If you have been told you have an eye for art and are in search of a new business opportunity, there’s no time like the present. Ditch your desk job, and open up an art gallery!
We’ll paint you a picture. Art galleries—in a mix of urban settings and small towns, in historic structures and newer buildings—have popped up for sale across the country.
From New York City to small-town Wisconsin, we’ve found 10 art galleries for you to ponder. Step back and really look at these properties. We think you’ll appreciate what you see.
And as with any work of fine art, the cost varies. On this list alone, the price to become a proprietor of an art gallery ranges from $147,000 all the way up to $35 million.
37 Rocky Neck Ave Unit 1B, Gloucester, MA
Drop anchor in an oceanfront community founded in 1642. The eye-catching dusty blue and bright purple exterior of this 2,299-square-foot home should be a tipoff that this is a place for creative types.
Dating to 1900, the building offers enough space for a one-bedroom apartment upstairs and an art gallery (and studio) on the first floor. The waters of Smith Cove sit across the street, and Rocky Neck—America’s oldest art colony—is a tourist-rich area.
85 Main St, Essex, CT
Included in the sale of a three-bedroom home is a large barn that has served as an art gallery, called Gallery @ 85 Main.
Buyers with an artistic eye will also be enchanted by a reflecting pool surrounded by mature landscaping. The gallery hugs 90 feet of water frontage and is located about two hours from the hubs of New York City and Boston—an ideal locale for attracting weekend travelers.
52831 Pine Cove Rd, Pine Cove, CA
Located near Palm Springs, this four-bedroom property has served as an art gallery, general store, post office, tavern, and spot to deliver psychic readings over the years.
The original structure was crafted from cordwood and dates to 1849. With 2,000 square feet of living space, there’s plenty of room to personalize this wood and stone cabin while retaining its eclectic (and artistic) history.
2839 Broadstone Rd, Banner Elk, NC
An art gallery currently operates inside this Craftsman home from 1922. The four-bedroom residence has been fully renovated and features a farmhouse style.
Sitting on a 1.2-acre lot, the one-bedroom detached guesthouse serves as the current owner’s living quarters. Vintage charm is evident in the covered porch, bead boarding, and original heart-pine flooring.
36 Herrick Rd, Sharon, CT
With 14,000 square feet of space to display art, this gallery known as The Granary rivals the size of most mansions. It’s the former home of the late Melva Bucksbaum, who specialized in collecting Modernist and post-Impressionist works, from Henri Matisse to Robert Mapplethorpe. Originally built in 1920, the 51-acre estate has seven buildings and was modernized in 2008.
Bucksbaum’s personal collection was on exhibit at The Granary, which features four gallery viewing rooms, a system to keep humidity at bay, storage vaults, high-tech security, and a fire suppression system.
53 E 77th St, New York, NY
Zoned for commercial use, this townhouse-style home measures 14,500 square feet. It’s currently used to display “museum-quality furniture” and could easily make the transition into an art gallery.
In the past, it’s been a recording studio, antiques dealership, publisher Funk and Wagnalls’ library, and a single-family mansion. Regal details exist in the architecture, including carved wood paneling, English Tudor-style windows, and a marble fireplace.
25 Main St, Cherry Valley, NY
This two-story property built in 1850 is ideal for a tight budget. You can live in the apartment above the art gallery and pay only one mortgage.
Known as Cherry Branch Art Gallery, it sits in a town (midway between Albany and Syracuse and 20 minutes from Cooperstown) with a cute name that’s just—pardon the pun—ripe for art viewing.
22 High St, Mineral Point, WI
This arts-oriented town in Wisconsin’s Driftless Region, 50 miles southwest of Madison, is home to a number of historic buildings.
Built in 1875, this classic building had its second floor renovated in 2017. The original wood floors, wainscoting, and ceiling remain. The street-level gallery (formerly The Bohlin Gallery) features exposed-beam ceilings, exposed-brick walls with just the right amount of artistic crumble, milk-glass globe lighting, and a built-in bar or desk.
34 York St, York, ME
If your taste skews early American, then this Colonial dating to 1721 is ideal. The four-bedroom residence known as the Jonathan Bane house has an established art gallery and cafe.
440 Main St, Brewster, MA
Built in 1764, this 3,260-square-foot property currently operates as an art gallery. Previously, it was an antiques boutique. It includes 1,500 square feet of commercial space and comes with a three-bedroom residence.
Historical details include fireplaces in the dining and living rooms and stained-glass windows on the storage and workshop buildings. A koi pond is well-suited for outdoor entertaining.