A heavenly opportunity has arisen to buy a loft in a converted Catholic church in South Austin’s Bouldin Creek neighborhood. The 1,889-square-foot loft at 211 W. Johanna St. #1 just hit the market for $859,000.
This unit is one of four lofts inside a 1939 Mission Revival structure that once housed St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church. Highlights of the loft include:
- 15-foot ceilings
- 11-foot arched windows
- Original limestone exterior
- Modern interior finish-out
- Grand stairway and arched entryway
- View of large heritage oak trees
- Short walking distance to South Congress Avenue and South First Street
JJ Kennemer, a sales associate at the Brandon Miller Group who has the listing, says the original owner moved into the loft last July but is selling it now because he’s relocating to Florida.
The loft, which was completed in 2018, is “arguably the best unit in the church because of the square footage and the expansive view of the oak sanctuary,” Kennemer says.
The 80-year-old church anchors the J. Bouldin residential development, which also includes 29 single-level condos and five three-story townhomes. Austin’s Rhode Partners designed J. Bouldin.
St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church occupied the Johanna Street property at until 1967, when the Boys & Girls Club of Austin bought it. The nonprofit sold the property in 2014 to the developer of J. Bouldin for $2.75 million.
With its $859,000 price tag, the property averages out to $455 per square foot. By comparison, the median list price for a condo in downtown Austin stood at $618,292 as of August 11, according to HotAustinCondos.com.