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Whether it's because of housing shortages or trendiness, home conversions—churches! warehouses! military bases! factories!—continue to gush onto the market, and certainly former schoolhouses are no exception. While maybe this is not exactly what your significant other meant when (s)he said (s)he wanted to "go back to school," some of these properties—from adorable $120K schoolhouses in Ohio to ritzy converted condos in Washington, D.C.—have the right amount of country kitsch and/or ironic academic pseudo-glamour to be rather tempting nonetheless. Do have a look, below.


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1. 1904 Schoolhouse Loft

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2351 Federal Boulevard #202
Denver, CO 80211

Asking $300K in Denver, Colo., this two-bedroom, $1,270-square-foot loft includes much by way of "schoolhouse character," according to the brokerbabble. What exactly is "schoolhouse character"? Apparently original maple hardwood floors, tons of exposed brick, and large, square-paned windows.

2. 1915 School House in North Carolina

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103 South Main Street
Bath, NC 27808

This two-story Colonial house in Historic Bath, N.C., was built as the local schoolhouse in 1915. Now, for $129,000, buyers get a sunny little property with three bedrooms, hardwood cedar floors, and a six-month boat slip at the nearby Bath Harbor Marina. Check it out.

3. Ohio Schoolhouse

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1552 East Foster-Maineville Road
Morrow, OH 45152

For $120K in Morrow, Ohio, one can have this totally cute two-bedroom, which boasts 1,236-square-feet and some "nice shade trees."

4. Former Seminary School

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411 North Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601

In the 1700s George Washington built Fort Loudoun in Winchester, Va., and in 1905 part of that plot became the Fort Loudoun Seminary School. The 16-unit complex was converted into apartments in 1958 and now the whole complex, which measures 17,701 square feet, is available. "Contact agent for price."

5. Lindenwood Lofts

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3815 McCausland Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63109

St. Louis' Lindenwood Schoolhouse, built at the turn of the century, now boasts 20 gleamy apartments and condos, including a one-bedroom, 1,044-square-foot unit currently asking $999 a month. The internal architecture of the units isn't all that historical looking (though the hallways have got a decidedly high school ambience), but the developer has done the work of installing schoolhouse-like details (like rehabbed backpack hooks and closets paneled in olde-style chalkboards) to up each apartment's quirk factor.

6. Cincinnati's Schoolhouse Lofts

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2700 Ashland Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206

Originally built in 1893 as Cincinnati's Walnut Hills High School, this Romanesque Revival-style building, with its brick-and-stone edifice and turrets, now houses 23 residential units, one of which asks $139K.

7. Harlem's P.S. 157

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327 Saint Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10027

West Harlem's P.S. 157 was converted into apartments 20 years ago, and since then the units, complete with the 10-foot-tall, 80-pound windows and restored copper cornice, have upped their rental price (roughly) five-fold. Back then, tenants were willing to shell out the $500 a month to live in a smidge of real estate that had just shouldered its way—via its "transitional and vernacular reworking of Chateauesque motifs"—into the National Registry of Historic Places. The current one-bedroom on the market asks $2,300. More about this conversion, right this way.

8. Brick Schoolhouse in Dennison

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8925 Windy Ridge Road
Dennison, OH 44621

From the outside, this two-bedroom in Dennison, Ohio, on the market for $76K, is about as schoolhouse-y as it gets, which makes the remodeled interiors (particularly the kitchen, which is souped up in granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and a barn-style sink) a very pleasant surprise.

9. Nebraska Schoolhouse

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1601 County Road U
Colon, NE 68018

This turn-of-the-century four-bedroom on the market in Colon, Neb., was once a one-room school house. On offer for $165K: a great room with "decorative tin ceilings" and a wood stove, plus "original slate chalkboard" used as a "stunning entry floor," according to the brokerbabble.

10. Oak School Lofts

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262 Oak Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

Like other loft conversions in this country, the units at Buffalo, N.Y.'s Oak School Lofts comes with the original chalkboards (painfully "painted over to blend with the rest of the decor") and other schoolhouse minutiae: original maple floors, original glass-doored bookshelves, and ceiling-to-floor windows. One-bedrooms start at $850.

11. Blue Hill School

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2425 North Providence Road
Media, PA 19063

Though it's a bit unclear just how much of the original Blue Hill Quaker School remains, this 6,873-square-foot estate in Media, Pa., does not demure from touting its historic roots.The foundations date back to 1873, and the surrounding acreage was considered "a geological and archaeological site" as early as the 20th-century, when the U.S. Geological Survey discovered the earth was rich in blue quartz and serpentine rock. The ask? $1.249M.

