20 Old Schoolhouse Road, Bethlehem Township
This updated, bright, 4-bedroom colonial-style Toll Brothers home is sited thoughtfully in a neighborhood setting in a desirable, upscale residential area. The home’s interior features include a well-conceived floor plan, spacious rooms, panelled doors, generous trim and moulding details, and generous windows and recessed lighting throughout the home, bringing natural and supplemental light into the home throughout the day, making this home comfortable for day-to-day living as well as entertaining throughout the year.
The entrance to the home is through double panelled doors with sidelights through which visitors arrive into the home’s sunny, two-story entrance foyer. The central feature of the foyer is its butterfly staircase with oak treads and risers which elegantly unites the lower level with the bedroom areas on the second floor. The foyer features two coat closets and solid oak floors. United with adjacent rooms by open lines of sight, the foyer flows easily into the other rooms on the first level, including the living room, study, family room, and kitchen.
The spacious living room features oak floors, an elegant full wall of built-in bookshelves, recessed lighting, and chair rail trim. The living room overlooks views into the front yard through oversized double-hung windows topped by half-round architectural window accents. The wide doorway to this room, accented by dentil molding, could easily accommodate double French doors to create an additional office/study. On the opposite side of the foyer is the dining room, whose window, trim, and floors mirror those in the living room, accenting the beauty of the symmetry of the formal entertaining spaces. The dining room has recessed lighting, a chandelier, oak floors and is large enough to accommodate a large dining table and other furniture. The dining room overlooks the front yard and connects with the cooking area of the kitchen.
The large eat-in kitchen features custom wood cabinetry with moldings, under cabinet lighting and brushed nickel hardware, Corian-style countertops, neutral tile backsplash, oversized overmount ceramic sink with brushed nickel faucet with integrated sprayer head, recessed lighting, chandelier over the eat-in area, recessed lighting, pantry closet, workdesk area, and ceramic tile floors. Appliances in the kitchen include a newer stainless steel refrigerator with French doors and lower-level freezer (2018), a KitchenAid glass-topped 4 burning cooktop with downdraft (2012), a stainless steel electric wall oven and oven/microwave (2019), and a Bosch stainless steel dishwasher (2010). The kitchen’s large center island is topped with granite countertops matching the perimeter counters and features a breakfast bar and cabinet storage. The kitchen connects to the family room, dining room, laundry/mudroom, finished basement, and has sliding glass doors leading to the deck, patio, and backyard. An informal back staircase with neutral carpeting discreetly connects the kitchen with the secondary bedrooms on the second floor to quiet the footfalls of hungry insomniacs.
The kitchen flows seamlessly into the sunny family room which features cathedral ceilings, oversized and architectural windows, recessed lighting, ceiling fan, oak floors, and a gas fireplace with brick surround accented by a painted wood mantel and brick raised hearth. Large, custom architectural windows overlook the sideyard, backyard, and patio.
Adjacent to the family room, an office/study with wood floors overlooks the backyard through two double-hung windows.
The first floor powder room features a white pedestal sink with rubbed bronze fixtures and white toilet.
The laundry/mud room is tucked unobtrusively between the kitchen and garage and features an LG washer (2017) and LG dryer (2017), large service sink, storage shelving, double reach-in coat closet, mud- and pet-friendly vinyl flooring, and direct access to the back deck.
The three car garage is oversized with extra space for workshop benches and/or storage. Each of the garage bays has a garage door installed in 2008 with independent automatic door openers with an exterior access keypad.
All bedrooms are located on the second floor with separation between the master bedroom suite and the secondary bedrooms. The master bedroom features a sitting room, neutral carpeting, recessed lighting, and an enormous walk-in closet. The en-suite bathroom features a jetted soaking tub, a long vanity with two sinks, a stall shower, toilet room, linen closet, and a large picture window.
A second bedroom features a dedicated en suite bathroom with tubshower and neutral tile finishes, double reach-in closet, ceiling fan, and neutral carpeting.
The third and fourth bedrooms on this level feature neutral carpeting, double reach-in closets, large windows, and ceiling fans. They are connected by a common bathroom with two sinks separated by makeup table area, a tubshower, and neutral tile finishes.
The full, finished (2006) basement can be accessed from inside the house from a staircase centrally-located in the kitchen near the family room. This spacious, walkout ground level adds significant living space to the home. The basement space has an open flow with separate areas suitable for different uses (office, recreation room, music room, in-law suite) enhancing the utility of this level. The wet bar area has a stainless steel under-counter refrigerator, enamel undermount sink, and granite counter with cabinets above and below including integrated wine rack. The office space has a built-in desk and spacious bookshelves. The basement’s full bathroom has a rimless glass enclosed stall shower, cherry vanity cabinet with granite countertop and white single-piece toilet. With neutral carpeting, recessed lighting, and direct access to a pergola-covered patio overlooking the fenced backyard, this lower level living space is ideal for personal or entertaining uses.
Systems of the home include a propane gas-fired forced hot air heating unit for upstairs rooms and a heat pump with propane backup for the first floor (2018), two central air conditioning units (updated in 2016 (upstairs) and 2018 (downstairs)), 200 ampere electrical service, 4-bedroom private septic system, generator hookup (2012), private well water (well pump replaced 2020), water treatment system (2017), smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers.
The home is connected to the backyard by way of sliding glass doors in the kitchen to the landscaped backyard. These doors lead to a wooden deck which flows easily down a few steps to two paver patios for multiple uses, including dining, recreation, and relaxing to enjoy the view over the backyard. The backyard is fenced. The home’s asphalt roof was replaced in 2012. Exterior lighting accents the home’s striking exterior in the evening hours.
The property is located in a desirable subdivision of similarly-styled homes in Bethlehem Township, in Hunterdon County an area renowned for its natural beauty within commuting distance of New York City. Nearby outdoor recreation areas, including hiking trails and parks such as those found at Spruce Run Reservoir and Musconetcong Gorge Nature Preserve. It is served by the Conley Elementary School, the Hoppock Middle School, and North Hunterdon Regional High School with nearby shopping, golf courses and country clubs. Commuter highways (Interstates 78 and 287), TransBridge Line buses, and NJ Transit trains allow for convenient access to New York City and Newark Liberty International Airport as well as smaller regional airports.
- open floor plan
- upscale residential neighborhood setting
- walkout, finished basement with full bathroom
- fenced backyard
- generator hookup
- updated interior paint (2021)