As real estate prices in Toronto’s outskirts continue to soar, it’s possible to get a stunning, renovated three-bedroom home in Port Hope for less than the current average price of $646,279 – and one with a storied past.

Admittedly, it may not be for everyone.

The single-family home at 1489 Ganaraska Rd was once a church and retains much of its original look and feel, with wide-open living spaces, large stained-glass windows, a modified alter, and the original church sign.

The property is listed for a relatively attainable $499,000.

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Sitting on a half-acre lot on a country road, the freshly renovated 2600-square-foot home features pine floors, professional upgrades, and thoughtful design elements throughout. While the open upper level is distinctively church-like, the lower is more reminiscent of a typical family home (as opposed to a house of God).

Located just minutes from the peaceful Ganaraska Forest – and an hour from Toronto – this property offers appeal as a country escape, Airbnb property, or inspiring artists’ studio retreat as much as it does a primary residence.

For those in the market for a move away from the city, minus the cookie-cutter homes of suburbia, this character-rich spot could be just the answer (if you don't find the whole thing a tad creepy, that is).

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The Specs:

Address: 1489 Ganaraska Rd., Port Hope
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Size: 2600-square-feet
Price: $499,000
Taxes: $2,646
Listed By: Mike O'Brien, Remax Jazz Inc.