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Happy Easter 2017

April 16, 2017

Happy Easter 2017


A perfect April morning for a Riverfront Easter Sunrise Service in Wilmington Delaware.
Take some time to reflect, relax, and enjoy the day.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808


Westhaven & West Park Homes and Real Estate Update

August 20, 2014

Westhaven and West Park are ideal home choices for those looking for great classic housing in a convenient close to Wilmington location.

Westhaven & West Park Wilmington DE 19807Westhaven and West Park are two neighboring developments adjacent to Westover Hills. They are located just west of DuPont Rd and north of Lancaster Pike across from the Cab Calloway School of the Arts. This location provides immediate access to Greenville, Hockessin, Wilmington, and all of New Castle County.

With just over 80 properties, Westhaven was developed first. Construction began in the early 1930s and continued through the forties and later but over half of the homes were completed between 1939 and 1945. Westhaven contains a nice mix of mostly 3 or 4 bedroom two story colonials. Individual properties range from 1,675 sqft to over 3,000 sqft with the most common size being in the 2,000-2,500 sqft range. Individual lot sizes range to over half acre but most are just under a quarter acre.

Westhaven Home Greenville DE 19807Over the last few years, Westhaven home prices and sales have been fairly stable with an average 2-4 sales per year. The average sales price has generally remained in the mid $400,000 range with individual pricing ranging from $288,000 to over $600,000. In 2014 year to date, there have been 4 home sales with an average price of $423,000. There is also one home pending with a list price of $335,000 and one property for sale listed for $569,000.

West Park is the smaller more recent neighbor with about 45 properties. West Park has a wide range of styles including capes, colonials, ranches and split levels homes. Construction began in 1959 with most completed by 1966. Individual sizes ranged from 1,625 sqft to 3,950 sqft, but like Westhaven, the most common size was between 2,000 and 2,500 sqft. West Park Home Wilmington DE 19807Lot sizes were comparable to Westhaven averaging around a quarter acre.

Although sales have been fewer due to the smaller community size, West Park prices have not been as strong as seen in Westhaven and Westover Hills. The pricing could be impacted by the potential for new development in the area. One home sold in 2013 for $375,000 and there has been only one completed sale in 2014 for $300,000. There are no properties currently under contract or available on the market.

Both communities offer excellent housing choices in a convenient location with immediate access to great shopping, good schools, and all the area has to offer. Be sure to include them in any search in the area.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
Wilmington, DE/Devon, PA
Office:302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808

(All statistics per the TrendMLS System and believed accurate but not guaranteed)

705 Princeton Rd Westover Hills Wilmington DE 19807 Open House

August 8, 2014

Open House at 705 Princeton Rd this Sunday, August 10, from 1-3.

This Sunday, 705 Princeton Rd will be holding a public Open House from 1-3.

705 Princeton Rd

Situated on one of the most sought after streets in Westover Hills, 705 Priceton Rd is a beautiful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Tudor presenting a great open floor while utilizing many classic Tudor details.

705 Princeton Rd Living Room

The exterior exhibits the classic half timbered and detailed brick design elements found on many Tudor properties. The main property is attached to a separate two car garage by a breezeway off the kitchen.

705 Princeton Rd Dining Room

Large spacious light filled rooms are found throughout the property allowing for large gatherings and gracious entertaining. Hardwood floors, leaded and stained glass windows, custom cabinetry, wood burning fireplace, and a custom open stairway are just a few of the thoughtful design elements found throughout the property.

705 Princeton Rd Hallway

A large rear yard allows for plenty of space for entertaining or play. If you are looking for a perfect mix of old world design combined with today’s conveniences, be sure to include 705 Princeton Rd in your plans this Sunday.

705 Princeton Rd Westover Hills DE

Directions: from Kennett Pike /Route 52, turn right on DuPont Rd, then RIGHT on Westover, to second LEFT on Princeton to property.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to call. I look forward to seeing you.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
Wilmington, DE/Devon, PA
Office:302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808

705 Princeton Rd Wilmington DE 19807

August 5, 2014

*** Open House Sunday August 10 from 1-3PM ***

Your home awaits on Princeton Rd in Westover Hills Wilmington DE.

705 Princeton RdLocated on one of Westover Hills most sought after streets, 705 Princeton is an ideal mix of old world design with today’s conveniences. Custom built in 1986 using classic Tudor design elements, it is perfect for today’s lifestyle with a great open floor plan allowing for easy living and multiple use options.

The exterior presents the classic Tudor half timbered design elements on the second floor and garage combined with a partial brick first floor. 705 Princeton Rd Living RoomThe separate two car garage has a private rear entry with a covered breezeway connecting to the main house. Brick construction was used on the first floor and stunning full length leaded glass windows are featured on the front elevation of the home. The brick chimney has enhanced brick details to highlight the overall design of the property.

Open space abounds as you enter the gracious entry foyer 705 Princeton Rd Kitchen Bay Windowwith an adjacent half bath and coat closet. The entry immediately reveals the custom turned staircase opening to a spacious living room. The full length windows allow plenty of light during the day with a wood burning fireplace as a centerpiece for those cool winter nights. Adjacent to the living room is a large formal dining room again with full length windows including one with custom stained glass. 705 Princeton Rd Upstairs HallThere is an alcove fit for a separate buffet.

