c. 1850 Church – South Deerfield, MA – $139,900

For Sale
Added to OHD on 2/12/18 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 26 Comments
70 N Main St, South Deerfield, MA 01373

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Former Chapel with wide open spaces and prior apartment located just outside downtown S. Deerfield on a major road close to I-91, Rts 5 & 10 and Rt. 116 and a bus route. Apartment contains spacious rooms, wood flooring with super large kitchen. There are vaulted ceilings, balcony and stage on the 2nd floor. Updated wiring and fire code items installed when owner created apartment. Updated plumbing and newer water supply line coming in to the building
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Mark Abramson - Cohn & Company Real Estate Agency      (413) 772-0105
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26 Comments on c. 1850 Church – South Deerfield, MA – $139,900

  1. Deconsecrated Churches can be beautifully adapted for other uses. This lovely structure needs someone with a creative approach-that huge open area offers many possibilities. I really like the architecturally interesting front facade.

    • Hi Miss-Apple37
      I’m the seller of this building and yes indeed, that is a huge freestanding sink with little square countertops on either side. It’s not currently hooked up to anything but I’m sure the buyer will think of something creative to do with it!

  2. This is exciting! I was going to send you this link, because I’m internet pals with one of the sellers. (Plus I have a thing for converted churches.) But here it is already!

    • Hi Bethster —
      And when we sell this house we’ll be looking for another old house around the Louisville KY area — probably not a church, though!

  3. I’ve never really wanted to own a “former church”, but this one needs to get back to grander days, and if it’s a residence, then so be it. There’s a lot of beauty in this building!

    • Greetings, Colleen — the residence part is the back half of the first floor. We used the second floor and the front of the first floor for the bookstore. About all we did to create the living space was put in a wall to separate the two parts of the first floor. The living part itself has kind of a loft feeling to it (talk about an open floor plan!).

  4. My thoughts exactly John! I was rather surprised they did nothing to transform its “churchiness”. Could be really great.

  5. This caught my eye right away as I especially love old churches. Nice tree lined street, very nice exterior. But where’s the cemetery? I would rather see a cemetery photo than a kitchen sink! You can always get an old kitchen sink installed.

    • I’m with you. I know some people find them creepy, but to me it is part of the history. And I think it would be an honor to maintain a cemetery plot even if I had no personal relation to the inhabitants.

  6. Hi — Here’s the owner again — no cemetery, I’m afraid. There is a very old cemetery around the corner in the town center (this was once the western frontier, believe it or not, hence “Pioneer Valley”) but I don’t know if it had any connection with this church; many of the graves are much older.

  7. Posted in 2016, reduced in price, new agent and photos. Comments above are older and may reference something shown in the old listing photos that’s not shown in the new ones.

  8. It took me a minute but there are two floors inside. And the sanctuary is on the second floor.

    This is really unusual, but makes for an ideal home conversion: bedrooms downstairs, living up! And what living!

  9. Churches do not always fit into style categories but this one is clearly in the Italianate style with the arched windows and multiple eave brackets around the soffits. If the next owner(s) put a full width Italianate style porch across the front, there wouldn’t be much visual difference between this place and Italianate homes from the same period.

  10. Curious if the larger white Church across the street was built as an “upgrade” replacement, or different denominations? A street view walk up and down the street reveals a lot of well maintained older structures.

  11. This would be a good conversion for someone to live in and work out of, dance studio, art studio, etc ..

  12. Very nice, and its good size, not too big or small, makes it ideal for various live/work situations on the main street. The prior book store suggests various small business uses are permissible.
    The 1871 village map doesn’t show anything here, and a church or meeting house would not have been omitted, so the 1850 date is likely a couple of decades early.

  13. Hi, JimH

    Thanks for the information — I’m the owner & had not seen the map you’re referring to. I’ll notify the RE agent handling the property. And yes, my husband & I lived in part of the building & used the rest for our bookstore. Very happy for 20 years there.
    If anyone has any questions, please contact the RE agent, as I’m no longer in Massachusetts.


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