Block winners Josh and Elyse spend $1.35 million in Albert Park

Block winners Josh and Elyse spend $1.35 million in Albert Park
Block winners Josh and Elyse spend $1.35 million in Albert Park

The last winners of the Block series, model Elyse Knowles and her boyfriend Josh Barker, are taking their time on their latest renovation project.

They have spent $1.35 million on an 1880s Albert Park terrace (pictured above) - but have yet to lodge any development application on the home that had previously sold in 1978 for $34,000.

It is on the same block as where the 2014 series took place.

The couple were clear winners of last year's series in Elsternwick when selling the 1920s farmhouse for $3.07 million to the Melbourne comedian Dave Hughes. Winning them $547,000, it was the highest price ever seen on The Block since its 2003 inception at Bondi Beach.

Their own interrupted Coburg Californian bungalow transformation secured a windfall $1.63 million sale after paying $600,000 in 2014.

It was advertised as "the home of a master craftsman and an interior designer".

But Elyse's fashion modelling career is taking off as she makes her runway debut for Myer on August 23 in Sydney alongside Jennifer Hawkins and other Myer faces such as Rachael Finch, Kris Smith and former AFL player Josh Gibson.

This article first appeared in The Sunday Telegraph

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