Nun’s retreat

Nun’s retreat transformed into extreme $12m house

PHOTO: The former convent in Balmain that’s now luxury housing. Source: Supplied

It was once modest accommodation for nuns, but an ambitious project has turned a 144-year-old gothic building into a mansion with an internal lift, 600-bottle wine cellar and plenty more.

A Victorian-era building once used by nuns has been transformed into one of the inner west’s most extravagant homes – with a price tag to match.

The eight-bedroom house, one of three homes converted from the former Convent of the Immaculate Conception in Balmain, was listed for sale this week with $12m hopes.

It includes four levels of living space serviced by a private lift, along with a home gym, 600-bottle wine cellar and plush Italian marble finishes.

The gothic-revival building on Jane St was constructed in 1876 and original housed 10 Sisters of the Good Samaritan and 30 boarders.