Gothic-style church conversion home of the late former Geelong Football Club president Frank Costa sells for over $3million after he lived there for decades with his wife and eight kids

A church converted home owned and occupied by the late former Geelong Football Club president Frank Costa AO has officially been sold.

The East Melbourne CBD church sold for an undisclosed price understood to be within the $3 to $4million range on Thursday, according to Realestate.com.au.

The property was listed with Jellis Craig Armadale and put on the property market in November last year.

Unique selling: Church conversion home of the late former Geelong Football Club president Frank Costa has sold for over $3million

Unique selling: Church conversion home of the late former Geelong Football Club president Frank Costa has sold for over $3million

Auctioneer David Sciola said the heritage-listed home was sought after by a very 'specific buyer' group, before revealing that it was snatched up by a local businessman in Thornbury.

'It received a lot of interest and inquiry, people were intrigued but maybe not confident to take the plunge because of the heritage overlay,' Sciola said. 

'We ended up selling to a gentleman who is going to use it as a residence.' 

Price: The East Melbourne CBD church sold for an undisclosed price understood to be within the $3 to $4million range on Thursday, according to Realestate.com.au

Price: The East Melbourne CBD church sold for an undisclosed price understood to be within the $3 to $4million range on Thursday, according to Realestate.com.au 

Taste: Auctioneer David Sciola said the heritage-listed home was sought after by a very 'specific buyer' group before revealing that it was snatched up by a local businessman in Thornbury

Taste: Auctioneer David Sciola said the heritage-listed home was sought after by a very 'specific buyer' group before revealing that it was snatched up by a local businessman in Thornbury

The agent added that the buyer 'liked the space and location' and was going to 'make some improvements' to the abode. 

The gothic-style church was originally built in 1872 and was once home to the New Temple Church. 

Frank Costa, his wife Shirley and their eight daughters had lived in the church conversion since the 1990s and used the home as a city base.

History: The gothic-style church was originally built in 1872 and was once home to the New Temple Church. Frank Costa, his wife Shirley and their eight daughters had lived in the church conversion since the 1990s and used the home as a city base

History: The gothic-style church was originally built in 1872 and was once home to the New Temple Church. Frank Costa, his wife Shirley and their eight daughters had lived in the church conversion since the 1990s and used the home as a city base

Property records indicate that the home was last purchased in 1998 for $680,000.     

It features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, double garage and a kitchen with a breakfast bar and quality appliances.

The property also has wrought iron gates, arched windows, vaulted timber ceilings and flying buttresses.

Inclusions: The home features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, double garage and a kitchen with a breakfast bar and quality appliances

Inclusions: The home features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, double garage and a kitchen with a breakfast bar and quality appliances

Costa was a well respected businessman and a significant figure in the Geelong region.

He inherited his family's produce business Costa Group from the 1950s onwards and expanded the business to become the largest service wholesaler of fruit and vegetables in the country. 

Costa served on the Geelong Cats board in 1996 and was promoted to president two years later. 

He also received an Order of Australia in 1997 for his work with Geelong youth. 

Costa died in May of last year at the age of 83.    

Career: Frank Costa was a well respected businessman and a significant figure in the Geelong region. He served on the Geelong Cats board in 1996 and was promoted to president two years later

Career: Frank Costa was a well respected businessman and a significant figure in the Geelong region. He served on the Geelong Cats board in 1996 and was promoted to president two years later

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Church conversion home of former Geelong Football Club president Frank Costa has sold

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