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The Block winners Darren and Dea Jolly’s controversial Kew East reno for sale again

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As seen in the Source link, written by on 2018-12-14 06:36:15

Darren and Dea Jolly’s controversial Kew East project is back on the market, two years after they sold it for almost $3 million.

The former Collingwood footballer and his interior designer wife were forced to rebuild 14 Irymple Ave in heritage style after illegally demolishing it in 2015.

The Block winners went on to sell it to the current owners at auction for $2.908 million — $58,000 above reserve.

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Harcourts Surrey Hills director Brett Philipp said the owners had since outgrown the revamped four-bedroom California bungalow and listed it for sale with $3.2-$3.5 million price hopes.

Mr Philipp, who has the listing with Adrian Stefanetti, said the showpiece was largely the same as the Jollys had left it, albeit with a more mature garden.

“Despite all that happened with the Jollys, it’s a quality home,” he said.

“A family will be able to move straight into something that’s immaculate from top to bottom.”

The Jollys — who now run design and build business D+D Home — spent a year and about $1 million rebuilding the 1920s pad after buying it in a rundown state for $1.395 million in June 2015.

Despite being required by their permit to leave the front part of the heritage-listed house intact, they knocked the whole thing down, claiming they had no choice after discovering extensive rot and termite damage.

This landed the couple in court and facing fines of up to $180,000.

They were ultimately granted retrospective approval for the demolition by the City of Boroondara and ordered to rebuild the house to the same detail as the original — reusing the existing roof tiles, front door and windows, and bricks for the porch and chimney.

Mr Philipp said the house retained the “stunning” interior created by the Jollys, with a highlight being the “soaring cathedral ceiling” in the open-plan living and dining area.

“When you walk in, it just takes your breath away,” he said.

Other standout features included the main bedroom’s walk-in wardrobe with a “whole wall for shoes”, the solar-heated pool, and chef’s kitchen containing top-of-the-range Miele appliances, a huge Calacatta marble island bench and butler’s pantry with a wine fridge.

The property is due to be auctioned on February 7, but Mr Stefanetti and Mr Philipp are considering offers now.