Schoolhouses: Living in a Classroom

  • It’s Back-to-School Time

    Fall means going back to school for many. However, for some this fall might mean going home to a converted schoolhouse. From sophisticated urban and suburban condos carved out of old school buildings to rustic and rural single family homes fashioned from historic one room schoolhouses, these conversions are at the top of their class. Delhi, N.Y. Three hours north of Manhattan, this little red former schoolhouse charmer, encircled by mature trees and old stacked stone walls, sits on a quiet country road near the itty bitty village of Delhi, NY. With an asking price of $64,900, the rural property is perfect for a budget conscious city dweller looking for an affordable weekend getaway in the scenic and historic Catskills mountains in Upstate New York. Photo Credit: Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties
    Delhi, N.Y.
  • Delhi, N.Y.

    The interiors include a living/dining room with bowed window views of the yard, a simple kitchen with knotty pine cabinets and tile floor, two large bedrooms–each about 17 feet long–and one bathroom. Under the carpeting and vintage vinyl flooring are the original hardwood floors waiting and begging to be brought back to life. For more information contact The School by phone at 607-746-7400, extension 17, at Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties in Delhi, NY. Photo Credit: Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties
    Lyme, Conn.
  • Lyme, Conn.

    Although the town of Lyme is most famous for giving its name to Lyme disease, the charming rural community has historic roots that go back to the mid-1600s. From some time in the 1800s to the mid 1930, local children attended school in a one-room schoolhouse that is now the living room of a 6-room private home currently on the market for an asking price of $380,000. Photo Credit: Coldwell Banker
    Lyme, Conn.
  • Lyme, Conn.

    The old school room/living room measures a generous 21’ x 26’ and features the original barrel vaulted ceiling, hardwood floors, and a fireplace. The room still has the raised platform, now with slate tile flooring, from where the teachers gave their lessons. Photo Credit: Coldwell Banker
    Lyme, Conn.
  • Lyme, Conn.

    The fully updated, upgraded and expanded school house sits on nearly three acres and measures 2,200 sq. ft. with a bright, well-equipped eat-in kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. For more information contact George Moore by phone at 860-434-8600 at Coldwell Banker in Old Lyme, Conn. Photo Credit: Coldwell Banker
    Weathersfield, Vt.
  • Weathersfield, Vt.

    The historic Ascutney Schoolhouse in Weathersfield, Vt. was built in 1802 and converted to a private residence in 1950. Since then the home has received extensive updates including refinished hardwood floors, a detached heated two-car garage, and new heat and septic systems were installed in the late 1990s. The manageable 0.36-acre property is currently listed at $149,900. Photo Credit: Lang McLaughry Spera Real Estate
    Weathersfield, Vt.
  • Weathersfield, Vt.

    The red clapboard-sided former schoolhouse measures just over 1,500 sq. feet and includes three bedrooms, one bathroom, a large living room, an eat-in kitchen with a rough-hewn beam ceiling and walk-in pantry, a full basement for storage and unfinished attic space for possible future expansion. For more information contact Dick DuMez (603-298-5155) at Lang McLaughry Spera Real Estate in West Lebanon, Vt. See the full listing here. Photo Credit: Lang McLaughry Spera Real Estate
    Weatherby Lake, Mo.
  • Weatherby Lake, Mo.

    Just 14 miles outside of bustling Kansas City, MO, the historic Rocky Point School House sits on a wooded 1-acre lot in a private community bordering the 274-acre Weatherly Lake and is currently up for sale with an asking price of $429,500. See the full listing here. Photo Credit: www.OldHouses.com
    Weatherby Lake, Mo.
  • Weatherby Lake, Mo.

    The original schoolhouse, built in 1857, has been re-worked into a sprawling and luxurious Cape Cod style home with 3,700 square feet. There are four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, formal living and dining rooms, a great room with Cathedral ceiling, a library/loft, two fireplaces and a newly redone gourmet eat-in kitchen with granite counters and high-grade appliances including a six-burner Viking Range. For more information call DeAnn Wandler at 985-774-9322 See the full listing here. Photo Credit: www.OldHouses.com
    Tarrytown, N.Y.
  • Tarrytown, N.Y.

