For those that value the unique, living in a historic landmark converted to a well-appointed home is truly a special experience. Luxury church-to-home conversions are popping up across the United States. “As dozens of churches close or move to different quarters each year, they’re finding second lives as condo developments and townhouses,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
Here are several fine examples of church-to-home conversions currently on the market for sale and one historic church in New York City primed for a possible conversion.
$1,395,000 USD | Seattle, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty
Seattle, Washington − The Sanctuary is a masterfully crafted residence within one of Seattle’s most admired landmarks—The First Church of Christ, Scientist. With its nostalgic design, the 12-unit church-turned-townhome development’s historic features are thoughtfully integrated among modern, concrete and steel construction. This home offers a spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a generous deck with Seattle skyline views.
Sotheby’s International Realty Canada | Toronto, Canada | $2,250,000 CAD, $2,180,444 USD
Toronto, Canada − This unconventional luxury townhouse in Toronto encompasses the entire south facing façade of this early 1900’s former church. Sunlight streams through the Gothic shaped windows. Sheer drama is captured in the upper level great room, with its cathedral ceiling, exposed wooden rafters and hidden away in the bell tower, is the home office.
$1,685,000 CAD, $1,705,984 USD | Montreal, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec
Montréal, Canada — Located in the attractive Nouveau Plateau neighborhood, this former church has been entirely renovated with a mixture of contemporary and antique finishes. Converted from a church by the name of Adventise Beer-Sheba/Rosemont in 2005, the unique condominium boasts an impressive layout and space with receptions of over 50 guests were given and 11 foot kitchen island.
$699,000 USD | Madrid, New Mexico | Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – Main Downtown Brokerage
New Mexico − Located just 25 minutes from Santa Fe on the historic Turquois Trail, the 110-year-old deconsecrated St. Anne’s church has been converted into a functional residence while still maintaining its inspiring spaces. As one of the most unique properties in Northern New Mexico, it has a a main house with a choir loft turned office and sanctuary turned media or meditation room. The master bedroom is surrounded on two sides by a large gracious covered portal. There is also a charming one bedroom guesthouse with a full bath and a divine workshop/studio perfect for an artist.
$4,350,000 USD | Forest Hills Gardens, New York | Terrace Sotheby’s International Realty
Forest Hills, New York − Designed by architect, Bernhardt E. Muller and completed in 1933, The First Church of Christ, Scientist is a notable field-stone community landmark located in Forest Hills Gardens, Queens−a diverse cosmopolitan community within the 5 boroughs of New York City. This Moorish Revival style building is dotted with eye-catching architectural embellishments both on its exterior façade and within making it one of a number of architecturally significant buildings in the area. This unique property is has many future uses including continued use as a place of worship, potential conversion to a gallery, showroom or working art space, use as an appropriate museum, university or college affiliated facility or possible conversion into a unique private home or multi-unit residence.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, Religious Conversions