A former church-turned-modern home in Rockport is up for sale for $2.8 million

A former church turned private residence by the founder of a national clothing store is up for sale in Rockport for just under $2.8 million.

The Russell Avenue property is one of the most unique millionaire homes currently on the market in the Midcoast area and is located just around the corner from downtown Rockport’s offerings.

The building’s history dates back to 1875, when it was originally built as a Methodist Church, according to the list from real estate company LandVest Inc. It’s unclear when it ceased to be used as a church, but the United Methodist Church of Camden and Rockport sold the property to Nancy Talbot in 1991, according to county property records .

Talbot ― who was the founder of Talbot’s clothing store ― converted the church into a modern home before selling the property in 1998.

Since purchasing the property just over 20 years ago, the current owners have added their own contemporary upgrades to the old church, including a 2017 renovation that added a large gourmet kitchen and great room.

The four-story home has more than 9,500 square feet of living space, which includes four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half bathrooms, according to the listing. An apartment for the in-laws has two additional bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as its own kitchen and spacious living room.

A centrally located living room in the main house features 19-foot ceilings, cathedral windows, and a wood-burning fireplace, the listing says.

According to LandVest broker Joseph Sortwell, three exterior decks at varying heights provide different views of Rockport Harbor. The 0.87 acre property also includes two patios and hillside gardens.

Inside the home, notable amenities include high-speed fiber optic internet access, a locker room with a built-in dog shower, and an elevator.

The property has been for sale for about two years, according to Realtor.com.

“It’s a unique, one-of-a-kind property and it always takes a little more to sell it,” Sortwell said.

Martha J. Finley