12. Bedford Schoolhouse Lofts

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910 Bingham Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Asking $189,500 in Pittsburgh, Pa., this one-bedroom, 994-square-foot house was once a classroom. Inside, many original (c. 1850) details, like hardwood floors, exposed brick, and tin ceilings.

13. 1871 House in Michigan

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2135 Lake Street
Niles, MI 49120

Dating back to 1871, this house in Niles, Michigan, asking $80K, still has the original working school bell, plus (and this is unexplained in the brokerbabble) a kickboxing gym and some sort-of odd interior half-walls.

14. Carberry School Lofts

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410 5th Street Northeast #33
Washington, DC 20002

A two-bedroom in this circa-1887 brick school in Washington, D.C. is on the market for $575K.

15. Bridge School and Academy

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Hatfield Road
Myrtle Point, OR 97458

The brokerbabble for this Oregon property, until recently known as the Bridge School and Academy, encourages interested parties to "bring your ideas!" That's probably because the 30,000-square-foot school is as of yet unconverted. Still, think of all the fun you can have with a cafeteria, industrial kitchen, library, and, of course, the gym with 20-foot ceilings. It's all up for $279,900.

16. 1920 Schoolhouse in Washougal

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181 Pohl Road
Washougal, WA 98671

The brokerbabble describes this barn-red five-bedroom in Washougal, Wash., as "a little piece of history and a little slice of heaven." The 1920 spread comes with maple floors and pellet and wood stoves, and comes surrounded by fruit trees.

17. 1902 Schoolhouse

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82888 County Road 8
Buffalo Lake, MN 55314

This 2,400-square-foot single-family home, on the market for $109,000 in Minnesota, was built in 1908, according to the brokerbabble.

18. Philadelphia Loft

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849 South 7th Street #4a
Philadelphia, PA 19147

This robin's egg blue two-story loft in Philly, priced at $235K, is one of 28 condo units sited in a former schoolhouse.

19. School in Berwick

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655 Knob Mountain Road
Berwick, PA 18603

The real highlight of this five-bedroom Pennsylvania home is in listing itself: a weathered black-and-white photo of the structure when it was just a one-room country schoolhouse. It was converted to a residence after World War II. It's yours for $124,900.

20. Myers School

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344 Sweetbriar Road
Perkasie, PA 18944

Though it's seen much in the way of additions and alterations since it was constructed in 1881, some of the bones of this four-bedroom in Bedminster, Pa., harken back to the late 19th-century, when they were used to house the Myers School, a one-room country schoolhouse. The now 3,194-square-foot structure is going for $645K.

21. Phillips School

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2735 Olive Street Northwest #10
Washington, DC 20007

Over in Washington, D.C., the circa-1890 Phillips School was converted into condos in 2002. Here a 1,075-square-foot two-bedroom asks $959K and comes with "dramatic 16-foot ceilings, awash with natural light."

22. Taft School

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964 Pelhamdale Avenue
Pelham, NY 10803

Before it moved to Watertown, Conn., the northeast's prestigious Taft School was housed in this 4,625-square-foot historic abode in Pelham, N.Y. For $1.45M score six bedrooms, a 3/4-acre yard, and an entirely renovated interior.

23. Pierce School

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1375 Maryland Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

For $6.5M, buy all nine units of D.C.'s converted Pierce School. Included: a 2,000-square-foot, two-story penthouse, a 38,000-gallon heated pool, and a suh-weet turret.

24. School in St. James

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22301 County Road Kk
St. James, MO 65559

This schoolhouse in Missouri has been converted to a residence and antique store. Though it's 4,310-square-feet, it's listed at $59K.

25. Condo at Edmonds School

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901 D Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

Over in D.C. (what turns out to be a veritable hotspot of converted schoolhouses) this 1,503-square-foot condo at the old Edmonds School, which has undergone its conversion work just in the past year, wants $889,900 for its "luminous" space with 13-foot ceilings, 7-inch-wide plank floors, and exposed brick.

26. School in New Franken

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3189 County Highway P
New Franken, WI 54229

This rather adorable conversion comes with a huge lofty living room and open kitchen, plus three bedrooms and geothermal heating. It asks $224,900.

27. Groveport Schoolhouse

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7767 Pontius Road
Groveport, OH 43125

Sorry, guys, this four-bedroom house on the market for $179,900 in Groveport, Ohio, is actually only "for the discriminate real estate connoisseur."

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1. 1904 Schoolhouse Loft

2351 Federal Boulevard #202, Denver, CO 80211

Asking $300K in Denver, Colo., this two-bedroom, $1,270-square-foot loft includes much by way of "schoolhouse character," according to the brokerbabble. What exactly is "schoolhouse character"? Apparently original maple hardwood floors, tons of exposed brick, and large, square-paned windows.

