There are those who complain our society is too wasteful and those that do something about it –in some cases, going so far as to make what is essentially trash into their home. In most cases, this odd method of recycling even ends up being cheaper than it would be to create an entirely new structure. Here are a few of our favorites.
Once a lime works and water-softening treatment plant that closed down in 1942, Tracy Island is now a stunning six-bedroom, six-bath home after undergoing a $2.5 million remodel. Amazingly though, the owners are reselling it uncompleted for $3.3 million, claiming it just needs about $800,000 more work to complete.
No word on what still needs to be done, but as it stands, the five-storey home features a roof-top swimming pool, a three-storey dining room, a gym, a theater, a library, an office, an underground garage and two kitchens. Additionally, the six-acre property features a small forest that blooms rampant with bluebells in the spring.
601 Dolores Street
Once the Golden Gate Lutheran Church, this 17,000 square foot Gothic Revival style building is now one of the largest and most unique homes in San Francisco. The 1910 structure features gorgeous soaring ceilings that are hand-painted, original stained glass windows, four fireplaces, a newly remodeled kitchen, a six-car garage and a tower meditation room that offers 360 degree views of the famous Dolores Park next door. The master suit offers a marble Roman tub room and a dressing room, while the expansive ground floor is wide open and spacious, offering any resident willing to pay $7.5 million for the property unlimited options for their living space.
747 Wing House
Architect David Randall Hertz began to design the home with a curved ceiling when he realized the shape reminded him of airplane wings. He then convinced the client to purchase a Boeing 747 that had to be disassembled and transported via helicopter to the hillside property.
Aside from using the wings for the roof, the structure also incorporates two stabilizers from the plane and future structures planned for the property will use the fuselage, the first class cabin deck, the cargo hold and the front of the plane.
Fire Patrol No. 2
When the news went out in 2010 that the 1906 firehouse on 84 West 3rd Street was going to be put up for sale, preservationists, particularly the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, immediately started fretting that the beautiful building would be destroyed. Fortunately, CNN’s Anderson Cooper ended up being the buyer of the property and promised everyone that he was planning to keep all of the historical details intact.