Pt Chev church sell­ing for first time in 99 years

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHANDRA

A 99-year-old church with a mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar CV is for sale in Auck­land.

The Church of the As­cen­sion in Point Che­va­lier, which closed for wor­ship in July, was ear­lier this month for the first time in its his­tory. The 2004sqm Dig­nan St sec­tion has three build­ings in­clud­ing the church, a vicarage and church hall.

Bay­leys Auck­land Daryl Spense said the prop­erty had a CV of $3.25 mil­lion.

He did not say what he thought it might sell for. The church comes with stained glass win­dows and a bell tower while the four-bed­room one bath­room vicarage is a 155sqm Cal­i­for­nian-style bun­ga­low.

The ad­ja­cent 240sqm Rat­tray Me­mo­rial Hall was built in the 1940s. Both the church and the hall had been used in re­cent times by Girl Guides and Boy Scouts.

The church was a ‘‘blank can­vas’’ with the po­ten­tial for rede­vel­op­ment into char­ac­ter homes, Spense said. The homes were built in the post­war era and had a solid foun­da­tion, he said.

‘‘It’s like the old cliche…. ‘they don’t build ‘em like this any­more’,’’ Spense said.

‘‘Ad­mit­tedly, there are no toi­lets or bath­room fa­cil­i­ties, and min­i­mal kitchen ameni­ties in the main church. But the stained-glass win­dows and na­tive tim­ber walls and floor­ing just ooze with char­ac­ter.’’

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