Church of Scotland Selling off Character Properties

Church of Scotland Selling off Character Properties

Adventurous homebuyers north of the border looking for a truly unique property could be in luck as the Church of Scotland sells of a selection of buildings to the highest bidder.

The Scotsman reports that the religious organisation is currently carrying out property marketing campaigns for a number of traditional kirks as well as other church-owned buildings across the country, including at city centre locations in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Real Estate Photography Reveals Churches’ Unique Character

The former church properties, which range in price from offers over £25,000 for a simple stone-built church near the stunning Argyll shore to offers in the region of £1,270,000 for the gothic Greyfriars John Knox Church in the Granite city of Aberdeen, are featured on the Church of Scotland’s own property marketing page – with the accompanying property photography revealing the characterful nature of the buildings on offer.

While only some of the church buildings on offer will be deemed suitable for conversion by local planning authorities, savvy buyers may well be able to bag a bargain in the current market. However, potential purchasers are warned that they may need to share their new home with the dearly departed, or face large exhumation bills to have the existing residents relocated.

Appealing to All Markets

Church of Scotland vice chairman of general trustees the Reverend Dr James Jack told the Scotsman that the property marketing campaign was not focusing purely on a residential market, with a number of community groups and business interests also interested in the properties.

He said: “What we find is that either they’re in the middle of graveyards or have substantial problems fabric-wise, or they are listed buildings, which means that they are difficult to turn into different usage, the price is reflected in that.”


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