SOLD: The historic Upper Orara church will become a unique residence after being purchased by local buyers.
SOLD: The historic Upper Orara church will become a unique residence after being purchased by local buyers. Contributed

God’s house to become home

A LOCAL couple plans to transform Upper Orara's historic All Saints Anglican Church into one of the region's unique homes.

The 102-year-old former church has been sold after being almost 12 months on the market.

According to RP Data, the church sold for $180,000, a little more than half its original listed price of $319,000.

Stringent heritage conditions over the church and even the liquidambar trees that line its boundary were undoubtedly a factor in the final sale result.

"I thought it would be a hard property to sell due to the limi- tations on what you can and can't do with the heritage listing," said NSW Real Estate selling agent Grant Larson said.

Despite those limitations, interest in the "carpenter gothic-style church" made from locally milled cedar came from near and far.

"During the marketing campaign, the property received more than 6600 views on the internet and in excess of 50 buyer inspections; some from interstate," Mr Larson said.

Most potential buyers of the old church were looking to convert it into a home; however Mr Larson said there was also would-be buyers interested in keeping its original function, but as a non-denominational church.

Mr Larson said the new owners had held extensive talks with the city council on how they would be able to transform the building into a home.

"They just loved the feel, the design and sense of space inside the church. They intend to re- store the quality of the building to its former glory."

All Saints is not the only piece of holy heritage to change hands this month; the former Karangi Catholic Church was sold by Nolan Partners principal Scott Nolan.

However all the hard work had already been done on this former place of worship to turn it into a family home.