsh from The Block 2011 as he and his wife, Tania, were campaigning hard on social media to get on The Block 2013 All Stars back in July 2012.

So if Mark was replaced at Day 45 how do they share any prize money when their cottage is sold? Does it all go to Mark and Duncan or does Mark's half get split 70% to Mark and 30% to the person who replaced him?

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Trouble on The Block as All Stars contestant collapses

Sydney Morning Herald, November 28, 2012 by Scott Ellis

Production of Channel Nine's reality series The Block All Stars has been disrupted after a contestant collapsed at the show's Bondi building site and was taken to hospital.

Mark Bowyer, 55, who with best mate Duncan Miller formed the team known as 'The Two Fat Tradies' in The Block's third season, had been at one of the new homes when he started feeling ill, a series insider said.

An ambulance was called and he was taken to Prince Of Wales hospital for examination.

"Block All-Star (contestant) Mark Bowyer, who was conducting an interview early on Monday morning, complained of dizziness and feeling "not quite right"," a spokesman for Nine confirmed.

"Immediately, foreman Keith (trained in first aid) saw to him and ordered an ambulance.

"Minutes later he was taken to hospital where they performed a series of tests. He was released that afternoon with orders to rest."

Bowyer and Miller became instant fan favourites when they took part in The Block in 2010 - marking the show's return after a six-year absence - for their laid-back attitude and the fact they brought a pie warmer with them into their Vaucluse unit.

During the series the pair often complained of the stressful workload brought on by the hectic pace of 24/7 restoration, amplified by the fact they were older than most other contestants.

They eventually came third in the competition when their unit sold for $907,000, from a reserve of $860,000.

Since then, they had used their fame to promote a footpath safety campaign for Guide Dogs Australia, offered renovation tips on Nine's website and were part of the construction team that built XXXX (Fourex) Island, a mini-resort on a small island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef as a promotion for the iconic Queensland XXXX beer.

Filming of The Block's sixth season, the tenth anniversary of the renovation franchise, began on October 12 with Bowyer leaving 45 days into the shoot.

In his absence the show's host and experienced builder Scott Cam has stepped in to assist Miller with their current rebuild, as has Jenny, Miller's wife.

Nine has said that if possible, father of four Bowyer will not be permanently replaced.

"We are of course first and foremost concerned about his health and are waiting to see if and when the doctors say he can come back to the show," a spokesman said.


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