cubby house challenge

A Cubby House that helps house society

The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) has become a ‘must see’ event for many Victorians each year. One of the highlights of the show, particularly for those with younger children, is the annual Cubby House Challenge. This event has become an integral part of the MIFGS, and involves the auctioning of five unique cubby houses with the funds raised going to the Kids Under Cover charity.

Each year, five different cubby houses are created in a collaboration between different firms of architects and some of Melbourne’s leading builders. Not only is there an underlying competition between each team to raise the most money for the charity, but there are also several prizes awarded based on the judgement of a celebrity jury. There is even a Kid’s Choice Award as judged by a panel of school children visiting MIFGS.

This year’s Cubby House Challenge was a big success, raising $70,000 to support homeless youth. The cubby house that sold for the highest amount was ‘Rocky Road’, (pictured), which sold for $20,500. Built by Becon Constructions and designed by Prahran architects Watson Young, it also took home the prizes for Best Cubby, Most Imaginative and the Kid’s Choice award.

This year’s expert jury, included:

  • Well known architect, Peter Maddison;
  • Interior designer and judge on ‘The Block’, Shaynna Blaze;
  • The editor of Domain magazine, Emily Power; and
  • Former contestants on The Block, Ben and Andy.

The remaining four cubby houses were all successfully sold for a total of $49,500. One aspect of this event that generates a lot of interest within the real estate industry is that each cubby house is auctioned off by one of Melbourne’s leading real estate auctioneers, who volunteer their services for this worthy cause.

Our congratulations go to Jellis Craig, Woodards, iSell group, RT Edgar and Nelson Alexander for their support.

If you think you might be in the market for a cubby house next year, make sure you pencil in the date of the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show for 2019 so you don’t miss out.

Of course, if you are considering moving house on a slightly larger scale in 2018, don’t forget that the team at Ian Reid Vendor Advocates are always happy to provide experienced advice, plus our free booklet is full of tips on avoiding lots of expensive mistakes when you sell. So feel free to download your copy of “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed” while you’re here.


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