235 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809-3163 $349,900

Beds/Baths: 3/1.0
Interior Sq. Ft: 3,325
Acreage: 0.27
Age:272 years
Style:
Colonial
MLS#: DENC2002258
Mobile#: 4594
Subdivision: Penny Acres
Design/Type:
Detached

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.

Living Room: 17 X 17 - Main
Dining Room: 15 X 16 - Main
Den: 9 X 13 - Main
Kitchen: 8 X 19 - Main
Bedroom 1: 17 X 17 - Upper 1
Bedroom 2: 8 X 14 - Upper 1
Bedroom 3: 8 X 15 - Upper 1
Bathroom 1: Upper 1
Taxes: $961
Home Assoc: No
Condo Assoc: No
Garage: N
Basement: Y
Pool: No Pool
School Dist: Brandywine
Elem. School: Harlan Mid. School: Dupont High School: Mount Pleasant

Features

Utilities
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

Garage/Parking
Driveway, On Street, Paved Parking

Interior
Curved Staircase, Floor Plan - Traditional, Kitchen - Eat-In, Additional Stairway, Full Basement, Wood Flooring, Gas/Propane Fireplace, Wood Fireplace, Masonry, Plaster Walls, Electric Alarm

Exterior
Stone Foundation, Wood Roof, Stone Exterior, Porch(es), Outbuilding(s), Stone Retaining Walls, Water Fountains

Lot
Landscaping, Pipe Stem Lot, Rear Yard, Urban, Garden/Lawn View, Street View, Board Fence, , Black Top Road

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Public Elementary (26 schools)

School District Grades Place Distance
Mount Pleasant Elementary School Brandywine School District K–5 Wilmington 0.89 mi
Harlan (David W. ) Elementary School Brandywine School District K–5 Wilmington 0.99 mi
East Side Charter School East Side Charter School Preschool–8 Wilmington 1.14 mi
Edison (Thomas A.) Charter School Edison (Thomas A.) Charter School K–8 Wilmington 1.64 mi
Carrcroft Elementary School Brandywine School District K–5 Wilmington 1.64 mi
Lombardy Elementary School Brandywine School District K–5 Wilmington 1.8 mi
Shortlidge (Evan G.) Academy Red Clay Consolidated School District K–5 Wilmington 2 mi
Warner Elementary School Red Clay Consolidated School District K–5 Wilmington 2.03 mi
Stubbs (Frederick Douglass) Elementary School Christina School District K–5 Wilmington 2.12 mi
Kuumba Academy Charter School Kuumba Academy Charter School K–8 Wilmington 2.17 mi
First State School Red Clay Consolidated School District K–12 Wilmington 2.25 mi
First State Montessori Academy First State Montessori Academy K–5 Wilmington 2.31 mi
Bancroft Elementary School Christina School District Preschool–5 Wilmington 2.43 mi
Lewis (William C.) Dual Language Elementary School Red Clay Consolidated School District K–5 Wilmington 2.7 mi
Maple Lane Elementary School Brandywine School District K–6 Claymont 2.79 mi
Forwood Elementary School Brandywine School District K–5 Wilmington 2.82 mi
Elbert-Palmer Elementary School Christina School District Preschool–5 Wilmington 2.9 mi
Highlands Elementary School Red Clay Consolidated School District K–5 Wilmington 2.9 mi
Claymont Elementary School Brandywine School District K–5 Claymont 3.65 mi
Pulaski (Casimir) Elementary School Christina School District Preschool–5 Wilmington 3.72 mi
Bush (Charles W.) Pre-School Brandywine School District Preschool–K Wilmington 3.87 mi
Hanby Elementary School Brandywine School District K–5 Wilmington 3.87 mi
Lancashire Elementary School Brandywine School District K–5 Wilmington 4.07 mi
Odyssey Charter School Odyssey Charter School K–11 Wilmington 4.66 mi
Academia Antonia Alonso Academia Antonia Alonso K–5 Wilmington 4.69 mi
Baltz (Austin D.) Elementary School Red Clay Consolidated School District Preschool–5 Wilmington 4.91 mi

Public Middle (8 schools)

School District Grades Place Distance
duPont (Pierre S.) Middle School Brandywine School District 6–8 Wilmington 1.13 mi
Great Oaks Charter School Great Oaks Charter School 6–10 Wilmington 2.17 mi
First State School Red Clay Consolidated School District K–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
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 (11 schools)

