A former house of God is seeking divine intervention to be resurrected into a heavenly home.
The Berwick church might be the answer to the prayers of buyers looking for a “bargain” property to convert, with a price tag below $1 million.
The 144-year-old Anglican Church at 8 Palmerston St features high ceilings, arched and stained-glass windows, and a red-brick facade.
Ray White Berwick agent Anne Haynes the church came with architectural drawings for a three-bedroom, two-storey home.
“It was the first church in Berwick, built 144 years ago, and people from all over the district would come to this church,” she said.
“We have done some conceptual drawings to give people some vision as to what it could be as a residential property.”
The owner purchased the church about 20 years ago and subdivided the land, building a townhouse and personal home on two adjoining blocks.
Most recently the church has been operating as a pilates studio.
“People who are currently looking at it will do something stunning with that church,” Ms Haynes said.
“You will have something that is absolutely unique that you can transform into something with so much personality and character.
“What is also beautiful is the surrounding 100-year-old oak trees that line Palmerston St, which gives it a beautiful ambience.
“It will become prime real estate in the future if it was converted to a residential dwelling.”
The property’s $900,000-$990,000 price guide looks like a steal compared to the recent $2.19 million sale of an empty church in Port Melbourne.
The Berwick offering also compares well to a Clayton church, which fetched a hefty $3.5 million last year.
Berwick’s median house price sits at $675,000, after notching 16.4 per cent growth in the past three years, latest realestate.com.au figures show.