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.Read More
27 Converted Schoolhouses You Can Buy Right This Second
1904 Schoolhouse Loft
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.
1915 School House in North Carolina
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.
For $120K in Morrow, Ohio, one can have this totally cute two-bedroom, which boasts 1,236-square-feet and some "nice shade trees."
Former Seminary School
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."
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.
Cincinnati's Schoolhouse Lofts
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.
Harlem's P.S. 157
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.
Brick Schoolhouse in Dennison
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.
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.
Oak School Lofts
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.
Blue Hill School
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.
Bedford Schoolhouse Lofts
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.
1871 House in Michigan
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.
Carberry School Lofts
A two-bedroom in this circa-1887 brick school in Washington, D.C. is on the market for $575K.
Bridge School and Academy
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.
1920 Schoolhouse in Washougal
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.
This 2,400-square-foot single-family home, on the market for $109,000 in Minnesota, was built in 1908, according to the brokerbabble.
This robin's egg blue two-story loft in Philly, priced at $235K, is one of 28 condo units sited in a former schoolhouse.
School in Berwick
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
School in St. James
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.
Condo at Edmonds School
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.
School in New Franken
This rather adorable conversion comes with a huge lofty living room and open kitchen, plus three bedrooms and geothermal heating. It asks $224,900.
Sorry, guys, this four-bedroom house on the market for $179,900 in Groveport, Ohio, is actually only "for the discriminate real estate connoisseur."