We’ve come a long way since the very first season of The Block Australia in 2003, when Adam Thorn and Fiona Mills’ Bondi property took out the top spot with a sale price of $751,000.
Sure, you can’t buy a single car garage for $750k these days, but 16 years ago Adam and Fiona’s ground floor apartment sold for nearly twice the Sydney median home price. Pretty impressive, right?
After a six year break, the series was revived in 2010 and sale prices continued to climb, with winners Josh and Nisha’s Vaucluse apartment being scooped up for $1,105,000.
The series hit a turning point in season eight when Steve O'Donnell and Chantelle Ford cracked the two million mark, beating the previous season’s winners, twin sisters Alisa and Lysandra’s, efforts by just over a million bucks.
Fast-forward to seasons 13 and 14 when both the winning properties - renovated by Elyse Knowles and Josh Barker and Hayden Vale and Sara Tumino respectively - eclipsed $3 million at auction.
So, what were the most expensive homes ever sold on The Block thus far?
Top 5 highest auction results on The Block Australia
$3,067,000 - Elyse Knowles and Josh Barker, Season 13, 2017.
Model Elyse and her carpenter boyfriend Josh made history as the youngest couple to win The Block - and for achieving the highest result at auction thanks to their buyer, comedian Dave ‘Hughsey’ Hughes. The lovebirds walked away with a cool $447,000 profit for transforming an old rundown weatherboard house in Melbourne’s Elsternwick.
$3,020,000 - Hayden Vale and Sara Tumino, Season 14, 2018.
Sara and Hayden were one of five teams tasked with rejuvenating Melbourne’s Gatwick Hotel and - despite meltdowns and threats to quit - it was their apartment which came out on top at the auctions, selling for $3.02 million, leaving the pair with $645k in prize money.
$3,007,000 - Jason Price and Sarah Windebank, Season 13, 2017.
Jason and Sarah came in second place after Elyse and Josh in season 13 with an auction result of just over $3 million. Not everyone was happy with the outcome, with some viewers noting that the couple failed to complete several rooms on time.
$2,991,000 - Bianca Chatfield and Carla Dziwoki, Season 14, 2018.
Coming in fourth place on season 14 were best friends and ex-professional netball players Bianca and Carla. The pair snagged the coveted penthouse apartment on top of St Kilda’s Gatwick building, which sold for just under $3 million.
$2,859,000 - Norm Hogan and Jess Eva, Season 14, 2018.
Builder Norm and radio host Jess may have been fan favourites but their apartment reno saw them comes dead last in season 14. Not to worry, as they can still lay claim to selling the fifth-highest auction result in Block history, with a sale price of over $2.8 million.
What to expect from The Block Australia season 15, 2019
The 2019 season - which premieres on Sunday August 4 at 7pm on Channel Nine - will see five pairs of DIY enthusiasts turn their hand to five mansions hidden behind the facade of Melbourne’s The Oslo hotel.
Scott, however, already has his sights set on next season, and has called out Today hosts Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight as his “dream contestants.”
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