If you’re looking for a unique historic home, a converted church should be your holy grail. From the grand scale of the architecture, to the somewhat naughty idea of living in a formerly sacred space, converted churches are the pinnacle of antiquarian chic.
That’s why we decided to use this week’s LOTW (Listing of the Week) to give praise to old church buildings currently on the market across the country. While the truly grand buildings in major cities are priced like rare gems, you might be surprised at how far your church dollars can go if you go a little bit rural.
1. 21 N 6th Street, Hudson, NY
First up is this jaw-dropping circa 1869 former German Lutheran church in Hudson New York. Tastefully renovated and used as a recording studio and home since 2008, 21 North 6th has glorious high ceilings, original murals, stained glass windows, and over 7,000 square feet of living and working space.
What’s really great about this space is that the building itself is in great shape and the renovation is not over the top. Believe it or not many church conversions get ruined by overzealous contractors who try and make the space too much like a suburban home.
2. 651 Dolores Street, San Francisco
If you insist that your converted church be in the center of the universe and look like a Roman palace, then you’re in luck. We have the perfect new home for you.
Located on the edge of San Francisco’s famed Mission District, right next to 16 acre Dolores Park, 651 Dolores is without a doubt the most dramatic and luxurious converted church project we’ve ever seen.
Since land in San Francisco is priced more like rare gems than dirt and concrete, the renovation here is top shelf. Fit and finish is on par with the best luxury building in the city and historic elements have been preserved with loving care and attention to detail.
3. 84 Church St, Poultney, Vermont
Listing Agent: Christopher Lawrence
Listing Brokerage: Gilbert Realty & Development
Okay, let’s bring this back down to earth and take a look at a gorgeous historic church you can buy for less than the price of a new Mercedes S Class. Located in sleepy but charming Poultney Vermont, there is a lot to love about 84 Church Street.
First and foremost, the scale here works perfectly for a couple, small family, or even someone who wants a dramatic live/work space. Clocking in at just north of 3,500 square feet, this project goes from millionaires pipe dream to something a dedicated weekend warrior could take on.
It also means you’re not paying an arm and a leg to heat the place come winter. The heavy lifting is already done here, so you would probably only really have to worry about cosmetics.
4. 621 Main Street, Greenport, New York
Located on Main Street in the postcard-perfect Long Island town of Greenport, this 1880 former church has a bell tower (hunchback not included), 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, and a large 18,000 square foot lot.
Even better, you get the chance to live in an imposing former Methodist church less than a block from the water. I’m not quite sure if the yacht club demographic and church converting demographic overlap much, but rest assured like all homes this close to the Hamptons, this place will be snapped up quickly.
5. 35 Mclean Road, Pinehurst, North Carolina
Looking for something that has room for a pool? Well look no further, 35 Mclean in Pinehurst, North Carolina sits on a suburban lot large enough to indulge your suburban summertime comfort along with your converted church.
It also has soaring ceilings, over 5,000 square feet of living space, and tasteful new renovations including a new roof in 2017.
While we would be whitewashing that brick before our bags were even unpacked, the clean look definitely works with the rest of the space, so this is us just being crazily picky here.
Over to You
Which converted church would you buy if money wasn’t an option? Let us know in the comments!
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