No longer on The Block

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

The four houses from the first sea­son of The Block NZ have dou­bled in price in less than three years, fetch­ing a to­tal of $7.4 mil­lion as they were bought up by a prop­erty de­vel­oper.

Now, the fa­mous houses will be carted off the prop­erty in Taka­puna, to be re­placed by a six­s­torey apart­ment block.

Prop­erty developers Auburn Devel­op­ment Ltd paid the hefty price tag for num­bers 74, 76, 78 and 80 An­zac St.

Each of the houses have more than dou­bled in price since they first sold at auc­tion on the show in Septem­ber 2012.

In that auc­tion au­di­ence favourites Ben and Libby sold their home for $961,000, earn­ing $157,000 over the set re­serve - con­sid­ered a good profit at the time.

Land In­for­ma­tion New Zealand fig­ures re­veal the three- bed­room, three-bath­room house sold for $1.94m in June 2015.

The other prop­er­ties had price tags of be­tween $1.6m and $1.95m when the sales were ar­ranged by Bay­leys Real Es­tate.

They will be re­moved to make way for the Sarge­son Apart­ments.

Auburn Devel­op­ment Ltd project man­ager Alis­tair Tay­lor said all 92 apart­ments have now sold, and the build­ing will house around 180 peo­ple or more.

Con­struc­tion on the apart­ments, named af­ter au­thor and for­mer Taka­puna res­i­dent Frank Sarge­son, was due to be­gin in De­cem­ber.

‘‘All 92 apart­ments have now sold, and the build­ing will house around 180 peo­ple or more’’

The cast from the first sea­son of The Block NZ.

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