Talk about potential: If you’re after epic architecture with loads of curb appeal, astounding square footage, high ceilings and lots of light, think about a house of worship you can convert into a home. There’s a healthy supply of options on the market right now, both already renovated or ready to redo as you see fit. And if you decide to tackle such a project, the possibilities are endless. For inspiration, check out some of the stellar conversions featured on Homedit.com and Apartmenttherapy.com.
For the imaginative, this Humboldt Park church and rectory at 1300 W. Artesian is a steal at $900,000 given its prime location in this quickly gentrifying neighborhood, proximity to the area’s activity-rich namesake park (a mere three blocks away) and assets — plus gorgeous woodwork and a grand corner lot that’s a tad shy of 50 feet by 125 feet. “It’s an impressive structure in a great location, so it has a variety of uses. It just needs a little vim, vigor and vision,” says Conlon Real Estate broker Jean Metzler (773-860-4114; Jmetzler@conlonrealestate.com). It’s also zoned RF3, she notes, so it can be converted into either a single-family home or apartments.
Other leaps of faith
If you’re up for a conversion, here are two other well-priced options, both positioned on Logan Square corner lots and marketed by Daniel Ehrman of Church Building Realty (630-337-0009; Dan@churchbuildingreality.com):
• 2906 W. Shakespeare, a 1913 brick-and-limestone church with charming architectural details intact for $875,000.
• 2501 N. Maplewood, a brick church with an airy wood-truss sanctuary and sweet garden surrounded by a handsome ornamental iron gate for $760,000.
If you want a heavenly home that’s ready for occupants, the two-bedroom, two-bath 1,400-square-foot unit in the Ukrainian Village loft development Sanctuary at 2411 W. Walton, No. 3C (above), for $389,000 is an exceptional value. “The owner bought it in 2008 for $500,000. It has Sub-Zero and Viking appliances, luxury finishes, a private 350-square-foot rooftop deck and the owner enclosed the loft-style bedrooms with frosted Plexiglas for privacy,” says @properties broker Steve McEwen (312-307-9470, Stevemcewen@atproperties.com).
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