carolyn roland: Doctor, Doctor-Give me the news! I'm Normal! - 04/15/14 07:32 AM
Thank you, Census Bureau! Their 2012 American Community Survey was interpreted by and came up with a ranking of which states were the most "normal," or in line with data from the U.S. as a whole.
Delaware, where I have lived for a long, long, time, rated number 7 on the most "normal" state. The marriage rate for men was identical to the national rate-49.8%. The rate for women was 45.1% for women, compared to 46.3% for U.S. women.  The point of real estate interest was that Delawareans were less likely to be in poverty … (0 comments)

carolyn roland: Bellefonte, Delaware--99 Years Old and Lots Going On! - 04/09/14 11:13 AM
Historic Bellefonte, Delaware has a population of 1193 and a land area of .18 square miles. It’s hard to imagine it as an arts, antiques, and “eclectica” hot spot, but it is. Situated a stone’s throw from the Delaware River between the northern edge of Wilmington, Delaware and the Pennsylvania State line, this incorporated town is getting ready to celebrate 100 years since its 1915 founding.     A visit to Brandywine Boulevard finds Bellefonte Arts at number 803 getting ready for a special exhibit, with new work showing up in time for the Art Loop on the First Friday of … (0 comments)

carolyn roland: Bellefonte, Delaware--99 Years Old and Still Charming - 03/27/14 11:43 AM
Historic Bellefonte, Delaware has a population of 1193 and a land area of .18 square miles. It’s hard to imagine it as an arts, antiques, and “eclectica” hot spot, but it is. Situated a stone’s throw from the Delaware River between the northern edge of Wilmington, Delaware and the Pennsylvania State line, this incorporated town is getting ready to celebrate 100 years since its 1915 founding.
A visit to Brandywine Boulevard finds Bellefonte Arts at number 803 getting ready for a special exhibit, with new work showing up in time for the Art Loop on the First Friday of … (2 comments)

carolyn roland: Wilmington Library Shines in New Update - 03/19/14 12:44 PM
The Wilmington (Delaware) Free Library recently re-opened more than a year and a half after closing to undergo a $10.4 million rehab. My last memory of the “old” Library was working in the research room on the 3rd floor on a hot summer day with all the windows open,  not helping with the oppressive heat.   A recent visit to the Library revealed something completely different. The renovation – partly financed through the controversial sale of N.C. Wyeth illustrations – goes beyond new lighting, an improved air conditioning system and a modern entryway that includes a new handicapped entrance to the 92-year-old … (4 comments)

carolyn roland: Are you too busy to talk to showing agents? - 02/25/14 09:50 AM
I don't know about you, but I am really focused on doing a good job for my clients, even if it means missing an event I had tickets for. This happened the other day, when a buyer client wanted to make an offer on a home in a historic area of Wilmington while her mother was in town to give her some support. I enjoyed meeting this charming woman, who had good advice for her daughter. After we had written the offer and I had explained the steps we had to take, I called the listing agent to make sure we … (5 comments)

carolyn roland: Carolyn Roland's Historic Homes News for January 2014 - 12/31/13 08:14 AM
January 2014 Historic Homes E Newsletter From Carolyn Roland  
Civil rights, slavery and Delaware in the 1940s to be featured at State of Delaware museums in January.Highlights include “Civil Rights: A Dream Deferred: The Past to the Present” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan 4 at The Old State House (above)  located at 25 The Green in Dover. Presented by Dr. James Newton, University of Delaware professor emeritus of Black American Studies, the program will include a screening of the 2007 documentary film “A Dream Deferred: Remembering the 1968 Occupation” which depicts the rioting that took place in Wilmington, Del. after … (2 comments)

