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Peninsula convent sold as Melbourne Mercies rationalise

The grounds of a former Convent of Mercy on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula will be turned into high-priced housing following its sale to Melbourne property developers for $10.25 million.

The Age reports that the Sisters of Mercy have owned the 2.024-hectare site, on the corner of Mornington's Tanti Avenue and the Esplanade, since 1898. However, with only two sisters now living in the convent as caretakers, the Sisters of Mercy Property Association deemed the land surplus to requirements.

McGees National Property Consultants marketing agent Richard O'Callaghan told The Age that the site is the only substantial undeveloped parcel of beachfront land between Mentone and Portsea along the Esplanade with residential zoning.

Although not absolutely beachfront, the convent land overlooks Port Phillip Bay and has views of Melbourne city. It adjoins the St Macartans Catholic school and is close to the popular family swimming spot, Mills Beach.

A Becton spokeswoman said the convent building would be retained but a limited number of high-quality housing had been proposed for the site.

Mornington convent sold as Mercy order rationalises (The Age 4/6/04)

Sisters of Mercy - Melbourne Congregation
Padua College
McGee's Property Consultants - 15 Tanti Avenue Mornington
Becton Group | Becton Buys in Mornington 03.06.2004

4 Jun 2004