Just about once each week Curbed encounters a new church condo listing. But not everyone lives on the MLS like we do, so if this niche is an intriguing one let our map assist in your search for the best in class. Among the roundup are many multi-unit condo conversions and a few single-family indulgences. Most are polished and pricey and in a handful of trendier nabes— Bucktown, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, Ukrainian Village, and Lakeview. We've written about several before, but others are entirely new to us. Notice a glaring omission? Tell us in the comments and we'll update. Without further adieu, we give you 20 residential conversions of religious buildings (mostly church with a dash of synagogue).Read More
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2411 W Walton Street
This 2007 conversion has several units, at least one of which--a 3/3 first-floor space of 2,800 square feet--is on the market for $499K. The location is a pleasant and not wholly-gentrified one one: just west of Western at the Ukrainian Village/Humboldt Park line.
1658 W Superior Street
A resplendent example of church condos, this East Village conversion touched down way back in 1998. A definite trendsetter, it's a shame more projects didn't adhere to the quality and sensitivity of this construction. Count your lucky stars! One 2/2 unit is available for $390K.
4154 W Berteau Avenue
We first thought this Irving Park condo building merely had the illusion of pious design, but our readers corrected us back in 2011. At that time a 4-bed, 4,800-square-foot unit was renting for just $3,000. More of a spare Protestant model, the church still affords sharply pitched ceilings and space for all your modern spoils.
1021 W Barry Avenue
This handsome Lakeview church's six condos are right up in the eaves, and, unfortunately for interested parties, the sexiest church condo we've ever laid eyes on (short of R. Kelly's old haunt) just sold for $685K.
1010 W George Street
Speak of the devil, it's R. Kelly's old joint--site of "peegate". R. Kelly hasn't owned the Lakeview church-mansion since 2002 and in early 2011, the 8,000-square-foot conversion at George & Sheffield sold to a "very young, very hip" CEO for $2.64M. Check out the concerted Scandinavian vibe.
1339 W Webster Avenue
For sheer size and gumption, this church-to-mansion Lincoln Park conversion takes the cake. The 10,000-square-foot digs date to 1896 as a Greek Orthodox church. In 2002, Burns & Beyerl Architects gave it the royal treatment. Priced as high as $4.2M, the home and an adjoining lot sold last December for just $2.325M.
2558 W Cortez Street
Not especially homey or available, this 4,000-square-foot Humboldt Park special is still a feast for the eyes with its original pew balconies and 39-foot ceilings. Listing in 2009 for $970K, reality brought the May 2011 sales price down to $600K.
2258 W Huron Street
A converted church/school in Ukrainian Village offers 18 units w/ sane assessments near to piles of amenities. And dig this: a cushy 2-bed unit just came online at $320K.
3525 N Damen Avenue
Sorry, but this might be the tackiest church still inhabited in the city. A combo of church and rectory it's now a Roscoe Village mini-manse, renovated in the early 1990s. The interiors are nice though not very church-like until you reach the eaves and vaulted ceilings of the master suite. The home sold two weeks ago for $1.1M.
1043 W School Street
Speaking of non-traditional appearances, you can't get more anonymous than this converted Lakeview church. Google street view tells us we're looking at the back end of a sizable church at the corner of Kenmore & School-- so there you have it. The 2-bed unit for sale betrays no aspect of a former life, but you might like it anyway. The ask: $385K.
1547 N Leavitt Street
This handsome devil (pardon the expression) has at least one impeccable unit for sale over in Wicker Park. It's a 3/2, second-floor condo with tons of exposed brick, custom finishes, library, and balcony for $569K. There are only six units in this swank conversion so it's a lucky opening in a great neighborhood.
3101 N Seminary Avenue
As you can tell, Lakeview has a disproportionate share of church conversions. This large specimen was made into five condos several years ago, one of which just sold for $770K--a 2,400-square-foot 2-bed. That a 2-bed could command so much speaks to the transcendent aura and quality of the unit and building. Few are slicker in our competitive world of real estate.
1048 W Barry Avenue
Hey now, here's an exemplary spot not far from the previous Lakeview address. And it's all yours--the whole church--for $1.225M. The four-level, four-bed home spans 3,600 square feet with sparkling finishes, exposed brick, a master suite with arched ceiling, and three outdoor spaces.
3232 W Wrightwood Avenue
A 6,000-square-foot single-family in a 19th Century converted church recently sold for $1.185M. The opulent digs are just off Logan Square and easily rivals the boulevard's classic Greystone mini-mansions. Here's hoping it changes hands again soon.
Dickens & Damen
Across the street from Covenant Presbyterian Church at Dickens & Damen is a converted funeral chapel once attached to the larger church. It's now attached to a homeowner. The only unit we know of was a 2,000-square-foot 2/2, on the rental market a couple years back for just $1,975/month. It has an etherial living room/dining room/kitchen combo, hardwoods throughout, and a back yard w/ koi pond.
4926 S Drexel Avenue
Another religious rental emerged in Kenwood earlier this month: a straightforward 4-bed townhouse belonging to a converted church campus of sorts, where units share a central green. Measuring 2,400 square feet and asking $2,900/month, this place nabbed a renter without much trouble.
3100 N Kenmore Avenue
An old Lakeview rectory, converted to 10 condos in the 1990s, has one delightful 3/3 triplex about to be sold in the neighborhood of $600K. As with most rectories, it sits opposite the church-- also on our list of conversions.
1243 N Wolcott Avenue
Enter the Synagogue. This 6-unit number, converted in 2001, is hard to miss on the back streets of Wicker Park. One incredible 3-bed duplex, renovated by an unnamed HGTV designer, sold last November for $579K. The place has a fully-automated smart home system, bamboo floors, marble baths, custom built-ins, exposed brick, and a balcony. If this is indicative of the building's other units, we'll be stunned into silence (well, not really).
2129 W Webster Avenue
In Bucktown, a seven condos were built into an 1891 church. A listed unit we wrote up 18 months ago has long since sold but in it you can glimpse the character of this building: rows of arched windows, hardwood floors, wooden beams, and high ceilings.
North & California
Near the intersection of North & California--right on top of Humboldt Park--is a converted church auditorium. Two years ago we talked up a 2,700-square-foot loft space with 14' ceilings and secured parking asking just $1,675/month. That deal is long gone, but the property has just begun to entice.