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For anyone looking for a sign from above to kickstart their tree-changing adventure, buying a former place of worship may be the guiding light they’ve been looking for.
Congregations around the world have been emptying less-visited churches for years, but as time has gone by, it’s become harder to find those sacred delights of innovators that are still considered immaculately empty canvases.
Across the country, there are currently several churches (and former fidelity spaces) listed with different price tags and varying degrees of renovation, so there’s something for everyone – from the wannabe AirBnb believer to the do-it-yourselfer.
The former St David’s Church and adjacent hall have been redesigned as a yoga studio, although the versatile property could become a host of new businesses. Zoned B1, the property is not currently set up as a home but could potentially be a family home or even a unique short term vacation spot with council approval.
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In the hall are toilet facilities and a kitchen, while the church has kept all its former glory, including stained glass windows and original wooden floors. Surrounded by picturesque gardens and listed with a price guide of $850,000, the historic property is located on a 1,011 sqm block, 13 miles southwest of Newcastle’s CBD and near the shores of Lake Macquarie.
Right now, these two detached converted churches are experiencing an afterlife as The Churches of Yarck on AirBnb with ‘superhost’ status. Listed with a price tag of $695,000, the divine pair sits on 2,024 square feet of land near the quaint village of Yarck, about two hours from Melbourne and at the foot of the Great Dividing Range. Completely renovated and fully furnished on the market, the adjacent churches earn about $170 a night each.
Built in the 1930s, the historic Methodist church just outside Kempsey was dismantled in 1992 and then transformed into a unique home with a lot of spirit. It still has all the charm of yesteryear with high decorative ceilings and ivy-clad exterior walls, as well as cobbled paths and a large old camphor laurel tree in the garden.
The new footprint has three bedrooms, including a master bedroom with an ensuite, plus two bathrooms and multiple indoor and outdoor living areas. The 1,408-square-foot estate, with a $700,000 to $750,000 buyer’s guide, also includes a heavenly backyard pool.
The Balldale Presbyterian Church is on the market for the first time since its divine invention in 1911 and is looking for its next custodian. This historic property on 2023 sqm has a unique facade unlike traditional churches, so offers adventurous DIY buyers the chance to reinvent the wheel. Fully maintained and powered, the structure’s large main room has several large windows, original wood floors and high ceilings. It is just around the corner from the newly refurbished Balldale Pub and is 31 miles west of Albury and will go under the hammer on Saturday 9th October.
Once known as St Oswalds Church and Wesleyan Chapel, this (almost blank canvas) of historic bones dating back 127 years has a lot of potential. With views across Trevallyn and the Tamar River to Launceston, this Grade II listed church and hall, designed by renowned Tasmanian architect Alexander Northstill, reflects Victorian architectural traditions with a steep gabled roofline, vaulted timber ceilings, detailed headlamps and an elegant vestry. interest that closes on October 22, the church does not have an official price guide.
This adorable 1234-square-foot country church is less than 100 years old and could be the answer to your tree-changing prayers with an affordable price guide of $230,000 to $250,000. Located about 150km south of Mildura, the former Methodist church has been reborn as a modern four bedroom family home retaining much of its original charm.
In addition to polished floorboards, original stained glass windows and high ceilings, there is air conditioning, multiple living rooms, a modern kitchen and a covered outdoor entertaining area.
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