|The main living room of the former church on East Side Avenue|
Perhaps you recall: Back in February of last year, The News ran a piece on Shea Fragoso
, who spent three years and $1.5 million converting the century-old St. John's United Methodist Church on East Side Avenue into a house. At the time, Fragoso had the house on the market for $2.4 million. But by June, we noticed
, the price had dropped considerably -- to $1,949,000. But that was nothing.
I see it's now listed on LoopNet at the low, low price of $1,299,000
. Says Realtor John Muzyka, who's taken over the listing, truth is Fragoso never really knew how much to sell it for: "Because it's such an unusual property, she was told to list it for anywhere from $600,000 to $6 million initially." It originally went on the market at $3.1 million.
Says Muzyka, the seller's motivated, but the buyer will be hard to find: "It has to be someone who wants the urban experience and who wants to live in a converted church." Not that there aren't folks like that around: Former Waltons star Ronnie Claire Edwards lives in the former St. Joseph's Church and Academy
on Swiss Avenue (and it's extraordinary). Two more photos follow.
|And the master bath|