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This $4.9 Million House Used to Be a Convent

This $4.9 Million House Used to Be a Convent This stunning heritage home once housed both an American millionaire and Catholic nuns By Meredith Bailey   October 07, 2014   Where it is 717 Royal Ave. S.W. in Mount Royal How much it costs $4.99 Million Who the realtor is…

This $4.9 Million House Used to Be a Convent

This stunning heritage home once housed both an American millionaire and Catholic nuns

 

 

Where it is

717 Royal Ave. S.W. in Mount Royal

How much it costs

$4.99 Million

Who the realtor is

Dennis Plintz with Sotheby’s International Realty

What you get

  • 5,924 square feet
  • 6 bedrooms
  • 6 bathrooms
  • Full acre estate in the heart of Mount Royal
  • Tudor revival style architecture and sandstone foundation
  • Custom kitchen
  • Heated indoor parking for six vehicles
  • Tennis court
  • Fully renovated coach house with kitchen, living, bedroom and bath

A little history

The Sayre Estate was originally owned by prominent Calgary business man A. J. Sayre. Sayre who bought the land from CPR for $1,400. Construction began in 1905 with the help of architecture firm Wilson, Hodges and Bates. At that time, Mount Royal was originally known as American Hill because of the large number of Americans who first moved there including Sayre (he was from Iowa).

In 1923, the Roman Catholic Church bought the property from Sayre for $20,000. It became the home of the Ursuline Sisters, a teaching order of nuns. Today, the property has upgrades including wet bar, built-in entertainment unit, landscaped yard, heated garage and more.

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