“A century’s worth of historical appeal” is how the listing describes this unique property upstate, located at 636 Bedford Road in the town of North Castle. Indeed, this structure was built in 1900 and originally served as a school house (h/t CIRCA). In 1980 it was expanded and renovated without taking away any of that century-old character. Details like six-inch oak flooring and exposed beams from a Brooklyn shipyard distinguish the property, and it doesn’t hurt that it sits on almost an acre of land. The price, of course, is what you might pay for a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan: $855,000.
The property is surrounded by trees, giving it a feeling of total privacy. Behind all that greenery the stone house couldn’t be more charming, with its nice little patio and a bonus building right off the main school house.
You might be surprised to find the interior, while it retains many details from the school house, also looks quite lofty and modern.
The living room has exposed beams, sourced from a Brooklyn shipyard, and a big stone fireplace. The entire floor’s been lined with windows to bring in lots of light.
The living room leads to the dining area with 13-foot ceilings. An open wood staircase then leads to the sleeping loft above. There’s plenty of storage tucked away in this room, too.
And here’s a look at one of the three bedrooms, this one under peaked ceilings original to the school house. Not pictured is the basement, which has an eight-foot ceiling and terra cotta floors with a workshop, laundry room, and bathroom. There are plenty of quirky bonus spaces throughout this former school house, which has been so masterfully transformed into a modern residence.
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Photos courtesy of Circa Old Houses
Tags : 636 Bedford Road
Neighborhoods : North Castle