The large eat-in kitchen allows for plenty of room for customization if a new owner so desires. It includes custom cabinetry, two storage closets, and a bay window overlooking the rear yard which echoes the alcove in the dining room. The first floor also features a private den with custom built-in bookshelves.

705 Princeton Rd 19807 Rear ViewA spacious central hallway on the second floor leads to four bedrooms and two full baths. The master is set apart with its own bath, plenty of closet space, and windows with exposures on three sides. The other three good sized bedrooms share a large full bath. From the center hall, a separate staircase leads up to the attic.

Outside, the large private rear yard contains mature landscaping and provides plenty of space for entertaining or other outdoor activities. There is also a large rear parking area for easy vehicle turnaround.

If you are looking for the ideal combination of location, luxury, and gracious living, 705 Princeton Rd should be included in your search. Please feel free to contact me at 610-618-0808 or Cathleen Wilder at 302-218-5880 anytime if you have any questions or would like to tour this beautiful property.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
Wilmington, DE/Devon, PA
Office:302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808

Westover Hills Homes Update – Greenville DE 19807

August 4, 2014

Westover Hills continues to be a premier housing choice in Wilmington Delaware.

Westover Hills HomesWestover Hills DE HomeWestover Hills is situated in a prime location along Route 52 / Pennsylvania Avenue just beyond the Wilmington city limits. It was designed in four separate sections generally moving from the city limits beyond the original Wilmington Country Club property (now part of the University of Delaware) out toward Greenville. The first homes were completed in the 1920’s and new construction continues to this day, but there were three particularly active construction periods from approximately 1935-1940, 1945-1956, and 1996-2000. This has afforded the community a wealth of individual home styles, sizes, and designs that have always attracted Wilmington’s elite.

Westover Hills Greenville DE 19807Today, with almost 400 properties, Westover Hills is the ideal community for those looking for luxury living in a suburban environment with easy access to Greenville, downtown Wilmington, and all the surrounding area. A buyer can find a property to suite almost any lifestyle, from comfortable classic Colonials, to custom Tudors, to large estate properties ranging to over 10,000 square feet of interior space on spacious private lots. Homes have been continually updated and expanded to reflect the current state of the art in housing. Developed to take advantage of it’s natural location, it is a true neighborhood with winding streets, friendly neighbors, stability, and privacy.

Westover Hills Wilmington DE HomesWestover Hills is located close to the intersection of the Kennett Pike (Route 52) and Route 141 between Wilmington and Greenville. Route 52 is part of the Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway rich in area history and attractions. A number of small shopping areas with boutique style shopping for both food and clothing are nearby in Greenville and Centreville. In addition, it is a choice location with easy access to great schools – both public and private.

The Westover Hills’ location also provides easy access to downtown Wilmington as well as easy commuting options to Philadelphia, Chester County, Delaware County, and beyond. Westover Hills Greenville DE 19807Westover Hills Delaware HomesAmtrak trains and SEPTA are moments away through the downtown Wilmington train station, while the Philadelphia International Airport is just a short distance across the PA line south of Philadelphia.

Housing prices in Westover Hills have experienced the same pricing cycle as seen through much of New Castle County. Prices and activity peaked in 2005 when there were 22 sales and bottomed in 2011 when there were only 11 completed transactions. Today, there are 9 properties on the market with an average listing price of $895,000 with individual prices ranging from $549,000 to over $1,500,000. Two properties are pending with an average asking price over $1,000,000. Six propeties have settled this year with an average sale price of $774,000.

Westover Hills continues to be a prime destination for those seeking top notch living in a convenient neighborhood offering privacy, luxury, and immediate access to everything the area has to offer. Should you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
Wilmington, DE/Devon, PA
Office:302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808

(All statistics per the TrendMLS System and believed accurate but not guaranteed)

One Dollar Ice Cream at the Brandywine Zoo!

July 14, 2014

Brandywine Zoo Wilmington DEWSTW is once again hosting the Summer Family Fun Nights at the Brandywine Zoo.

This Thursday, July 17, 93.7 WSTW will again be hosting the Summer Family Fun Night at the brandywine Zoo during special evening hours from 6-8 PM.

It will be a chance to meet the radio personalities and enjoy some special activities and exhibits. Admission is reduced to $1 and there will be $1 hot dogs and soda. Woodside Farm Creamery will also be offering $1 ice cream! and the parking is free. It can’t get better than this.

This is a great chance to take the family for a night out and enjoy more of what our area has to offer! Be sure to check the WSTW site for more details.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
Wilmington, DE/Devon, PA
Office:302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808

New Castle County Delaware Home Sales Update

July 2, 2014

The pace of New Castle County Home Sales has eased from the pace in last two years but continues to be solid.

Today there are 2,583 properties currently listed for sale in New Castle County with an additional 939 under contract. The average list price of those properties listed in June was $267,000 versus a year to date average list price of $257,000. There have also been 2444 completed sales with an average sales price of $225,000.

