Houses of the Holy: Australian churches turned into incredible homes
If you are seeking divine intervention or even a divine renovation, a unique deconsecrated home could be just for you.
From a house of worship to Instaworthy interiors, this former church and Sunday school hall in southern Sydney is a savvy example of creative design.
The contemporary conversion on 687sq m in the waterfront enclave of Como, has just been listed for auction through Sanders agent Andrew Mills.
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It is set to go under the hammer on September 21, but putting a price tag on it is no simple task.
“It really is a unique property unlike anything else in our local demographic,” Mr Mills said.
“In Como the typical buyer is a family household with a couple of kids, but this isn’t your standard family home.
“Price is pretty subjective, so it all depends on who really wants it and what they want it for. We’ve had interest from a whole range of buyers.
Last sold by Mr Mills for $920,000 in 2013, the Bulumin St property has undergone significant renovations since.
Designed by award-winning architects Hely, Bell & Horne in the 1960s, the church turned private home now features two separate self-contained buildings; the church itself and the hall which are connected via a covered breezeway.
“It is liveable as is because the current owners have done an amazing job. But if a family of four were to move in, there would need to be some work done to put up a few walls,” Mr Mills added.
“It’s not your run of the mill house. Not just for Como, but for the whole of the Sutherland Shire so it does represent some amazing local history.”
Although there has been a modern makeover, there are plenty of the original hallmarks of St Anne’s Anglican Church remaining. They include clinker brick walls, exposed steel beams, brick and timber flooring, a combustion fireplace, large feature timber doors and even the inscribed foundation stones.
Set into the brickwork in what was the entry foyer of the church, the historic slabs now sit pride of place in the new kitchen declaring that the Archbishop of Sydney at the time, Reverend Mowll, laid the first stone for a former place of worship on July 3, 1955.
A second stone shows that the Archdeacon of Wollongong Eric Arthur Pitt was on site to open the current structure on February 27, 1965.
Operated by the Anglican Church until 1997, St Anne’s was then deconsecrated and sold into private hands.
Across the country, churches have been made over and modified to make charming and eclectic homes with unique design features. Whether keen house hunters are after a ready made residence, or a divine renovation, there are plenty of churches to choose from.
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Four for the price of one, this former church property includes a home, a chapel, a hall and a studio all on a 3516sq m block. There is a fully contained two-bedroom house and the now decommissioned chapel, which dates back to 1874, has been used for ceremonies. The potential is there for a full country wedding venue with the partially renovated hall perfect for a reception.
Montagu Bay, Tasmania
Price: On application
Yet to be converted into a residence, this holy renovation project is a pretty property on 891sq m with river, city and mountain views. Right now the former St James Anglican Church is just one large hall with an adjoining kitchen and meeting room off the back, but there are multiple possibilities for a post-church afterlife.
Cute and quirky, this rare A-frame former church is unlike any other home around it. It has been converted to include three bedrooms, a large living area with a 10m high ceiling, two fireplaces and a combined bathroom and laundry. Sitting on 2020sq m, the property is 120kms north of Wagga Wagga.
Little Swanport, Tasmania
Sitting on 3.21ha, this pretty as a picture former church was once part of the 200-year old Lisdillon Estate. The stone structure was built in the mid 1800s as a non-denominal church used by the workers of original land owner John Mitchell. Much of the original building stands today, but it has had a rustic renovation and is currently used as short term accommodation. The sale also includes a main two-bedroom cottage.
Ellis Lane, NSW
Price: On application
Now a two-bedroom home on an acreage with access to the Nepean River, this former country church still has its original door and windows and leafy views from almost every room. It has been renovated throughout and has a modern kitchen plus a contemporary spa bathroom. Out the back the country charm continues with an American style barn.