As a stuntman, Mick Hodge has labored with among the world’s most well-known actors, together with Hugh Jackman, Keanu Reeves, Jason Momoa and Tom Cruise.
It’s a high-octane profession, so discovering a quiet life away from the motion is a problem.
Seven years in the past, he and spouse Lara discovered simply the place – an outdated church in Turramurra that was transformed into an exquisite dwelling.
“It’s lovely,” he stated.
“I’m English and I really like my structure and this dwelling has been such an important place for us.”
Mr Hodge is a stalwart of the movie business, having labored throughout all the stunt subject, as a co-ordinator, supervisor, actor and rigger.
He has labored on blockbusters just like the The Matrix Revolutions, Godzilla, Godzilla: Closing Wars, Mission: Not possible and Mission: Not possible II, X-Males Origins: Wolverine, and Kids of the Corn.
He’s additionally lively within the tv business, and has labored on quite a few Australian and worldwide exhibits, together with Todd Sampson’s Physique Hack, Underbelly, Prime Gear Australia, Dwelling And Away, and Chunk Membership.
In actual fact it’s profession that has led him and his spouse to checklist their much-loved dwelling at 106 Kissing Level Rd, Turramurra, on the market.
“Now we have run out of house for all his gear,” Mrs Hodge stated.
“We’ve received motorbikes, harnesses and ropes and dive gear (Mr Hodge can also be a dive grasp) – there are not less than 80 huge tubs stuffed with gear.
“If we didn’t have to maneuver, we wouldn’t, we’re simply actually battling the house.”
It’s not simple to say farewell to the house that has given them a lot pleasure.
Mrs Hodge remembers the primary time she laid eyes on the property.
“We had been in search of some time and we had checked out about 30 locations earlier than we got here to this one,” she stated.
“We walked in and I stated, that is it. It simply has a good looking really feel to it. It’s simple to grasp that this was a church the place good issues occurred.”
The property actually comes with loads of historical past, that started in 1936 when the Presbyterian Church was given the land and corridor that had been constructed 4 years earlier.
The church started with a small congregation that grew after World Battle II, that means they wanted extra space.
The property was bought on December 19, 1969 and a brand new church constructing was inbuilt close by Chisolm St.
The brand new homeowners Nadine and Douglas Saunders transformed the church into a non-public dwelling. Information present They paid $10,750 for the property, secured with a $100 deposit. Writing beneath her maiden identify Nadine Amadio for Australian Home and Backyard in April 1971, Mrs Saunders stated she had all the time had a childhood dream of dwelling in a fortress.
However with Australia’s brief provide of castles, her dream turned to church buildings, one conveniently shared by her husband.
“Each of us are deeply concerned with music and its promotion and we knew how thrilling the sound can be in a home with a hovering ceiling,” she wrote within the journal article.
“We set about discovering an outdated church to show into a house. After a protracted search (and sometimes being simply too late), we discovered and purchased an enthralling one at Turramurra, NSW, with sufficient land for potential additions.”
The couple poured their hearts and souls into the church’s rebirth as a house.
It has stood the check of time. Greater than 50 years on, there have been a number of subsequent homeowners, all of whom have put their mark on the property.
Mrs Hodge stated they hadn’t executed an important deal to the property apart from some sensible additions like a brand new flue for the fireside, new doorways and followers, and airconditioning.
“The inside is unique – it’s a part of the character of the house,” she stated.
“It’s a type of locations you simply go into and say wow. We nonetheless do it. It’s s beautiful dwelling.”
The couple have enlisted Anna Cavill, of Ray White Higher North Shore, to promote the four-bedroom dwelling.
She is planning to take the property to public sale in early December. She has not but set a value information for the distinctive dwelling, which will likely be open for inspection for the primary time this weekend, from 10.30-11am. It’s going to even be open on Wednesdays on the similar time.
“I’ve by no means bought an outdated church earlier than – it’s completely beautiful,” she stated.
“It could have been lovely as a church as effectively.”
Options of the house, which is on 1077sqm, embody a loft retreat/library, stone kitchen, separate self-contained studio and enormous workshed on the rear.