Unique Homes: 15 Former Factories

At the turn of the century factories were popping up all over the United States, but starting in the 1970s those factories began to shut down one by one. Many of them were built in what used to be the outskirts of major cities, but as populations expanded, those areas became desirable neighborhoods to live in. Enterprising real estate developers swooped in, transforming dilapidated buildings into private residences, with exposed brick, hardwood floors and giant windows that hint at the building’s past. Here are 15 condos and homes for sale that are located in converted factories, with prices ranging from $138,500 to $950,000.

Boston, MA

172 Green St, #9, Boston, MA 02130
Price: $699,000
Beds: 1
Baths: 1
Listed by: Denise Smigielski, McCormack & Scanlan LLC

This loft is located in the Jamaica Plain area of Boston, in the former Patrick Meehan Carriage Factory. It was built in 1930 and features beamed ceilings, exposed brick and gleaming maple floors. The updated kitchen has a high-end DCS stove, stainless steel appliances, cherry cabinets, a granite counter top and a breakfast bar. It spans more than 1,600 square feet, and includes an outdoor patio, deeded parking, private storage, and in-unit laundry.

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1241-1251 Adams St, #608, Boston, MA 02124
Price: $612,750
Beds: 2
Baths: 2.5
Listed by: Michael Pallares, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Jamaica Plain

This penthouse loft spans more than 2,100 square feet, and comes with panoramic views of Baker Square and the Neponset River. The building was once the Walter Baker Chocolate Factory, and was built in 1900. Original features include crown molding, exposed brick, plantation shutters, and high ceilings. The complex offers an indoor pool, sauna, private terrace overlooking the river, and a dog run, among other features. It’s located in the West Lower Mills neighborhood, right on the river.

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1511 Main St, Unit C404, Worcester, MA 01603
Price: $138,500
Beds: 1
Baths: 1
Listed by: Cynthia Walsh MacKenzie, Century 21 I & V Walsh R.E.

Formerly the Ashworth and Jones Factory, this building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. At one point it was a mill, and later it manufactured woolen goods. It was converted into 43 condos/lofts in 2008. This unit is on the second level, with four large windows that overlook Kettle Brook. It has exposed brick, bamboo floors, beamed ceilings and an electric fireplace. The bathroom has a marble floor and jetted marble tub. It is located in Worcester, about an hour west of Boston.

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Charlotte, NC

310 Arlington Ave, #322, Charlotte, NC 28203
Price: $299,000
Beds: 1
Baths: 1.5
Listed by: Ryan Willis, Boxwood Realty

This building was once a wood mill, which was converted into the Lance Cracker Factory, which was converted into the condos we see today. This condo features exposed brick walls, high ceilings, reclaimed wood flooring, hardwoods and ceramic tile throughout. The current owner decorated it with modern art, juxtaposing old and new. It is located in the heart of Charlotte, adjacent to a light rail stop.

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Chicago, IL

1414 W Highland Ave. Chicago, IL 60660
Price: $950,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 3.5
Listed by: Colin Hebson, Dream Town Realty

This building is located in the Edgewater area of Chicago and was once a butter factory, where milk was churned into butter and then delivered around the city by horse and buggy. It was being used as a plumbing supplies warehouse when the current owner purchased it in 2005. They overhauled the 4,200 square foot interior, and built a rooftop deck for entertaining. Redfin Agent Greg Whelan toured the home and left the following insight: “This was a fun house to tour, nothing really like it on the market. Nice wide solid brick building with large front yard, wide floor plan with smart usage of the space. Two large bedrooms on the lower, with a smaller third bedroom. Attached garage. Huge master suite upstairs, with separate seating area overlooking expansive South facing rooftop deck.”

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1800 W Grace St, #413, Chicago, IL 60613
Price: $299,500
Beds: 1
Baths: 1
Listed by: Royal Lichter, Lichter Realty, Inc.

This building was once the E.R. Moore factory, which manufactured ceremonial wear for schools, universities, clergy and judges. While the company operated out of the site, they dressed more than 50 million American students with E.R. Moore caps and gowns. The factory shut down in 2005, and in 2006 a development company converted it into luxury condos. This one bedroom, one bath unit spans 890 square feet and comes with hardwood floors and cathedral ceilings. Building amenities include a doorman, fitness center, and indoor parking garage. It’s located in the North Center area of Chicago.

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Denver, CO

2715 Blake St, #5, Denver, CO 80205
Price: $479,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2
Listed by: Becque Peters, J W M Properties, Inc.

