This five-bedroom home at Mummulgum, a converted Catholic Church, is on the market for $319,000 through LJ Hooker Casino.
This five-bedroom home at Mummulgum, a converted Catholic Church, is on the market for $319,000 through LJ Hooker Casino.

Home could be blessing in disguise

SNAGGING a slice of heaven in a hamlet with only half-a-dozen homes is a rare opportunity in the world of real estate.

Glenn Shenton managed to do it in 2002 when he called the Catholic Church at Mummulgum to see if he could get married there.

When he was told he couldn’t because the church was about to be deconsecrated he decided to buy it instead.

“My wife (Karen Bennett) grew up in Mummulgum and used to go to church there as a kid,” he said. “So when I found out I couldn’t marry her there I decided to buy it for her.”

They moved into the church and lived there with their five children for a few years before relocating to Tweed Heads.

Mr Shenton said he would love to hang on to the church as a weekend getaway, but it made more sense to sell it.

“We’re sad to see it go, but if we can’t live in it we’ve decided we need to sell it,” he said.

The church is one of only a handful of properties in Mummulgum, 25km west of Casino, and has been converted into a five-bedroom home.

The ensuite was the confessional.

“It’s quite funny because the toilet is where the priest would have sat,” Mr Shenton said.

The church is listed at $319,000 with LJ Hooker Casino.



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