It’s not every day you see a church up for auction – but an historic 1930s church, 14km north of Goulburn in NSW’s Southern Tablelands, is up for grabs this weekend.
The Godly possibility at 1042 Middle Arm Road, Middle Arm, is an ideal prospect for a renovation or Airbnb. It may even return to its roots as a place of worship – but regardless of its future, it won’t sell for a mere wing and a prayer.
After being inundated with inquiries on a daily basis, Nutrien Harcourts Macquarie Park sales agent Peter Reardon expects a crowd of 30-40 people to bid for St. Columba Church tomorrow. This includes a church group from Sydney who he sent a contract to this morning.
“I think they will be bidding so there is a chance it might go back to a church again,” he says. “It should sell well. We were thinking of about $350,000 when we first started. But I think there are some buyers thinking higher than that so it may well push to $400,000 or above – we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Set on a quiet and leafy one-acre site with panoramic scenery of the Middle Arm Valley, the little church has wowed both local and city buyers. Highlights include a bell tower, Kauri pine floors, vaulted Kauri pine ceilings with exposed beams and leadlight windows. The original altar is also still on display.
“We’ve had a mixture of interest from a lot of city buyers, which we’ve had right through last year with COVID,” Peter says. “Locals are having a look at it as well and everyone’s got different ideas for it. Some people would build another house, others would set up an Airbnb or convert it into a house or accommodation. Some other people said they’d build another house and use it as a studio. It’s not a big building but it’s fairly sound and in original condition.”
While not heritage listed, Peter says he doubts the local council would allow the church to be knocked down.
“You can definitely extend it and convert it into a house ,” he says. “But for extensions, council would probably make you look at its heritage and see what the design would be and make sure it all ties in and fits in.”
St Columba’s location is also in its favour with Goulbourn just 15 minutes away while both Sydney and Canberra can be reached within a few hours or less.
“It’s a cute little spot,” Peter says. “It hasn’t been owned or run as a church for a good 20 years and is privately owned by a local builder in town. He had intentions of converting it to a house but hasn’t got around to it. Circumstances have now changed and he wants to do different things.”
St Columba Church will go to auction at 1pm on Saturday, February 6, with a price range of $350,000-$400,000.
1042 Middle Arm Road, Middle Arm, NSW, 2580
0413 263 666
Nutrien Harcourts, Macquarie Park