Posts Tagged ‘North Wilmington Homes’

Delaware Art Museum Free Sundays Continues

September 17, 2012

The Delaware Art Museum continues to offer FREE admission on Sundays from noon to 4:00.

You probably need a cultural lift and you can continue to get it for free every Sunday at the Delaware Art Museum. Through the generous support of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the admission fee is waived.

This provides you a great opportunity to reconnect with the Delaware Art Museum. Celebrating 100 years since its founding in 1912 to preserve the works of Howard Pyle, the collection now includes over 12,000 pieces including works by his students such as NC Wyeth and many highlights from other American painters. The museum also contains America’s largest collection of pre-Raphaelite art along with various temporary special exhibitions. With its expansion in 2005, the museum now has over 80,000 square feet of space. You can once again see all their galleries.

Fall is a great time to relax a bit, enjoy the art, enjoy the grounds, and again take advantage of all this region has to offer!

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

Sharpley Homes Update – North Wilmington Delaware 19803

September 12, 2012

Sharpley continues to be one of the most popular, convenient, and stable home communities in North Wilmington.

Sharpley is located just north of Wilmington to the west of Route 202, north of Route 141, and south of Silverside Rd. It is adjacent to Woodbrook, Tavistock, and Eden Ridge with the communities loosely bounded by Route 202, Rockland Rd, and Mt Lebanon Rd. This provides immediate access to Wilmington and all of North Wilmington with easy commutes into southeastern PA and to I95 toward Philadelphia or Washington. Shopping, dining, and entertainment options surround the area.

Sharpley is a comfortable, well established neighborhood with wide tree lined streets and plenty of open space. With just over 400 homes, it contains a nice mixture of Colonials, Cape Cods, and Ranch style homes. Construction began in 1959 and continued  throughout the 1960s with a few properties not completed until the early 70s. Sizes range from modest 1500 sqft Ranches to over 3000 sqft Colonials. The majority of homes have 4 bedrooms with approximatley 2500-3000 square feet of living space.

Sharpley home sales prices and activity have followed the same pattern seen throughout the area but have remained more steady than most communities.  Generally there have been between 10 and 15 home sales per year with the exception of 2009 when there were only 4 home sales reported. The average sales price peaked in 2006 at $429,000 and dropped to $350,000 by 2010 but recovered nicely in 2011 to $401,000. Prices have eased this year to date with 7 sales having an average sales price of $360,000. There are also currently 4 homes on the market with an average asking price of $384,000 and 2 homes under contract averaging $371,000.

With its reasonable pricing, solid homes, and prime location, Sharpley should remain a preferred housing choice in North Wilmington for years to come.

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

Ashbourne Hills / Radnor Green Homes Update

September 1, 2012

With rising sales and lower prices, Ashbourne Hills and Radnor Green should remain a great home choice through 2012.

Ashbourne Hills is a nice community located just off Darley Rd in North Wilmington with a Claymont address. With over 600 homes, Ashbourne Hills contains a great mixture of split level, ranch, and colonial house styles. The community is ideally located just south of Naamans Rd, north of Harvey Rd and west of the Philadelphia Pike providing immediate access to all of North Wilmington. With easy access to both to I-95 and I-495, it is a great location for commuting into Wilmington, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.

Development in Ashbourne Hills began in the mid 1950s. Per the tax records, the earliest homes were completed in 1953 with the bulk of the construction finished by 1958. Small ranches were built  in 1954/55 along the southern portion of the development along Naamans Rd and Topaz but the large majority of homes were the popular split level design. Construction of these began in 1953 with the earliest homes being built to the north just south of Darley Rd with construction continuing south. 1954 and 1955 recorded the greatest number of completed properties. Homes ranged in size from approximately 1250 sqft to over 3000 sqft with the most popular split level model being 1775 sqft in both 3 and 4 bedroom designs.

Radnor Green is just adjacent to Ashbourne Hills to the south continuing down to Harvey Rd. This provides immediate access to I95 for easy commutes into Wilmington and throughout northern New Castle County. Radnor Green developed while Ashbourne Hills was under construction. Construction began in 1954 but the bulk of the development was built between 1956 and 1959 with construction continuing through the early 1960s.  With approximately 400 properties, many homes are quite similar to designs seen in Ashbourne Hills but over time the average size grew seeing more properties above the 2000 sqft size. There was also more balanced mix between split levels, ranches, and colonials.

The home prices and sales activity in both developments have followed much the same path seen in communities throughout the area. Prices and activity both peaked in 2006 when there were 54 sales with an average settled price of $235,000. The average home was on the market for 35 days. Sales activity fell through 2011 when there were only 15 home sales in the community but has recovered nicely in 2012 with 27 homes sold year to date. Prices have continued to fall with the average sales price in 2011 of $190,000 falling to an average price of $175,000 in 2012. The average days on the market has also risen to over 3 months.

With its great location and solid homes, both Ashbourne Hills and Radnor Green should continue to be popular choice in the future. They both offer easy commuting options into Wilmington, Philadelphia, northern Delaware, and much of southeastern PA. With an expected stronger economy, home prices may well have already bottomed earlier in 2012 and should remain steady or rise going forward. Be sure to include these communities in any home search in north Wilmington.

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