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Divine Collingwood church conversion achieves record price

The Property Addict / Architecture & Design

Aug 16 2017

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A WORSHIP-worthy Collingwood church conversion has become the most expensive house to ever sell in Melbourne's inner north. Owner-architect Ilana Kister's divine Courtyard House at 6 Oxford St was snapped up by local buyers following a five-week expressions of interest campaign that ended on Friday. Divine1 Divine2 Nelson Alexander Fitzroy selling agent Arch Staver said he couldn't disclose the sale price, but confirmed the four-bedroom house had achieved the highest figure paid for a single dwelling in an inner-north suburb. The Herald Sun understands the price fell within the $5.8-$6.38 million range quoted for the house. CoreLogic record indicate the inner north's benchmark reported house price had been the $5.22 million fetched by 1032 Drummond St, Carlton North in June. But it's understood a Fitzroy property had recently sold off market for a figure above that. Divine3 Divine4 Mr Staver said the resurrected 142-year-old Gothic Revival church had trumped both of these after attracting buyer interest predominantly from within the north, but also from "overseas and the other side of the river". He said three parties placed offers during the sale campaign, with the buyer eventually tempted by the 720sq m property's "sheer space" and the possibility to further develop the church. Divine5 Divine6 "The big money has always been in the inner-north, you have to wait until the appropriate property become available to show it," the agent said. Ms Kister spent about two years converting and extending the former St Saviour's Church of England into the glorious residence, after paying $2.505 million for it in late 2012. The price was a record for Collingwood that had stood until the latest sale. Divine7 Divine8 The architect opened up the former house of God by installing large windows and connecting it to a modern extension via a glass walkway. The extension curves around a circular courtyard with a lap pool and gardens, in a nod to Sir Roy Ground's famed Hill St house in Toorak. Heritage documents state that the church was built in 1874-75 and enlarged in 1879. It also operated as the Holy Virgins Protection Russian Orthodox Church from 1958. By Samantha Landy Article originally published in Save



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