If you’re sick of bungalows or ranch-style homes, think outside the box and consider a different architectural style for your next home purchase: the converted firehouse. These brick buildings have seen loads of urban history, often dating back to the 19th century. That kind of history means unique architectural elements, including big garage doors, exposed brick, and, often, rooftop terraces.
We’ve rounded up six firehouses for sale right now across America, some for as cheap as $199,000. But act quickly, these gems won’t last long.
A 1907 firehouse in Chicago, Illinois:
According to Curbed Chicago, this rare and unique property just steps from the Irving Park Brown Line station recently returned to the market with new photos and a big price reduction. The old firehouse, originally built in 1907, hit the market in June seeking $1.35 million, but can now be had for $1.1 million—a quarter million dollar reduction from its initial asking price. Read more, over here.
An 1887 fire station in Sanford, Florida:
This converted fire station—originally built in 1887—is now a converted building with both commercial and residential space. With 3,700 square feet on the first floor and a 2-bedroom, 2-bath loft on the second floor, the listing asks $799,000 for its bare brick walls, exposed wood beans, and even a rooftop deck.
A 1900 firehouse in Plymouth, Massachusetts:
On the market for $857,000, this fire station turned loft boasts the building’s original c. 1900 granite signage, 22-foot ceilings, 4 bedrooms, and 3 full bathrooms. The oversized garage has space for four cars and the location in downtown Plymouth can’t be beat.
A 1913 firehouse in Annapolis, Maryland:
Asking $1.2 million in the downtown historic district of Annapolis, this 2,500-square-foot Tudor-style firehouse dates from 1913 and features a slew of unique architectural touches. The arched garage doors harken back to the former fire station garage, the vaulted tin ceiling tiles add interest, and large windows let in plenty of light.
A firehouse in Muskegon, Michigan:
This Michigan house was a former fire station and wants only $199,000 for its 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The living room also features a ton of paraphernalia that pays homage to the home’s fire station history.
A converted firehouse in Brooklyn, New York:
Asking $1.65 million for 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, this 1,134-square-foot condo in Fort Greene sits in a converted fire house. Potential buyers get 10-foot ceilings, mahogany floors, and lots of exposed brick.