There’s no ocean views this year. And there are no city views or park views in 2011′s series of The Block either.
In fact the four homes that will be renovated for Nine’s next reality series are staring at a bland road and a local shopping centre car park.
As property values go, it’s hard to see the appeal of Cameron Street, Richmond, which is the site of four adjacent run-down terraces. It’s a small roadway with room for parking space down just one side. This ain’t no Ramsay Street.
But the show has also proven in the past it can transform.
The Block began filming on Friday when this year’s contestants got their first look at the shells they have to make-over. No longer using a block of 4 apartments, the series is also set to be be stripped into a 7pm timeslot by Nine, although insiders on site wouldn’t confirm the move when asked by TV Tonight yesterday.
Nor do there appear to be any plans to have live to air auctions.
Adjacent to #1 is a corner lot which appears to be being used for demolition rubbish, while an old apartment block sits beside #4. At the end of the street is busy Church Street and nearby are a suburban footy ground, Victoria Street’s Asian restaurants, Richmond Plaza, a gay pub and the home of Molly Meldrum (he is even within earshot of The Block).
This is the first time the series has located outside Sydney, and the first time it has abandoned its apartment block setting. With the Melbourne winter on the way, contestants will want to start thinking about heating sooner rather than later.
The series will again be hosted by Scott Cam.