I don’t, but after being in my old haunt of Greenville for the last two days, I decided to moose around and see what is for sale, and for how much.
The first one that caught my eye …2240 Old Kennett Road...
Listing says….every possible amenity. I hate to quibble but I see window a/c units. For my 8million, I might like central air. But like most Delawareans, summer means Rehoboth so why bother air conditioning a home you aren’t in June July and August?
Rare Opportunity to Own a Country Estate with every Possible Amenity! 60+/- Acres of woods, meadows and pond located at the end of a quiet drive. This 4 bedroom, 4.1 baths 19th Century Stone Manor House with exceptional millwork and finishes detailed throughout including wall panels, period moldings and hardware. Magnificent aesthetics with 21st century functionality! Multiple outbuildings which have a delightful 1 bedroom stone guest cottage, beautiful stone barn with exposed beams and fireplace and a tenant house. Secluded setting, ponds, formal gardens with beautiful fountain, private pool, attached greenhouse or garden studio, amazing views and privacy all encompassed on these grounds. Additional acre up to 116 acres available.
I’m also a little confused how much land you get for the $8mm – the last line of the listing says additional acre up to 116 acres available. My worry would be unless I plunked down to buy all the land, I’d see little stone houses popping up behind me. The beauty of Greenville, much like Bedford, is the huge swathes of land still owned by one person, left undeveloped. That’s a feature that today’s home buyers might NOT want anymore. It’s so expensive to maintain all that land.
The interior of the home looks like walking through Winterthur – historically correct paint colors and for sure real deal antiques (no Ethan Allen reproductions here!) I find it dark and too formal for my tastes – it is stunning, but too museumy to enjoy. But look at the FLOORS, THE STAIRCASE….that’s beauty.
If you want to be closer into town but still have a big old house, there’s a neighborhood called Westover Hills, affectionately dubbed Leftover Bills in my day. I’d say more than half my close friends lived in this heavily tree-lined neighborhood, not much land to each but large houses with room for lots of kids and friends.
This one on Hopeton, $1,259m, a particularly pretty street inside WH, says motivated seller – bring your offers. Wanna bet this is a DuPont employee post Dow takeover without a job?!
I won’t bore you with interior photos. Bland. Pass.
907 Augusta Road, $1,350M, also inside Westover Hills, is very typical of the style house. This one has been redone inside so I can see a young family finding this a good choice.
Farther in town are row homes, for which much of Wilmington is famous. This one is only $479 – four bedrooms!! 1312 Woodlawn Avenue. In my day the young couples bought these up, for less than $100k back then. Very cute and doable option.
If I decided to cross the border into Pennsylvania, I can buy the farm owned by the now-late parents of one of my best friends growing up. It is a TRUE historic gem with land that came down through the generations in the mother’s family. 295 acres folks, that’s 295 acres!!!!!! The fact that the kids have managed to keep it this long is amazing but not surprised they decided to sell. Not all the sibs live in the area so I’m sure they’ve had the talk about the financial pluses and minuses of sitting on this big an asset with no return. For it to work, one sib would have to buy the others all out. Hardly viable in most families today.
I spent much of my high school days hanging out at Wyndemere and I ache inside thinking few people probably appreciate this house and all the land. Take my word, this place is one of a kind. 639 Mill Road, Kennett Square, $8.5million, built in 1770.
Wyndemere Farm, a breathtakingly enchanting place, no other like it in Chester County. Come experience the peacefulness and the beauty of 295 acres, a rare find. History emanates from every corner. There are old lime kilns, picturesque ponds, hence the name Wyndemere,and a great Blue Heron rookery that is truly a wonderful and uncommon site. The gardens are beautiful. There is an old school house which dates back to the late 1800’s. The main house has great charm and dates back to the late 1700’s. The farm has been in the same family for over 100 years.
This concludes my look backward. It’s always fun to visit but too provincial a town for my taste to live there again. It was wonderful to grow up in, with wonderful freedom to ride our bikes anywhere, a gift my parents gave us that I’ll always be thankful for, but I honestly doubt I’ll visit Greenville again after my mom dies. Sometimes it’s nice to tuck memories away and keep them there.