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Looking for older and historic homes in the State of Delaware or in Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania? Carolyn Roland is a trained Architectural Historian and a Board Member of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network and Friends of the Furness Railroad District as well as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Delaware and Chester County Historical Societies.,..



CAROLYN ROLAND --YOUR HISTORIC HOMES RESOURCE February 2012 Historic Homes E NewsThe Murphy House in Rockland, Delaware has been torn down by the Nemours Foundation as of 4:20 p.m. on Jan 11. In 2008, the State sold the house to the Foundation for $10 with their promise to restore the building. F...
Last month, the 192 room Sheraton Wilmington South finally opened for guests, 10 years after it's original planned opening. What happened? Well, building inspectors discovered it was 1/3 larger than approved plans. Court battles ended in bankruptcy for the developers, another developer took over,...
The following three links lead to my end of 2011 market reports for Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania and New Castle and Kent Counties in Delaware which were all posted during the month of January, 2012. As for the WEATHER report,...
Although we had some light snow in October 2011, last night brought a couple of inches of wet snow in Wilmington. It was pretty icy around 9 a.m., but by noon it had turned to a manageable icy layer with enough water under it to scoop to the side of the driveway. And my lovely South Graylyn Crest...
As was true in other local markets, New Castle County, Delaware had a surge of activity in December, 2011, but a year end compilation of figures  still shows a slow market. Although new listings were up 1.3% in December, they were down almost 13% for the year. The reason for this can be seen in ...
Once a year, the Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS) presents "a pantomime in the British tradition." This means the "dame" is played by a man, the "principal boy" is played by a young woman, and a friendly animal or two are played by, in this case, two girls playing the front and back of a...
JANUARY      APRIL        JULY FRIDAY      FRIDAY      FRIDAY 13                   13              13         Wait--are we beginning to see a pattern here? For the first time since the early 1980’s, there will be a Friday the 13th (Like Today!) in January, April and July during a leap year. And t...
   Once considered eligible for the Natiional Register of Historic Places, Brandywine Hundred's Murphy House was demolished yesterday. The Nemours Foundation, owners of the children's hospital across the road, had agreed to restore the Murphy House . Those who fought to preserve the build­ing sai...
  Year-to-date (December 2011), close to one in four listings in New Castle County closed as a short sale or bank-owned property, and one in three in Kent County.  Above, we see the figures for December alone, and below we see the figures for  2011 as a whole. The biggest difference between New ...
This is a good addition to the statistics posted in my regular Market Report section. Often we read about "absorption rate" but find it hard to put a finger on without concrete examples. See for average days on the market before sale, which will give you the "absorption rate"...

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