Philly has a lot of old churches—that should come as a surprise to no one—and with all of those century-old buildings, there’s a lot of opportunity for adaptive reuse projects.
It’s an opportunity many developers have picked up in recent years, turning churches into lofts, reimagining a rectory as a sleek townhome, and just earlier this week, listing a rehabbed condo in an early-1900s space.
Now, just days after the Narberth church, another old stone beauty has dropped on the market—this time offering 1,000 square feet and one bed for $390,000.
The place at 1722 Mount Vernon Street, sits in the converted SV Lutherska Zionskyrkan Church, which was built in 1874, according to its listing. When it was converted to condos in 2015, the developer aimed to keep much of the space as it originally was in its 1900s glory.
And it seems for the most part, he achieved that goal. Original stained glass windows and wood beams sit throughout the space, accented by 20-foot cathedral ceilings.
The details are especially prominent in the kitchen and dining area, which feature cathedral windows with the colorful glass and high ceilings. Upstairs, looking out over the first floor, there’s a lofted living space—which could be used as a bedroom—and bathroom.
There’s also a lower level, stretching down from the dining area to a cozy space below, which features the master bedroom, along with another bath.
There aren’t many additional design elements brought into the space, and its simplicity serves to highlight the 150-year-old elements of the original church that are still present in the home.
In addition to its asking price, the listing requires HOA fees of $150 a month.