Darren and Dea Jolly’s controversial Kew East reno sells again

Darren and Dea Jolly’s controversial Kew East reno sells again

The Kew East house illegally demolished and then rebuilt by Darren and Dea Jolly has sold again.

The Block winners offloaded the recreated California bungalow for $2.908 million in October 2016.

And the family who bought it from them have now sold it for an undisclosed price, understood to be at the bottom end of the $3-$3.3 million quoted range.

Harcourts Surrey Hills director Brett Philipp would not comment on the price, but said a family from inner Melbourne snapped up the four-bedroom house at 14 Irymple Ave less than two days after it passed in at $2.95 million at a twilight auction.

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They were among several parties to inundate Mr Philipp and his fellow selling agent Adrian Stefanetti with inquiries after the auction, and simply lodged the best offer.

“They loved the quality of the home, the location and the design,” Mr Philipp said of the buyers.

“Credit to the Jollys — it’s a very good design.”

The ex-Collingwood footballer and his interior designer wife — who now run business D+D Home — paid $1.395 million for the house in a rundown state in 2015.

They then levelled the 1920s residence, claiming they had no choice after discovering extensive rot and termite damage, and spent a year and about $1 million rebuilding it.

After landing in court and facing fines of up to $180,000, the couple was ultimately granted retrospective council approval for the demolition and required to recreate the pad reusing the original roof tiles, front door and windows, and bricks for the porch and chimney.

Mr Philipp said despite the controversy, the fact the Jollys could “start from scratch” was ultimately a blessing.

“By knocking it all down and rebuilding, they could redesign the floorplan so the whole thing is nice and bright,” he said.

Highlights included an open-plan living and dining area with a “soaring cathedral ceiling”, the main bedroom’s walk-in wardrobe with a “whole wall for shoes”, a solar-heated pool, and chef’s kitchen.

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