St Francis Xavier Seminary in Rostrevor sells to personal purchaser after two years in the marketplace

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Rostrevor Seminary

The previous St Frances Xavier Seminary, constructed circa 1958, has bought to Peter Beames for $1.06 million.


A former Catholic seminary in Adelaide’s east – which as soon as served as a coaching floor for monks – has bought to a non-public purchaser who plans to show the property into a house.

After greater than two years in the marketplace, the previous St Francis Xavier Catholic Seminary at 36 Chapel Approach, Rostrevor has bought for $1.06 million – $165,000 above its unique worth information.

Purchaser Peter Beames stated the acquisition had put an finish to a 20-year-long quest for a house large enough to accommodate his theatre organ.

“I actually needed it to be in public area in order that it may very well be appreciated by the general public however after 20 years of making an attempt, I gave up – till I discovered this (property),” he stated.

“It appealed to me due to the area and hopefully, as soon as to twice a 12 months, individuals will get to listen to it.”

36 Chapel Approach, Rostrevor.


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A procession at St Francis Xavier Seminary in 1969.


Mr Beames stated he had already contracted an architect to assist facilitate a $100,000 renovation, which is able to embody making a dwelling area on the decrease degree.

“I would like the primary ground to be all about entertaining, so I plan to have the precise dwelling on the decrease degree,” he stated.

“So there might be two bedrooms – the grasp with an ensuite – a fundamental front room and a kitchen.

“I nonetheless need to get all of it permitted by the council, however I’m hoping that gained’t be a problem as they’ve beforehand permitted plans to have the primary degree arrange as the primary dwelling area.”

Promoting agent Jeff Goodwin of Leipzig Actual Property stated the property attracted a wide range of patrons all through the marketing campaign – some with grand architectural plans.


Nonetheless, the event’s limitations noticed many patrons press pause on the venture. The property was rezoned by Campbelltown Metropolis Council in recent times for residential use solely

“There have been different patrons however none with Peter’s distinctive story,” he stated.

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“He’s held this lengthy standing dream and it’s onerous to compete with somebody who falls in love with … and ultimately is ready to pay above worth information.”

The redevelopment of the seminary will finalise plans by the Japanese Constructing Group to rework the encompassing web site right into a $15 million housing property. The venture was first permitted in 2017 and consists of the development of a three-storey, 24 townhouse advanced, 22 homes and 64 automotive parks.


The properties substitute the seminary’s former coaching faculty, which was used from the Forties to Nineties to organize college students for priesthood. Mr Goodwin stated these with robust neighborhood connections to the seminary had been invited to attend a farewell morning tea later this month.

“There’s a whole lot of dwelling historical past right here and also you don’t need to go far to discover a neighborhood connection,” he stated.

“So we’re going to carry a morning tea on November 28 to present individuals the prospect to say goodbye and we’ll try this between 9am and 11am.

“For a lot of this might be accomplished in a extremely heartfelt approach and it’s these folks that drove this concept and have been contacting us to seek out out extra about the way forward for the positioning.”

lydia.kellner@news.com.au

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