Proof That a Church Can Become a Home

by UrbanTurf Staff

Sanctuary of Capitol Hill church for sale

About two weeks ago, UrbanTurf featured a church that was for sale on Capitol Hill. We noted that the former home of the Unity of Washington church would likely draw interest from a select buyer pool, primarily developers with any eye to converting the property for a new use (likely a small condo project).

The Wall Street Journal has proven that the buyer pool for a property like this may be larger than we think. In their House of the Day feature, the newspaper has profiled a former church that was purchased by a real estate developer in 2007 and then converted into his residence.

San Francisco church turned home. Image from The Wall Street Journal.

In addition to replacing floors, repairing leaks and adding bedrooms, the owner, Siamak Akhavan, also had the property “seismic retrofitted” to better withstand earthquakes, according to the paper. The exterior of the church was updated, but looks very similar to when it was purchased four years ago, and the bell tower is still in place although now it has been converted to a walk-in closet and office.

Exterior of former church. Image from The Wall Street Journal.

On the market for $7.49 million, the San Francisco church makes the one on Capitol Hill look like a steal (although Akhavan did put about $3 million worth of work into his home).

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  1. Saladman8283 said at 5:21 pm on Tuesday March 8, 2011:

    A few summers ago we rented a house that used to be a church in Woodstock, NY, for a long weekend.  It was a little creepy.

  1. HyTown said at 5:31 pm on Tuesday March 8, 2011:

    All around radical.

  1. nothanks said at 5:54 pm on Tuesday March 8, 2011:

    How much would it cost to heat/cool that place?

  1. busikier said at 6:41 pm on Tuesday March 8, 2011:

    My favorite art house movie theatre growing up was in a former funeral home chapel. Excellent for Rocky Horror or scary midnight movies. All sorts of ways to repurpose a church.

  1. Bill said at 8:02 pm on Tuesday March 8, 2011:

    I heard there is a former church that is going to be converted into residential on Capitol Hill. I hear is already under construction.  Any one know anything about it?

  1. Mike said at 8:54 pm on Tuesday March 8, 2011:

    St Monica’s is being developed into residences, and supposedly delivering by the end of the year  


  1. Rich Cederberg said at 11:30 pm on Wednesday March 9, 2011:

    Wow! Architecturally speaking, how can you argue? They are huge, free-span, light, gorgeous! But I would think hard on the utilities and a bit weird to live in.

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