Sotheby’s International Realty’s Extraordinary Living Blog features six properties from around the world that have been restored or “upcycled” into beautiful and luxurios homes. These buildings were transformed into magnificent properties once their potential was spotted. The unique real estate featured here are located in Malta, Pennsylvania, Canada, New Jersey, London, and San Francisco.
From former warehouses and factories, to churches and even prisons, what once was old can be new again when historic buildings are adapted into innovative private residences. Let’s explore some one-of-a-kind converted homes from around the world.
€1,250,000 EUR | Naxxar, Malta | Malta Sotheby’s International Realty
Malta – Now a luxurious four-bedroom residence, this historic home in Malta once served as a formal prison where convicts were sent until their debts were paid. The character-filled home features a swimming pool, outdoor kitchenette, TV room, separate living area and a three-car garage.
$1,475,000 USD | Lancaster, Pennsylvania | Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty
Pennsylvania – Built in 1893, this Gothic Revival church has since been converted into two residential units. True to its original form, the larger of the two units features cathedral ceilings, the original hanging church lights and stained glass windows, and access to the steeple and bell tower. The smaller residence once served as a chapel and also boasts cathedral ceilings and original stained glass windows. Both conversions include custom woodwork and energy efficient windows and insulation.
$1,198,000 CAD | Ontario, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada
Canada – The Scott Schoolhouse in Ontario, Canada was originally built in 1915 and has since been converted into a two-bedroom house with a spacious open floor plan. The home includes a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and radiant floor heating throughout.
$975,000 USD | Morristown, New Jersey | Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty
New Jersey – Converted in 1953, this one time carriage house was redesigned by renowned American painter Joe Jones as a combination of mid-century modern home meets Manhattan-style loft. With an open floor plan on the main level, the kitchen features chef-worthy appliances, custom salvaged wood and metal cabinets, industrial-style track and pendant lighting and exposed brick. The second floor boasts vaulted ceilings, pumpkin pine flooring and a private covered porch overlooking the garden.
£4,850,000 GBP | London, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty
London – Located in close proximity to the Caledonian Road tube station, this spacious loft residence was converted from a former tram shed. With industrial-style finishes, the home spans 5,000 square-feet and features a skylight, open floor plan, five bedrooms and a large terrace.
$2,175,000 USD | San Francisco, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage
San Francisco – Dating back to the mid-1800s, the historic Oriental Warehouse has since been converted into loft-style apartments. This unit prominently features exposed brick walls and other structural remains from the original warehouse building. The apartment has an open floor plan, lofted bedroom, floor-to-ceiling windows, a singular arched window and an outdoor patio.
Article written by Natalie Hernandez