Fitzroy house price record: Incredible church conversion wowing buyers

A formidable street presence.

Homebuyers will worship the “breathtaking” conversion of a historic Fitzroy bluestone church listed with a record $5.7m-$6.2m price tag.

The 1871 Presbyterian church was remodelled by ZEST Developments owner Glenn Morris, complete with a small bridge leading to a private north-facing rooftop terrace.

Nelson Alexander director Arch Staver said the 443sq m of living space featured “luxurious” timber materials and a small mezzanine area accessed via ladder.

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“It could be a fun place if kids want to camp out, it could be a home office or a living space,” Mr Staver said.

“It might be the place you position the DJ during parties.”

Mr Morris transformed the entire church site into a “stunning redevelopment” with 13 units including his own house.

An elevated home office, children’s retreat or even a DJ record-spinning stage.

Large glass windows and doors set into the roof offer amazing views.

Stained glass windows provide a historic atmosphere.

He had lived at 1/124 Napier St for six to seven years but was now “at the stage of his life where he is spending more time at the beach”.

“It was a complex refurbishment and a great deal of expense,” Mr Staver said.

“Inside was a complete and utter transformation over three levels with a commercial grade lift installed that makes taking your shopping up to the top level effortless.”

The rooftop terrace is accessed via small bridge.

Soaring ceilings.

The renovation focused on retaining the church’s structure and charm while adapting the property to modern life.

The abode has only been on the market for three days, but Mr Staver is already fielding interest from overseas and local buyers.

If the house sells within its asking range, it will smash Fitzroy’s $4,902,614 residential price record set in 2017 by 10/124 Napier St, a few doors away from Mr Morris’ pad.

The house has four bedrooms.

Inside one of three chic bathrooms.

Watch the sunset or sunrise colours streak through the sky from the comfort of home.

Author Graeme Simsion, writer of the best-selling The Rosie Project and its sequels, also owns a large warehouse space at the boutique complex.

Mr Morris also commissioned Inverloch’s iconic Croft House, which was constructed to look like a sand dune and appeared on Grand Designs Australia.

Expressions of interest in the property close June 30 at 5pm.

A church at 435 Punt Rd, South Yarra, converted into a house, fetched $1.33m.

199 Kilgour St, East Geelong was built as a church more than 100 years ago and is now a home that sold for $1.35m.

Churches converted to homes that have sold in the past two years:

2102 Wimmera Highway, Newbridge – circa-1870s store keeper’s residence and St Johns Anglican Church building. Sold for $1.2m, June 2022.

1/435 Punt Rd, South Yarra – former bluestone church converted to a three-bedroom house. Sold for $1.33m April 2022.

182 Fitzroy St, Fitzroy – former church hall, kindergarten and filming location for Australian productions converted to a three-bedroom house. Sold for $4.05m, March 2022.

199 Kilgour St, East Geelong – circa-1910s church converted to four-bedroom house. Sold for $1.35m, November 2021.

4 Clark St, Watchem – former church used as a two-bedroom home. Sold for $60,000, February 2021.

48 Roderick St, Taradale is for sale with a $1.95m-$2.145m asking range.

The former church 115 Waverley Ave, Merrigum is on the market for $280,000-$300,000.

Victorian churches and former churches currently for sale:

90 Mollison St, Malmsbury – former circa-1873 Presbyterian Church converted to a one-bedroom house. Asking price: $860,000-$940,000.

14 McCulloch St, Donald – a former Methodist Church built in 1914. Asking price: $250,000.

48 Roderick St. Taradale – the last mass at this former Roman Catholic Church was held in 1956. The property is now a four-bedroom house. Asking price: $1.95m-$2.145m.

115 Waverley Ave, Merrigum – a red brick church. Asking price: $280,000 -$300,000.

70-76 Victoria St, Warragul – a church, hall and commercial building are being offered for sale. Asking price: $2.275m.

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