Wilmington, DE Real Estate News

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Four foot drifts? No problem!  I did get out a bit during the blizzard yesterday and cleared about a yard horizontally and maybe 18” deep, but the wind was blowing and it was still snowing. Seeing my neighbors across the street and next door out this morning shoveling their sidewalks and driveways brought me out again. As a native Chicagoan, I relish the thought of shoveling snow, at least for a while. But as parts of my driveway were over 4’ deep in drifts and the “shovel by layers” technique was necessary (at least for me, since the whole lifting 4’ of snow was too heavy) it was slow going. Then I noticed my neighbors had their 20-ish son shoveling with abandon and about to reach my property line. A short conversation brought him over the line and working on my driveway. To me the wor...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
The good news for South Graylyn Crest is that overall crime in New Castle County is down 22.2 percent.  Homicides in New Castle County over the three year period fell 13.2 percent and shootings/shots fired complaints dropped 29.4 and 28.1 percent, respectively.  The Property Crime Initiative also helped drive down burglaries, thefts and vehicle thefts by 32.9 percent, 23.9 percent and 11.2 percent, respectively.  The following charts also show how every significant targeted crime has decreased notably since Targeted Analytical Policing began.  “As we continue using TAPS and re-enforcing its success, we constantly see the need to directly attack the heroin problem,” New Castle Police Colonel Elmer Setting reported.  In South Graylyn Crest, vehicle theft (most often from unlocked cars) is...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
January 2016 Historic Homes E Newsletter  The New Castle Historical Society asks you to “Save the date” for February 20, their annual Winter Fundraiser, “Roaring 20’s Bootlegger’s Bash”.The Delaware Humanities Forum programs for January include: January 11, 6:30 p.m. at the Elsmere Library, All Over This Land, American Regional folk music with Saul Broudy. January 14, Remembering Nights at the Drive-In with Ed Okonowicz at Atonement Methodist Church, Claymont at 1 p.m., and Martin Luther King Jr. with James Newton at the Claymont Library at 6 p.m.     Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland, at the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C., will speak on  the book he edited, "Magna Carta: Muse & Mentor" at a meeting of the Lewes Historical Society on Friday January 15, 2016. whic...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Outside of Wilmington, Delaware is a rural Gothic home called Rockwood. The mansion was built between 1851-1854 for Joseph Shipley, a merchant banker originally from Wilmington. The Mansion was Shipley's retirement home. Shipley spent most of his life in Liverpool, England where he became wealthy. Rockwood Mansion was inspired by Wyncote, Joseph Shipley's English country house designed by George Williams. Shipley had Williams design Rockwood Mansion, though he had never seen the site. Joseph Shipley moved his entire household from England bringing his favorite dog and horse (Toby and Branker), as well as gardener Robert Shaw and housekeeper.  Now run as a museum by New Castle County, Rockwood has had its ups and downs. A friend and I volunteered to help with holiday decorations several ...
