PHOTO: Buying a former place of worship
For anyone seeking a sign from above to kickstart their tree change adventure, then buying a former place of worship could be the guiding light they’re after.
Congregations around the world have been offloading lesser frequented churches for years but as time passes it has become harder to find those hallowed renovator’s delights that are still considered to be immaculately blank canvases.
Across the country there are currently several churches (and former faithful spaces) listed with varying price tags and differing states of renovation so there is something for everyone – from the wannabe AirBnb believer to the DIY devotee.
Church in Teralba for sale. Picture: Supplied
The former St David’s Church and adjoining hall has been reimagined as a yoga studio, although the versatile property could become any number new businesses. Zoned B1, the property isn’t currently set up to be a home, but could potentially be a family residence or even a unique short term holiday spot with council approval.
The church’s character is intact. Picture: Supplied
In the hall there are toilet facilities and a kitchen, while the church retains all of its former glory including leadlight windows and original timber flooring. Surrounded by picturesque gardens, the period property is listed with a $850,000 price guide and sits on a 1011sq m block 21kms south west of Newcastle’s CBD and near the shores of Lake Macquarie.
These twin churches in Yarck have AirBnB superhost status. Picture: Supplied
Right now these two freestanding 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 sit on 2024sq m of land near the quaint village of Yarck approximately two hours from Melbourne and at the the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. Fully renovated and on the market fully furnished, the side-by-side churches are earning around $170 a night each.
1930s church in Euroka. Picture: Supplied
Built in the 1930s, the landmark Methodist Church just outside of Kempsey was decommissioned in 1992 and then transformed into a unique home with plenty of spirit. It still has all the charm of yesteryear with high decorative ceilings and ivy-covered external walls as well as cobblestone paths and a grand old Camphor Laurel tree in the yard.
Church with a pool. Picture: Supplied
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