California Contemporary Ranch in Chatham


45 School Ave Chatham, NJ 07928 – sold over list price!

  • $749,900
  • 45 School Ave
  • Chatham
  • NJ
  • 07928
  • 3033141
  • 2-3
  • 2

 MLS#: 3033141

Located on one of Chatham’s pretty, tree-lined streets, shopping, recreation, top schools and NYC commuter trains are only minutes away.

Inside, this spacious home enjoys a flexible floor plan designed to accommodate a wide array of tastes and lifestyles.  Loving care and thoughtful updates have kept this mid-century contemporary true to form, while remaining relevant for today’s busy homeowner.  Clean lines, an open flow and abundant windows define spaces that are as casual or as formal as the occasion requires.

The living room / dining room combination allows you to place your furniture as you see fit, while a wall of sliders offer an effortless transition to outdoor living.  For a more intimate environment, the den includes a wood-burning fireplace.

The eat-in kitchen brings the home cook all the elements needed to create a successful meal every time.  Cabinets and counter space are in ample supply, while quality appliances are arranged for easy access.  Window, pendant, under-cabinet and recessed lighting all serve to keep this room bright and inviting, as space remains for a breakfast table and chairs.

Certain to be a household favorite, the atrium allows you to  enjoy this peaceful setting in complete comfort.  A tile floor adds rustic charm, and you are treated for panoramic views from virtually every vantage point.

The master bedroom is a relaxed retreat that includes a separate master sitting area.  The full master bath has a tile shower with frameless glass enclosure and an oversized vanity.  The second bedroom enjoys loads of natural light and ample closet storage, while the nearby hall bath effectively services this bedroom.  Additional finished space is found on the lower level featuring a recreation room, laundry room and ample storage capacity.

The highlight of this home is clearly the property.  A deck and patio provide all the space you need for entertaining and outdoor dining.  Majestic hardwoods and mature shrubbery buttress a portion of the backyard creating a tranquil atmosphere for relaxation and active play.  Beyond the tall trees, a stone pathway leads to a fabulous garden area.  In this section of the property you find 50 year old heirloom rhododendrons and azaleas, lovely flowers that bloom through all seasons, rare and native New Jersey plants and shrubs, 100 year old oaks, beech, maples, flowering cherries, flowering plum and dogwoods.  There is lush ground covering and natural pathways through these gardens.  Avid gardeners and nature lovers alike will find this space an unexpected treat.

Well suited for today, and with loads of potential for tomorrow, this remarkable contemporary provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy all Chatham has to offer in comfort and style.



Foyer with tile floor and two double-width closets

Living room / dining room with tile floor, vaulted ceiling, track lighting, wood-burning stove and sliders leading to the deck

Kitchen with hardwood floor, recessed lights, Vermont Blue slate counter tops, imported Italian glass tile backsplash, natural cherry cabinets, center island, breakfast area, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Asko dishwasher, Jenn-Air double oven and Thermador gas cook top

Den with tile floor and wood burning fireplace with stone surround

Atrium/Greenhouse with tile floor and sliders leading to the backyard

Master bedroom with wall-to-wall carpet, track lighting, 2 skylights, vaulted ceiling and walk-in-closet

Master sitting area with wall-to-wall carpet and track lighting

Master bath with tile floor, tile shower stall and marble vanity

Bedroom 2 with wall-to-wall carpet 2 slider closets

Bath with tile floor, stone vanity, tile wall, recessed lights and skylight



Recreation room with wall-to-wall carpet and recessed lights

Laundry room with Pergo floor and recessed lights

Storage / utility room

Access to the oversized one-car garage



Newly remodeled kitchen

Updated baths

Pella thermal windows and sliding doors

Open floor plan with wall of sliding glass doors overlooking nearly an acre of private backyard and gardens

High ceilings

New security system with fire and CO detectors

New water heater

Central vacuum system

Multi-zone hot water baseboard heating system

Central air conditioning system

Vertical siding and stone exterior

Open front porch

Paver brick sidewalk

Paved driveway with Belgium block curbs and additional parking

Bench sitting area

Underground lawn sprinkler system

Deck with built-in seating and planters and slate patio overlook the fenced backyard

Stone pathway leads to the rest of property featuring 50 year old heirloom rhododendrons and azaleas, flowers blooming for all seasons, rare and native NJ plants and shrubs, 100 year old oaks, beech, maples, flowering cherries, flowering plum and dogwoods

Professionally landscaped property includes mature trees, foundation shrubbery and established lawns

Prime location offers easy access to major highways, shopping, recreation, top rated schools and NYC commuter trains



Built:  1950

Lot Size:  100 X 400 (.92/Acres)

2010 Taxes:  $12,782

Visit The Community

School Information

The School District of the Chathams is one of the best aspects of the Chatham area, known for its high standards, family involvement, and community engagement.  Educational excellence is highly valued in the Chatham community, and the district receives support from The Chatham Education Foundation of New Jersey, a very active group of parents and community members who work to provide their school system with additional resources and programs. The School District of The Chathams is served by four elementary schools (Milton Avenue, Southern Boulevard,Washington Avenue, and Lafayette School), Chatham Middle School and Chatham High School. Every one of these institutions boast a reputation for striving to meet the needs of every child through carefully tailored curriculums and an individualized approach that is tailored to meet the needs of each student. This degree of excellence has not gone unnoticed – Chatham High School was recently awarded with a Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence, the highest award conferred on schools by the US Department of Education. The district also offers athletic, musical, and theatre programs that help students to excel outside of the classroom and expand their fields of interest. Without a doubt, education is a top priority in The Chatham area.

Commuting Information

With beautiful homes, gorgeous scenery, and fabulous amenities within 25 miles of New York, it is no surprise that Chatham is an extremely popular area for commuters. Chatham Station is on New Jersey Transit’s Morristown Line with a Midtown direct commuter service reaching New York Penn Station in as little as 45 minutes, as well as a direct train line to Hoboken. Many homes in Chatham Borough are within walking or biking distance of the Chatham train station, making it easy for commuters to get to work without the harrowing experience of trying to grab a parking spot early in the morning.

Chatham’s location provides easy access to routes I-78 and I-287, the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, and Route 280. The Newark Liberty Airport, a major continental and international gateway, is just a 20 minute drive away, and New Jersey Transit’s MCM-3 bus runs through Chatham between Livingston Mall, Short Hills Mall, Madison, Morristown, Morris Plains, and Greystone Park.