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By Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics
(Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186)
Wilmington Delaware Senior Downsizing & Estate Clean Out Delaware Junk Removal not only removes unwanted items from homes in the New Castle County Delaware area but we also offer a variety of services for senior citizens who are downsizing.Many of our clients who are downsizing are faced with the task of sorting through 20-30 years worth of items.  This can be overwhelming to say the least.   We can assist you in looking for important documents and family treasures that you will want to take with you when you move.  We do work with local charities and auctioneers to help you offset the cost of our services. Other tasks to consider when downsizing along with removing the items from the home are home maintenance after the move, repairs and cosmetic changes, real estate agents, home stager...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
December 2015 Historic Homes E Newsletter  First Saturday in the First State programs on December 5 include: “Quill Pen Writing and 18th Century Transcription.” Write a fancy letter the old-fashioned way with a quill pen while also learning how to translate historic documents. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054. “Handmade for the Holidays.” Seasonal program in which visitors can learn to create and decorate cards through the art of paper quilling and stenciling, and write a personal note with a quill pen. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Program 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Museum open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3277.  “Tour Zwaanendael Museum.” Enjoy the museum’s festive holiday décor. Event held in conjunction with the Lewes Historical...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
November 2015 Historic Homes E-Newsletter The Annual Meeting of the Delaware Historical Society will be held on November 5, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. The business meeting and program, "Inside the Delaware Historical Society's Transformation,"  will be followed by a members' reception,  at which time the new Gift Shop area will be dedicated to former Delaware Historical Society Executive Director, Dr. Barbara E. Benson. RSVP to membership@dehistory.org .   The 52nd Annual Delaware Antiques Show is coming to the Chase Center at the Riverfront in Wilmington Nov. 6-7.  Presented by Winterthur and Wilmington Trust, hours are Friday, November 6: 11:00 am–7:00 pm (Thomas Jayne lecture at 10:00 am), Saturday, November 7: 11:00 am–6:00 pm, and Sunday, November 8: 11:00 am–5:00 pm. A word to the wise: fo...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
The latest market report is in, and it is telling us that sellers have gained confidence since last year, proving this by 7% more homes being placed on the market. And they are happy they have done so, since there have been 18% more closed sales over the same period in 2014.  Not only that, but median sales prices are up about 7%. September really proved good for days on the market, with almost 14% less days on the market over the previous September. What this is telling us is that if buyers see a house they like, they are not hesitating to write an offer. I can see this in my own business, having received an offer on one of my listings a week ago after 22 days on the market. Inventory is indeed moving, with September to September comparisons down over 9%.  So it's a story we are happy ...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
October 2015 Historic Homes E Newsletter Saturday, October 3, 2015 is  the 75th annual Chester County Day tour of homes to benefit The Women’s Auxiliary of the Chester County Hospital. This tour of homes and some public buildings will take place in the West Chester area this year. I always attend the preview slide show the night before at either the West Chester Historic Courthouse at 6 & 7:30 p.m. or Longwood Gardens at 6 & 7 p.m. You can buy tickets there or at the Chester County Historical Society, $40 each. For more information, contact Women’s Auxiliary to The Chester County Hospital or drop me an email.  Sugartown at Sundown Lantern Tours will be offered on October 16-17 in  Historic Sugartown with a spooky fall flair from 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $8.00 Adults, $6.00 Children (10 & under...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
September 2015 Historic Homes E NewsletterShugart’s Sunday is happening in Historic Sugartown PA starting at 2 p.m. on September 13. In 1804, Eli Shugart opened a tavern to serve weary travelers. Though he only stayed two years, the village became known as “Shugart’s Town.” He must have thrown a great party!  Beneath the amazing backdrop of Historic Sugartown’s General Store and Worrall House, Shugart’s Sunday will feature a festive afternoon with live local bluegrass and mouth-watering barbecue. The day offers down-home family fun with an afternoon full of music, food and family activities at the beautifully restored village corner. Sugartown is at 690 Sugartown Road, at the corners of Spring & Boot Roads in Malvern PA. (picture courtesy Historic Sugartown) The Philly Freedom 5K run on...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Beautiful Renovation Overview Maps Photos Features Description Contact us for pricing Townhouse Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,300 sqftYear Built: 1954 Location 521 East 35th StreetWilmington, DE 19802USA Christopher Pataki RE/MAX Associates(302) 562-0628patakirealestate@yahoo.comhttp://come2DE.com       Listed by: Re/Max Associates Our recent listingsBeautiful Renovation in New Castle Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Historic Renovation Overview Maps Photos Features Description $110,000 Townhouse Main Features 3 Bedrooms1 Bathroom1 Half BathroomInterior: 1,350 sqftLot: 0.02 acre(s)Year Built: 1875 Location 404  West 6thWilmington, DE 19801USA Christopher Pataki RE/MAX Associates(302) 562-0628patakirealestate@yahoo.comhttp://come2DE.com    Listed by: Re/Max Associates Our recent listingsBeautiful Renovation in New Castle Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby  properties for sale
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
 The American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware invites you to a program, “Black Loyalists in the American Revolution,” a talk by John J. McLaughlin, PhD at the Hale-Byrnes House, 606 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, Delaware (near Christiana Mall) on Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 7:30- 9:30 p.m.   An admission fee of $5 at the door includes coffee and dessert. If you have never been to this historic home which played a role in the Revolutionary War, come on down!   Looking to buy or sell an older or historic home in Delaware or Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania? Contact Carolyn Roland, Your Older and Historic Homes Resource. Helping the preservation community for over 25 years!
