This Converted Church in Sweden Answers All Our House Prayers

updated Jul 17, 2020
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Two very popular categories of dreamy real estate include 1) homes in Sweden, and 2) converted churches—and this house just happens to be both. Peek inside this stunning property, which is accepting bids above 2,625,000 Swedish Krona, or $323,559 USD.

Built in 1889, this former Baptist church is now an open and airy residence in Högsbo, a town 45 minutes outside of the city of Uppsala. Converted to a bed and breakfast in the ’80s, Joy Chapel (as it’s called) can be kept as such or used as a single family home.

The five room property is 358 square meters (about 3,800 square feet) and features an open floor plan where the star is the spacious central hall (“that has such an energy and light source which gives a sense of mystery and tranquility” according to the listing) with beautiful original molding and details, as well as the the mezzanine level that wraps around it. There’s a large kitchen that looks like it could fit a crowd, along with a dining area and plenty of additional lounge space on the mezzanine. There’s a private one bedroom apartment (owners’ quarters?) with another kitchen and its own living room and bathroom.

While the interior is overwhelmingly white (as the Swedish are wont to do), the exterior is a farmhouse red, giving it charming a barn like appearance. Joy Chapel is on .6 acres with plenty of proximity to nature; it’s minutes from nearby lakes, just 9 kilometers to the beach, and “allows for wide areas of walking and the ability to pick berries and mushrooms.”

The property is listed with Erik Olsson, and opening bids start at 2,625,000 Swedish Krona, or $323,559 USD.

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h/t Curbed