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See this 86-year-old firehouse flipped into a gorgeous home

The same day the firemen walked out of the old Barrington firehouse in Rhode Island for the last time, a contractor arrived to turn the 1931 building into a home.

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The new owners, artists and Brooklyn transplants Jason Reed and Jean Blackburn, bought the property from the town of Barrington.

Liz Bodell
Liz Bodell / Residential Properties Ltd.

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They wanted a space where they could live and work on their art without disturbing neighbors. The three-story structure is built like a fortress, in part because fire trucks used to park where the living room is.

Liz Bodell / Residential Properties Ltd.
Liz Bodell / Residential Properties Ltd.

"That means if you're on the bottom studio floor pounding music and firing up your bandsaw at 2 in the morning, no one is going to try to evict you," Reed said. Needless to say, these artists are not just the paintbrush.

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Liz Bodell / Residential Properties Ltd.

Their remodel maintained the authentic flavor of the firehouse, which is now on the market for $749,000. When Reed and Blackburn bought the building, the chief's office had a dropped ceiling, fluorescent lights, and a sign on the door reading "Chief's Office." They returned the room to its former glory, with the original crown moldings and a fireplace.

Liz Bodell / Residential Properties Ltd.
Liz Bodell / Residential Properties Ltd.

The 3,400-square-foot home also has the feel of a New York loft, with exposed cement and steel beams supporting the high ceiling above an open living room, dining room and kitchen.

Liz Bodell / Residential Properties Ltd.
Liz Bodell / Residential Properties Ltd.

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Sunlight pours through tall windows there and through French doors and transom windows that fill the space from which fire trucks used to emerge.

Liz Bodell / Residential Properties Ltd.
Liz Bodell / Residential Properties Ltd.

The location is a bonus — just 900 feet from a bike trail and a short walk to Starbucks and other retailers, including a bookstore, a hardware store and a large food market.

Liz Bodell / Residential Properties Ltd.
Liz Bodell / Residential Properties Ltd.

One element that's conspicuously missing from the three-bedroom, two-bath home is the fire pole. "The firemen asked me for it when we first moved in," Reed explained. A nearby firehouse needed a pole, and didn't have the money to buy one.

Liz Bodell / Residential Properties Ltd.
Liz Bodell / Residential Properties Ltd.

The listing agent is Bonni Koppelman of Residential Properties Ltd.

Photos by Liz Bodell of Residential Properties Ltd.

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