Church bell tower converted into penthouse

The bell tower of an old church on Adelaide Road in the Wellington suburb of Newtown has been converted into a luxurious penthouse.

The former St James Presbyterian church near the Wellington Hospital has been completely rebuilt to accommodate five new apartments.

The 176 square-metre penthouse, the last apartment in the development to be sold, has retained all the character features of the historic 1880s church, including a massive 4.5m stud, vaulted timber ceilings and a dramatic rose window.

And it comes with spectacular 360 degree views from the tower room at the top.

Real Estate Agent Pano Focas says he wouldn’t even want to hazard a guess as to what the penthouse might fetch.

The other five apartments in the former church “blew away sales records for the area” last month, and there were 10 tenders for each property.

“The interest was huge,” he says.

“I have never been so run off my feet in 12 years in real estate.”

Focas says he cannot reveal the selling prices until after settlement, but says they “exceeded expectations”.

He said the project was a “labour of love” for developer Sheryl-Maree Gulliver, who has a background in the restoration of historic buildings and was passionate about maintaining the quality of the build.


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