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House Pope slept in breaks sale record

A mansion once slept in by Pope John Paul II has become Adelaide's highest priced residential sale.

The circa-1890 Victorian residence in suburban Medindie fetched $3.51 million.

"Ennis" was owned by the Church but has been empty since Archbishop James Gleeson died in March, 2000. The new owner - a well-known Adelaide property developer, who wishes to remain anonymous - plans to spend up to $1 million on restoration.

But he told The Advertiser yesterday he was "absolutely not" developing any of the substantial park-like grounds, which measure 4128sq m.

The Church said all funds raised from the sale would be used for Centacare and various social welfare programs in the diocese.

Record $3.5m estate will stay (The Advertiser 16/3/04)

Archdiocese of Adelaide
Death of Archbishop James William Gleeson, AO, CMG, DD, FACE (21/3/00)

16 Mar 2004