School’s back in session in most parts of the country now—but for some resourceful people, it’s never out.
They’re the ones who make their homes in converted schoolhouses—and there are a lot more of them than you might think. According to traffic patterns on Realtor.com® and trending social media data, living in a converted schoolhouse is quite the thing these days, especially in Stockholm, WI, for some reason, where we found two prime specimens for sale.
We assume the smells of wet sneakers and aging tuna sandwiches are long gone, but the joy of a space where kids once learned and laughed remains.
If you’re ready, willing, and able to enroll, we’ve found five converted schoolhouses that may inspire your attendance.
High school confidential: On the outside, this high school, originally built in 1908, looks like the kind of place where your grandma would have attended class in a poodle skirt and saddle shoes.
But on the inside, it feels like a home that could accommodate every single one of Grandma’s descendants, living together in peace, harmony, and basketball. The attached gym with a solid maple floor is still intact, and the raised theater stage hasn’t been removed, for those dramatic family game nights and talent shows.
The listing states that there are five bedrooms and six baths in 15,880 square feet of living space, under 12-foot-high ceilings. And parts are zoned for commercial use, so this institution has myriad possibilities.
Teacher’s pet: Imagine having a bedroom the size of a classroom! There are four of them in this 1923-built brick building, with a living room as big as an auditorium and a dining room the size of a school lunchroom—although a bar has been added for the adults.
The updated kitchen and breakfast nook are decidedly residential, however, as are the 3.5 bathrooms. The primary suite diverts from the schoolhouse theme as well, with its private bath, French doors, and balcony.
With 6,200 square feet of living space, there are some rooms that haven’t been spoken for and could be ready for any curriculum you’d like to apply. Situated on nearly an acre lot, there’s lots of room for your own version of a playground as well.
One-room schoolhouse: When you first step inside, you can practically smell the chalk dust in this country school that was built in 1867 and used for educational purposes right up until the 1950s. It’s currently serving as an Airbnb facility in the loft-style room upstairs, and an art studio with a bedroom in the basement.
Although the listing claims it has one bedroom and two baths, it feels a lot more spacious and usable than that. The main level is actually one giant room now, just as it was back in the day, but it’s cleverly segmented into living spaces by movable room dividers.
Located near the town of Stockholm in the beautiful and verdant Western Wisconsin farmlands, it’s surrounded by mature trees and makes for an ideal artistic getaway.
Little red schoolhouse: This red-brick, gabled building was originally built in 1891, but it has seen a lot of updates since then, including the entire second floor being ripped down to the studs and rebuilt with four bedrooms and a bath. There are five bedrooms and two baths total now, in 1,900 square feet of living space.
The sweet schoolhouse has been given modern amenities like stainless-steel appliances, air conditioning, and vinyl windows, but it still has that good old covered porch and brick fireplace.
It sits on a large, .86-acre lot with mature trees and a fenced backyard. It features an oversized two-car, heated garage, so it has old-time charm and modern-time convenience.
A+: Perhaps the most livable of the bunch, “Stockholm Schoolhouse” has a number of features from 1905 incorporated into a more contemporary living space.
You’ll love what they’ve done with the original classroom doors, as well as the way they’ve used extant stained-glass windows, wooden floors, and an old-timey drinking fountain. Then there’s that incomparable bell tower that used to call students to class.
This schoolhouse features four bedrooms and two baths in 4,730 feet of living space, a wide-open great room, a grand staircase, and 12-foot ceilings. The listing suggests it would be ideal for a bed-and-breakfast.