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Oct 5, 2013 6:58AM

Years and years ago in Jacksonville, Florida I saw a gorgeous condo complex that had once been an elementary school in a very pretigious area.  Such a beautiful and historic building!  The condos were so interesting and unique.  Unfortunately, they were also very expensive.  Great idea, though.  I see so many boarded up buildings, schools, churches, retail space and often wonder why in the world doesn't someone turn these buildings into such needed housing, but having it be affordable would be most important.

Sep 19, 2013 8:51AM
In my city, there aren't any old schools converted into homes, but they did convert a huge downtown store from the 60's  into apartments.  My mom and step-dad lived there a few years ago.  The apartments are beautiful.  It has been really special for some people, who loved that store and have many great memories of spending entire days there, to be able to live in one of those apartments.  They opened a restaurant in the downstairs of the building and just outside of that, the old clock that always made the building special, still hangs.  People used to meet "under the clock" after shopping on the various floors and the clock was great place to meet up again.  That wonderful old building is very special and nostalgic for many residents of our city, even those who never knew that building as a store.  Many of us have simply enjoyed the stories told by our elders of the happy hours spent in that building, especially as children.   
Sep 19, 2013 6:59AM
I bought a condo in a converted schoolhouse--the high ceilings were a big draw for me. The hardwood floors in my unit are mostly original (repairs in a few places), and you can still see where they nailed the desks to the floor...a touch I really enjoy.
Sep 19, 2013 5:52AM
Depending on the area they can encourage crime. My aunt moved into one low income school conversion and first time I went there a 70ish year old woman tried selling me pot. Most of the people living there weren't the type you want to be around, let alone your elders to call home.
Sep 19, 2013 4:06AM
This is nothing new. My elementary school building  circa 1912 was converted to senior housing more than 30 years ago. I'm pleased the building was saved but it's still a little creepy to be back in third grade.
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