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Balmain Catholic Monastery has been converted into an extravagant eight-bedroom mansion with a rooftop retreat

Behind the walls of this historic monastery lies an extraordinary four-story mansion, complete with a 600-bottle wine cellar and a dreamy rooftop retreat overlooking Sydney Harbor.

  • A Catholic monastery in western Sydney has been converted into a sprawling four-story Gothic mansion
  • Built in 1876 by architect Edmund Blackett, 14c Jane Street is considered a local landmark in Balmain
  • The historic building was split into apartments before being renovated into a single residence in 2011
  • The result is a unique eight-bedroom home with a gym, wine cellar and views of the Harbor Bridge.
  • Italian marble has been used throughout the property, which has ceilings up to eight meters high

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A Catholic monastery has been converted into an extravagant mansion, complete with a gym, 600-bottle wine cellar, eight-meter ceilings, and an indoor elevator that moves between four floors.

Built by Australian architect Edmund Blackett in 1876, 14c Jane Street in Balmain, inland Sydney, began as the Convent of the Immaculate Conception, a school with 10 nuns and 30 boarders attending classes in a study hall large enough to accommodates 300 students.

After closing its doors due to financial hardship, a 20th-century renovation divided the school into three private residences before being restored to its original glory in 2011 as part of a project to preserve historic buildings.

The redesign has transformed the monument – listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register as a structure of ‘High Local Significance’ – into a unique family home with a rooftop entertainment terrace overlooking the Harbor Bridge.

The Convent of the Immaculate Conception on Jane Street in Balmain, west Sydney, which has been converted into an extravagant eight-bedroom mansion

The Convent of the Immaculate Conception on Jane Street in Balmain, west Sydney, which has been converted into an extravagant eight-bedroom mansion

Vaulted ceilings tower eight meters above the living room, decorated in Gothic style with a nod to the building's heritage

Vaulted ceilings tower eight meters above the living room, decorated in Gothic style with a nod to the building's heritage

Vaulted ceilings tower eight meters above the living room, decorated in a Gothic style with a nod to the building’s heritage

Eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms are spread over 702 square feet of internal space – a whopping 482 more than the average floor space of a New South Wales home, which was 220.3 in 2018, according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Vaulted ceilings tower eight meters above the spacious living room and kitchen-cum-dining room, which is fitted with a floor-to-ceiling bookcase, custom wood cabinets and Italian marble.

Other notable features include a self-contained guest apartment, master suite with its own living room and office, as well as premium cowrie floorboards and cedar doors that run throughout the home.

The kitchen-cum-dining room features floor-to-ceiling bookcases, custom wood cabinets and Italian marble

The kitchen-cum-dining room features floor-to-ceiling bookcases, custom wood cabinets and Italian marble

The kitchen-cum-dining room features floor-to-ceiling bookcases, custom wood cabinets and Italian marble

Eight bedrooms are spread over 702 square feet of internal space

Eight bedrooms are spread over 702 square feet of internal space

There is also a game room in the house that is a whopping 482 square feet larger than the average floor space of an NSW home, which was 220.3 in 2018.

There is also a game room in the house that is a whopping 482 square feet larger than the average floor space of an NSW home, which was 220.3 in 2018.

Eight bedrooms (pictured left) and a game room (right) are spread over 702 square feet of internal space – a whopping 482 larger than the average floor space of a New South Wales home, which was 220.3 in 2018

The expansive rooftop terrace overlooks iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the city skyline

The expansive rooftop terrace overlooks iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the city skyline

The expansive roof terrace overlooks iconic landmarks including the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the city skyline

Natural light enters through cathedral-style windows, giving a sense of the building's past life

Natural light enters through cathedral-style windows, giving a sense of the building's past life

Natural light enters through cathedral-style windows, providing a sense of the building’s past life

Notable features include premium Kauri floorboards that run through everything

Notable features include premium Kauri floorboards that run through everything

There is also a self contained guest apartment and a master suite with its own lounge (photo)

There is also a self contained guest apartment and a master suite with its own lounge (photo)

Notable features include a master suite with its own living room (right) and premium Kauri floorboards (left)

Natural light enters every corner through gothic cathedral-style windows, giving a sense of the building’s past life.

Outside, several balconies jut out over the landscaped garden, where a barbecue and dining patio runs around the edge, while an ornate fountain serves as the centerpiece.

The house is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of ‘Neo-Gothic’ architecture in Harbor City, where many Victorian-era buildings were demolished by developers and replaced with concrete blocks from the 1950s onwards.

Stairs crisscross the four floors, with a spacious landing in between

Stairs crisscross the four floors, with a spacious landing in between

Stairs crisscross the four floors, with a spacious landing in between

The dining area offers enough space for a 12-person table

The dining area offers enough space for a 12-person table

A barbecue and dining patio runs along the side of the building

A barbecue and dining patio runs along the side of the building

The dining area offers enough space for a 12-person table (left); outside, a barbecue terrace (right) runs along the side of the building

An ornate fountain acts as the centerpiece in the landscaped garden attached to the house

An ornate fountain acts as the centerpiece of the landscaped garden attached to the house

An ornate fountain acts as the centerpiece in the landscaped garden attached to the house

The property has even greater potential than its current state as it comes with pre-approved planning permission for a swimming pool and space to build a four-car parking garage – far from the simple beginnings of the monastery.

Bresic Whitney listing agent Adrian Oddi said the unique property has already attracted interest from overseas with a price tag of $ 12 million just days after it hit the market on Saturday, September 19.

‘The owners have given it a complete overhaul … the buyer pool for this property will extend far beyond Balmain,’ Mr Oddi told realestate.com.au.

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