Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Whaddaya Do With An Old Firehouse?

Many of us at one time or another, commercial/investment agents have been presented with the dilemma of being asked to list a property that has outlived its usefulness.

Or to be more precise, there is a higher and better use for the property. But what if the building on a property can be "repurposed?" It happens all the time. Restaurants converted into banks; homes turned into dental offices; automobile sales lots/buildings turned into medical school offices; even retail strip centers turned into charter schools.

So what do you do with an old firehouse? That place where in iconic photos of the past muscular firefighters slid down a pole at the sound of a bell and jumped onto fire trucks, racing into the night, having only minutes to save someone's house, or office, or warehouse, or store, or restaurant....

Well, these days, classic fire stations are being converted into spectacular homes!

Again, its a highest and best use thing. And there are consumers who love the architecture and history of our oldest firehouses. And they often beccome the owners because of their spectacular love for all things historic and iconic about architecturally significant old fire stations.

The link above takes you to a page that includes photos of fire stations / ne beautiful homes in Tampa, /Fla., New York City, San Francisco, Calif., and Wellesley, Mass. Some incredible work to bring these gems back to life, but their owners took shells of yesteryear and made them worthy of any home and garden tour.

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