A former Goulburn monastery has been transformed into apartments priced from $125,000, The Canberra Times reports.
Fourteen hand-crafted Carrara marble statues – each weighing half a tonne – are long gone, removed under somewhat controversial circumstances.
And the bodies of the 22 Catholic priests that were buried in a small plot to the rear of a century-old monastery have likewise been exhumed and reburied in Sydney's Rookwood Cemetery.
The heritage-listed Goulburn monastery, more than four decades after it closed its doors, is being given a new lease on life. It's being converted into apartments and now all that's needed are buyers.
Since the monks vacated in 1972, it has been a rocky road to turn the grand old building into units.
Initially, a date with a bulldozer seemed on the cards. However, a series of financial collapses ensued and the original developer's plans remained unhatched.
Apartments were created a decade or so ago but mostly couldn't be sold at the time as the fire safety systems in the building were inadequate.
Despite recent work by the current owner – including upgrading the building's fire safety – the apartments at 25 Ben Street are showing their age.
However, their potential – some with high ceilings, unique archways, fireplaces and beautifully detailed windows, has buyers excited. As does the price.
Each is less than $200,000, with one-bedrooms starting from $125,000.
Apartments in monastery priced from $125,000 (The Canberra Times)