6 unusual conversion homes
These stunning houses have history
Austin. In the 1940s this 1890 former firehouse became the famous Capitol Saddlery, where Al Capone and Arnold Palmer bought boots. Converted into a three-bedroom home in 2008, the open-plan space has pocket doors, Fortuny wallpaper, Italian chandeliers, a gold-leafed ballroom, and a courtyard.
The mixed-use building is two blocks from the Texas Capitol. $4,950,000. Kumara Wilcoxon, Kuper Sotheby's International Realty, (512) 423-5035.
Montara, California. The Old Montara Grammar School, built circa 1915, is currently a residence and dance school. Downstairs is an auditorium with elevated stage and catering kitchen; upstairs are a family and dining area with fireplace, a kitchen, four bedrooms, and a cupola.
The 40,000-square-foot property, near Half Moon Bay and 25 minutes from San Francisco, includes a patio and a one-bedroom apartment with its own yard. $3,100,000. Sue and Petra Team, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, (415) 412-4480.
Rockport, Maine. Built in 1856, this former Baptist Church has been completely renovated as a three-bedroom home. The furnished interior features 20-foot ceilings, stained-glass windows, full bedroom suites, the preserved organ and nave, and a studio in the bell tower with views of the harbor.
The landscaped property includes an attached garage and flower and vegetable gardens. $1,575,000. Alex Cohen, Camden Real Estate Co., (800) 236-1920.
Orlando. This three-bedroom home is one of five townhouses inside a 1928 former Pentecostal church. Features include the original arched steel windows, brick walls, and cathedral ceilings; a private elevator; wet and dry bars; a modern chef's kitchen with waterfall granite island; and a rooftop patio.
The Mission-style building is close to Lake Eola Park, a sports arena, and stores. $1,395,000. The Matt Davies Team, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, (407) 342-5547.
Los Angeles. Styled as a live-work industrial loft, this two-bedroom corner unit is in the former Barker Bros. furniture warehouse, a century-old building in the Arts District. The open-plan home features floor-to-ceiling windows, brick walls, exposed steel frames, wood floors, and courtyard views.
Building amenities include designated basement storage; a rooftop pool, spa, and gym; and a covered parking space. $1,180,000. Jennifer Chan, Compass, (626) 991-1132.
Port Chester, New York. The Life Savers Candy Co. building, constructed in 1920 as a manufacturing facility and headquarters, is on the National Register of Historic Places. This loft apartment on its top floor, extensively renovated in 2015, has a gourmet kitchen with Carrara marble island, hardwood floors, walk-in closet, and a staircase to a sleeping loft.
The building includes a full gym, rooftop pool, and concierge. $285,000. Bonnie Stein, Julia B. Fee/Sotheby's International Realty, (914) 262-0915.