As congregations of all denominations ebb, flow, shrink and grow, church buildings that are no longer used or needed are sold off. Sometimes they are purchased by other religious organizations and sometimes they are snatched up by clever buyers itching to convert them to eccentric residential properties.
But before dashing out to buy a charming chapel or a pretty parsonage, keep in mind that in order to convert The Lord’s House into your house the building must be deconsecrated and in many cases rezoned as residential property.
A Deconsecrated Condo in Chicago
In the mid-1990s, a red brick church built in 1888 in the West Town area of Chicago was deconsecrated and converted into 14 unique, loft style condos including a top-floor duplex currently for sale with an asking price of $479,900. The approximately 1,600 square-foot unit includes 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an awe-inspiring, barrel-vaulted living and dining room that soars 22 feet toward the heavens.
A massive and magnificent semi-circular stained glass window tosses multi-colored shadows on the interior walls, the top shelves of the built-in bookcases are accessible by a rolling library ladder and the private balcony at tree-top level is the perfect spot to commune with nature. More practical and earthly delights include the in-unit laundry, two secured parking spaces, central heat and air and the upgraded kitchen and bathrooms outfitted with slate flooring, hickory cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
For additional information, contact Greg Vollan (312) 342-4433 at @Properties in Chicago, Ill.