'Loveland' for Sale: Sneak Away to an Artist's Retreat in a Former Church

Artists on the hunt for a custom workspace could spend the time and money to create their own workshop.

But why waste time? There's an opportunity to move into a predesigned workshop, decorated and renovated with an artist's eye -- with all the architectural flourishes of a former church.

Nicknamed "Loveland," the $1.5 million, 8,582-square-foot church serves simultaneously as a workshop, recording studio, art gallery, and living space. Musicians can practice in the former chapel, which features original stained-glass windows and a towering ceiling. Painters, sculptors, and illustrators can use the former dining hall as a studio and live in the master suite -- complete with an eat-in kitchen -- upstairs.

"It has big, wide-open spaces," says listing agent Sean Zimmerman of Win Morrison Realty.

After serving as a church for 75 years, the building was transformed by Woodstock '94 organizers into festival headquarters. They left behind "hundreds of phone lines," says the owner, Justin Love, who's lived in the home for 16 years.

Love renovated the space over the years, swapping the original "dark, dingy" decor for white walls and light wood flooring, adding windows to bring in natural light, and replacing the vast concrete parking lot with an acre's worth of grass and lush landscaping. He also added a saltwater pool, giving the backyard a feeling of tranquility.

"It's the kind of house with lots of room to dream," says Love. "You don't find a place like this, so I had to build it."

And whatever you want to dream, this home allows it. While it's zoned for residential and commercial uses, Love and Zimmerman think the space is well-suited to be a retreat center. Unleash your downward dog.

"There's a beautiful, big space for yoga," Love says. "You can have your yoga class, then come out and go to the pool."

The home is within walking distance to restaurants and bars, and it's just 2 miles from the quaint Hudson Valley town of Saugerties. It's also close to the Catskills, which offers hiking and camping in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Potential buyers can also realize an income opportunity. The property comes with a 2,400-square-foot, three-bedroom farmhouse that's currently being rented out.

But the property's true charm is in its history, both radical and religious alike. Who wouldn't want to live in a place that's housed both the Almighty and Woodstock?