For $3M, live in the original bell tower of this historic Hoboken church

Posted On Wed, November 25, 2020 By

Posted On Wed, November 25, 2020 By In Cool Listings, Historic Homes, New Jersey

All photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

An apartment inside a historic church building in Hoboken is now asking $3.05 million. Constructed in 1890, the Romanesque Revival First Baptist Church at 901 Bloomfield Street was converted into a luxury condominium, known as The Raphael, in 2017 with just six residences. The available unit contains three bedrooms, three and a half baths, and a studio loft in the building’s original bell tower. While the conversion led to sleek modern interiors, stunning unique details, including the double-height ceilings and arched windows, were preserved.

New York-based architecture firm French, Dixon & DeSaldern designed the First Baptist Church of Hoboken in a Richardsonian Romanesque style, with some Queen Anne influences. In a report considering the building for placement on the National Register of Historic Places, the National Park Service noted its “asymmetrical facades, large arched openings, rusticated granite base, belt courses of brownstone, and iron filigree” as being architecturally significant.

The architects put the large bell tower on the corner of the site, which “put the growing congregation’s church in full view of heavily traveled Washington Street 75 feet to the east, a commercial thoroughfare that historically had fewer houses of worship than parallel streets,” according to the report. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.

Unit 5 spans three levels across nearly 3,000 square feet. The first level features an expansive living and dining room and an open kitchen. The kitchen has custom-fitted cabinetry, a massive center island, Taj Quartzite countertops and backsplash, a wine fridge, a Wolf range, and other high-end appliances. The dining area sits below incredible windowed, vaulted ceilings.

The master suite takes up one wing of this floor, boasting oval-shaped windows overlooking the street and a huge walk-in closet. The bathroom has both a soaking tub and glass-enclosed showers, as well as heated floors.

One floor up, the two bedrooms each have access to the spacious roof terraces, located on either end of the apartment.

The original bell tower is now home to a studio loft connected to the rest of the unit by a private outdoor terrace. The property sits within Hoboken’s Brownstone district, next to all that Washington Street has to offer and just a few blocks from the waterfront.

[Listing details: 901 Bloomfield Street, Apartment #5 by Peter Cossio for Brown Harris Stevens]


All photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

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