THE Leeds office of surveyors and valuers Edward Symmons has been given holy orders to make buyers see the light and buy a monastery!
St Benet’s Monastery in Sunderland city centre is a 7,760 sq ft three-storey property which was built around 1900 and lies on a 0.75 acre site.
It is hoped that the unusual commission, which has come from The Congregation of The Most Holy Redeemer, will offer a revelation to a developer and be the genesis of a new property project.
The property overlooks its private gardens and car park and is located next to St Benet’s Church and Parish Centre in the Monkwearmouth area.
The facilities include a library, dining room, common room, kitchen and 11 study/bedrooms, as well as a chapel.
Richard Corby, head of Edward Symmons’ Leeds office, said: “This unusual property is ripe for redevelopment, with potential uses ranging from private or student housing to small scale retailing or community use.
“We are seeking offers in excess of £500,000 for the property and would encourage interested parties to contact us as soon as possible, as we anticipate strong interest from a range of potential purchasers.”