Fixer-Upper Friday: A Former Church on the Merrimac River
You could transform this Amesbury house of worship into a heavenly dream home.
482 Main Street, Amesbury
Size: 2,732 square feet
Aging buildings in New England have a habit of taking on new uses: carriage houses become condos, substations become beer gardens, and the list goes on. This is especially true for churches—plenty of churches across the region have been converted into homes over the years. And here, at 428 Main Street, another church awaits a stunning conversion.
Built in 1906, this former house of worship in Amesbury’s Point Shore community could be transformed into a heavenly dream home. Much of the building’s interior has maintained the church’s original floor plan, meaning the potential for customization is seemingly endless.
Inside, the main sanctuary has hardwood floors, high ceilings, stained glass windows, and an altar. Below, 2,400 square feet on the lower level make room for a recently updated kitchen and a bathroom, while on the second floor, the former pastor’s residence has tin walls and views of the Merrimac River. The building’s other perks include a new heating system and several modern updates, so the bulk of the work to be done is cosmetic.
As for the church’s potential? There’s always the option to split the building into two units. The sanctuary could also serve as a yoga studio, an artist’s studio, a showroom, or a music performance space.
The place is being sold “as is” for $349,900, or $128 per square foot.
For information, contact Dolores Person, the Dolores Person Group, William Raveis, raveis.com.