Rank outsiders Hayden Vale and Sara Tumino have won The Block 2018 after a tense auction in which all 5 apartments at The Gatwick were sold.
The couple, who provided the Nine series with plenty of histrionics, saw Apartment 3 sell for a whopping $3,020,000 – $545,000 over their reserve. The sale topped both Gatwick penthouses. With a further series prize of $100,000 their total grew to $645,000.
It was celebrations all round as they announced they were expecting their second child, oddly allowing producers to reveal the gender to them in a TV twist -a baby boy is due in April.
The auction had plenty of tense moments when two of the apartments got off to sluggish auctions but defied Melbourne property trends to ensure all five were sold. The hefty pricetags for the new owners and contestant winnings are in stark contrast to the impoverished lives of the site’s former residents.
Hayden & Sara Apt 3:
Profit: $545,000 (+ $100,000 prize)
Kerrie & Spence Apt 1:
Hans & Courtney Apt 2:
Bianca & Carla Apt 5:
Norm & Jess Apt 4:
Former Gatwick owners, sisters Yvette Kelly and Rose Banks, who sold their family property to Nine for around $10m made a surprise purchase of Courtney and Hans’ apartment, the last to go under the hammer.
The finale wraps a successful 14th season under producers Julian Cress & Justin Sturzacker, delivering solid ratings for Nine once more.
“The Block continues to be one of TV’s greatest success stories, and this season has been no exception, with the program continuing to dominate in all areas”, said Nine Program Director, Hamish Turner.
“After 14 seasons, The Block regularly tops overnight rankings night after night. It continues to deliver across all platforms, with year on year increases on broadcast video on demand (BVOD).”
Nine has already confirmed a 15th series in 2019 at backpackers Oslo Hotel in St Kilda, just around the corner from The Gatwick.
2003 – Bondi – Adam & Fiona, $256,000
2004 – Manly – Jamie & Andrew, $178,000
2010 – Vaucluse – John & Neisha, $305,000
2011 – Richmond – Polly & Waz, $115,000
2012 – South Melbourne – Brad & Lara, $606,000
2013 – All Stars (Bondi) – Phil & Amity, $395,000
2013 – Sky High (South Melbourne) – Alisa & Lysandra, $395,000
2014 – Fans vs Faves (Albert Park) – Steve & Chantelle, $736,000
2014 – Glasshouse (Prahran) – Shannon & Simon, $435,000
2015 – Triple Threat (South Yarra) – Darren & Deanne, $935,000
2015 – The Blocktagon (South Yarra) – Dean & Shay, $755,000
2016 – The Block 2016 (Port Melbourne) – Will & Karlie, $815,000
2017 – The Block 2017 (Elsternwick) – Josh & Elyse, $547,000
2018 – The Gatwick (St. Kilda) – Hayden & Sara, $645,000