Houses of Worship For Sale in Washington DC Metro Area
Houses of worship may not seem like obvious property options for home buyers in Washington Metro. Still, they do come up now and then. The reasons why have much to do with a shortage of available space. In many urban areas across the country, former warehouses and factories had been prime sources for hip condo conversions. While Washington DC has never had a huge surplus of warehouses, it has been home to numerous churches, parochial schools and missions over the years. And, in a city that's conscious of its history, planning officials can be more amenable to converting a church rather than tearing it down.
Whether it's alleyway warehouses, the former Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company or the Central Union Mission, developers in the DC area certainly know how to turn unusual buildings into condos for sale.
Once the site of the historic St. Augustine's School, convent and rectory, Bishop's Gate is an 82-unit condominium with a lovely courtyard at its center as well as underground parking. This Logan Circle house of worship property was sold for redevelopment in 1979 after St. Augustine's and St. Paul's merged to form a single entity. An even older structure is Grace Church on 9th Street in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, a beautiful old brick Romanesque Revival building with multiple gabled roofs, towers and turrets. Built in 1891, the property served for many years as Grace Church before becoming Faith Baptist Church in the 1950's. It eventually fell into disrepair and was essentially abandoned. In 1989 it was transformed into a beautifully redesigned 24-unit condo complex. For more information about houses of worship for sale in Washington DC metro area, take a look at the MLS listings below:
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Another much talked about DC house of worship development project came into being after two historic episcopal churches, St. Monica's and St. James, came together in 2009. The unified congregation worships at the St. James Capitol Hill location while the Residences at St. Monica's now offers nine unique two and three-bedroom condos with high vaulted ceilings and private yards. The complex is located at 1340 Massachusetts Avenue. Most recently, a developer gained the support of an Advisory Neighborhood Commission to turn an old Federal-style former church in the Shaw neighborhood into a seven-unit boutique residential building.
What about other parts of the Washington metropolitan area and properties that are yet to be redeveloped? You'll have to do some digging but how about a beautiful old six-bedroom Colonial home built in 1922 that once served as a house of worship? With over 5,000 square feet of interior space and 3.52 acres of land, this Maryland gem is listing for only $550,000. Like converted schools, liveries, concert halls and roller rinks, houses of worship are simply one more property type that can find new life as residential space in a part of the country that is currently going through a sustained period of growth and transformation.
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Listing information last updated on October 18th, 2019 at 11:03pm EDT.