Your chance to stay at The Block’s Gatwick penthouses

Your chance to stay at The Block’s Gatwick penthouses

The two penthouses created on last year’s season of The Block have been listed as short-stay rentals.

Tech entrepreneur Rob Phillpot splashed almost $6 million on the apartments — created by Melbourne netballers Bianca and Carla, and Brisbane couple Jess and Norm — during the Channel 9 reno show’s televised auction in October.

The series transformed notorious former rooming house the Gatwick Hotel on Fitzroy St.

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The three-bedroom pads have now popped up on travel website TripAdvisor as “holiday rentals”.

The listing of Jess and Norm’s pad reads “stay at The Block!”. It describes the apartment as “the ultimate in bayside luxury” and as being available from $681 per night.

Phillpot snapped up the property for $2.859 million, $209,000 above reserve.

“Bigger than most houses, everything here is top of the line, including a chef’s kitchen, luxurious bathrooms, stunning furniture and home automation,” the listing reads.

“Crash out on the cloudlike couch or entertain on a grand scale. It’s up to you.”

Bianca and Carla’s creation will set holiday-makers back at least $623 per night, despite the Aconex co-founder paying a higher price — $2.991 million at $301,000 above reserve — for it.

Its online listing describes “an exquisite top floor oasis”.

Both properties feature soaring ceilings, high-end fixtures and fittings, and sweeping views from large balconies and full-length windows.

Mr Phillpot dubbed the penthouses “bargains” after snapping them up, via WBP Group buyer’s advocate Greville Pabst.

Season villains Sara and Hayden won series of the reno show when their apartment soared $545,000 past reserve to fetch $3.02 million.

Bianca and Carla finished fourth and Jess and Norm, fifth.

This year’s Block season will also be set in St Kilda — at another seedy budget hotel, the Oslo.

samantha.landy@news.com.au

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