An amazing church hall conversion in Northcote’s exclusive Ruckers Hill

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Photo: supplied

In the highly prized and tightly held precinct of Northcote’s Ruckers Hill, properties rarely come on to the market.

Maybe it’s the character of the neighbourhood, with heritage homes and some excellent examples of boom-time Melbourne architecture. Maybe it’s the fact that the hill offers the best view of the Melbourne skyline, especially at sunset when the sky turns to rainbow shades behind the towers and the lights start to flicker on. Maybe it’s the proximity to Northcote’s cutting edge cafes and restaurants and the variety of entertainment and lifestyle options offered by dynamic High Street.

NORTHCOTE \ 42 JAMES STREET

  • Agent \ Jellis Craig Northcote, 8481 1900
  • Price \ $3.5 million – $3.8 million
  • Expressions of interest close May 29 at 5pm

While it’s rare for a house to come on the market here, it’s even rarer to see a character property as unusual as this church building. Built in 1906 as the hall of the French Romanesque church next door, it was cleverly re-imagined to become a dwelling in 2001.

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The layout is spacious and the atmosphere of the original building has been retained. The vendors have gone with an industrial theme for the furnishings, but the decor possibilities are endless. It’s definitely the kind of place that fires up the imagination.

On the ground floor, entry is to the large open plan living, dining and rumpus zones and the kitchen with 900 millimetre Smeg stove and Bosch dishwasher. Soaring 5.8-metre ceilings, skylights, and several windows make the area light and open. Stained pine floors run throughout and ceilings are tongue and groove timber. Some areas have dado panelling.

Four bedrooms, main with en suite, dressing room and deck, and a large and sleekly contemporary family bathroom open off a hall.

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This floor opens to a paved courtyard with mature trees.

On the first floor, a sitting room of 10.5 metres by 6.7 metres opens via stacker doors to a two-tiered rooftop deck. With its soaring pitched ceiling, glazed wall and vast space, this is a very appealing and flexible room.

The land is about 471 square metres and there is a second residence at the rear of the block with a kitchen, bathroom, large living and dining area and a mezzanine bedroom.

The property is close to High Street and zoned for Northcote High School.

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Photo: supplied

Final word

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to buy a unique property in one of Melbourne’s most highly sought-after areas.” Anthony Lapadula – agent

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