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
A recent visit to Frederick, Maryland found that this historic little town is a popular place for weekend getaways. Early Native Americans followed the Moncacy river here, and settled at the foothills of the Catoctin Mountains. Daniel Dulany—a land speculator from Ireland—laid out "Frederick Town" by 1745. He gave plots of land to different religious groups, figuring that if they built churches, the people would follow. And this is exactly what happened. In this “town of steeples,” many of these churches remain, although through various fires and other happenings, many of them are on their still historic, but perhaps third building, and perhaps shifting to another spot or trading spots with another congregation. The Historical Society of Frederick County conducts walking tours from thei...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
 Water pouring out of a light fixture in a house I am getting ready to market?  No Problem!  Much of the wiring done in knob and tube? No Problem!  Well, not much of a problem with the proper contractors.  I was going through the house this morning with an electrician, explaining what the rooms were (don’t all 100 year old homes have Tudor theatres on the third floor?), and thought, gee, I have time to turn on the water, since the absentee owner turned it off before he moved out last winter. Begin the fun and games--water began pouring out of not only the faucets, but a light fixture in the kitchen, and then out of the refrigerator, and then out of a pipe in the laundry room. The electrician (after I turned the water off again) said it looked like a couple of pipes were busted that he c...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
404 W 6TH ST WILMINGTON, DE 19801 Wilmington Creative District Renovation Price : $114,900.00 Bedrooms : 3 Bathrooms : 1.00 Square Foot : 1,350 County : NEW CASTLE Property Type : Single Family MLS Number : 6583838 click for more information and pictures Property Description A gem in the heart of the newly created art district, this house shows the true workmanship from the original home that was strategically updated to preserve the historic image. Surrounded by newly constructed properties, this quiet street is adorned with a historic flavor. A giant bay window greets visitors as they walk up to the front door. Polished hardwood flooring follows you through the first floor to the nicely updated kitchen. Tile flooring, new honey cabinets, custom counters and a double sink meld well wi...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Historic Renovation Overview Maps Photos Features Description $114,900 Townhouse Main Features 3 Bedrooms1 Bathroom1 Half BathroomInterior: 1,350 sqftLot: 0.02 acre(s)Year Built: 1875 Location 404 West 6thWilmington, DE 19801USA Christopher Pataki RE/MAX Associates(302) 562-0628patakirealestate@yahoo.comhttp://come2DE.com       Listed by: Re/Max Associates Our recent listings Fabulous Farm HouseBeautiful Renovation in New Castle Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Historic Renovation Overview Maps Photos Features Description Contact us for pricing Townhouse Main Features 3 Bedrooms1 Bathroom1 Half BathroomInterior: 1,350 sqftLot: 0.02 acre(s)Year Built: 1875 Location 404 West 6thWilmington, DE 19801USA Christopher Pataki RE/MAX Associates(302) 562-0628patakirealestate@yahoo.comhttp://come2DE.com       Listed by: Re/Max Associates Our recent listings Fabulous Farm HouseBeautiful Renovation in New Castle Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Last week I joined a trip with the Delaware Center for Horticulture to Chanticleer, on the Main Line in the Philadelphia suburbs. I hadn’t been there for several years, and found the most quirky spots, such as the “Ruin” had filled in and looked like they had been there for ages (well, head-spinning ages). A past director had the idea of creating a ruin from a house on the property that was no longer being used. He wanted to tear down the walls enough to make it look ancient, but the problem was that it was no longer structurally sound. So they built new stone walls and created a ruin with a library (stone books), dining room (sepulchral stone slab table ). and a fountain with floating heads. Blooming flowers ranged from giant purple allium, poppies, the lacy white orlaya grandiflora, a...
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