Soaring volumes and historic details come as standard in church conversions, which make for sought after homes when their life as a place of worship comes to a close. We’ve found five of the best converted churches for sale in London right now.
Gunter Grove, Chelsea
£3.25m via The Modern House
This former chapel in west London has had a storied life, used as both church and recording studio for the likes of The Rolling Stones. It’s since been converted into a three-bedroom home, arranged around a vast central living space that’s flooded with light. Its stained glass windows and wooden beams are intact, accompanied by parquet flooring and a sturdy wooden church door.
Blenheim Gardens, Brixton
£2m via The Modern House
This chapel-turned-photo-studio-turned-home has been carefully restored by its current owners, who have retained the double-height vaulted ceilings that are the hallmark of its previous life. A sculptural spiral staircase leads from the main living space up to a mezzanine library and bedroom, with two further guest rooms located at the other end of the building.
Roof lights and sash windows ensure the space enjoys plenty of natural light, while a courtyard garden offers space to sit and sip a morning cuppa.
St Clements Court, Islington
£700,000 via Knight Frank
This two-bedroom apartment is located inside a grand, Grade II-listed church conversion in Islington’s Arundel Square. As well as offering imposing architecture from the outside, historic details from the building peep through into the apartment – including stone columns and heads in the living space, and wooden beams in the kitchen. Interiors are a little on the plain side, but with a keen eye the building’s bones could sing.
Kenmont Gardens, Kensal Green
£5.9m via Rokstone
Not many homes can compete with this impressive church conversion in north London, which uses the building’s historic architecture to dramatic effect. Colours from the original stained glass play on the wall of the home’s spiral staircase, while the upstairs bedrooms are located beneath soaring ceilings and banks of skylights.
Swooping arches and patinaed pillars flank the living room, offset by dark herringbone hardwood floors, while the kitchen is tucked into the former knave. The four-bedroom London property has an enclosed courtyard planted with tropical greenery.
The Church Tower, The City of London
£3.75m via The Modern House
Sir Christopher Wren designed this Grade I-listed building in London which dates back to 1687. Dubbed The Church Tower, the Baroque-style English building was converted into a three-bedroom, eight-level home by architect Boyarsky Murphy and is set behind a 150ft-high historic facade.