2351 Federal Boulevard #202
Denver, CO 80211

2. 1915 School House in North Carolina

103 South Main Street, Bath, NC 27808

This two-story Colonial house in Historic Bath, N.C., was built as the local schoolhouse in 1915. Now, for $129,000, buyers get a sunny little property with three bedrooms, hardwood cedar floors, and a six-month boat slip at the nearby Bath Harbor Marina. Check it out.

103 South Main Street
Bath, NC 27808

3. Ohio Schoolhouse

1552 East Foster-Maineville Road, Morrow, OH 45152

For $120K in Morrow, Ohio, one can have this totally cute two-bedroom, which boasts 1,236-square-feet and some "nice shade trees."

1552 East Foster-Maineville Road
Morrow, OH 45152

4. Former Seminary School

411 North Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601

In the 1700s George Washington built Fort Loudoun in Winchester, Va., and in 1905 part of that plot became the Fort Loudoun Seminary School. The 16-unit complex was converted into apartments in 1958 and now the whole complex, which measures 17,701 square feet, is available. "Contact agent for price."

411 North Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601

5. Lindenwood Lofts

3815 McCausland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109

St. Louis' Lindenwood Schoolhouse, built at the turn of the century, now boasts 20 gleamy apartments and condos, including a one-bedroom, 1,044-square-foot unit currently asking $999 a month. The internal architecture of the units isn't all that historical looking (though the hallways have got a decidedly high school ambience), but the developer has done the work of installing schoolhouse-like details (like rehabbed backpack hooks and closets paneled in olde-style chalkboards) to up each apartment's quirk factor.

3815 McCausland Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63109

6. Cincinnati's Schoolhouse Lofts

2700 Ashland Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206

Originally built in 1893 as Cincinnati's Walnut Hills High School, this Romanesque Revival-style building, with its brick-and-stone edifice and turrets, now houses 23 residential units, one of which asks $139K.

2700 Ashland Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206

7. Harlem's P.S. 157

327 Saint Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10027

West Harlem's P.S. 157 was converted into apartments 20 years ago, and since then the units, complete with the 10-foot-tall, 80-pound windows and restored copper cornice, have upped their rental price (roughly) five-fold. Back then, tenants were willing to shell out the $500 a month to live in a smidge of real estate that had just shouldered its way—via its "transitional and vernacular reworking of Chateauesque motifs"—into the National Registry of Historic Places. The current one-bedroom on the market asks $2,300. More about this conversion, right this way.

327 Saint Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10027

8. Brick Schoolhouse in Dennison

8925 Windy Ridge Road, Dennison, OH 44621

From the outside, this two-bedroom in Dennison, Ohio, on the market for $76K, is about as schoolhouse-y as it gets, which makes the remodeled interiors (particularly the kitchen, which is souped up in granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and a barn-style sink) a very pleasant surprise.

8925 Windy Ridge Road
Dennison, OH 44621

9. Nebraska Schoolhouse

1601 County Road U, Colon, NE 68018

This turn-of-the-century four-bedroom on the market in Colon, Neb., was once a one-room school house. On offer for $165K: a great room with "decorative tin ceilings" and a wood stove, plus "original slate chalkboard" used as a "stunning entry floor," according to the brokerbabble.

1601 County Road U
Colon, NE 68018

10. Oak School Lofts

262 Oak Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Like other loft conversions in this country, the units at Buffalo, N.Y.'s Oak School Lofts comes with the original chalkboards (painfully "painted over to blend with the rest of the decor") and other schoolhouse minutiae: original maple floors, original glass-doored bookshelves, and ceiling-to-floor windows. One-bedrooms start at $850.

262 Oak Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

11. Blue Hill School

2425 North Providence Road, Media, PA 19063

Though it's a bit unclear just how much of the original Blue Hill Quaker School remains, this 6,873-square-foot estate in Media, Pa., does not demure from touting its historic roots.The foundations date back to 1873, and the surrounding acreage was considered "a geological and archaeological site" as early as the 20th-century, when the U.S. Geological Survey discovered the earth was rich in blue quartz and serpentine rock. The ask? $1.249M.

2425 North Providence Road
Media, PA 19063

12. Bedford Schoolhouse Lofts

910 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Asking $189,500 in Pittsburgh, Pa., this one-bedroom, 994-square-foot house was once a classroom. Inside, many original (c. 1850) details, like hardwood floors, exposed brick, and tin ceilings.

910 Bingham Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

13. 1871 House in Michigan

2135 Lake Street, Niles, MI 49120

Dating back to 1871, this house in Niles, Michigan, asking $80K, still has the original working school bell, plus (and this is unexplained in the brokerbabble) a kickboxing gym and some sort-of odd interior half-walls.

