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Jonathan Chancellor | 9 December 2012

Concord's Packed to the Rafters house fails to sell

Concord's Packed to the Rafters house fails to sell

Promoted by its listing agents as packed with possibilities, the almost nondescript Concord cottage that's been home to the Packed to the Rafters clan on the Channel 7 series was passed in at weekend auction.

The three-bedroom Sydney inner-west house, which has been leased for several years by Channel 7, passed in on a $1.2 million vendor bid after proceedings began at $1 million.

It last sold for $1 million in 2006.

But Riverview Street, Concord, isn't yet the equivalent of Melbourne's Ramsay Street.

Obviously fans drive by to see what is going on, but not with the force of international numbers that accompany the Neighbours location in Vermont South's Pin Oak Court.

Packed To The Rafters premiered on Seven in August 2008 and has often been the Tuesday night highest rating show.

With its television future subject to speculation, the keenest weekend auction party wants to bulldoze the Californian bungalow and replace it with something contemporary.

The series follows the lives and challenges confronting the Rafter family, headed  by the parents Julie (Rebecca Gibney) and Dave (Erik Thomson).

Ready to become "empty-nesters'' after 25 years of marriage, the couple are forced to put their plans on hold when their two eldest children – Rachel (Jessica Marais) and Nathan (Angus McLaren) – move home.

Their youngest son, Ben (Hugh Sheridan), rented the nominal home next door with housemates Nick (George Houvardas) and Melissa (Zoe Ventoura),where there are the replicas of their houses.

Seven initially took a three-year rental on the Rafter family home on Riverview Street and kept it vacant. Title Tattle recalls its 2008 asking rental was $600 a week through Dean Kalos Real Estate.

The small rustic home has been freshly painted and the grass is fake – so that it always looks green.

It was offered for sale through Time Realty Five Dock agents Adam Scappatura and Frank Settineri.

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