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Property Watch: A Church, a Craftsman Parsonage, and Extra Surprises

This listing includes a church with a beautiful late-midcentury sanctuary, a remodeled Craftsman house, and side hustles in co-working and telecommunications.

By Sarah Anne Lloyd October 5, 2022

Ever dream of owning a church, complete with a beautiful sanctuary? The congregation that meets on this Queen Anne property is going all-virtual, and the building, along with a five-bedroom Craftsman parsonage, is on the market for $4 million. There’s a cell tower on the property, too—can you guess where it is?

The church was built in 1967, just a few years after its first congregation took over a former grocery store on the property, and the era shows in the sanctuary. The soaring, tongue-in-groove ceiling meets in a steep, high peak above. Curved support beams, carved in a perfectly 1960s modern shape, stretch from the floor to the very top of the ceiling, adding dimension to the space and smoothing any hard edges. The result is modern, warm, and almost nautical. A small loft above provides extra space for seating or A/V equipment.

Other than that, it’s kind of a blank canvas. The floor is carpeted, and there aren’t any pews, save for two of them in the hallway. At the front of the room, there’s just a black wall, a gray pillar, and a pull-down screen. It’s begging for a restoration that shows off its original architecture, and maybe a new life as an event space. Just make sure to hang onto that church steeple, because it has a T-Mobile cell tower hidden inside that brings in at least $1,200 a month.

Behind the sanctuary loft on the second level, an office area was converted into a co-working space, which operated for a while as the Commons. It’s still fully decked-out, though, with both table and bar seating, a kitchenette, and a couple of conference rooms.

There’s a childcare and education center in the basement of the church building, with a lease running through 2026. This puts the new owner, as a landlord, in a small position of power over availability of childcare in Seattle. With great power, as they say, comes great responsibility. It’s unaffiliated with the church.

A 1,762-square-foot Craftsman home predates the other buildings by several decades, but has gotten some major remodels along the way; now it has an open floor plan, a gas fireplace, and air conditioning. The most recent remodel was in 2006, which brought in new siding, decking, windows, appliances, and flooring, among other updates. Five bedrooms include a suite on the main floor and four in the basement. There’s also a loft with a half-bath on the second floor. Out back, there’s a large deck with a privacy wall.

The whole corner lot is about 18,000 square feet, and a lot of that is for parking. You could always hang onto it, or figure out yet another use for this polymath of a property.

Listing Fast Facts

1716 Second Ave N
Size: 0.41 acres
List Date: 7/26/2022
List Price: $4,000,000
Listing Agents: 
Ashlyn Pawlak, Windermere

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