Transforming a church

Real Estate Agent with JH Realty Partners 6501309180

Michigan in my opinion has some of the prettiest properties ever - I am forever in awe of our great state. Having lived in many other states, I can honestly say this from my own experiences.


As The Gordon Group GR enters commercial real estate with Mike Gordon, I often check out the commercial listings that come up.


I have noticed many West Michigan churches going up for sale as of late.  I love old churches! The character, the history, the charm is always a pleasure to view and learn about. However, the possibilities seem to be endless!


Many of these churches would make great AirBNB, offices, schools, apartment or condo complex, specialty retail shops - (instead of the mall), Venue, which we are in great need of in Grand Rapids, as many brides are postponing their weddings due to limited venue options - or a restaurant with a venue option.  With my interior design background and Mike’s engineer and design background we are able to see the possibilities, with the city's permission of course.


Personally I like the venue idea - as I am primarily a residential Realtor - so I attend many expo’s.  Last year we were at a wedding expo,  the biggest request, when I asked how we could help was “find me a venue” I can not get married for at least 2 years as we can not find a venue!


A friend of ours opened a venue about 2 years ago - he now has a waiting list for his place. The events lists in Grand Rapids seem to be endless, people are always looking for a space to host an event, it's a common request I get asked about weekly.


AirBNB is another great option I like, as townships and associations are starting to deny the use of the properties within their residential location to be used an Airbnb, so if I have any foresight, we will have a need for these in the near future.


Of course there is the Church renovation into a residential home - however a bit more tricky with the location and the zoning.  


As I search for idea’s for our Pinterest board - I find these idea’s are not so uncommon and one Idea I did not even think of,  A Spa! I love his idea!


You can check out my idea board here - I will be adding to it often Even though I am not the best pinterest board maker this got me excited!



So now take a 2nd look at these churches for sale in West Michigan - what idea’s can you come up with? I would love to hear them.


Disclosure -  As of 1/11/17 these properties were still available - need to be verified


Thank you to the listing agents for allowing me to use their photo’s for this blog - each photo has the name and contact info for the listing agent.


Happy day dreaming!!!




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Michelle Gordon is a Realtor with JH Realty Partners - Ada, Michigan -  With a team of Realtors who's Focus is 1st time home buyers, Relocation, Luxury listings and Commercial Properties in West Michigan.  You may find Michelle on facebook, twitter or linked in and she invites you to join her.

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