Delaware Home: Chateau Country for City Chic
Explore this 3,500 square foot, two-story condo that overlooks Brandywine Creek.
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Five years ago, when he decided to trade Chateau Country for city chic, Varsalona searched for a home that would provide ready access to retail and restaurants yet retain a connection with nature.
“I wanted to live in Wilmington,” he says. “I grew up in a city and I have always enjoyed both the community spirit and convenience that is part of city life.”
To that end, he contemplated a condominium that would provide the square footage of a house—but without the maintenance issues that accompany one.
The condo he found offered lots of space—a tad over 3,500 square feet—with two stories and a loft accessed by a spiral staircase. Built in 1976, the architecture offered a contemporary vibe in an established, upscale community.
Best of all, the property had jaw-dropping views of Brandywine Creek, and an immediate and impressive scene of rushing water and craggy rocks.
“The minute I walk through the door, I see wow,” Varsalona says.
The Personal Touch
The home wasn’t move-in ready. Achieving Varsalona’s goal of an urban oasis would require some renovation.
It was worth the time and expense. He cast a savvy eye over the property and gave it his own personal test, ticking the boxes on a list of amenities that add value to real estate.
• High-end kitchen? Absolutely.
• Second-floor laundry room? Check.
• Hardwood floors in the main living area? Yes.
• Space for a functional home office? Got it.