Selling Houses Australia takes on Central Coast project

Selling Houses Australia takes on Central Coast project
Jonathan ChancellorDecember 7, 2020

Foxtel Lifestyle’s Selling Houses Australia team is back on the Central Coast, seeking to transform an unsold Empire Bay home for the Gilbert family.

Designer Shaynna Blaze, gardening expert Charlie Albone­ and host Andrew Winter will be taking on the acreage from next week.

The 1980s-built home bordering­ the Bouddi Nat­ional Park has been listed for 280 days — initially seeking up to $960,000, but more recently­ $890,000.

It has its last pre-makeover open for inspection this weekend.

Last traded for $895,000 in 2017, it has three bedrooms, an open-plan living area and a rear deck with a pizza oven.

Albone will have a lot to work with. The home sits on an elevated­ 4485 square metres with views across Umina.

Richardson & Wrench Umina Beach agent Rachel Potter has taken over the listing.

Selling Houses Australia is filming its 13th season, having premiered in 2008.

They have been successful on the Central Coast recently — last season they secured the sale of a four-bedroom Bensville property post-makeover for $745,000, near the top of its $710,000 to $749,000 guide for down-­sizing couple Margie and David Braunstein.

In the 2015 series, a nearby Bateau Bay makeover of a 1970s four-bedroom home with swimming pool sold for $540,000.

It had been initially priced at more than $600,000 before sitting on the market for six months.

Last season’s finale was at Dolphin Point in the Shoalhaven district, where a 1960s beach house was snapped up pre-auction for $1.2 million after the makeover.

The four-bedroom home had been for sale for more than a year, the price having dropped to $1.18 million before its makeover.

Andrew Winter has yet to sell his own Gold Coast home. The renovated Sanctuary Cove property went to auction earlier this month but was passed in on a $3 million vendor­ bid. It was initially listed at $3,995,000 in January.

This article first appeared in The Daily Telegraph. 

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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