1834 Church – Pittsford, VT – $380,000

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Added to OHD on 2/1/18 - Last OHD Update: 6/18/18 - 21 Comments
3325 Us Route 7, Pittsford, VT 05763

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How would you like to live in a historic Methodist church built in 1834 that's been converted into a spacious home with all the amenities you could want? With 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths on the first floor and a huge great room on the second floor with 8 large stained glass windows and an organ this is an entertainers dream! There is even a steeple with the original working bell!

The renovation was done with a deep respect for the history of the building, re-using unique items that could be saved while adding new plumbing, wiring, windows, insulation and even new water and sewer lines all the way to the street. There are modern amenities throughout such as the hardwired smoke alarms, 3 wifi thermostats, a heat pump for both heat and AC, a keypad lock and a monitored alarm system with a low temp alarm and water sensor. It was finished with a designer's instincts: beautiful colors, artistic details, materials that matched its style and a nod to its two previous lives as a church and an antique shop.

There are two brand new bathrooms with heated marble floors, one with a cast iron slipper tub and slate shower and the other with a huge walk in shower. The laundry area with new stacking front load washer and dryer is accessed through the master bath. There is a 350 sq ft eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances including french door fridge with bottom freezer and ice maker, gas stove, dishwasher, and built-in microwave. There is plenty of counter space in rainforest marble and lots of cabinets. The backsplash is a creative mix of handmade tiles with glass and marble tile. Adjacent is a large formal dining room and also a living room/lounge area with new maple floors. A colorful mudroom is at the back entrance with space for coats and boots and there's also a utility room with workshop or storage area.

The bedrooms are good sized and both the master and second bedrooms have his/her walk in closets. The bright bunk room fits two large bunk beds that sleep either adults or children. There is also an extra bed upstairs on the altar if you need a fourth bedroom. The sanctuary has a Palladian window with mountain views, light pouring through the historic stained glass windows and beautiful woodwork on the ceiling.

The entrance hall has a gorgeous double curved railing and stairs leading up to the sanctuary, massive double entry doors, and another stained glass window.

The second floor of the church has lots of open space - enough for a dance or have a large group do yoga. It could be a good candidate for a home occupation as well ? living on the first floor and having a business on the second. The upstairs would function well as a retreat center, yoga studio, wedding venue or concert hall with fabulous acoustics. It could also go back to a church with a perfect parsonage right downstairs, space for gatherings and even a number of the saved pews. Or just use it as its currently set up ? a large single family home ? with room for friends and family. The church is currently being used as a luxurious vacation home and is also rented on Airbnb for between $200-700/night depending on the season and the number of guests (it currently sleeps 10 easily). It would make a fabulous primary residence as well, or you could keep the turnkey rentals going if you choose to. Since it is a vacation home it is being sold furnished and decorated with only a few personal items being removed (or the furnishings can be removed if need be).

Just the value of the historic organ, stained glass windows and bell are worth well more than the asking price.

At only 15 miles to the town of Killington, 25 to Middlebury, and 7 to Rutland you can easily get to skiing, foliage or shops from this location. You can also walk to the general store, elementary school, historic library and recreation area with swimming for the kids and hiking trails.

Come live your Vermont life!
Contact Details
Christina Bolton, Owner      617-233-3978 / Matengi1969@gmail.com
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19 Comments on 1834 Church – Pittsford, VT – $380,000

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  1. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9425 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to Christina for sharing her home with us!

  2. Clund says: 117 comments

    Beautiful windows! Very nice church/house. A few photos into the living area I had to go back and check the size of this place. It seriously feels like it’s a separate house. It’s so charming outside as well. Wish I could see inside the steeple, and the bell.

  3. FG says: 80 comments

    The stars immediately made me think that this is Vyvyan from the Young One’s most recent abode….

  4. Chanda says: 2 comments

    Those windows are gorgeous! And what potential for anything you want really, while remaining pretty comfortable.

  5. KarenZ says: 834 comments
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    The stained glass is so fabulous here!

  6. hearsetraxhearsetrax says: 135 comments

    charming conversion, nice to see that they tried to keep some of it’s original features/purpose built interior pieces

    I’d take it if the organ came with it

    • HollyLiz says: 52 comments

      Right! Imagine having a pipe organ in your home! Start playing Phantom of the Opera at midnight just to worry the neighbors.

      • hearsetraxhearsetrax says: 135 comments

        jejejeje @ HollyLiz

        every time I see a decent “quirky conversion” like a church …I often entertain such thoughts

        I’d rig the organ to play every so many hrs a day and play random haunting tunes

    • Christina says: 9 comments

      The organ does come with it! And according to EA Boadway of the Organ Historical Society (who worked extensively on it in 1994) it at that time “contains the oldest playable organ parts in the region, and it deserves the continuing support of church members”. It was built in 1850 by George Stevens of Cambridge MA and then rebuilt by him in 1890.

  7. Glorybe says: 149 comments

    It’s just heavenly… The windows are spectacular & the space could be so comfortable.

  8. Kath says: 207 comments

    how cool to live in a church, those stained glass windows r like looking at ART

  9. Ravensavage says: 10 comments

    This reminds me of the non-denominational chapel that my daughter was married in on Tybee Island, Ga. The services are held in the chapel with the officiant of your choice, then the banquet was held in the converted basement, or in this case it could be upstairs. The kitchen could easily be converted to a service kitchen with warming drawers, a larger stove, and commercial sink. Meanwhile, the staff converted the chapel into a dance floor/cake cutting/area for after the meal. It was fuss free as it was all held in the same place with vendors of your choice.

  10. Christina says: 9 comments

    Hi Everyone,
    If you have any questions about the home just let me know. I’ve been looking at the site for years (though I’ve hardly commented), so its great to have our house here!
    I have a bunch of historic info if anyone wants it about the organ, stained glass, ministers, etc.
    I also have a floorplan in case you need it – yes Clund -its almost like two different houses from the first floor to the second as its so big! I actually considered making it into two different units first floor and second which the town seemed fine with, though it does require paperwork, but that could be a possibility for the next owner.

  11. Karen says: 537 comments

    Do you know who made the stained glass windows? And when? Are the families that paid for them still in the area? At the First Presbyterian Church here in Lockport, NY, there are stained glass windows bhy Tiffany, and they are just gorgeous. I don’t have the website, b ut if you google the church, I bet they have photos of the windows on it.

    • Christina says: 9 comments

      Yes, they were bought by the congregation in 1908 from Haskins & Co Art Glass from Rochester NY (so they were not in the church in 1834 when it was dedicated). I have photocopies of the old receipts! Most of the families who have the names on the bottom of the windows are still in the area. Sometimes when I was working on the renovation someone who had gotten married there or had some other connection would stop by and ask to see it and aside from being very appreciative of seeing it again they also would have a number of stories about it, so I learned more of the history that way too.

  12. Christina Bolton says: 9 comments

    Hey All,
    I also wanted to mention I have the original rounded altar rail with all the wooden balusters – (they are the original woodwork – not painted) in case the new owner wants to put them back up.

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