About This 1740 Historic House For Sale In Bethlehem Connecticut
Take a step back in time yet with the modern amenities of today. The manor like Colonial at 18 East Street Bethlehem, CT will afford you the best of both worlds and with the expansion possibilities to make your dreams come true. Thomas Leavenworth in 1740 spared no expense in crafting this home. The structure of the home has been updated throughout but maintains its old world charm. The kitchen alone boasts a 12 foot long stone that serves as a hearth for the original brick beehive oven and a large Colonial pantry is adjacent to the kitchen adding plenty of space for storage or to expand your culinary dreams.
The original wood floors lead you into the authentic Keeping Room that is filled with sunshine from the porch like windows. A family room and an office/den exist off the Keeping Room as does a full bath outfitted with a slate shower. Leading down the grand hallway the front Parlor room boasts a hand carved mantle framing one of the four fireplaces on the first floor. The large staircase leads one up to the primary bedroom with sitting area outside right now used as a music room. 3 other bedrooms exist on the second floor as well as 2 other sitting rooms, walk-in closet, full bath with bathtub and closets in every room. Storage is not an issue in this house.
With an abundance of closets and 2 full attics there is plenty of room for anything life brings your way. And the attic can be expanded to be more living space if desired. All the original wood floors are either chestnut or oak adding to the period craftsmanship from the era it was built. The home was lovingly saved from the possibility of demolition in 2003….completely new plumbing and electrical were run throughout the house which was jacked up and made secure to survive another 300 years with Lally columns in the basement.
A Viesmann furnace and hot water heater efficiently maintain the temperature throughout the 3 heat zones in the house. They run on propane and a commercial sized tank is buried in the yard allowing for flexibility in searching for a supplier. Siding was removed and lovingly replaced after installing foam insulation throughout most of the house and the chimneys were rebuilt exactly as they had been in 1740. All roofs were replaced by the current owners as well.
The house on its own is a historical gem, but the property also has a beautiful post and beam barn that is individually listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The barn has been renovated as well and is the perfect canvas for anyone’s dreams to come to life. It is a large spacious structure that could be additional housing, commercial building, studio, restaurant or bed & breakfast. And if that is not enough there is the original milk house that is a charming building ready for any expansion one might have. And to put the colonial cherry on top the actual original outhouse is still in the backyard.
The property boasts 2.25 acres in the center of town filled with mature trees, blackberry patch and plenty of lawn space to enjoy the serene setting of Bethlehem. The house and property is steeped in history which includes being a boarding preparatory school for young men about to attend Yale Law School. Among the many students who walked these halls was John C Calhoun…the second Vice President of America under John Quincy Adams.
The property is dual zoned as residential and commercial so the sky’s the limit with possibility. This property is a Colonial dream where location, location, location is paramount. Centrally located to all with easy access to Main Street even by foot on the town’s maintained sidewalks. Schedule your private showing today! *Listed in Commercial MLS under 170584519
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