Churches have become the new real estate "must-have" recently. There are a surprising number of them cropping up for sale all over North America. While some are remodeled to be almost unrecognizable as former houses of worship, others are still clearly made for Sunday gathering. While there is a certain appeal in living in a massive open space with incredibly high ceilings, stained glass windows, and interesting architectural touches, it might still be a little difficult to get past that whole, retired House of the Lord-thing. For the Canadian band, Arcade Fire, this was apparently not a concern. The seven-member group from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, plays a wide array of instruments, and has been releasing critically and commercially successful albums for the last nine years. The band recorded two of their most popular albums, "Neon Bible" and "The Suburbs", in a converted 162 year-old church about 40 miles outside of Montreal. When they were on the road, they would rent the church to other musicians. Just last week, they announced that their studio was up for sale via Twitter.
Arcade Fire's house, or rather, their recording studio, is designed to make it as easy as possible to record comfortably. In addition to the studio itself, the church also contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a laundry room, a dining room, a kitchen, and mechanical room. The entire basement has been renovated to be more comfortable. Arcade Fire's house is up for sale for $325,000, which is not actually a lot to ask for 15,751 square feet of space. However, the structure recently suffered a roof collapse, and repairing the damage may cost the new owners upwards of $40,000. Whether Arcade Fire's house, and the musical history that comes with it, will be enough to entice a buyer, remains to be seen.