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Former convent goes on the market for £1.25m in south Belfast area

A Belfast convent is on the market for an asking price of £1.25m.

The former home of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd is located on a 1.23 acre site at Carolan Road, in the Rosetta area of the city.

It is linked via a covered walkway to the adjacent Lys Marie Convent on Rossmore Drive, which is not included in the sale.

This premises is currently home to eight Lys Marie nuns who belong to a contemplative order who are also engaged in making altar cloths and small linens as well as a prayer ministry.

Investment consultant Michael McCafferty of GVA NI said: "This is a potential development site in a popular residential location in Rosetta/south Belfast.

"We feel there will be interest predominantly from residential developers, but wouldn't rule out alternative uses for the existing building.

"South Belfast remains one of the most desirable locations to live in Belfast."

The former convent extends to approximately 13,030 sq ft and is accessed off Carolan Road.

It is set behind secure gates and an eight-foot high boundary wall providing an element of seclusion despite its proximity to Belfast city centre.

The area is zoned as "white land" and although it does not currently have planning permission, suggested uses include the development of 20 mixed style homes or 36 apartments.

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