Still the most desirable address in all of Delaware, Greenville and Centreville—situated nicely between the Brandywine and Red Clay valleys—did not happen by accident. “The early residents here took pains to protect open spaces through their own initiatives,” says resident Charlie Copeland.
It no doubt helped that many of those early residents—can you say du Pont?—developed into major political and commercial power brokers. Greenville soon became a most convenient and leafy bedroom community to those executives who commute to and from Wilmington each day.
Copeland moved back to the area after the birth of his son in 2000. He found a home in the same community he and his wife grew up in. “If you drew a line from Gov. Markell’s home to Joe Biden’s, it would cut straight across my neighborhood,” says Copeland, former leader of the state’s House Republicans. The list of other neighbors is equally illustrious.
Two shopping plazas are among the most exclusive in the state. On the southbound side of Kennett Pike is Powdermill Square. Headed north are Greenville Center, Two Greenville Crossing and One Greenville Crossing. Driving past herds of Belted Galways and covered bridges along Center Meeting Road make local driving most enjoyable.
Good schools abound. Red Clay District’s A.I. du Pont High School and its middle schools are top public performers. The Tatnall School on Barley Mill Road is an institution. Good schools such as Wilmington Charter sit on Dupont Road, just across from Greenville proper.
Though Copeland admits that the area is home to great wealth, “There are also communities affordable to residents of more modest means,” such as Westhaven, which borders classic Westover Hills, near Wilmington Charter. Anglesey, off Lancaster Pike, features larger, half-acre lots. Then there is Breeze Hill, alongside Biderman Golf Course. Prices are low, relative to others in the area, but all the upscale amenities of the 19807 zip code—and it’s still a short commute to Wilmington.