I'd love to live in a refurbished Catholic church. We'd have to pull out the pews and such, but I dig the stained glass, stone walls, and the general artistry. If it's good enough for God, it's good enough for me.
I can understand why many parishoners are upset over losing their churches, but that's part and parcel with belonging to a huge, centrally-planned church, the administration of which the members have very little say over. Even if the members at the closed churches had given more, attended more, or whatever, the decision on which buildings to sell was probably entirely based on such mundane details as property value and location.