carolyn roland: Who is Selling Real Estate in Outer Space? Goldilocks, of course! - 11/05/13 09:42 AM
  “It seems that the universe produces plentiful real estate for life that somehow resembles life on Earth."  Astronomers reported that there could be as many as 40 billion habitable Earth-size planets in the galaxy, based on a new analysis of data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft. One out of every five sunlike stars in the galaxy has a planet the size of Earth circling it in the Goldilocks zone— not too hot, not too cold — where surface temperatures should be compatible with liquid water, according to a herculean three-year calculation based on data from the Kepler spacecraft by Erik Petigura, … (2 comments)

carolyn roland: Chester County Day Sends Intrepid Old House Buffs Off On A Hunt - 10/12/13 10:22 AM
Saturday, October 5, 2013 saw guests traveling to see historic homes and sites on the Annual Chester County Day scrambling to find these hidden treasures. Each year, on the first Saturday of October, the organizers concentrate on a different quarter of the county, plus historic homes in West Chester, Pennsylvania,  the county seat. My friend and I chose to start outside of town and travel to the farthest points around Coatesville and beyond.  One of the problems we found was that the red arrows which used to be a familiar feature in the past pointing you to the next home, were few … (1 comments)

carolyn roland: Garden Still Life - 10/06/13 03:47 PM

Time to rest after working in the garden and enjoying the sunshine today. With a storm heading up the coast, it was a good time to pick some flowers and the last of the tomatoes before they get blown down. And I finally gave in and switched the thermostat from heat to cool setting (I need my own microclimate inside no matter what it's doing outside!).
Looking for an older home for sale in Wilmington? Contact Carolyn Roland!  I'll even go out in the rain for you!

carolyn roland: Wilmington Waterfront Hosts Historic Ship Kalmar Nyckel - 09/23/13 07:29 AM
The original Kalmar Nyckel served as Governor Peter Minuit’s flagship for the 1638 expedition that founded the colony of New Sweden, establishing the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley, Fort Christina in present-day Wilmington, Delaware.  She would make a total of four roundtrip crossings of the Atlantic, more than any other documented ship of the American colonial era.
In select locations, join the crew for a memorable deck tour of this modern reproduction of the Kalmar Nyckel.  The crew will talk with guests about the ship, its special place in history and what made it unique in 1638 … (2 comments)

carolyn roland: July 2013 Historic Homes E News - 07/02/13 03:43 PM
Join the Delaware Historical Society and John Medkeff, beer historian, on Saturday, July 20 at 9:45 a.m. for a special bus, walking, and Riverview Cemetery tour (rain or shine!) exploring Wilmington's rich brewing past. Travel throughout Wilmington to exhume this buried beer history from the colonial era. Explore historic taverns, commercial bottlers, and survivors of Prohibition, to the present-day microbrewery revolution! This first-of-its-kind tour concludes with a beer sampling at the Riverfront Iron Hill Brewery where the tour begins and ends. Reserve your spot online here or call (302) 295-3284 Space is limited -  R.S.V.P. required.$30/members   $45/non-members - includes beer sampling.  
 Town Tours and … (0 comments)

carolyn roland: Newark Delaware Continues Tradition of July Fourth Spectaculars - 07/01/13 09:01 AM

carolyn roland: Wilmington's Clifford Brown Jazz Festival Draws Crowds Downtown - 06/24/13 12:52 PM
I’m not sure what the crowd count was, but for the 3 nights I attended the 25th Clifford Brown Jazz Festival which was held from June 18-22, the crowds filled Rodney Square and spilled out onto the surrounding sidewalks. Down on the grass, one had to shoehorn in a lawn chair to find a place to sit.
The first night started with saxophonist Benny Golson (center), who frequently played with trumpeter Brown, who died in an accident at 25 in 1956. From top center clockwise, Rick Braun, vibrophonist Stefon Harris, jazz DJ Bob Perkins of WRTI, United Trumpet Summit, … (1 comments)

carolyn roland: The 25th Clifford Brown Jazz Fest Begins Today in Wilmington - 06/19/13 08:28 AM
Tonight is the first of four days of the 25th Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival on Rodney Square in Wilmington, Delaware.

