From time to time, a truly divine listing lands on the market.
Not only is the place a bargain—on the market for $229,000—it’s also never been a residence. This means a buyer can customize the structure as desired. Listed with Don Whitesell of Carpenter Realtors, the property hit the market last fall for $239,200.
Built in 1911, it been used for decades for church services, then later a day care center and a fellowship hall popular for wedding receptions and banquets.
“Nobody’s had to take showers there,” says Whitesell. “It doesn’t have a shower or a bathtub, just three half-baths that are handicapped accessible.”
But what it does have is a commercial-size kitchen, perfect for someone who has a baking business. It’s also great for someone who loves to entertain (an entire book club could meet in the kitchen!), has a large family, or wants to rent it out for special events.
Yes, a new owner will need to make some plumbing changes and carve out some new bedrooms, but the gorgeous bones of a historic church provide a superb canvas. Plus, there are the features particular to a former church.
“It still has the stained-glass windows and historical aspects,” says Whitesell.
Arched windows provide character, the hardwood floors are original, and lighting fixtures are all intact. The roof, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems have all been updated since 2007. The kitchen and fellowship hall were added in the 1970s.
The 7,269-square-foot property sits on 2 acres, and there’s parking space for 80 cars.
“I’ve had a lot of people want to see it because they went to the day care when they were little,” says the agent, who actually hosted his wedding in the building 15 years ago.
Whitesell thinks the buyer will be a business owner, perhaps a budding entrepreneur in the fitness or beauty industry.
“The best use could be a place where they do aerobics,” he says. “There’s enough rooms there where they could have tanning beds, a beauty salon, and a place to do nails.”
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