DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

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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

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