The Block is a popular television show in Australia where four pairs of people renovate four different houses over several weeks, and then the houses are auctioned off. The couple who earns the most money for the sale of the house they renovated wins. This past season, the couples renovated this block of houses in South Melbourne, and we live basically right around the corner from them!
When we first moved in, the season was just ending, so the "For Sale" signs were posted, and there were people taking pictures in front of the colorful doors at all hours of the day and night. On the day of the auction, it was pure insanity outside of the houses (the actual auction took place inside). Now that the season is over and the houses are sold, the hype has died down, but you still see the occasional car slow down as it drives by or people whipping out their phones to take pictures as they pass by. We feel kind of famous living around the block from The Block!