Rezoned and Repurposed: old school house conversion in Pine Junction

Published January 27, 2012 by housecrazy

About three years ago we journeyed to Pine Junction, Colorado to look at this little old schoolhouse that had been extensively remodeled and is now used as a private residence:

image from: trulia.com

It was small – 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, just over 1,000 square feet – but we were smitten.

And who wouldn’t be? Especially if you are looking for a historic yet diminutive nest in the mountains, surrounded by ponderosa pines with easy access to the main highway.

It was cute-as-pie with its antique wood stove, original wood floors and wood beam accents.

image from: trulia.com

According to the listing description, this structure was originally built in the 1930’s as a schoolhouse serving the rural mountain area of Pine Junction (west of Denver, Colorado).

You can see in the picture below that the interior walls have all been freshly drywalled and baby-blue wainscoting and chair rail have been installed.

image from: trulia.com

From this angle, you can see what I was told is an original window. The in situ window gives a faint whiff of what it must have looked like when it served as a schoolhouse:

image from: trulia.com

Here’s how it might have looked back in the days before it was renovated:

one-room schoolhouse interior in Fairfield County, CT, from: marygai.com

The house in Pine Junction has a custom wood spiral staircase leading up to a cozy loft with office area and one bedroom:

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

Looking down from the loft:

image from: trulia.com

The modern kitchen is teeny-tiny but has a Scandinavian flavor with the blue and blonde cabinetry:

image from: trulia.com

The single bathroom is cramped but well-lit with a wonderful west-facing window:

image from: trulia.com

The property also includes a couple of studio/outbuildings for the aspiring artist or woodworker:

image from: trulia.com

Unfortunately, the photos do not do this adorable place justice. Even more unfortunately, I had a whole file on this house (with better pictures) but I seem to have lost it the last time we moved.

Oh well. The former school-house is actually still on the market so you can see the full listing here.

Despite it’s vintage appeal (and newly refurbished interior) this poor little house is the victim of over-pricing and has been sitting on the market for about 4 years now. It started out at $208,000 but is currently priced at $188,500, according to zillow.com.

image from: trulia.com

But it’s still fun to look at. Hopefully the right owner comes along sometime soon before this mountain cutie – currently being used as a rental – falls into disrepair.

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2 comments on “Rezoned and Repurposed: old school house conversion in Pine Junction

  • I saw the photo of this house on your blog and had to make a comment. I showed this home when it was orginally on the market about 5 yrs. or more ago when a couple owned it and the husband was an artist.They are responsible for the all the amazing touches of this cutie! They had it decorated and furnished like nothing else I’d seen…so darling! The artist used one of the outbuildings as his studio.Then someone bought it (the current owner) and they have since turned it into a rental, as you mentioned.

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