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May 16, 2012

Homes with a Past: Church, Schoolhouse and Silo

Syndicated — Get out your Ouija boards and crystal balls. That's what it might take to solve the double past lives of these unique homes.

On the outside, they all have the appearance of single-family homes. But upon closer investigation, it's pretty clear these interesting structures were originally designed for different purposes, and were home to other sorts of tenants - like school kids, congregants and even missiles!

Don't believe us? Step inside!

Missile Silo Home

127 Standish Rd, Saranac NY (below)

For sale: $750,000

Want the ultimate conversation piece? How about living in a home on the Saranac real estate market that was once secure enough to hold a missile (above). Although there is a small, "decoy" home above ground, the main living areas lie 35 feet underground in a nuclear- and earthquake-proof space. Once the missile command center, the area has been transformed into a comfortable space with 4 bedrooms, kitchen, and living room. The home also includes an 180-foot deep silo space that once held the U.S. military's Atlas missile.

Former Firehouse

117 Broad St, San Francisco CA

Recently sold: $875,000

Like the painted lady row houses in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, here's a home that is a different kind of painted lady. Built in 1896, this San Francisco home (above) was formerly a neighborhood fire station, painted with a bright red door and trim. Clues to its past still remain inside the 2-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot-home today - including a fireman's pole. The home sold for $875,000 in December 2010.

Schoolhouse Rock

1381 Knopp School Road, Fredericksburg, TX

For sale: $2.3 million

This stunning property in Fredericksburg, TX (above) gives little hint to its historic past as a schoolhouse and teacher's residence. The 4,870-square-foot limestone home has been generously expanded and features an open floor plan with high ceilings and enormous glass sliding doors that lead to patios and the rectilinear pool.

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