Canal BridgeOn July 2 of 2013, there were 2,354 properties for sale, 1028 under contract, and 2565 homes had been sold. The average list price for the first six months of 2013 was $240,000 while the average sales price was $221,000.

The 2014 numbers represent an increase of 229 properties on the market (+9.7%), decrease of 144 homes under contract (-14.0%), and decrease of 121 properties sold (-4.7%).

Though weaker, the overall numbers appear fairly solid for New Castle County considering the weather and overall state of the economy. Expecting a stronger market, sellers are asking more, but the completed sales prices indicate a fairly stable pricing environment (up less than 2% year to year).

Based on the current market, it looks like we will be seeing more of the same as we continue through 2014. As always, don’t hesitate to contact me anytime with questions.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc – Wilmington, DE/Devon, PA
Office:302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808

(All statistics per the TrendMLS System and believed accurate but not guaranteed)



Happy Memorial Day 2014

May 26, 2014

= Happy Memorial Day to All =

Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery - Memorial Day 2014

Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery – Memorial Day 2014


Take Time to Remember All Those Who Have Served.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Bear, DE/Devon, PA
Office: 302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808


Albertson Park Homes Update Wilmington DE 19808

May 14, 2014

Albertson Park continues to be a popular single family housing choice with a great location and relatively stable home prices and sales activity.

Albertson ParkAlbertson Park is a nice single family development of over 150 properties. Designs range from smaller approximately 1600 sqft ranches to larger 2 story colonials with over 1900 sqft. Construction began in 1960 and continued through 1965. Located adjacent to Faulkland Heights, it is an ideal location for anyone needing access throughout New Castle County.

As we have often seen throughout the county, Albertson Park home sales activity and pricing peaked in 2007 with 6 sales averaging $232,000. Since 2008 average prices have fallen from $229,000 to a low of $185,000 in 2011. Prices jumped a bit in 2012 to $204,000 but sales fell to 2 homes.

Albertson Park Wilmington DE 19808Prices again retreated in 2013 with 5 sales ranging from $167,000 to $200,000. The average sales price fell to $182,000, Lower prices again have succeeded in increasing sales activity in the community.

Today, there are 2 two story colonials under contract with an average asking price of $199,00. Currently there are no homes on the market and no properties have sold in 2014 year to date.

For anyone looking for properties with easy access throughout northern New Castle County, Albertson Park should be included in your search. With a nice variety of housing options and more stable pricing, Albertson Park should prove to be a good long-term choice.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Bear, DE/Devon, PA
Office: 302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808

(All statistics per the TrendMLS System and believed accurate but not guaranteed)

Klair Estates Wilmington DE 19808 Home Market Update

August 11, 2013

Klair Estates home values and sales activity have continued to be stable recently.

Klair Estates Wilmington DE 19808Klair Estates is a nice single family home development of just over 300 properties developed in the 1950s. Located on the Kirkwood Highway on the south east corner of the intersection of Kirkwood Highway and Limestone Road (Route 2 and Route 7), Klair Estates is nicely located for anyone needing quick access throughout New Castle County. This prime location places it almost equidistant from Newark, New Castle, Hockessin, and Wilmington with quick access up Route 7 into Pennsylvania or south on Route 1 to the beaches. Just to the south, I-95 provides freeway access to Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Klair Estates was developed primarily in the 1950s with the earliest properties being completed in 1954 based on the tax records. These were primarily ranches along Shady Dr with approximately 1150-1700 sqft. Over the next few years building continued with a mix of ranches and split level properties primarily in the northern part of the development. Klair Estates Ranch Home Wilmington DEKlair Pl, Harris Pl, and Weir Circle saw construction beginning in 1955 and continuing from 1957 through 1959. By 1959, construction had also moved down to Sharon and Sandy Dr with primarily ranches in the 1700 sqft range. Overall construction began in 1954 and continued through 1965 with a mix of ranch and split level homes, mostly 3 bedroom, ranging from 1075 to over 2000 sqft.

As we have seen throughout New Castle County, Klair Estates has experienced a price pull back and rebound since the recession started in 2008. The average sales price peaked in 2006 when there were 9 sales with an average sales price of $230,000 and 28 days on the market. Klair Estates Split Level HomeThe prices stayed basically the same in 2007 and then dropped to $206,000 with 10 sales in 2008 and $181,000 with 9 sales in 2009. Average prices bottomed in 2010 with only 5 sales averaging $164,000.

Prices recovered to an average sales price of $183,000 in 2011, and have remained fairly stable at $175,000 with 5 sales in 2012 and $175,000 with 4 sales year to date in 2013. There are also 3 properties currently available for sale with an average asking price of $185,000 and individual prices ranging from $140,000 to $214,000 – about in line with the prices that we have seen over the last several years.

Going forward, Klair Estates home prices should continue to benefit from the increased sales activity and solid to rising home prices that we are seeing throughout the Pike Creek / mid county region. Be sure to include it on any search for homes in the area.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Wilmington, DE/Devon, PA
Office: 302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808

(All statistics per the TrendMLS System and believed accurate but not guaranteed)