The Block’s Josh Barker and Elyse Knowles are set to sell their Coburg home at auction just three weeks after the show’s finale.
The couple renovated the three bedroom, two bathroom California bungalow, giving it all the modern touches while still keeping its heritage charm.
Barker is a carpenter, so had the technical know-how, but for model Knowles, renovating was a whole new experience.
“We bought the house when I was 21, and I’d never had any experience in this so I was really relying on Josh and his knowledge,” Knowles said. “I think I’ve always been a creative person and I think it opened up more doors for me and I learnt a lot along the way.”
Hocking Stuart director David Wood said said the property is expected to sell between $1.35 and $1.45 million at the auction, to be held on November 18. Mr Wood said the pair did a fantastic job on the renovation, particularly with the huge undercover outdoor entertaining space.
“It’s really Josh and Elyse out the back – it’s really stylish and chilled,” Mr Wood said. “It’s an area for all seasons.”
Knowles said she and Barker wanted to inject some of their personality into the home, and the outdoor area was a way to do that. Related: View inside The Block houses for saleRelated: Josh and Elyse win Domain magazine coverRelated: Race between Block teams heats up
“It becomes another room, and that’s what we wanted – an extension of the house outside. We’re outdoor people, we like to entertain outdoors,” Knowles said.
The home is close to schools, Sydney road shopping and cafes, parkland and public transport. It is also a three-minute drive to CityLink.
Barker said the couple was nervous about both auctions, but that Coburg was very important to them.
“It’s probably more stressful going through that auction than it is The Block because it’s our own money and our own blood, sweat and tears over 18 months to 2 years,” Barker said.
Knowles agreed: “We lived in the old shack, showered outside, we cooked on the barbecue. Every wall was a different wall paper, the bathrooms were every colour under the sun – it was a very interesting time.”
The couple plans to renovated their third property in the near future, this time in a blue chip suburb in Melbourne’s leafy east.
“We’ll be living through it all again – I’m so excited – not,” Knowles said laughing.
Barker is more optimistic.
“We want to do a nice architectural built that showcases top end quality,” he said. “We want to really capitalise on our experience on The Block and show people what we can do.”
The Block houses are live on Domain:
Josh and Elyse: 46A Regent Street, Elsternwick
Sticks and Wombat: 46B Regent Street, Elsternwick
Ronnie and Georgia: 46C Regent Street, Elsternwick
Clint and Hannah: 46D Regent Street, Elsternwick
Jason and Sarah: 46E Regent Street, Elsternwick