Jaw Dropper of the Week: Divine Lancaster Residence Inside Former Church

It comes with geothermal heating and cooling, video surveillance and a roof top garden deck with hot tub.

All images via Zillow.com

All images via Zillow.com

Rejoice and be glad, our real estate prayers have been answered! Months after spotting that unimaginably cool Bucks County home inside a gothic church building, our search for a similar residence has ended. (For now, anyway.) Formerly a Gothic Revival church erected in 1893, the space has been converted into two very unique loft homes*. This one, our appointed Jaw-Dropper, is the larger of the two.

In keeping with its ecclesiastic roots, the unit vaunts a two-story living area with a cathedral ceiling and overhead church lighting. This along with a hard to miss stained glass window is original to the property and has been restored. Meanwhile, in the midst of all this is a bevy of custom woodwork in the form of mahogany doors, beams, columns and more. The listing notes there’s also a neat two-way mirror, framed and quietly concealing the home’s entertainment system.

Upstairs, the second level is blessed with a family room fireplace, more stained glass windows, and access to the steeple and bell tower, both of which are reached by a small spiral staircase. The master suite is on this floor too and boasts a cathedral ceiling of its own, as well as built-in reading lights over the bed area. An “arched gothic-style mirror” with interior makeup lighting can be found in the master bathroom.

As if that weren’t enough, the Lancaster abode is jam-packed with other noteworthy features. They are as follows:

  • Dining area with built-in hutch, access to small terrace
  • Rooftop garden with deck and hot tub
  • Finished basement with wine cellar, theater, exercise room
  • Security system with video surveillance
  • Geothermal heating and cooling
  • Central vacuum system

Specs and photos below.

*Note: The two homes can also be sold together for a grand total of $1,475,000.

Beds: 3
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Square feet: 4,000
Price: $985,000

Listing: 238 Lancaster Ave, Lancaster, PA, 17603 [Sotheby’s International Realty]