Four Glendale condominiums that will be the stars of an upcoming reality competition show on HGTV got to be dolled up for the occasion.
Each of the identical 960-square-foot unit at 1119 Sonora Ave. was completely redone by two-member teams going head to head to see which remodeled home will bring in the most money at auction.
Set to premiere in July, “Flipping the Block” is based on an Australian program with the same premise.
Two of the teams are married couples while the other two are siblings and they all have various home remodeling skills. They were given roughly a $40,000 budget to revive the condos either with their own hands or bring in contractors.
Loren Ruch, vice president of HGTV’s programming, said the fixer-upper condos were transformed into the kind of property one would see in a specific West Los Angeles neighborhood.
“It felt like we’re creating a real-life Melrose Place,” he said. “We turned a shabby home into a place of beauty and, to me, it makes for good television.”
“Flipping the Block” was shot over seven weeks.
The final portion of the show will be filmed during an auction of the completed homes to take place at 11 a.m. on May 17 at the Hilton, 100 West Glenoaks Blvd.
The starting bid for the two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom condos is $225,000, and whichever team gets the highest bid on their unit wins the competition.
“The team that makes the biggest profit will win the profit margin on the condo plus $50,000 in cash,” Ruch said.
A “how-to-buy” informational seminar will be held at 3 p.m. on May 15 at the condo site.
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