The impressive cellar excavated beneath 162 Mills St, Albert Park is unique.
REALITY renovation stars Alisa and Lysandra Fraser have put down the tools and completed all the room reveals for their first personal project.
The biggest winning contestants on The Block in the show’s history, the pair have described their latest effort — a two-year overhaul at 162 Mills St, Albert Park — as even more taxing than appearing on the show.
But the home hits the market this week, putting them back into the nervous position of waiting to see what happens with the sale.
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“You get to the end of that, and you are definitely more exhausted. The Block is also exhausting, but it’s only 12 weeks — so it’s over so quickly,” Lysandra said.
“We have dedicated every spare second we have had to this project.”
Former Block renovators Alisa and Lysandra now run their own company: Alisa and Lysandra Interiors.
The rear of the home has been extended, creating a modern addition to the period property.
That extra time, though exhausting, meant they had completed something far more intricate.
“On The Block you are always rushed and you can’t always do things you want to do,” Lysandra said.
“With this we have had a lot of time and that’s allowed us to think about every little detail.”
The three-bedroom, single-fronted terrace features three levels — including a 16m-long ‘wow factor’ wine cellar they had excavated to set up as a dining room and home cinema.
This home cinema is in a class of its own.
Period details including high, decorative ceilings, timber floors and original fireplaces were also retained to balance the home’s past charm with its modern update.
Despite giving themselves more time on the project, they did embrace some of The Block’s hallmarks including regular room reveals via social media and their website.
One of the early posts showed work just beginning at the home.
Dingle Partners director Anton Wongtrakun was their real estate agent on the show and is back on-board to sell their latest creation.
“I think, without a doubt, this is their best work yet,” Mr Wongtrakun said.
“And it was a beautiful piece of real estate to start with only seconds from the beach.”
Period features including decorative ceilings have been retained at the front of the home.
Though there are a few concessions to modernity.
The home’s extension would appeal to entertainers, from families to downsizers.
“One of the key features is the fact that you have three levels. It’s quite rare to see a single-fronted terrace that has three levels,” he said.
“They have created this absolutely amazing basement area that sits literally under the living area.
“Even for someone who isn’t into their wine, it’s a massive space for a dining table — and the home cinema. This is a home for someone who wants to entertain.”
A modest pool and green walls provide a relaxing backdrop to a bathroom.
The former The Block contestants now run their own business Alisa and Lysandra Interiors.
It is for sale with a $3.8-$4 million asking price via an expressions of interest campaign closing 5pm, November 29.
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