235 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809-3163 $289,900
Interior Sq. Ft: 3,325
Subdivision: Penny Acres
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.
Dining Room: 15 X 16 - Main
Den: 9 X 13 - Main
Kitchen: 8 X 19 - Main
Bedroom 2: 8 X 14 - Upper 1
Bedroom 3: 8 X 15 - Upper 1
Bathroom 1: Upper 1
Home Assoc: No
Condo Assoc: No
Pool: No Pool
Elem. School: Harlan Mid. School: Dupont High School: Mount Pleasant
Forced Air Heating, Electric, Central A/C, Electric, Hot Water - Natural Gas, Public Water, Public Sewer, 150 Amps, Main Floor Laundry, Electric Available, Natural Gas Available, Sewer Available, Water Available
Driveway, On Street, Paved Parking
Curved Staircase, Floor Plan - Traditional, Kitchen - Eat-In, Additional Stairway, Full Basement, Wood Flooring, Gas/Propane Fireplace, Wood Fireplace, Masonry, Plaster Walls, Electric Alarm
Stone Foundation, Wood Roof, Stone Exterior, Porch(es), Outbuilding(s), Stone Retaining Walls, Water Fountains
Landscaping, Rear Yard, Pond, Urban, Garden/Lawn View, Street View, Board Fence, , Black Top Road
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Public Elementary (27 schools)
Public Middle (9 schools)
|duPont (Pierre S.) Middle School||Brandywine School District||6–8||Wilmington||1.13 mi|
|Great Oaks Charter School||Great Oaks Charter School||6–9||Wilmington||2.17 mi|
|First State School||Red Clay Consolidated School District||2–12||Wilmington||2.25 mi|
|Springer Middle School||Brandywine School District||6–8||Wilmington||2.99 mi|
|Bayard Middle School||Christina School District||6–8||Wilmington||3.54 mi|
|duPont (Alexis I.) Middle School||Red Clay Consolidated School District||6–8||Greenville||3.82 mi|
|Douglass School||Christina School District||3–12||Wilmington||4.12 mi|
|Talley Middle School||Brandywine School District||6–8||Wilmington||4.48 mi|
|Odyssey Charter School||Odyssey Charter School||K–11||Wilmington||4.66 mi|
Public High (13 schools)
Private (25 schools)
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This report is a detailed community overview for Wilmington (19809), Delaware.
- Average travel time to work for people in this community: 26
- Average salary of people in this community: $56,411
- Population Density (ppl / mile): 1,756
- Household Size (ppl): 2.47
- Households w/ Children: 61%
- Owned: 3,834 (58.1%)
- Rented: 2,197 (33.3%)
- Vacant: 565 (8.6%)
- Total: 6,596
The population of the community broken down by age group. The numbers at the top of each bar indicate the number of people in the age bracket below.
Climate and Weather
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- Less than 9th Grade: 2.2%
- Some High School: 4.4%
- High School Graduate: 26.1%
- Some College: 21.7%
- Associate Degree: 7.6%
- Bachelor's Degree: 24.0%
- Graduate Degree: 14.1%
Median Income: $70,604
The Fair Market Rents show average gross rent estimates based on figures provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
- Studio: $1,125
- One Bedroom: $1,081
- Two Bedroom: $1,216
- Three Bedroom: $1,141
- Four Bedroom: $1,500
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