We love conversions. Church conversions, nuclear missile silo conversions, we've covered them all! But we still dig this farm conversion in Barrington, Ill. Formerly a seven-acre working farm with more than 4,000 chickens and goats, among other farm animals, it's since been turned into a stunning four-bedroom, three-bathroom luxury home.
The farm-turned-home also features a full apartment with its own bedroom, bathroom, sitting room, kitchenette and garage. Additionally, the sprawling property boasts a gorgeous coach house with soaring ceilings and stunning wooden detailing. Beneath the coach house lies a wine cellar that was formerly the farm's barn. (You can still see remnants of the barn everywhere you look!)
"It's not your average, run-of-the mill home," said Realtor Tara Kelleher, of Sotheby's International Realty. "It appeals to a person who wants to feel cozy in a beautiful, well-situated property." It's pricey -- $1.8 million! -- but we love it: Do you? Well, it may not be for everyone. So if it's not your thing, then maybe you'll enjoy some other types of crazy home conversions. In the gallery below, we pulled together some of the most unique home conversions we've ever seen (a water tower?!) Click through to see them all.
Quirky Home Conversions
Once a Working Farm, Now a Luxury Home With a $1.8M Price Tag
For all the house porn addicts, mind-blowing price tags, tens of thousands of square feet and double staircases are enough to satisfy their cravings for residential eye candy. At some point, however, those staples of grandeur might lose their luster. And if that sad day does arrive, they'll be left wondering what went wrong.
But house oglers shouldn't despair: As it turns out, there's a whole other world of rich, eye-pleasing properties that can rekindle the magic: conversions. And we're not just referring to your regular old office-to-co-op conversions -- we're talking much bigger stuff -- missile silos, nuclear plants, churches, to name a few.
Click through our gallery to see some of the most offbeat, quirky conversions around.
This conversion may not be a home, but we're making an exception because, come on -- how can you give the short shrift to an amusement park that's been constructed out of a nuclear plant? Giving a 1 million pound reactor quite the makeover, Wunderland theme park is in Kalkar, Germany, and features hotel rooms, bars, amusement park rides and restaurants.
Touted as the world's most sophisticated nuclear plant, construction on the reactor began in 1972. But Chernobyl was a huge buzz, and prompted public outcry noisy enough to halt its construction. It sat dormant until a Dutch businessman snatched it up and transformed it into an entertainment complex that sees 600,000 visitors a year.
Built in 1892, this home was the "Ships of the Sea Museum" until it underwent a full-blown makeover that transformed it into a luxury home. The home offers stunning views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
The home has an elevator that lifts you up through three stories brimming with "custom finishes and fine craftsmanship," according to the listing. You can also use the home's winding glass staircase if you want a little exercise.
How about that! Apparently, a residence in Soest, Utrecht, Netherlands rests inside the sturdy shell of a what used to be a water tower. By the looks of a blueprint of the tower we found on TreeHugger.com, the structure has 7 floors.
Location: Carmel Valley, Calif.
Price: $2.95 million
Sq. Ft.: 21,718
With Armageddon just around the corner (according to the Mayans), house hunters may want to start thinking about how to ride out all that impending fire and brimstone. This converted 10-story satellite dish built to withstand a five-megaton nuclear hit is one option.