The Block effect: Why bayside Melbourne is a renovators’ delight


Shows like The Block have inspired many to try their hand at home renovations – and the bayside suburbs have proven fertile ground for DIYers.

House Rules, Buying Blind and The Block are just a few of the reality TV series showing viewers how breathing new life into properties can reap big rewards.

They’ve given many people the confidence to pick up the tools and have a go at their own property transformations.

And when it comes to finding the perfect fixer-upper, many buyers are finding that Melbourne’s outer bayside suburbs are rich with potential.

Chelsea and surrounding areas are booming, with younger buyers increasingly cottoning on to its proximity to the beach, transport links, foodie scene and excellent schools.

But the area itself is well established, which means there are plenty of older post-World War II homes crying out for a makeover.

We’ve seen dozens of “project hunters” over the past couple of years who are looking for ageing homes to renovate.

Some are looking for a shell to turn into their long-term home; others refurbish to add value and then “flip”, usually with a great return on their investment.

As well as the location, they’re attracted to the area’s bigger blocks, established neighbourhoods and existing amenities.

TV show experts have been known to scour local listings too. We even sold one property through Buying Blind, which was renovated for the buyers.

Take a look through our listings and you’ll find many ripe for renovating – and what better way to get the house you can really make your own, in an area that’s already established and growing in demand every year?

Properties for ‘project hunters’

Take a look at these properties currently on the market, which we think have excellent potential for a makeover:

17 Arrunga Court, Patterson Lakes

What we say: In a sought-after pocket of Patterson Lakes, this three-bedroom home on 538m2 offers plenty of potential for a modern renovation. See the property.

32 Clovelly Parade, Seaford

What we say: Offered for private sale for the first time in more than 20 years, this charming three-bedroom blonde brick property on a 606sq m flat block will reward those looking to add value. See the property.

24 Melaleuca Drive, Carrum, 3197

What we say: This original yet functional three-bedroom home on 539sq m is in a tightly held and highly sought-after pocket of Carrum. The opportunity screams potential. See the property.

51 Hallifax Street, Seaford

What we say: Whether you are looking for a fantastic investment opportunity, or the perfect family home in the heart of everything Seaford has to offer, this property on 609sq m is sure to tick the boxes. See the property.

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