2135 Lake Street
Niles, MI 49120

14. Carberry School Lofts

410 5th Street Northeast #33, Washington, DC 20002

A two-bedroom in this circa-1887 brick school in Washington, D.C. is on the market for $575K.

410 5th Street Northeast #33
Washington, DC 20002

15. Bridge School and Academy

Hatfield Road, Myrtle Point, OR 97458

The brokerbabble for this Oregon property, until recently known as the Bridge School and Academy, encourages interested parties to "bring your ideas!" That's probably because the 30,000-square-foot school is as of yet unconverted. Still, think of all the fun you can have with a cafeteria, industrial kitchen, library, and, of course, the gym with 20-foot ceilings. It's all up for $279,900.

Hatfield Road
Myrtle Point, OR 97458

16. 1920 Schoolhouse in Washougal

181 Pohl Road, Washougal, WA 98671

The brokerbabble describes this barn-red five-bedroom in Washougal, Wash., as "a little piece of history and a little slice of heaven." The 1920 spread comes with maple floors and pellet and wood stoves, and comes surrounded by fruit trees.

181 Pohl Road
Washougal, WA 98671

17. 1902 Schoolhouse

82888 County Road 8, Buffalo Lake, MN 55314

This 2,400-square-foot single-family home, on the market for $109,000 in Minnesota, was built in 1908, according to the brokerbabble.

82888 County Road 8
Buffalo Lake, MN 55314

18. Philadelphia Loft

849 South 7th Street #4a, Philadelphia, PA 19147

This robin's egg blue two-story loft in Philly, priced at $235K, is one of 28 condo units sited in a former schoolhouse.

849 South 7th Street #4a
Philadelphia, PA 19147

19. School in Berwick

655 Knob Mountain Road, Berwick, PA 18603

The real highlight of this five-bedroom Pennsylvania home is in listing itself: a weathered black-and-white photo of the structure when it was just a one-room country schoolhouse. It was converted to a residence after World War II. It's yours for $124,900.

655 Knob Mountain Road
Berwick, PA 18603

20. Myers School

344 Sweetbriar Road, Perkasie, PA 18944

Though it's seen much in the way of additions and alterations since it was constructed in 1881, some of the bones of this four-bedroom in Bedminster, Pa., harken back to the late 19th-century, when they were used to house the Myers School, a one-room country schoolhouse. The now 3,194-square-foot structure is going for $645K.

344 Sweetbriar Road
Perkasie, PA 18944

21. Phillips School

2735 Olive Street Northwest #10, Washington, DC 20007

Over in Washington, D.C., the circa-1890 Phillips School was converted into condos in 2002. Here a 1,075-square-foot two-bedroom asks $959K and comes with "dramatic 16-foot ceilings, awash with natural light."

2735 Olive Street Northwest #10
Washington, DC 20007

22. Taft School

964 Pelhamdale Avenue, Pelham, NY 10803

Before it moved to Watertown, Conn., the northeast's prestigious Taft School was housed in this 4,625-square-foot historic abode in Pelham, N.Y. For $1.45M score six bedrooms, a 3/4-acre yard, and an entirely renovated interior.

964 Pelhamdale Avenue
Pelham, NY 10803

23. Pierce School

1375 Maryland Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20002

For $6.5M, buy all nine units of D.C.'s converted Pierce School. Included: a 2,000-square-foot, two-story penthouse, a 38,000-gallon heated pool, and a suh-weet turret.

1375 Maryland Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

24. School in St. James

22301 County Road Kk, St. James, MO 65559

This schoolhouse in Missouri has been converted to a residence and antique store. Though it's 4,310-square-feet, it's listed at $59K.

22301 County Road Kk
St. James, MO 65559

25. Condo at Edmonds School

901 D Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002

Over in D.C. (what turns out to be a veritable hotspot of converted schoolhouses) this 1,503-square-foot condo at the old Edmonds School, which has undergone its conversion work just in the past year, wants $889,900 for its "luminous" space with 13-foot ceilings, 7-inch-wide plank floors, and exposed brick.

901 D Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

26. School in New Franken

3189 County Highway P, New Franken, WI 54229

This rather adorable conversion comes with a huge lofty living room and open kitchen, plus three bedrooms and geothermal heating. It asks $224,900.

3189 County Highway P
New Franken, WI 54229

27. Groveport Schoolhouse

7767 Pontius Road, Groveport, OH 43125

Sorry, guys, this four-bedroom house on the market for $179,900 in Groveport, Ohio, is actually only "for the discriminate real estate connoisseur."

7767 Pontius Road
Groveport, OH 43125