Melbourne’s TV star homes reel in big bucks for owners
Homeowners are making thousands of dollars a day by putting their properties in the spotlight for films, TV shows and ads.
And real estate agents say people cash in further from the experience if they decide to sell up afterwards.
Down Under Productions director John Greene said people who hosted film crews at their homes could earn about $2000 per day, while also being put up in a hotel.
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Mr Greene said anyone could register on Film Victoria’s private database for the chance to make their property a star.
Period-style homes, or those with standout or unusual qualities, were always in demand.
“It’s a large process for anybody not familiar with it, but we carefully handle a house and make sure it gets cleaned up and repaired after filming,” Mr Greene said.
Director of another Melbourne scouting company, The Location Collective, Kiera Archer said she had thousands of home on her registry, with family-sized suburban homes also popular for ads.
Lore Ebeling, whose luxury Brighton East home was used on drama Bad Mothers this year, said she had “a lot of fun watching it back on TV”.
“The crew were always really respectful and we were always able to contact a location manager while it was a set,” she said.
Houses across Melbourne transformed into sets have been immortalised by their on-screen identities.
A bronze statue of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence could soon be built on Berry St, Richmond, near the terrace where he filmed cult movie Dogs in Space.
Kath and Kim
’s Patterson Lakes’ pad and an a St Kilda apartment complex where The Secret Life of Us was filmed are among the city’s modest small-screen landmarks.
Grand heritage mansions in Melbourne’s north and southeast have also appeared in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.
Five Bedrooms producer Pino Amenta said finding the right house for the new Channel 10 series was integral to the show, as it was considered a character in its own right.
They sourced a Malvern property for the eight-episode series and filmed there for six months.
Nelson Alexander Fitzroy agent Rick Daniel said a TV appearance brought more people through the doors during a sales campaign, and could even boost the property’s price.
Last year, he sold a converted Fitzroy church hall used as the lead character’s home in Guy Pearce TV drama Jack Irish for $2.446 million — $446,000 above reserve.
He also recently achieved more than $4 million for a Fitzroy property that starred in
“It’s always nice to offer (a buyer) some history about the property,” Mr Daniel said.
“It can play on emotions which can sometimes make a difference on how much they’re prepared to pay.”
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