This picture is from the 2012 Festival (Steve Wilson group with Strings). I have been attending this great gathering from the beginning, when it was held on the riverfront behind the Hercules Building, and when Brown’s widow attended.
This year they have shortened it from Monday to Saturday to Wednesday to Saturday. With a new mayor in office, it will be interesting to see if the City will take that money they saved by shortening the Festival and … (0 comments)

carolyn roland: May 2013 Prices Rise in New Castle County - 06/15/13 01:51 PM
Comparing prices from April 2013, we can see that median prices have risen in New Castle County, Delaware. While the April median was $187,500, it was $193,275 in May.
While residential inventory in April was 2278, the following month it went up to 2374. For single family detached homes, inventory grew from 1353 to 1421.
So there have been some ups and downs, but the good news for sellers was that the prices are moving up.
Looking for older homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware? Contact Carolyn Roland

carolyn roland: Williamsburg Style Gardens and Historic Home Open House Sunday - 06/07/13 02:14 PM
When Colonial style homes became popular in the early twentieth century, the late 18th century Henry Webster house sat by itself on the southern edge of Brandywine Hundred  The house had belonged to a mill owner whose mill was on the Shellpot Creek, less than a block away from the present house. In the Brandywine tradition, this historic home for sale is stone, with 18" thick walls (approx.) and deep window sills. Re-imagined in the Colonial Revival Style, it was given a new floor plan by well known Wilmington architect George Pope in the 1930's when Brandywine Hills was created and … (2 comments)

carolyn roland: Friends of Goodstay Gardens Celebrate 20th Anniversary - 05/23/13 08:02 AM
    Last night, at an "Evening in the Garden" the Friends of Goodstay Gardens in Wilmington celebrated 20 years of being faithful stewards of this Wilmington area garden gem. The peonies and irises were in full bloom, so this festive evening with a silent auction and heirloom plant sale brought out members of the original steering committee (including ardent conservationist Sidney Craven) and supporters from all over the Wilmington area.
Located at the corner of Pennsylvania and Greenhill Avenues next to the U of DE Goodstay Center (an historic stone building) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the gardens … (2 comments)

carolyn roland: Delaware's March Figures Reflect Cool Weather, Attitudes, My Gas Bill - 04/08/13 07:34 AM
Above is the market report for New Castle County for March, 2013. As you can see, listings are down from a year ago, as are closed sales, with March sales and pending sales dropping to about 10% below last year at the same time.  
So here's my experiment. My house is heated with gas, so I went online and looked at energy usage for March 2012 vs. March 2013. In 2012, I used 91 cubic feet, and in 2013, 177 cubic feet. Almost double!  
My conclusion? And what does my gas bill have to do with the real estate … (0 comments)

carolyn roland: Preservation of Slate Roofs - Hints from the National Park Service - 04/03/13 03:12 PM
Slate is one of the most aesthetically pleasing and durable of all roofing materials. It is indicative at once of the awesome powers of nature which have formed it and the expertise and skill of the craftsman in handshaping and laying it on the roof. Installed properly, slate roofs require relatively little maintenance and will last 60 to 125 years or longer depending on the type of slate employed, roof configuration, and the geographical location of the property. Some slates have been known to last over 200 years. Found on virtually every class of structure, slate roofs are perhaps most often … (0 comments)

carolyn roland: Latest Survey Says "Real Estate Is Back"-East Coast Says Not Quite - 03/12/13 01:46 PM
Active Rain members say "Real estate is back," but East Coast figures lag.  Yes, folks, that's us on the Right Coast (the muddy colored patch on the U.S. map below).

Data provided by ActiveRain, the #1 social community for real estate professionals.
Now, let's look at New Castle County, Delaware, year to date 2013.

February looks a little dismal, doesn't it? Prices up .3%, but January helped bring year to date prices to 9%. I did see some houses go for about 10% more than they were going for a year ago in January, but things have cooled off … (2 comments)

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