Charming Adelaide chapel on market for first time since 1937

The chapel at 9 Phineas St, Virginia.
The chapel at 9 Phineas St, Virginia.

A charming chapel in Virginia with links to the area’s early settlers, has hit the market for the first time since being built in 1937.

The property at 9 Phineas St is set in a prominent location, just one street back from the township’s main strip, and sits on a 2184sqm block across two titles.

Selling agent Dave Stockbridge of REAL Estate Agents Group says the sale presents a unique opportunity with “potential and possibilities aplenty” be it for a religious group, families or developers. Most recently, the property has been used as a dance hall.

It is being sold via an informal tender with offers closing February 21, at noon.

“This is the first time ever that it’s come on the market,” Stockbridge says.

9 Phineas St, Virginia.

“The real promise of this one is accessibility as it has two street frontages and also the separate titles.

“Rarely do opportunities of this nature present to the market, so well disposed in such a convenient location.”

Each title is some 1092sqm, with the chapel, which is heritage listed, inhabiting one site and the other offering a blank canvas for buyers.

The chapel itself is brimming with charm and features high ceilings, timber floors and accents, striking leadlight and pendant lights.

Many of the chapel’s original features remain.

The original leadlight windows are a feature.

“Many of the founding families from the early European settlement are memorialised on the gorgeous leadlight windows that adorn the chapel,” Mr Stockbridge says.

“These are names found on street signs throughout the district and highlight the intimate connection early parishioners had with the surrounding district.”

One such name is Samuel Taylor, who preached to the locals for 77 years, and who held the first service at the chapel in August 1937.

In 1959 a hall adjoining the chapel was built and includes a stage, a kitchen and two toilets.

9 Phineas St, Virginia.

The adjoining hall has a kitchen.

Stockbridge suggests that the hall could be converted into a residence and the chapel used for business purposes, subject to council consent. Alternatively, another church or community group may appreciate the large site.

“They may also appreciate the potential to develop or liquidate the surplus land in order to sustain their organisation into the future,” he says.

Located some 30km from Adelaide, Stockbridge says the Northern Expressway and South Rd have eased travel times thus improving “the liveability of the location”.

“It’s given Virginia the very best balance between country living without the normal compromises and inconveniences normally associated with that lifestyle,” he says.

9 Phineas St, Virginia is on the market.

Interest in the property has been strong from both from buyers and those simply curious to see it, says Stockbridge.

“At the first open we had a lovely lady come along who was taking photos and she told me she’d been a flower girl in five weddings at the chapel, and she would now be in her eighties.

“So that was really lovely. This chapel has a great connection to the community.”

This article from The Advertiser originally appeared as “Virginia chapel hits the market for the first time in 83 years”.