Address: 1213 Barley Mill Road, Wilmington
Description: Delaware is rife with charming areas rich in history, beauty and nature. But one area in particular sticks out—Chateau Country. Located in New Castle County, this little slice of heaven sits right along the Brandywine Valley and exudes beauty with its historic mills—thanks to the Hagley Museum—and the historic Nemours Estate, with its expansive mansion and gardens. Right in the middle of it all sits this Barley Mill Road home in Wilmington.
Joe Marra, one of Delaware’s premier builders, built this home in 1998 as his own personal dream home. He created this French Provincial masterpiece to sit on 1.97 verdant acres with a secluded gated driveway and over 8,700 square feet of living space. The property has since been upgraded by a new owner to feature a four-car garage and brand-new appliances and features.
One feature that is truly breathtaking are the large, European-inspired front doors that lead into the grand foyer with a sweeping staircase and entrances to the formal living and dining rooms. Throughout the home, there are Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, trey ceilings and wainscoting that give off a sophisticated appeal.
When entering the formal living room, one notices right off the bat the gorgeous, enclosed fireplace with a marble mantle as well as the crystal chandelier and the beautiful large windows which offer plenty of natural light throughout the home. There is also another marble enclosed fireplace within the formal dining room.
Right across the hallway is the great room with its own incredible fireplace, cathedral ceilings and French doors that lead to the back patio of the home. The tall ceilings and white walls make this home feel clean yet elegant.
Towards the back of the house is the French country kitchen with its own eat-in sitting area and breakfast bar. This kitchen is a dream with its commercial-grade appliances and hordes of cabinetry and counter space. Right off the back is a Florida room, which is designed to let in copious amounts of sunlight and fresh air.
On the first floor, guests can enjoy a primary bedroom with its own bathroom, walk-in closet and even a professional office for those who work from home.
Up on the second floor, there is a full princess suite with a walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom. There are five total bedrooms within this home, and each one has its own attached en-suite bathroom, with a total of eight bathrooms inside the house.
Descend into the basement of this lovely home and experience the upgraded movie room, recreation areas, personal gym and large windows throughout. There even is a beautifully designed wet bar that sits in the center with its own island seating and incredible cabinetry.
Asking Price: $2,390,000
Selling Points: One of the main features of this gorgeous abode is that it is located only minutes away from downtown Wilmington, which is filled with restaurants, local shops and more. On top of that, it is near major routes that lead to Philadelphia, New York City and even Washington, D.C.
Listing Agent: Michael A. Kelczewski, Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International