The Listings: Conversions

This is The Listings, a monthly rundown (with pictures!) of some of the most over-the-top properties currently on sale in or around this fair(ish) city.

This month, we’ve rounded up five homes that are not what they seem. From a converted carriage house to a cathedral-cum-bachelor pad, you’ll have not only a swanky, new home … but also conversation starters galore.

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Photos: StreetEasy

555 West End Avenue
Upper West Side
Price: $18,000,000
Converted from: A Catholic school
The basics: 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3,420 sq-ft
Notable features: Formerly the school’s gymnasium, the Solarium penthouse has 19-foot arched ceilings leading into a swoon-worthy glass terrarium. There’s also a larger-than-life terrace for outdoor parties or simply bragging rights.

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Photos: Sotheby’s

11 Scholes Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Price: $5,200,000
Converted from: An 1899 firehouse
The basics: 3 bedrooms, 2 full and 2 partial baths, 4,652 sq-ft
Notable features: Three levels of heaven with a “garage” that doubles as the bottom floor’s living room, a fireplace and a rooftop terrace complete with an outdoor shower.

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Photos: Douglas Elliman Real Estate

481 Washington Street
Soho
Price: $4,150,000
Converted from: The Spice Warehouse
The basics: 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 4,000 sq-ft
Notable features: An open layout with 13-foot ceilings, radiant floor heating, a dual-pedestal soaking tub and, thankfully, a 56-bottle wine cooler — because we are definitely coming over.

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Photos: StreetEasy

The Spire Lofts
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Price: $6,125/month
Converted from: A cathedral
The basics: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1,800 sq-ft
Notable features: In a very Williamsburgian way, the listing merely states, “This is hands-down one of the sickest buildings on the market.” Eyerolls aside, we’d have to agree. Original beams and exposed brick galore, and the unit also has its own private terrace.

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Photos: Leslie J. Garfield & Co.

167 East 69th Street
Upper East Side
Price: $16,950,000
Converted from: A 1908 carriage house
The basics: 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 7,000 sq-ft
Notable features: The triplex touts garage and studio space with 14.5-foot, skylit-lined ceilings, 400 square feet of landscaped terrace and a wood-burning fireplace.

Main photo: StreetEasy