These 2 historic Delaware homes are pillars of their communities
Photo by Colin Burkhart
These stately New Castle County mansions have stood the test of time and are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This old house (green)
Address: 211 N. Cass St., Middletown
Bedrooms, Bathrooms: 6 bedrooms, 2 baths
Square feet: 3,725
Lot size: 0.22 acres
Built in 1884, this grand Victorian known as Joseph Biggs House features original features such as stained glass, Eastlake brass hardware and oak fretwork, plus 21st century updates including geothermal heating and solar panels. Capped with a slate mansard roof, the house is built of Second Empire-style red brick, with an elaborate wrought-iron fence lining the sidewalk. The three-story curved staircase is made of walnut. Located in the heart of Middletown, it’s a leisurely stroll to an ever-growing list of shops and restaurants. Or relax at home and enjoy the brick patio and koi pond.
Listed by Michael Kelczewski, Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Realty
George Hillis Fortress
Address: 29 S. Old Baltimore Pike, Newark
Bedrooms, Bathrooms: 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms
Square feet: 2,750
Lot size: 0.75 acres
With brick walls over 16 inches thick, it’s no surprise that this house has survived since 1750. It’s a history lover’s dream, with many raised panel walls, brass hardware and five fireplaces, including a mantel with beehive brick oven in the guard room, which is visually warmed by heart pine floors. The updated kitchen blends history and present with colonial-style raised panel cabinets and newer appliances. A screened porch, ideal for entertaining, overlooks a large woodland lot surrounded by mature trees. The icing on the cake is a full third floor which can be converted into additional bedrooms or an office.
Listed by Kevin Hensley, RE / MAX Premier properties
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