NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Real Estate News

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.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Real Estate News

Offbeat
NDN Video
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years
Special Features
NRA Waterfront Plans