Once a burlap bag factory, this building was converted into modern lofts in 2003. It is located in the Five Points neighborhood, steps away from Coors Field in Denver. This unit has stained concrete floors, 20-foot ceilings, and a large open floor plan. Upgrades include a travertine bath, stainless steel appliances, and a maple kitchen. It’s a corner unit on the ground floor, with a backyard and patio.

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Philadelphia, PA

1524 N. Hancock St, #501, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Price: $325,000
Beds: 1
Baths: 1.5
Listed by: Dominic Fuscia, Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City

This penthouse unit is located on the top floor of a former steel factory that was built in 1913. It spans 1,400 square feet, with an open floor plan that maximizes the space. It has the original hardwood floors and brick walls, but has been modernized with custom cabinets, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances. There is a large bedroom with a big closet that leads to a designer master bathroom with travertine tile and a marble bath. It is located in the Olde Kensington area of Philadelphia.

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309 ARCH St, #307, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Price: $299,900
Beds: 1
Baths: 2
Listed by: Benjamin Arce, The Condo Shop

This condo is located in The Hoopskirt Lofts, a former petticoat factory that was built in 1875. It has many of the original details, including exposed brick and beams, towering windows and hardwood floors. There’s a loft that looks over the lower level, which is being used as a guest room/home office. The building is located in Olde City, a few blocks away from the Delaware River.

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429 N 13TH St, Unit 5C, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Price: $299,000
Beds: 1
Baths: 1
Listed by: Antonio Atacan, Keller Williams Center City Realty

This building set the standard for factory conversions in Philadelphia; in the 1980s the city considered leaving the district for industrial use, but developers Tom Miles and Alex Generalis led the charge to convert many of the buildings into live/work spaces. The area is now known as the Loft District, or Callowhill, depending on who you ask. In addition to the typical exposed brick and hardwood floors, this unit comes with the original factory vault, which can be used as a large closet, office or guest room.

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1125 E Columbia Ave, #204, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Price: $329,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2.5
Listed by: Carol Diament, Coldwell Banker Preferred-Philadelphia

Even though it’s not quite as extravagant as the Wonka factory, this former candy factory offers plenty of space for entertaining. It is located in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, an area with many historical buildings and homes. The building was constructed in 1900, and converted into lofts in 2008. This unit has a modern kitchen and bath with stainless steel appliances, while retaining some of the original features, including exposed brick walls lined with giant windows, and 14-foot ceilings.

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313 N 3RD St, Unit 4A, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Price: $484,900
Beds: 2
Baths: 2
Listed by: Michelle Burns-McHugh, Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City

The listing for this unit describes it as “more elegant townhouse than boutique condominium in a rehabbed factory building.” The unit is made of two buildings merged together; one side holds the kitchen, dining and living areas, and the other side holds the bedroom and bath. Each room has a fireplace, crown moldings, and the original planked floors. Like many other buildings in the Olde City neighborhood, this complex was constructed in 1900 and remodeled in 2003.

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320 Race St, Unit E, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Price: $319,900
Beds: 2
Baths: 2
Listed by: Antonio Atacan, Keller Williams Center City Realty

Another Olde City gem, this condo is located in the old Saxe Paper Company building, built in 1900. The complex features only one unit per floor, creating north, east, and west views, including the downtown city skyline. The condo has 15-foot ceilings and six-foot tall windows, as well as exposed beams and brick. These historical features combine with a modern interior that includes a kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

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Port Townsend, WA

819 Washington St, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Price: $937,770
Beds: 1
Baths: 1.25
Listed by: Michelle Sandoval, Windermere R.E. Port Townsend

Constructed in 1888, this historic building was a cracker factory before it was converted into a single family home. It has been restored by the current owners, an artist/designer and her contractor husband, who use it as an art gallery, studio, and personal residence. The home spans 2,700 square feet, across three floors. Pieces of its past can be seen in the reclaimed lumber, radiant heat, gorgeous stone work and a carved French limestone fireplace. It is located in Port Townsend, a small town near the Olympic National Park, about two hours north of Seattle.

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Seattle, WA

81 Vine St, #308, Seattle, WA 98121
Price: $370,000
Beds: 1
Baths: 0.75
Listed by: Kevin Lisota, Findwell

This former factory building is located in Belltown, a historic Seattle neighborhood. It was built in 1914 and renovated in 1999 by Geise Architects. This condo features 15-foot ceilings, arched windows, and exposed brick walls. It has modern upgrades and finishes, including new appliances and lighting. And that’s not the only modern touch; in true Seattle-style, the building features a rooftop garden that supports its own bio-filtration system for rain water.

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