Grey Street in St Kilda was filled with fans patiently queuing for the chance to see the five Oslo terrace houses on Sunday morning, as excitement for next month’s The Block 2019 finale builds.
Several streets in the bayside suburb had to be shut to accommodate the crowds, some which began arriving as early as Thursday to tour the open homes.
Channel Nine’s renovation show is now in its 15th season, and is showing no signs of slowing down, with another run planned for next year.
There was no shortage of enthusiastic fans prepared to line up for days in inclement weather to be one of the first to see the fruits of the blockheads’ labour.
Ann and Tara Powell flew from the NSW south coast to see Andy and Deb’s handiwork, and brought handmade biscuits for the couple.
“I just thought they’re a sweet couple, so they deserve something sweet,” Tara said. “It’s been nice to see people on TV who are real and genuine, plus they’ve got really nice styling.”
It was their first time at The Block, after missing out on flights in the past.
Jasmina Shannon popped in for her fifth open-for-inspection, hoping to get some ideas for her own renovations.
“You don’t get to come out and do this all the time so you might as well,” she said.
Stalls featuring food and renovating tips were set up for excited fans to browse, and in the lead-up to the homes opening at 10am the sound of excited chatter filled the air.
Many waiting to be let in held up signs barracking for their favourite renovators, flashes of colour against a grey spring sky.
Excitement peaked when the whole crew took to the stage, with host Scott Cam egging the crowd on.
“We’d like to welcome you to inspect the brand new, renovated Oslo,” he shouted. “Painstakingly restored over the past couple of months into these five magnificent terraces.”
“Now I know you’re busting to get in and have a look, are you?” he concluded, to a roar from the crowd.
Eager show watchers will have to wait a while yet for the open-for-inspections episode to air, closer to the finale in November.
Those who voted in the people’s choice competition to determine the fans’ favourite terrace will also have to wait to see the results on television.
The Oslo Hotel had a colourful history, and was low-cost accommodation for years before the show. The Oslo’s previous owner was among the inspecting public, but was tight-lipped on her buying intentions.
Channel Nine and the blockheads have spent months converting the terrace into five luxury homes, with the goal of building stylish family residences.
All of the homes come equipped with lifts, extensive outdoor entertaining areas and four bedrooms — with Mitch and Mark’s upstairs entertaining area advertised online as an optional fourth bedroom — but that’s where the similarities end.
Bondi boys Mitch and Mark in 38A took the most artistic licence with their project by altering their floor plan, but each of the teams brought their own style and flair to the homes, with prices expected to exceed $3 million for all five.
If you can’t make it down, you can see all the properties on Domain.
If you’re still planning to head to the open for inspection, here is all the information you need.
Your Domain airs at 10am on Saturdays on Nine. Catch up on all episodes on 9Now.