DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
WHAT happens to all the perfectly good rubbish after they’ve done the work on Selling Houses Australia? I’m specifically wondering about the three mattresses in the front yard of Spencer and Claudia’s house in Kogarah. The trampoline ends up in the backyard, replaced by a magnolia and several gardenias. No word on those mattresses though.
Pretty cute house, despite Andrew Winter’s histrionics. He’s the host, and he appears to have that unfettered honest streak I also like in Kevin Mccloud from Grand Designs. Andrew’s a real estate agent. I’d forgotten about that, until he later suggests touching up the unsightly yellow grass with green paint. Genius.
On the face of it, Spencer and Claudia could do all right here. They bought this place in 2006 for $440,000, in an area of southern Sydney that isn’t totally hot but resilient to the real estate slump. It’s also got an ensuite, and a big backyard, and a deck. (‘‘Is it safe?’’ Andrew asks as he walks down the steps. Spencer: ‘‘ I built this with my own hands.’’ Andrew: ‘‘ As I say, is it safe?’’)
For sale: Andrew Winter