Selling Houses Australia called to makeover historic Bendigo home

UPDATE MONDAY: An iconic home on Napier Street was last week inundated with camera crews and television personalities as it underwent a makeover by the Selling Houses Australia team. 

The house, pictured above, will appear on the Foxtel show next year. 

EARLIER: Popular lifestyle show Selling Houses Australia has wrapped filming in Bendigo, with one of the city’s historic homes to feature in the Foxtel program's next season. 

Host Andrew Winter, interior designer Shayna Blaze and landscaper Charlie Albone shot in White Hills this week, making over a White Hills property.   

Although the exact location of the shoot remains a mystery, Mr Winter said the house was previously a dance hall, RSL and reading room.

The TV experts are called in when homeowners have struggled to sell their property.  

While it was often an unreasonable asking price or dated presentation that make the home a tough sell, this time it was stock from the owners’ business, stored inside the property, that was agents’ biggest hurdle.  

A real estate agent with more than 20 years experience, Mr Winter said Bendigo's market was "ticking along nicely".

Properties were still affordably priced, especially for city buyers, he said, and the two-hour commute to Melbourne was also attractive. 

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A burgeoning micro-economy set Bendigo apart from other regional cities, places that were too often reliant on one major employer or industry, Mr Winter said.   

"Bendigo has been around a long time, and has seemed to attract a lot of people across  different avenues," he said. 

Access to nearby services was also an asset, as were the historic facades of its homes.

"Being a Pom, I'm always a sucker for the old buildings," he said. 

"The only time history gets in the way of a sale is if it means it restricts the usage of the building."  

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But he expected older homes would be highly sought after into the future as people jostled for a unique piece of  Australian history.

In fact, he noticed a distinctly Bendigo architectural style during his visit. 

Single-storey, double-fronted weatherboard homes with front verandahs and three bedrooms were dotted throughout the central Victorian city, he said.

The show is filming its 11th season to air in the first half of next year and the format, which Mr Winter first headed in the United Kingdom, showed no signs of tiring. 

“Until the Aussies get tired of property, which isn't looking like any time soon, we've got a chance of going on.”