How to buy a CHURCH

Old churches have become hot property in recent years.converted-modern-church-house

With their hardwood floors, stained glass windows and distinctive soaring skylines, it’s easy to see why former churches are finding flocks of fans among home buyers wanting rare and historically rich properties.

Over the centuries churches have arguably been the best-built and most aesthetically spectacular buildings of urban landscapes.

But now, as many churches are closing their doors, they’re becoming the ideal focus for would-be renovators and building convertors.

But what is it about houses of worship that make them so desirable as homes?

Robin Power is the Chief Executive Officer of Melbourne conversion specialist ‘Re:CONSTRUCTION’ and he says the same rules apply to a church as to any repurposing of a building.


“If the church is located in a good setting and you have the capacity to convert it into what you want as a home, there has long been demand for that,” Power says.

He says you’ll often find a solid construction, unique design, prime location and limited stock.

“What you’re doing is buying something distinct with the benefits of history and all the stories that come with it and, of course, the scarcity factor,” he says. “If it’s done well you can create some fabulous living spaces.”

“Churches are usually well constructed. They’re usually over-engineered and constructed by some wonderful stonemasons as these buildings were funded by the church parish and so were typically very well looked after.”

Vacant churches with the right permits are not always simple to find. But if it’s your dream home and you’re ready for the conversion challenge, then keep a close eye on the market.

It’s worth considering the uniqueness of a church property, they’re not everyone’s ideal home, so selling it on could be harder than your average property.

Below is a link to an old Church conversion another Acton office recently sold in Mount Hawthorn.

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