House of the Day: Find Sanctuary in a Former Synagogue

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If you weren't prepared to shell out $15 million for a home built for Jesus Christ, you can still live in a "divine" home in New York City for significantly less. For $25,000 a month, you can find a haven in a former synagogue in Manhattan's East Village.

The re-purposed structure isn't exactly shy about its spiritual past: It boasts a huge custom-made stained-glass window, with a Star of David. But that aside, the rest of the four-story space is pretty standard (well, for a moneyed New Yorker).

The property features three sprawling bedrooms, three terraces (one with security cameras!), a private roof deck, a hot tub and a humidity-controlled wine cooler. A floor-to-ceiling glass-enclosed hallway will lead you to one of the home's 2½ luxury baths, where you'll find a sumptuous rain shower.

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There are a lot of offbeat conversions out there, but churches? Those might take the cake. (Except for maybe a nuclear plant turned amusement park.) 

Church conversions are still an intriguing thing -- we swear to God -- and, what's more, they also seem to be unusually affordable. What better time to view them than Easter. 

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Location: Seattle 
Price: $789,000
Beds/Baths: 6/3.5
Sq. Ft.: 6,300

You could call this luxury church conversion: It's got a price tag that dwarfs some of our other picks. "The Big House in Ballard" was built in 1907, and thanks to its revamped interior, now offers six bedrooms. 

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The home also serves as a venue for art, music and event "happenings," the listing says. The facade recently had a "Gothic Crow" window installed, which weighs a whopping 2,000 pounds.

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Just beyond double doors in the structure's tower awaits an expansive sanctuary. The former baptismal? It was converted into a bathroom.

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The pastor's office is now a bedroom, and there's an apartment on the property that brings in high rent, the listing says. At the top of the tower is a crow's nest, putting you just a little closer to the Big Guy Upstairs. 

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Boasting a handsome brick facade this 19th century church is now a single family loft, with its own kitchen. 

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The cavernous interior has soaring ceilings that reach 40 feet. There are two oak staircases that put you on the second floor, in reach of the two-story bell tower. 

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The first floor has three bedrooms, and there's a "dining nook" occupying the space where the altar used to stand. 

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Stained-glass windows flood the home with natural light, giving its hardwood floors, an -- you could say -- ethereal glow. 

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Location: Dresden, Tenn. 
Price: $39,900
Beds/Baths: 5/3
Sq. Ft.: 3,902

This Southern church may come off as a bit more modest than some other places of worship-turned-homes in our gallery, but you can't beat the price. $39,900 is already ultra-cheap for a home, but here we're talking 5 acres of property and 3,902 square feet of interior space. 

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Some of home's original holy trappings are still clearly visible. Pictured here is what appears to be the church's pulpit. 

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The home received additions in the 1950s. The home's kitchen, unlike some other parts of the place, conceals the structure's original purpose.   

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Location: Bellevue, Ky. 
Price: $219,500
Beds/Baths: 2/2
Sq Ft: N/A

This striking former church is listed for $219,500. The building houses loft condos and has an enormous stained-glass window. 

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Many of the interior flourishes are a century old, but still appear to be in good condition, like this stained-glass window.

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In an unlikely design trope, the home's interior is, well, hip. The most notable detail to earn that designation? An iPod in-wall music system. 

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Location: Pacific, Mo. 
Price: $174,000
Beds/Baths: 3/2
Sq. Ft.: 3,800

The seller of this home apparently had to cut short his efforts to transform the 125-year-old building into a full-blown residence. The owner got about halfway there, according to MLS.  

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The home offers arched doorways, stained glass, elaborate fixtures and custom woodwork. A wide staircase leads to a space that the seller intended to convert into a master suite. 

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There's a kitchen, an airy foyer, and the great room has two-story high, vaulted ceilings, church-style. The property also has its own fishpond. 


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Location: Bessemer, Mich. 
Price: $68,000
Beds/Baths: 6 units
Sq. Ft.: 3,600

Perhaps our most residential-looking conversion, this former church now houses four apartment units, as well as a duplex. $68,000 brings you six units in all, making the place seem like a heck of an investment opportunity. 

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Location: Britt, Iowa
Price: $39,500
Beds/Baths: 5/2
Sq. Ft.: 4,071

Built in 1900, this repurposed church offers five bedrooms, and has functioned as a home for a while. 

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The exterior makes the building's former purpose quite obvious, but its interior could have you fooled because of an extensive makeover. 

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Location: Flaxton, N.D.
Price: $29,900
Beds/Baths: 0/1
Sq. Ft.: N/A

What's with churches, and being ridiculously cheap? Apparently, for $29,900, you can snag a bona fide cathedral. You're only working with one bathroom though, so the buyer should be prepared to spend some coin on renovations. 

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There are the characteristic vaulted ceilings, and lots and lots of space. Particle board could come in handy in the early stages of an overhaul. 

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This tidy, repurposed church looks almost like a cottage, with its white picket fence and well-kept yard. 

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The home's highlight may be its expansive living room, flooded by natural light from arched windows. 

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Get this: the reason why the interior is so snappy is that the former owners, who originally used the place as a wedding chapel, spent $500,000 over four years to convert it into a home. The kitchen features granite countertops and custom cabinetry. 

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Also, it's gorgeous: Brazilian hardwood cherry floors, hand-poured Brazilian glass mosaic tiles, Wenge wood paneling, floor-to-ceiling steel-cased windows and doors ... you know, the usual.

Vladimir Luzader and Danny Davis of Town Residential have the listing.

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