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‘Roman temple’ church conversion in rare air

A house converted inside one of Victoria’s few churches designed in “Roman temple form” has hit the market in Northcote, with buyers already scrambling to secure the piece of heaven on earth.

‘Roman temple’ church conversion in rare air

18 Mitchell St, Northcote is on the market asking $2.8-$3 million.Source:Supplied

This heavenly home is in rare air, occupying one of only “a small number” of churches designed in “Roman temple form” in the state, according to the Victorian Heritage Database.

And now 18 Mitchell St, Northcote could be yours, after hitting the market with a $2.8-$3 million price guide.

Would-be parishioners of the striking 1889-built property — which was a Primitive Methodist Church and Salvation Army citadel before being transformed into a double-storey house by the vendors — look set to face stuff competition.

The open-plan living, dining and kitchen area features a soaring ceiling.Source:Supplied

Note the on-theme dining set up.Source:Supplied

Nelson Alexander Fitzroy’s Rick Daniel said he’d received “stacks of inquiry” within days of listing the four-bedroom residence.

“The appeal has been quite broad,” he said.

“I’ve had buyers ringing from interstate, from Sydney. But predominantly we’re getting a lot of inquiry from the core inner suburbs (where people) are used to be seeing this sort of property, like Fitzroy, Richmond, Abbotsford.”

The house opens out to a barbecue deck.Source:Supplied

A former church hall — now a garage — is also part of the package.Source:Supplied

Mr Daniel said church conversions were uncommon in Northcote, with this one’s Roman temple design making it even more of a minority.

He said he’d only ever seen one other like it at 278 Gore St, Fitzroy, which he sold for $3 million in 2013.

The house offers four bedrooms.Source:Supplied

A modern bathroom.Source:Supplied

The Mitchell St conversion was completed in the past year to feature 9.5m-high ceilings in the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area.

The light-filled space is cleverly decorated by dining benches resembling church pews, and opens out to a barbecue deck and garden.

There’s also a former church hall at the rear of the property, which has been converted into a double garage with a mezzanine level and bathroom.

A second living room plus four bedrooms — two with ensuites — complete the home.

The kitchen features Gaggenau and Wolf appliances, and a butler’s pantry.Source:Supplied

The rare Roman temple-style facade.Source:Supplied

Mr Daniel said the vendors had originally intended to live there long-term, before their kids’ schooling took them to the Kew area.

The property’s expressions of interest campaign closes 5pm on March 21, unless it’s sold prior.


Originally published as‘Roman temple’ church conversion in rare air

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