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It was recently announced that the Tribeca firehouse famous for starring in Ghostbusters is about to get vacated (along with 19 others) due to budget cuts. With news like this in New York City, thoughts turn immediately to real estate: what can be done with this newly available space?

Anderson Cooper paid $4.3 million in 2009 for a circa-1906 firehouse in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The four-story, 8,240 square-foot space (pictured here) still had the fire poles at the time of purchase, but by October, at least one pole had been removed, a fact known because Cooper’s interior decorator fell through the hole then promptly sued. Other than that, it’s not known what the inside of Coop’s firehouse looks like.

However, with photos supplied by Trulia.com, we can offer glimpses into other converted firehouses to show the creative ways they’ve been adapted into residences. Firehouses are a no-brainer for city dwellers who can afford them: they’re unique, spacious, and you are guaranteed ceilings high enough to drive a truck through (at least on the ground level). Plus, if you’re lucky, there’s a fire pole. Click ahead for a look at what some other firehouse owners before Cooper have done.

By Colleen Kane
Posted May 26, 2011

Photo by: Steve Minor