Photos by Kelli Wilke Photography and Stony Hill Photography
Built by former Governor Charles Miller, this six-bedroom estate boasts spectacular views of Rockford Park and historic charm in Wilmington.
Address: 1 Red Oak Road, Wilmington
Description: Built in 1905 by former Governor Charles Miller, this exquisite Wilmington home is one of Delaware’s landmark residences. Sitting on its own city block with fully enclosed grounds, this home has been renovated by its latest owner to encapsulate its original beauty with a modernized, contemporary lifestyle. John Milner Architects redesigned this home with help from Griffiths Construction, Gredell & Associates Engineering and Brockschmidt & Coleman, LLC.
The one-acre property is enclosed by a custom wrought-iron fence and stunning gardens with a full irrigation system designed by Rodney Robinson Landscape Architects. The garage offers space for two cars, but there is additional off-street parking available.
Walking through the front door, guests are greeted with a multitude of open space with crown moldings and exquisite woodwork that was hand-restored during the most recent renovation. The foyer leads into a luxurious reading room featuring a stepped-in marble fireplace with hidden pocket doors. Further along the main floor is the formal dining room with a curved window seat, bay windows, a beautiful marble fireplace, Greek key crown molding and extra-deep cabinetry that features the original glass. Off the expansive gourmet kitchen—with custom-height granite counters, high-end stainless-steel appliances and a kick-plate floor vacuum—is the butler’s pantry that has the original radiator plate warmer.
One of the coolest features in the family room is that the painting above the fireplace lifts to reveal the TV at the push of a button. Blackout blinds were installed to installed to offer a theater-like ambiance as well. There are four fireplaces on the first floor and two on the second, all wood-burning but also plumbed for gas.
This six-bedroom, 7.5-bathroom home is outfitted with large windows to allow for tons of natural light and incredible views of Rockford Park and the parkway. The master bedroom has a Jefferson door to the balcony, built-in cupboards and ample bookshelves with French doors leading to a large dressing room and a second private balcony overlooking the pool and gardens. The master bathroom boasts heated flooring, a steam shower, an extra-large Jacuzzi tub and heated towel rails. There are three additional large bedrooms on the second floor, along with a laundry room and private study.
The third floor holds a project room with access to an elevator—which can be accessed on all four floors—a bedroom with its own morning kitchen, another study and a private guest suite with a full bath, sitting room and its own private entrance.
Not only does this home offer ample space and gorgeous views, but the newly renovated basement was made with higher ceilings to accommodate an exercise room, sauna, full bath, additional recreation area and a 3,000-bottle wine cellar with antique stone flooring. There is even a potting room with a built-in compost collector and mirrors to reflect natural light.
Asking Price: $3,600,000
Selling Points: The backyard features ample entertaining space with a covered porch, 12-foot-deep heated pool and a fully conditioned pool house. The pool house offers an equipped kitchen, changing area and full bathroom with a comfortable apartment located on top. With a fully equipped kitchen, powder room, den, living room, large bedroom with a full bathroom and a nicely sized walk-in closet, guests can live in luxury without needing to be in the main house. One interesting fact is that the windows in the apartment were strategically placed so that there are no direct views into the pool area or the main house.
Listing Agent: Stephen Mottola with Compass