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St. Christopher's Former Rectory Auctioned After Four Years on Market

Parish accepts highest bid of $413,000.

A town landmark has changed hands.

After almost five years on the market, St. Christopher’s former rectory at 1660 Main Road in Tiverton was auctioned last Saturday and sold to the highest bidder for $413,000.

The white 5,505-square-feet Victorian on over three acres with its sweeping wrap-around porch offers commanding views of the Sakonnet River.

In the church bulletin, which will be distributed to parishioners at all Masses this weekend, the Rev. Peter J. Andrews, pastor of and Parishes, described the details of the sale.

“It was a difficult experience for some of us, but the decision was made to accept the highest bid from the rectory auction at St. Christopher last weekend,” said Andrews. “The person who bought the property gets the whole parcel with the house and the piece running on the other side of Main Road for $413,000.

The church property was listed at the height of the real estate market.

“We never dreamed that the asking price then of $2.5 million would be reduced to this in four and one-half years,” he said. “We held on to it hoping things would turn around as so many have done these few years, but with the cost of holding on to it presently at around $70,000-$80,000 per year, and with no one living there or using the property, it seemed time to let it go."

"I am torn personally about having to let the house go at such a low figure," Andrews added, "but I am very sure that it will prove to be the right thing as we move forward.”

Both parishes are strong and healthy in their foundations and futures, according to the pastor.

“The challenges we face in both places do not change this perspective, but rather focus it, since the things that we look forward to addressing are more a matter of fuller participation in each of our faith lives, and in our communal effort to change our little corner of the world for the better in Jesus Christ,” he said. “I think the struggles that we deal with as individuals and families both in and out of church circles, can be seen as great opportunities to take inventory and ponder those things that we have always possessed, and yet have left in the shadows because we are so distracted by the excesses and abundance in life.”

But he added that Christianity teaches them to think differently about the things that would overwhelm others without faith.

"Jesus himself brought to us the whole philosophy and spirituality that in order to gain, we need to lose, to live we need to die, and to have we need to sacrifice,” he said. “Holding on to what might have been, could have been, should have been is all wasted energy that can rightfully be used to develop a clear sense of what will be.”

According to LoopNet.com, a commercial real estate site, the property was auctioned by Joseph W. Accetta & Associates, Inc. The new owner was not disclosed.

Janet Sroczynski November 18, 2011 at 02:53 PM
What an attractive selling price!
malcom lagauche November 18, 2011 at 04:37 PM
In the 1950s and 1960s, there were no public outdoor basketball courts in Tiverton. The young people had to play in driveways that offered a backboard. Some great rivalries occurred in these driveways and the house owners never complained about all the kids using them. But, in the woods, behind the St. Christopher rectory, was one of Tiverton's greatest secrets: a full-court asphalt basketball venue in great shape. It even had nets that weren't torn. Nobody ever used it. I must have practiced there a few dozen times and only once did I see someone. One of the "big kids" in town walked through the woods as a shortcut on his way home on Middle Ave. He played "horse" with me for awhile and left. Does anyone else remember this court? It belonged to the church.
basinbaker November 18, 2011 at 05:31 PM
I grew up on middle ave and used the court often with friends from the neighborhood. If I recall correctly there were even lights? Great memories!
Mike November 18, 2011 at 09:30 PM
Wow! Makes me feel like I'm way overpaying for the house I'm buying in Four Corners :(
Ryanthegirl November 19, 2011 at 01:39 AM
@Mike this property needs work...and a lot of it! 413,000 I think, is a little high for the work needed on an "as is" sale with no disclosures, never mind the septic, but the history behind the house is where some value comes into play. If you are paying over this price in the Tiv I hope it’s a special house! Either way its nice to see a building that’s been vacant for so long hopefully be restored and enjoyed.
Cranky Yankee November 19, 2011 at 01:17 PM
That property for $413K is a steal ... however, as noted, it probably needs some work. The bigger question - what will the Tiverton tax collectors assess it for?? My guess ... somewhere in the $1.5 - 2 million range. The new owners may be moving out of town before the paint is dry.
Ryanthegirl November 19, 2011 at 06:06 PM
This property is assessed at 836,800 with the town stating it to have 3496 square feet and on 2.6 acres that is $13,146.13 in taxes per year. The parcel of non-build able land across the street is .43 acres and is assessed at $59,900 = $941.02 in taxes. The new owner will be paying a total of $14,087.15 a year in taxes. They will continue to pay that amount until the town does its next valuation. The new property on Nanaquaket point pays $60,327.97 ($5027 a month)!!! Ouch, more than I make in a year in taxes alone!!
John February 14, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Not only do I remember those courts but in the 80's the parishoners took on an effort to clean out behind the house. All the fallen trees and at the time we uncovered the court. The rectory was a very special place for many people who attended CCD or were part of the summer fair they had every year. Hopefully the house will continue to stand as I expect someone is probably looking to make condos. Especially with the ability to put in docks and have water access to the Sakonnet River. Great deal for $400k, if you are looking for a house in that range.

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