If there's one thing real estate nerds love, it's modern homes carved from buildings with fascinating backstories, particularly when there's gut-reno potential lurking within interesting bones. Churches, especially, are great for home-conversion buffs, and luckily there's an abundance of homes that lived their first lives in far holier ways. Stained-glass windows, vaulted ceilings, and sumptuously open floor plans make them appealing to folks looking for a more unconventional living space, and while everybody wants a single-family mansion—how about this modern $15.25M number hacked from a Romanesque church, for example?—it seems a touch impractical to sit and wait for the requisite riches. And so, behold this map of 20 fairly affordable converted churches. That living room above? That's a chic condo in Indianapolis, where one can buy a piece of landmark for as little as $200K.
· A Modern Mansion Carved Out of Romanesque British Church [Curbed National]
· Converted Churches Turn Holy Places into Luxe Living Spaces [Curbed National]