School District Grades Place Distance
Mount Pleasant High School Brandywine School District 9–12 Wilmington 0.59 mi
Howard High School of Technology New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District 8–12 Wilmington 2.09 mi
Freire Charter School Freire Charter School Wilmington 8–12 Wilmington 2.16 mi
First State School Red Clay Consolidated School District K–12 Wilmington 2.25 mi
Brandywine High School Brandywine School District 9–12 Wilmington 2.43 mi
Charter School of Wilmington Charter School of Wilmington 9–12 Wilmington 4.12 mi
Calloway (Cab) School of the Arts Red Clay Consolidated School District 6–12 Wilmington 4.12 mi
Concord High School Brandywine School District 9–12 Wilmington 4.51 mi
Odyssey Charter School Odyssey Charter School K–11 Wilmington 4.66 mi
duPont (Alexis I.) High School Red Clay Consolidated School District 9–12 Wilmington 4.82 mi
Delaware Military Academy Delaware Military Academy 9–12 Wilmington 4.96 mi

Private (25 schools)

School Grades Place Distance
Program For Rigor And Innovation In Education Nonsectarian 6–8 Wilmington 0.43 mi
Maranatha Christian Academy Brethren Preschool–1 Wilmington 0.7 mi
Immaculate Heart Of Mary Roman Catholic Preschool–8 Wilmington 1.15 mi
Faith Preschool & Child Care Presbyterian Preschool–K Wilmington 1.18 mi
Urban Promise School Christian (no specific denomination) Preschool–6 Wilmington 1.5 mi
Sharon Temple Adventist School Seventh-Day Adventist 1–8 Wilmington 1.86 mi
Salesianum School Roman Catholic 9–12 Wilmington 1.94 mi
Concord Preschool And Childcare Presbyterian Preschool–K Wilmington 2.02 mi
Wilmington Friends School Friends Preschool–12 Wilmington 2.06 mi
St Michaels School & Nursery Inc Nonsectarian Preschool–K Wilmington 2.49 mi
Ursuline Academy (Pk-12) Roman Catholic Preschool–12 Wilmington 2.62 mi
Montessori Learning Centre Nonsectarian Preschool–K Wilmington 2.64 mi
St Peter Cathedral School Roman Catholic Preschool–8 Wilmington 2.69 mi
St Mary Magdalen School Roman Catholic Preschool–8 Wilmington 2.75 mi
St Ann School Roman Catholic Preschool–8 Wilmington 2.76 mi
St Edmond's Academy Roman Catholic Preschool–8 Wilmington 2.86 mi
Padua Academy Roman Catholic 9–12 Wilmington 2.91 mi
Wilmington Montessori School Nonsectarian Preschool–6 Wilmington 3.13 mi
Tower Hill School Nonsectarian Preschool–12 Wilmington 3.46 mi
Nativity Preparatory School Of Wilmington Roman Catholic 5–8 Wilmington 3.49 mi
Brandywine Valley Christian Presch Christian (no specific denomination) Preschool–K Wilmington 3.55 mi
Harvest Christian Academy - Wilmington Christian (no specific denomination) Preschool–6 Wilmington 3.73 mi
High Road School Of Delaware Nonsectarian 4–12 Wilmington 4.23 mi
The Pilot School Nonsectarian K–8 Wilmington 4.34 mi
Children S House Montessori Nonsectarian Preschool–K Wilmington 4.41 mi

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This report is a detailed community overview for Wilmington (19809), Delaware.

Community Quick Facts

  • Average travel time to work for people in this community: 25
  • Average salary of people in this community: $55,455

Community Summary

  • Population Density (ppl / mile): 1,732
  • Household Size (ppl): 2.47
  • Households w/ Children: 60%

Housing Inventory

  • Owned: 3,769 (56.7%)
  • Rented: 2,198 (33.1%)
  • Vacant: 679 (10.2%)
  • Total: 6,646

Population Demographics

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.

Total: 14,861
Households: 5,967
Median Age: 37.60

Climate and Weather

The Temperature chart displays average high and low values for January and July, and is designed to provide an indication of both seasonal and daily temperature variability. The Weather Risk Index indicates the calculated risk of each type of weather event occurring in the future. This risk is based on historical localized storm events and weather patterns. The national average for each type of weather event equals a score of 100, so a score of 200 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 50 would represent half the risk of the national average.

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Education

Highest Level of Education Attained

  • Less than 9th Grade: 2.9%
  • Some High School: 3.3%
  • High School Graduate: 28.2%
  • Some College: 19.5%
  • Associate Degree: 6.9%
  • Bachelor's Degree: 25.3%
  • Graduate Degree: 13.9%

Income by dollar range

Median Income: $68,171

Fair Market Rents

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: $1,092
  • One Bedroom: $1,044
  • Two Bedroom: $1,212
  • Three Bedroom: $1,211

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235 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809-3163

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