General14 Oct 2008 12:19 am

Throughout my life, I’ve often found myself thinking about living in converted spaces. Someone on our street has converted a large walk up apartment into one supersize house, and I would DIE to have a tour of it. I love the idea of living in a warehouse space, or anything not really meant to be lived in, in a traditional sense.

When I visited Limelight, the infamous club in New York City, I didn’t really care about partying. Instead I rushed from room to room checking out all the modifications that had been done to turn the space into a club from a church.

On that same visit to New York City, I was staying at a hostel next to some sort of institution or hospital which looked derelict. Even then I remember thinking “what a cool building.” Seven years later I was find out that it was the former New York Cancer hospital and it was now being sold off as converted condo units. (A fully furnished duplex home on the lower levels of the original hospital includes four bedrooms, six baths and a library over two floors will cost you $7.75 million)

So, obviously not really in my realm of possibilities.

However, lately, I have been thinking more about moving to the east coast. Prices are still astonishingly low, and internet access is common, even in the most remote of areas, apparently. Based on a tip from a coworker, I checked out some listings at Point2Homes. What did I find there, but a church for sale, pews and all.

Can you imagine living in an old church? So amazing! And this place is going for $99,000.

What would I do with it?

Well, I don’t know exactly, but probably something like this.

or maybe like this

(click on the photos to go to a blog entry for more photos and info on the properties)

With a starting price of just under $100,000, think of the kind of palace you can turn it into! Don’t even get me started on the old hospital my brother and I saw for sale in Thunder Bay. Half a million and the place could be yours….

2 Responses to “Church Dreams”

  1. on 14 Oct 2008 at 8:31 pm 32-P

    Kelly, I love how your criteria for buying a house are the price and the internet access! Typical. 😉

  2. on 15 Oct 2008 at 3:24 pm Design Monkey

    There’s an amazing church conversion in Toronto that was just happening as we left. The third floor units had stained glass and a rooftop patio built in.