235 Philadelphia Pike Wilmington, DE
$ 289,900
Property Attributes
  • MLS#DENC2002258
  • TypeSingle Family
  • CountyNEW CASTLE
  • CityWilmington
  • AreaBrandywine
  • NeighborhoodPenny Acres
  • Zip19809
  • StyleColonial
  • Year Built1749
  • Taxes$ 3136
  • Price$ 289,900
  • Bedrooms3
  • Full Bathrooms1
  • Half Bathrooms0
  • Sqr Footage3325
  • Lot Size11,761 SqFt
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Data Source:
Bright MLS
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.

Elementary School Middle School High School
Harlan Elementary School Dupont Middle School Mount Pleasant High School
Price History
7/13/2021 Listed $349,900
10/6/2021 18% - $289,900

General Features

Acceptable Financing Conventional, FHA, FHA 203(b), VA
Accessibility None
Additional Parcels Y/N No
Appliances Dishwasher, Dryer - Electric, Microwave, Oven/Range - Gas, Washer/Dryer Stacked
Architectural Style Colonial
Association Y/N No
Basement Full
Condo/Coop Association Y/N No
Construction Materials Stone
Cool Fuel Electric
Cooling Central A/C
Days on Market 188
Electric 150 Amps
Elementary School HARLAN
Exterior Features Outbuilding(s), Stone Retaining Walls, Water Fountains
Facing Direction East
Flooring Wood
Garage Y/N No
Heating Forced Air
Historic Y/N No
Interior Features Additional Stairway, Curved Staircase, Floor Plan - Traditional, Kitchen - Eat-In
Levels 2
Location Type Urban
Lot Size Square Feet 11761.00
MLS Area Brandywine (30901)
Middle/Junior High School DUPONT
New Construction No
Other Structures Above Grade, Below Grade
Ownership Fee Simple
Patio/Porch Features Porch(es)
Pool Y/N No Pool
Possession 31-60 Days CD, 61-90 Days CD
Price Per Sq Ft 114.81
Property Type Residential
PropertyCondition Good
Roof Wood, Other
School District BRANDYWINE
School District 300200396892
Security Features Electric Alarm
Senior Community Y/N No
Sewer Public Sewer
Structure Type Detached
Subdivision Name PENNY ACRES
Tax Annual Amount 3136.0
Tax Year 2020
Total Rooms 7
Utilities Electric Available, Natural Gas Available, Sewer Available, Water Available
Vacation Rental Y/N No
View Garden/Lawn, Street
Water Access Y/N No

Interior Features

Above Grade Finished Area 2525
Above Grade Finished Area Source Assessor
Above Grade Finished Area Unit Type Square Feet
Basement Y/N Yes
Bathrooms Count All Upper Levels 1
Bathrooms Count Upper Level 1 1.00
Bathrooms Full All Upper Levels 1
Bathrooms Full Upper Level 1 1
Bedrooms Count All Upper Levels 3
Bedrooms Count Upper Level 1 3
Below Grade Finished Area 800
Below Grade Finished Area Source Estimated
Below Grade Finished Area Unit Type Square Feet
Central Air Y/N Yes
Fireplace Features Gas/Propane, Wood
Fireplace Y/N Yes
Full Baths 1
Heating Fuel Electric
Heating Y/N Yes
Hot Water Natural Gas
Laundry Type Main Floor
Living Area 3325
Room Type Living Room, Dining Room, Bedroom 2, Bedroom 3, Kitchen, Den, Bedroom 1, Bathroom 1
Total Baths 1
Total Bedrooms 3
Total Fireplaces 2

Exterior Features

Fencing Board, Other
Foundation Details Stone
Horse Y/N No
Inclusions Garden ornaments, plaque over fireplace, dishwasher, refrigerator, washer/dryer, TV in kitchen
Lot Dimensions 97x120
Lot Features Landscaping, Pond, Rear Yard
Lot Size Acres 0.27
Lot Size Source Estimated
Navigable Water Y/N No
Parking Features Paved Parking
Road Responsibility City/County
Road Surface Type Black Top
Spa No
Total Parking Spaces 4
Type of Parking Driveway, On Street
Water Oriented Y/N No
Water Source Public
Water View Y/N No
Waterfront Y/N No

Room Details

Room Dimensions Level Flooring Details
Bathroom 1 Upper 1 Flooring - Vinyl,Tub Shower
Bedroom 1 17 X 17 Upper 1 Attic - Walk-Up,Flooring - HardWood,Window Treatments
Bedroom 2 8 X 14 Upper 1 Flooring - HardWood,Window Treatments
Bedroom 3 8 X 15 Upper 1 Flooring - HardWood,Window Treatments
Den 9 X 13 Main Flooring - HardWood,Window Treatments
Dining Room 15 X 16 Main Fireplace - Gas
Kitchen 8 X 19 Main Breakfast Room,Flooring - Vinyl,Kitchen - Gas Cooking
Living Room 17 X 17 Main Fireplace - Wood Burning


  • Foreclosure
  • Views
  • Short Sale
  • New Construction
  • Adult 55+
  • Lease To Own
  • No HOA Fees
  • Furnished
  • Primary On Main
  • Air Conditioning
  • Seller Finance
  • Green
  • Fixer Upper
  • Horse
  • Golf
  • Fireplace
  • Deck
  • Garage
  • Basement
  • Pool

Property vs Single Family Average in 19809

AVG $350K
AVG $2,910
AVG 47
Year Built
AVG 1912
AVG 55
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