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Father Chris Riley to sell Canyonleigh youth centres

Media release - 18th July, 2014

  • Youth Off The Streets has appointed Raine & Horne Wollongong to auction two 40 hectare blocks in the Southern Highlands
  • The properties will go to auction on 23 August 2014 and are expected to attract community associations, schools and religious groups, as well as hobby farmers, B&B operators and equestrian operations
  • Youth Off The Streets is selling the two properties as its Cordeaux Heights facility is now fully functional – Raine & Horne Wollongong sold this property to Father Chris Riley in December 2010 for $2.2 million

Raine & Horne Wollongong has been appointed by Youth Off The Streets, founded by dynamic cleric Father Chris Riley, to auction two properties in Canyonleigh, a small town in the NSW Southern Highlands.

“The properties are located at Lot 1 and Lot 2 Tugalong Road, Canyonleigh, and will go under the hammer on Saturday, 23 August 2014 and are expected to fetch healthy six to seven figure prices,” said Josh Kersten, Co-Principal of Raine & Horne Wollongong.

With its Cordeaux Heights Centre for Youth now fully operational, Youth Off The Street’s board has decided that the two Canyonleigh properties are surplus to requirements, according to Mr Kersten.

Joe Casarotto, the selling agent from Raine & Horne Wollongong, says the two Canyonleigh properties, which are located in a beautiful bushland setting, can be purchased together or individually.

Lot 1 Tugalong Road, Canyonleigh, sleeps up to 40 people and would make a perfect facility for a school, religious group, community association or equestrian operation.

“This property includes 40 hectares of land and comes with 377 square metres of residential building, which includes 7 bedrooms, 1 main bathroom and 3 ensuites,” said Mr Casarotto.

“It also has a generous open-plan living area with large kitchen, dining room, lounge room and rumpus room to the northern end of the building, which has a large open fireplace and air conditioning,” he noted.

The unique property also boasts a separate 1-bedroom flat, which is attached to the main building and has a separate entrance.

“The living areas and some of the bedrooms overlook an in-ground pool while the property has a grass tennis court and an indoor basketball facility,” said Mr Casarotto.

Other features include a Colorbond weather shed, a large open-plan enclosed kiosk-style kitchen and additional bathroom facilities.

There are ten air-conditioned mobile class rooms, which have been used as sleeping facilities in the past.  

The property also has stables offering 10 internal stalls, two feed rooms and a separate exterior day yard with five stalls. A second building provides five additional stalls, a concrete wash bay and a vet crush facility. There is also a fully functional workshop.

According to Mr Kersten, Lot 2 is set to attract schools, church groups and community associations.

“However, as this property comes with a large home on a 40-hectare block, it might also attract an owner occupier looking to use it as a hobby farm, while the fact it has 11 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and 2 lounge rooms might also catch the eye of a bed-and-breakfast operator,” said Mr Kersten.

“Canyonleigh is under 2 hours from Sydney and 20 minutes to Moss Vale or Berrima, which makes it perfect for a weekend rural getaway,” he said.

Other features of Lot 2 include air conditioning, open fireplaces, an in-ground saltwater pool, a tennis court, a large rainwater tank and some paddocks, which could be used for agistment purposes.

Youth Off The Street’s new state-of-the-art facility, the Cordeaux Heights Centre for Youth, was built on the site of the former Keelong Juvenile Justice Centre, which the charity purchased in December 2010 through Raine & Horne Wollongong for $2.2 million.

“The property was owned by the NSW Department of Juvenile Justice, which Father Chris Riley was personally involved with,” said Mr Kersten.

For more information about this exciting residential opportunity, please contact the selling agent, Joe Casarotto, at Raine & Horne Wollongong, on 02 4229 9600 or 0400 997 909.


For further media information contact:

Josh Kersten, Co-Principal, Raine & Horne Wollongong, on 0419 991 500

Andrew Harrington, National Marketing & Communications Coordinator, on 02 9258 5400