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For sale: Homes fashioned from former schoolhouses

Converted schools make for smart-looking condos with high ceilings and huge windows.

$775,000

83 CHURCH STREET, UNIT 3 / WINCHESTER

SQUARE FEET 1,049

CONDO FEE $413 per month

BEDROOMS 2 BATHS 1 full, 1 half

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LAST SOLD FOR $500,000 in 2012

PROS Located about a half mile from the town center and commuter rail, this remodeled condo is in the former Wyman School. The living room has a gas fireplace framed by built-in bookshelves. Off the back is a dining area open to a U-shaped kitchen with ornate cabinetry, Sub-Zero fridge, and granite counters whose green specks match the tile backsplash. On the other side of the living room, a half bath sits between the second bedroom and master suite, which has floor-to-ceiling windows with plantation shutters, laundry hookups, and full bathroom with granite-topped double vanity and shower. One deeded parking spot included. CONS The only shower is in the master bath.

Sven Andersen, RE/Max Leading Edge, 781-625-4249, northofbostonrealestate.com

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$875,000

130 APPLETON STREET, UNIT 1A / SOUTH END

SQUARE FEET 750

CONDO FEE $400 per month

BEDROOMS 1 BATHS 1 full

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LAST SOLD FOR $500,000 in 2012

PROS This corner unit is in what used to be the Rice School, built around 1869, on a stretch of cobblestone road. Enter into a recently remodeled kitchen with granite counters, breakfast bar, and stainless steel backsplash. Past a small dining area, the living room features a wood-burning fireplace and deep custom built-ins with secret swing-out cabinets for storage. Left of the entryway, a stacked washer-dryer is tucked into a closet across from the stylish new bathroom with step-in shower. Bedroom has a walk-in closet and window seat. Includes one deeded parking spot. CONS Garden level unit, though high ceilings and oversized windows help you forget that.

Melinda Sarkis and Suzanne Troyer, Coldwell Banker, 617-943-8333, sarkistroyerteam@nemoves.com