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5 clever conversions

These homes exude character thanks to their past as vicarages, school buildings and even olive mills. They offer unique and highly desirable living spaces, as well as a rich history

Exterior of renovated stone manor house

Pollensa, Mallorca

This charming property is set within 10 acres of countryside and includes plans to establish a vineyard. The residence itself has a bucolic history, with the living room being sited in the old olive mill. The stone manor house has been renovated to the highest specifications and is the perfect place to relax and be entertained.

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Bathrooms  5
Price  €7,800,000
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Apartment with Beaux-Arts architectural details

West End Avenue, New York

This former school building is resplendent in Beaux-Arts architectural details that have been sensitively preserved and restored. Soaring ceilings, towering windows and a solid build mark out the building as something truly special. Today it is split into 13 one-of-a-kind apartments that benefit from a 24-hour doorman, a private gym and recreation room in a highly successful marriage of old-world grandeur and modern-day living.

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Bathrooms  3.5
Price  $18,000,000
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Contemporary free-flowing living space with double-height windows

Principe Real, Lisbon

A clever conversion has transformed this old nursery school into a single, contemporary home. The traditional façade has been retained, but the building has been hollowed out and transformed to provide open, free-flowing living spaces with high-quality yet pared-back finishes such as wide wooden floorboards throughout, double-height windows and sweeping glass banisters.

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Bathrooms  6
Price  €9,950,000
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Living room with Gothic Revival features

Maxwell Road, Fulham, London

The Old St James’ Vicarage is plentiful in rich Gothic Revival features including bespoke plasterwork, magnificent working fireplaces and soaring arches. The charming arched porch and front door set the tone for the rest of the property. A stunning elliptical stone staircase is the heart of the home, with arched windows lining the central turret. An elegant drawing room and an open-plan kitchen/living room provide ample living space, the latter of which has French doors out to a patio and planted garden.

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Bathrooms  7
Price  £9,750,000
Contact  Emma Stead
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Converted Georgian school house

Scandrett Street, Wapping, London

This two-bedroom home displays a harmonious paring of traditional Georgian features with characterful warehouse details that Wapping is renowned for. The former school house has wide sash windows with internal wooden shutters, cast iron radiators and beautifully detailed wooden paneling that still includes the initials of former pupils engraved on it. A wood-burning stove warms the family kitchen and dining room, while the living room enjoys triple-aspect windows and incredibly high ceilings.

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Bedrooms  2
Bathrooms  2
Price  £3,000,000
Contact  Chloe Luxon
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