Anne-Marije Rook
This funky church-turned-private-residence is now up for sale.

Reminder: tour the Ballard Big House

-- Visit the Ballard BIg House for an open house on Saturday, April 7th, from 1 p.m. till 4 p.m. --

The Ballard Big House, located on 2007 NW 61st Street is up for sale. The former church, known for its funky front with kid's tricycles on the awning, is now on the market for $789,00 for anyone who ever dreamed of living in a church.

Build in 1907, the building was originally the Second Swedish Church, followed by Bethany Baptist, Bethany Assembly, Evangelical Chinese and Church of the Divine Man.

The old original classic church structure remains remarkably intact but has been renovated into a 6,300 square foot private residence with 6 bedrooms and 3.25 bathrooms, two kitchens, vaulted ceilings, a tower, stained glass, and more.

According to the Windermere Real Estate listing, here are some of the unique attributes the church-turned-residence features:

The Gothic Crow window, a 2000 pound sand-cast, gothic window that greets you at the street, was created by owner/glass artist David Chatt. Double doors in the 52’ tower open to the stairs leading to the breathtaking sanctuary/great room.

A small stage then expands to additional space by way of garage door sized wall openings that vertically retract up towards the high ceilings and currently is used as a gallery/studio.

The full immersion baptismal font has been converted to a beautiful triangular shaped bathroom, and a bedroom replaces the former pastors office.

The separate apartment is accessed by an exterior stairway, and an unique and tasteful remodel generates high-dollar rent with sunset view over the Olympics.

And then there’s the tower:

A collection of small rooms connected by stairs and ship ladders. On the way to the top of the tower you ‘ll view the attic, a 20’ high cavernous space exposing the weblike joist system supporting the entire structure.

The final rise in the tower takes you through a hatch and out onto a 14’ square foot crow’s nest deck viewing the Olympic range, Puget Sound, the ship canal, Space Needle & downtown skyscrapers.

And below is the lower level with tall windows and 10 foot ceilings. The former social area features a big kitchen, comfortable living space with room to seat a 42 person sit-down dinner, 4+ additional bedrooms, 1.5 tiled baths accented with sand cast glass features.

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