A converted church to call home

DREAM HOME: 221 Bonney Avenue in Clayfield is a true rarity to the market. It's for sale through Ray While Paddington.
DREAM HOME: 221 Bonney Avenue in Clayfield is a true rarity to the market. It's for sale through Ray While Paddington.

If you are looking for a unique property, you may be lucky enough to find a converted church to call home.

With unique features such as stained glass windows and soaring ceilings, it's easy to see why churches are popular with home buyers wanting a one-of-a-kind property steeped in history.

One of the reasons to choose a church is location, often the church has been the centre of the community and so sits in a prime setting. 

If a former church is your dream home, it's best to keep a close eye on the market, as completed conversions are few and far between, but here are two of the best currently for sale today.

Iconic landmark

Built in 1889 and originally serving as the Church of Palms', this historic and heritage listed church has been transformed into a charming home or office space.

Showcasing a commanding façade and captivating street presence with its iconic green shade and white picket fence, this exquisite property now offers three-four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two car spaces and multiple living and entertaining areas.

Adorned with magnificent, soaring cathedral ceilings, polished timber floors and rows of arched windows, this character-rich abode features an expansive open plan living space and mezzanine area.

Sonya Browne of Ray White Paddington says "this is an amazing home with definite wow factor.  It's so nice to buy something that is truly unique and a piece of historical value.    

"The renovation has been cleverly done to enhance the period features while not compromising on functionality and livability"

Now a modern home

Set in a thriving community, this beautifully restored church is truly unique. Constructed in 1875 as a Presbyterian Church, the later arrival of the rail line through the village required St John's to be relocated to its current site.

Today St John's is a stylishly renovated home with two large mezzanine bedrooms.

The third bedroom is located in a separate chapel-style cottage at the rear of the property boasting a new bathroom and its own private deck overlooking the manicured gardens. This opens up great Airbnb opportunities.

No expense has been spared since the current owners purchased it three years ago, focusing on the upgrading of structural facets of the building, drainage and repointing of the brickwork.