House Lust: A Converted Church is on the Market in Foster

You don't have to be religious to see the light in this single-family home.

Credit: Lila Delman Real Estate

I’m slightly obsessed with re-imagined properties — be it carriage house, recreation hall or church. Add “former” to the real estate listing, and I’m sold.

In its simplest terms, a converted home is an economical one. It takes a property that no longer serves a need and transforms it into a valuable commodity in a tight market.

But there’s also something special about a place that was designed, often painstakingly, by a homeowner with an imagination and impeccable follow-through. A house isn’t always a home but, in this case, a church can be.

This Foster property, located at 109 Danielson Pike, was originally an Episcopal church. The congregation thrived in the 1960s and ’70s, but by the aughts it couldn’t sustain its congregation. A couple bought the church in 2002 and renovated it into the single-family home of their dreams.

Realtor Greg Datseris of Lila Delman Real Estate says the homeowners kept the blueprint of the church intact, more or less. The main floor, now an open living and dining area, maintains the original paneled cathedral ceilings and massive windows — both firmly in line with modern tastes.

“You walk in there and you feel that calmness come over you,” Datseris says. “Churches were built and fine-tuned to make you feel like you’re welcomed in and escaping from the rigors of the work week. [The homeowners] were really careful not to change that feel.”

Two bedrooms sit off the living space, and a kitchen is located off the the dining area. A walk-out lower level includes a massive bar area for entertaining, complete with retro signage and colorful seating arrangements. The lower level also features an additional kitchen and a couple of storage spaces. The church’s balcony served as a playroom for the homeowners’ grandchildren.

Datseris says the current homeowners have moved to Hope village in Scituate, a short drive away, and they’re ready to pass their labor of love onto a new generation. Asking price is $389,000 and, factoring in the 4,286 of living space, it’s a bargain.

“It’s almost like I imagine a family with young kids” buying the property, Datseris says. “The elementary school is literally across the street, and the community theater is in the building. A family who wants to make this amazing world for their kids — that’s how I picture it.”

There’s another perk in buying a former church: You can bet its owners were exceptional caregivers. When you believe in something, you treat it well.

Here’s your very holy House Lust:

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