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$349,900

3 Beds 1 Baths 3,325 SQFT

235 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE 19809

Hieu Nguyen
Welcome Home Realty
Realtor
203.893.9077
Presented by: Patterson-Schwartz-Hockessin

Property Description 

It is believed the Penny House history goes back to when this stone home was first built in 1749 by Arthur Penny. His sons David and William then worked as joiners (cabinet makers) in the house on the popular King’s Highway which led north to Philadelphia. Well-known local artist, Robert Shaw (who had grown up in the porter’s ledge with his family at nearby Rockwood) moved to the Penny House in 1881. It had been divided into 2 separate residences, each with its own fireplace and stairway. In the late 1940’s, Annie Shaw sold it to the the Travis family, who later built many of the homes in Penny Acres and lived in the Penny Barn in back of the house. They converted it to one residence. It was later sold to James W. Bellah, an author of many Western stories which were later turned into films such as “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.” Details such as the beaded beams in the main bedroom show the care that was taken to construct these utilitarian elements and create a graceful room with stone walls creating deep windows looking out on the grounds behind the house. The home was said to have been a toll stop on the Philadelphia Turnpike and became witness to the “W 3R Route” which took the Continental troops over 700 miles from Rhode Island to Yorktown, Virginia. The troops included both Lafayette and Washington (who is said to like to stop for its cool spring water). Probably in the 19th century, a thick stone wall was built to separate this peaceful retreat from the present day Philadelphia Pike. Today this 3 bedroom home includes a large parlor with what was probably the cooking fireplace, a magnificent piece with some of the legends of the house’s history mounted on a wooden plaque over it. At some point probably in the early 20th century, it had been covered over with wallboard and wallpaper. Moving up one of the 2 staircases, we find another beautiful room—the main bedroom on the 2nd level, with the original beaded wooden joists (probably created by the Penny family). Another staircase here leads up to the attic, complete with original rafters imprinted with Roman numerals used to aid in roof construction. The landscaped grounds include a springhouse, the former cow pond, a gazebo made from a Victorian bell tower, a former garage, potting shed, and an outbuilding once used as an antique shop. An album in the house contains many photographs filled with the antiques from that period. The house has been featured on Wilmington Garden Day.


Interior Features 

Bedrooms

Bedrooms Count All Upper Levels3
Bedrooms Count Upper Level 13
Total Bedrooms3

Bathrooms

Bathrooms Count All Upper Levels1
Bathrooms Count Upper Level 11.00
Bathrooms Full All Upper Levels1
Bathrooms Full Upper Level 11
Full Baths1
Total Baths1

Other Interior Features

Above Grade Finished Area2525
Above Grade Finished Area SourceAssessor
Above Grade Finished Area Unit TypeSquare Feet
Basement Y/NYes
Below Grade Finished Area800
Below Grade Finished Area SourceEstimated
Below Grade Finished Area Unit TypeSquare Feet
Central Air Y/NYes
Fireplace FeaturesGas/Propane, Wood
Fireplace Y/NYes
Heating FuelElectric
Heating Y/NYes
Hot WaterNatural Gas
Laundry TypeMain Floor
Living Area3325
Total Fireplaces2

Other Rooms

Room TypeLiving Room, Dining Room, Bedroom 2, Bedroom 3, Kitchen, Den, Bedroom 1, Bathroom 1

General

Acceptable FinancingConventional, FHA, FHA 203(b), VA
AccessibilityNone
Additional Parcels Y/NNo
AppliancesDishwasher, Dryer – Electric, Microwave, Oven/Range – Gas, Washer/Dryer Stacked
Architectural StyleColonial
Association Y/NNo
BasementFull
Building NameNONE AVAILABLE
Condo/Coop Association Y/NNo
Construction MaterialsStone
Cool FuelElectric
CoolingCentral A/C
CountyNEW CASTLE
Days on Market13
Electric150 Amps
Elementary SchoolHARLAN
Exterior FeaturesOutbuilding(s), Stone Retaining Walls, Water Fountains
Facing DirectionEast
FlooringWood
Garage Y/NNo
HeatingForced Air
High SchoolMOUNT PLEASANT
High School DistrictBRANDYWINE
Historic Y/NNo
Interior FeaturesAdditional Stairway, Curved Staircase, Floor Plan – Traditional, Kitchen – Eat-In
Levels2
Location TypeUrban
MLS AreaBrandywine (30901)
Middle/Junior High SchoolDUPONT
New ConstructionNo
Other StructuresAbove Grade, Below Grade
OwnershipFee Simple
Patio/Porch FeaturesPorch(es)
Possession31-60 Days CD, 61-90 Days CD
Price Per Sq Ft138.57
Property TypeResidential
PropertyConditionGood
RoofWood, Other
Security FeaturesElectric Alarm
Senior Community Y/NNo
SewerPublic Sewer
Structure TypeDetached
Subdivision NamePENNY ACRES
Tax Annual Amount961.0
Tax Year2020
Total Rooms7
UtilitiesElectric Available, Natural Gas Available, Sewer Available, Water Available
Vacation Rental Y/NNo
ViewGarden/Lawn, Street
Water Access Y/NNo
ZoningRESIDENTIAL

Exterior

FencingBoard, Other
Foundation DetailsStone
Horse Y/NNo
InclusionsGarden ornaments, plaque over fireplace, dishwasher, refrigerator, washer/dryer, TV in kitchen
Lot Dimensions97×120
Lot FeaturesLandscaping, Pond, Rear Yard
Lot Size Acres0.27
Lot Size SourceEstimated
Lot Size Square Feet11761.00
Navigable Water Y/NNo
Parking FeaturesPaved Parking
Pool Y/NNo Pool
Road ResponsibilityCity/County
Road Surface TypeBlack Top
SpaNo
Total Parking Spaces4
Type of ParkingDriveway, On Street
Water Oriented Y/NNo
Water SourcePublic
Water View Y/NNo
Waterfront Y/NNo

Additional Details

Price History

Schools 

High School Mount Pleasant High School
Middle School Dupont Middle School
Elementary School Harlan Elementary School

  

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$349,900

3 Beds 1 Baths 3,325 SQFT

235 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE 19809

Hieu Nguyen
Welcome Home Realty
Realtor
203.893.9077