The Block's Dea and Darren Jolly buy in Sorrento

The Block's Dea and Darren Jolly buy in Sorrento
The Block's Dea and Darren Jolly buy in Sorrento

Serial renovators Dea and Darren Jolly, stars of two series of Channel 9 show, The Block, are back at it again.

They picked up the keys on Thursday to a charming unrenovated Sorrento cottage on Melbourne's pricey Mornington Peninsula coastal playground.

The Block's Dea and Darren Jolly buy in Sorrento

It sold for $1.8 million through Sotheby's International agents Rob Curtain and Danielle Vains.

Dea's instragram has been peppered veiled references to the beach house acquisition including plans by Jane Merrylees, her architect, showing the proposed day bed on the verandah that looks out towards Port Phillip Bay with just a glimse of blue waters.

The Block's Dea and Darren Jolly buy in Sorrento

The character-filled 1900 four bedroom residence boasts an array of traditional features including a wrap-around porch, impressive 3.5m-high ceilings, fretwork, sash windows and more. There are two original fireplaces one in the lounge room and another in the kitchen.

"There is enormous potential to renovate and create a truly exceptional period home or rebuild to capture stunning water views from across the road," the marketing suggested with it just moments from the sand and bay trail track.

The Block's Dea and Darren Jolly buy in Sorrento

The purchase comes six months after they pocketed a nice gain from the sale of their Kew East rebuild with $2.908 million.  

They'd spent a year and about $1 million rebuilding their 1920s Kew East California bungalow after purchasing it in a rundown state for $1.395 million in June last year.

The Block's Dea and Darren Jolly buy in Sorrento

The renovation landed the Jollys in court with the couple’s building and design company DJJ Promotions placed, without conviction, on a two-year good behaviour bond by the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

The Block's Dea and Darren Jolly buy in Sorrento

Dea and Dazza's acquisition is a side show to the main event, when the latest series in Elsternwick start filming this week.

Much like the former Swans and Pies ruckman Darren, Aussie model Elyse Knowles is understood to have been enlisted as a celebrity contender for the new season.

The Block's Dea and Darren Jolly buy in Sorrento

Sydney Confidential understands Elyse will be renovating with her partner Josh Barker, however the couple won't be holed up with the other contestants for the full two months of filming at the Melbourne job site.

After several seasons of renovations in apartment blocks, the series will involve restoring houses that have been relocated to the suburban street. 

The Block's Dea and Darren Jolly buy in Sorrento

The holding was once set to become a school, but neighbours including comedian Gina Riley, famous for Kath and Kim, campaigned against it.

Five time winner Sydney auctioneer Damien Cooley hasn't been signed up quite yet for the auctions later this year.

The Block's Dea and Darren Jolly buy in Sorrento

Channel 9 will then be staying in Melbourne for its 2018 series too having purchased the infamous Gatwick Hotel on the seedy Fitzroy Street, St Kilda strip.

The Spanish Mission 64 room hotel cost around $15 million with the Block in the process of relocating its permanent occupants.

This article first appeared in the Daily Telegraph.

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