Real Estate

historic ceres church up for grabs as buyers baulk at auction

Written by The ReReport

Whitford agents Tony Young and Dale Whitford call for bids on the former Ceres Uniting Church.

IMAGINATIONS were left to run wild as buyers let the opportunity to snap up the historic former Ceres Uniting Church slip by at auction on Saturday.
The 1266sq m property was offered with approved plans to convert the Barrabool Hills freestone former place of worship at 17 McCann St into a luxury house.


Renovated Newtown duplex sells after tough post-auction negotiations

Geelong the nation’s strongest market as $613m worth of property is listed October

Belmont’s prestige market starts to emerge as $1m-$1.1m house is listed for sale

Whitford agents Tony Young and Dale Whitford call for bids on the former Ceres Uniting Church.

The former churchyard occupies a stunning corner of the Barrabool Hills hamlet.

The property overlooks a sweeping view across Geelong and Corio Bay and is close to the freeway and Highton shops.

Whitford, Newtown auctioneer Dale Whitford said the agents had handed out 15 contracts on the property during the campaign, yet no-one was prepared to raise an offer above the $700,000 vendor bid.
A big crowd had gathered to see if the 1855 Wesleyan Methodist church would sell for the second time in two years on Saturday.
Before the auction, fellow agent Tony Young said there had been massive interest in the property from buyers who had their eye on the church opposite Ceres’ Temperance Hall and boasting a sweeping view above Geelong and Corio Bay.

Inside the former church.

Approved plans by architect Nicholas Burns for 17 McCann St, Ceres

The property last sold in 2016 for $500,000.
The sellers had called in architect Nicholas Burns to draw plans to renovate the church and extend it to form a family house, only to find their ideal property at another location.
The council has approved the plans, which show the church structure will be transformed into the main bedroom suite with a sitting room, bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.
At the rear of the church, a glass atrium will connect the old with the new extension that wraps around the block, adding a study, three more bedrooms and a spacious open-plan kitchen, meals area and loungeroom.

The plans show the U-shaped house would create a central courtyard, maintaining separation of the heritage listed building from the rest of the house.
But not all the buyers hope to stick to the approved plans, some mulling other designs or even setting up a cafe or general store, Mr Whitford told the crowd.
The last service was held at the Ceres church in December, 2015 as the congregation fell to as few as three.
Price hopes are $680,000-$750,000.

Source link