THE old Allenstown St Peter's church pulpit was certainly among the many defining features of an Athelstone St house that went under the hammer at the weekend.
Bidding got up to more than $500,000 before the home was passed in at $575,000. Pat O'Driscoll real estate agent Penny Keating said negotiations for the home were under way and the property was likely to be sold by the end of the week.
Ms Keating said the potential buyer, a local investor who was in negotiations with agents and the current owners, would need to throw extra cash into the home for renovations as it was in need of touch-ups here and there.
The pulpit was moved from the church in the late 1880s and remodelled into an English-style bar at the six-bedroom house.
It was originally built for the harbour master at the time to overlook the city towards the river so he could see when boats were sailing into the wharfs.
In other auctions, a fully renovated Bishop St house at The Range sold under the hammer for $540,000.
The buyer was a local investor. All auctions were well-attended, Ms Keating said.