Ever fancied living in a property steeped in history? Well now is your chance to snap up one of these one-of-a-kind homes.

Neo-gothic church conversion in East London

1. Two-bedroom property in Bethnal Green, London, for £2m

Looking for a heavenly home? Dating back to 1864, this neo-gothic church may answer your prayers. The two-bedroom property was thoughtfully converted and still boasts original wood flooring, decorative tiles, fireplaces, gothic arches and cornicing.

Available via Stirling Ackroyd 

Victorian greenhouse in Kent converted into a two-bedroom home

2. Two-bedroom detached house in Hawkhurst, Kent, for £675,000

It’s not every day you come across a greenhouse that’s been partially converted into a home. But thanks to some top-notch design, this 75-foot long Victorian greenhouse – which was derelict for 15 years – has been elegantly transformed into a sleek and practical living space.

Available via The Modern House 

Fire station in Rotherhithe converted into flats

3. Two-bedroom flat in Rotherhithe, London, for £400,000

Sadly, there’s no fireman’s pole in this converted fire station. But there are two double bedrooms and a glimpse of the River Thames. If you don’t have a car for the allocated parking space, there are plenty of options for public transport, including a river bus running between Nelson Dock Pier and Canary Wharf Pier.

Available via Hastings International 

Police station and magistrates court converted into flats

4. One-bedroom flat in Stepney, London, for £435,000

The notorious Kray twins were once detained at this former police station and magistrates court, but these days the neighbours are more upmarket. The red brick station was closed in 1999 and converted into luxury apartments. The flat’s high ceilings and huge sash windows offer a clue to its past.

Available via Stirling Ackroyd 

Former hosepipe factory in Peckham converted into a four-bedroom home

5. Four-bedroom semi-detached house in Pekham, London, for £2.5m

Tucked away behind the Victorian terraces of Peckham, this sprawling 3,300 sq ft home started life in the 1900s as a hosepipe factory. If you’re not keen on commuting into the city from one of the three nearby stations, you can work at home from the self-contained office in the garden.

Available via Urban Spaces 

Hatton Garden jewellery workshop converted into a home

6. One-bedroom terraced house in Clerkenwell, London, for £1.35m

This former jewellery workshop in Hatton Garden may not be full of diamonds anymore but it’s still a hidden gem. It was converted in 1997 with a fairly industrial look including glossy blue floors and exposed brick. You’ll be able to enjoy warm summer evenings on the roof - if you don’t mind using a pull-down ladder and climbing through the window.

Available via The Modern House 

A living room in Petersons Folly in Lymington

7. Four-bedroom detached house in Lymington, Hampshire, price on application

Take in the panoramic views of the New Forest and the Isle of Wight from the top of Petersons Folly. Dating back to 1879, it is thought to be the world’s tallest unsupported concrete tower. Five of its 14 storeys were converted in 1990 and they now house four bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. At ground level, you can also enjoy a dip in the indoor swimming pool or a set on the tennis court.

Available via John D Wood & Co 

St Saviour's Wharf warehouse converted into flats

8. Two-bedroom flat in Southwark, London, for £1.3m

Warehouse conversions provide lofty living space with character. And this two-bedroom apartment in St Saviour’s Wharf is no exception. A stone’s throw from Tower Bridge, the flat's features include wooden beams, exposed brick and iron pillars. A concierge and secure parking are additional bonuses.

Available via Hamptons International 

A water tower on Cape Cornwall headland ripe for conversion

9. Two-bedroom detached house in St Just, Cornwall, for sale £250,000

If you’re looking for something to convert yourself, then this water tower on the small headland of Cape Cornwall is bursting with Grand Designs potential. Plans have been drawn up to transform it into a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with its own roof terrace – and incredible views of the Celtic Sea are guaranteed.

Available via Whitlocks 

Which conversion would you most like to own? Let us know by posting a comment below...

comments powered by Disqus