Surprising East Geelong church conversion answers city fringe prayers

A young local buyer paid a $100,000 premium to win the keys to a surprising East Geelong church conversion that answered all his prayers.

A stylish East Geelong church conversion will be born again as a bachelor pad after a young Geelong buyer snared the keys at auction.

The man paid a $100,000 premium to purchase the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 199 McKillop St for $1.35 million.

The vendors revamped the circa 1910 church in 2017, with a stunning Art Deco kitchen among inspired interior choices that attracted interest from younger Geelong buyers.

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Eastwood Andrews, Geelong agent Andrew Crowhurst said competition from a Sydney investor, who tuned in via FaceTime, and another medical professional pushed the price.

“The investor from Sydney was pretty sold on it right from the start but a young fellow from Geelong, a Geelong business owner, bought it,” Mr Crowhurst said.

“He walked in after seeing 40 homes and said ‘this is the one, I’m going to get it’.”

He said the result was a credit to quality of the renovation and the vendors’ flair for interior design.

Turning the baptismal pit into a wine cellar was one of the clever design decisions that boosted the liveability of the weatherboard home.

The L-shaped house wraps around a north-facing outdoor entertainment area and garden, with a vegie patch and chicken run also part of the 480sq m package.

“A lot of the response when people walked in was how big the space was and what it offered, people were taken aback,” Mr Crowhurst said.

“And the acoustics were fantastic, they had a piano in there, it was really well insulated and it had hydronic heating so it was a real quality renovation.”

He said the vendors’ young family had outgrown in the inner city residence but it was perfect for a bachelor pad.

Another church conversion in Rippleside also sold for big price when it went under the hammer on Saturday.

McGrath, Geelong agent Michael Marmora paid $1.248 million for the two-bedroom, one-bathroom house at 35 Balmoral Cres.

Whitford, Newtown agent John Moran had $890,000 to $970,000 price hopes for the converted former chapel of the North Geelong Presbyterian Church.

Originally published as Surprising East Geelong church conversion answers city fringe prayers

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