Underdog couple Steve and Chantelle have proven they can do more than clean soot and make hats. The chimney sweep and milliner have come out on top, crowned the winners of The Block: Fans V Faves during last night’s nailbiting auctions.
With no renovating experience prior to entering the reality TV competition, not even they thought they could take the prize. But the pair didn’t just win the show – they broke records.
Having endured 10 weeks of criticism that they were lazy and inept, the quirky duo walked away with a whopping $736,000 in their pockets after their luxury apartment sold for over $2,470,000 – the highest price in The Block history.
The record-breaking price was $636,000 over reserve. And to top it all off, the winners received $100,000 in prize money to add to their fortune.
But in the end, all four couples finished on a high, collecting a profit of more than two million dollars between them.
Runners-up were Adelaide twins and former police officers, Alisa and Lysandra. Their warehouse apartment sold for $2,375,000, fetching them a profit of $616,000 over their reserve.
In third place were the ‘Super Ks’ and favourites to win, Kyal and Kara from the NSW Central Coast. Their apartment sold for $2,440,000, giving them a profit of $567,250 over the reserve.
Meanwhile, comedians Brad (East Maitland, NSW) and Dale (Geelong, Vic) took home $507,250 when their apartment sold for $2,310,000.
In total, all contestants earned an astounding $2,426,500 for turning a run-down shell of a building into four high-end, luxury warehouse apartments.
The Block will return later this year for another series.