IT TAKES A BIT OF IMAGINATION TO LOOK AT an old workshop, a fire station or even a lookout tower and see your future home, but that's exactly what a few creative souls did. There's a lot of monotony in the world today, so when you see something that breaks the mold, it sticks with you. Maybe that's why we're so in love with converted spaces. Following are three brilliantly converted homes where you'll find luxury in the most unlikely of places. FIRE STATION PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS In its first life, this three-bedroom home was a fire station dating back to the early 1900s, that is, until the current owner bought it at a town auction. While the original look has been retained on the outside (it even still has the granite signage) the inside was transformed in 2002 into a topnotch pad with soaring 22 foot ceilings, motorized skylights and extraordinary exposed suspension truss work just three blocks from the ocean in Plymouth, Massachusetts. An expansive five car garage is outfitted with reclaimed wood floors and oversized doors that can fit the largest of trucks, while a separate one bedroom apartment is the perfect place to host your guests. And since we know you're wondering: no, there aren't any fire poles to slide down. FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit luxuryportfolio.com and search Web ID: 0BCB88 WORKSHOP PARIS, FRANCE "Bohemian luxury" is the term that comes to mind at this beautifully converted Parisian loft. At one time a woodworker's atelier, this three-bedroom abode is the kind of place that feeds your aspirations of dropping it all and moving to Paris to become an artist. Updated with the utmost respect to the original period details, dramatic flair comes in the form of exposed wood beam ceilings and vast skylights that flood the home with natural light. An added bonus is the spacious terrace where you can unwind and take in the City of Light in the heart of the 18th Arrondissement. FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit luxuryportfolio.com and search Web ID: NSXW88 LOOKOUT TOWER DALKEY, IRELAND Bartra Tower was originally built as a lookout in 1804 during the threat of a Napoleonic invasion in Dalkey, Ireland (near Dublin). Today, you still have a prime vantage point to watch the ships roll in off the Irish Sea, but it's a bit more relaxing now that the barbeque has replaced the "shot furnace" (used for firing cannons) on the timber-decked roof garden. From atop there are stunning 360-degree views over Dublin Bay, Dublin city and the Dublin Mountains, while the first floor Garrison Room - previously the sleeping quarters of the 12 soldiers stationed here - has been transformed into a state-of-the-art suspended kitchen with granite walls and vaulted ceilings. The sumptuous master suite includes a study, dressing area and en suite bathroom with white Carrera marble, freestanding bathtub and heated floors. FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit luxuryportfolio.com and search Web ID: ABTQ88
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