A house in a former church is always a great find. But it’s rare that a single family residence, no matter its history, comes with a working bell tower.
This 1914 home two blocks away from Green Lake has the trimmings of a luxury home. And while usually conversions like this only have the bones of a church, this maintains not only the bell tower, but some other church design hallmarks, like a circular stained glass window and wood grain wainscoting. Even a few Sunday school chalkboards are still intact.
A deeply-pitched roof with multiple gables makes for dynamic interior spaces, accented by period details.
The main floor features a great room with a fireplace and, appropriately, cathedral ceilings. A dining room, kitchen, and living areas are separated by bold, period cased openings in a circular floor plan.
Upstairs, vaulted ceilings top a master suite with a spacious bedroom with room for a sitting area, a balcony, and a large master bath complete with a deep, corner tub. But the true centerpiece of the upper portion of the house is the highest point of the house: the belfry.
The bottom floor of the house is almost its own residence, with four bedrooms and a separate kitchen—making the steep, $2.8M price tag feel a little less lofty. Splitting the house might prove difficult though: Like with bunk beds, it might be a really intense fight for who gets the top half.
- 7512 Orin Ct N [Windermere]
- 7512 Orin Ct N [Estately]