    In the heart of historic Tarrytown, N.Y., one of the upscale New York City bedroom communities in Westchester County, a school building from the late 1800s was converted to deluxe condominiums called The Landmark. A two-story condo is currently available for an asking price of $499,900. See the full listing here. Photo Credit: Legends Real Estate Group
    Tarrytown, N.Y.
  • Tarrytown, N.Y.

    The ground floor of this single family house-sized 1,700 square foot condo has a proper foyer with coat closet and a large living/dining room with double height ceiling and huge windows with custom wooden blinds. Two of the three bedrooms, one bathroom, and private laundry facilities are also located on the lower level. See the full listing here. Photo Credit: Legends Real Estate Group
    Tarrytown, N.Y.
  • Tarrytown, N.Y.

    An updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances finishes the lower level while the entire upstairs area is devoted to a loft master bedroom that overlooks the living room area and includes a private bathroom with double sinks and two walk-in closets. For more information contact Phyllis Lerner (914-332-6300) at Legends Real Estate Group in Sleepy Hollow, NY. See the full listing here. Photo Credit: Legends Real Estate Group
    East Greenville, Pa.
  • East Greenville, Pa.

    In the mid- and late-1800s Allentown, Pa. was a bustling hub of early American industrialization. But just 20 miles outside of town in rural East Greenville, country folk sent their children to a simple one-room school house built in 1889. The little red schoold house is still red, but it’s now a private residence currently listed at $205,900. See the full listing here. Photo Credit: Brode & Brooks, Inc. Realtors
    East Greenville, Pa.
  • East Greenville, Pa.

    The wooded property is just over an acre and the two bedroom and 1.5 bathroom house now has an open plan living and dining room with a brick fireplace, hardwood floors and custom millwork. A den connects the house to the single car garage and over 1,000 sq. ft of unfinished attic can be converted to additional living space. For more information contact Jeanne Dalton Justice, PhD at Brode & Brooks (215-679-4200) in Pennsburg, Pa. See the full listing here. Photo Credit: Brode & Brooks, Inc. Realtors
    East Randolph, Vt.
  • East Randolph, Vt.

    Sitting on 13+ scenic acres in central Vermont, the old Osgood Hill Schoolhouse, built around the turn of the century, has been converted to a rustic but cozy rural retreat and is currently listed with an asking price of $139,900. See the full listing here. Photo Credit: Rural Vermont Real Estate
    East Randolph, Vt.
  • East Randolph, Vt.

    The living room of the three bedroom and one bathroom residence occupies the old school room and includes narrow plank hardwood floors, exposed hand hewn beam ceiling, wainscoting and an old cast-iron wood-burning stove. See the full listing here. Photo Credit: Rural Vermont Real Estate
    East Randolph, Vt.
  • East Randolph, Vt.

    The eat-in kitchen retains its country house charm with yellow base cabinets, and open shelving while the private property has mature white pine trees, stacked stone walls and a small brook that flows year-round. For more information call Paul (802-728-6200) at Rural Vermont Real Estate in Randolph, Vt. See the full listing here. Photo Credit: Rural Vermont Real Estate
    Toronto
  • Toronto

    Schools converted to residences don’t happen just in suburban and rural areas of the U.S. Smack in the center of the popular Annex neighborhood in dynamic downtown Toronto, Canada, the former Loretto College building, built in 1915, has been repurposed into 19 luxury condominiums ranging in price from about $450,000 to $1.2M US. See the full listings here. Photo Credit: Empire Communities
    Toronto
  • Toronto

    Units at ‘The Schoolhouse’ range from 1,000 sq. feet for a one bedroom and 1.5 bathroom unit with open plan living area to over 2,000 square feet for a two bedroom and two bathroom duplex penthouse with a semi-circular den and a 600 sq. foot private rooftop terrace. See the full listings here. Photo Credit: Empire Communities
    Toronto
  • Toronto

    The sleek but comfortable interior spaces are fitted with walnut stained hardwood floors, lavish marble bathrooms, and chef friendly kitchens with laminated cabinets, charcoal Silestone and white marble counter tops, and an entire suite of Viking stainless steel appliances. Each unit comes with on-property parking and a private storage locker. For more information contact the sales staff at 416-569-6818. See the full listings here. Photo Credit: Empire Communities 
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