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Wilmington River

With the spectacular site and views to the southwest of the Wilmington River, the property's draws on Dutch Colonial influences from the Caribbean Islands while maximizing views and capturing the breezes. The estate includes 18,000-square-feet of living area – the main house, two guest cottages, a historic 1930’s dock house and expansive grounds.

The site was organized for privacy around an entrance court that is open on one side to a croquet lawn. One enters the court under a pergola between the two guest houses; there is no clear view of the front on the approach. After passing under the pergola, the entry point is recognizable. There is no true service side to the house, it was important to the client that all approaches be equally attractive.  The river side has a pool, veranda and terrace to help to extend the living area outdoors.

The interior is organized around one large gathering room. There are no formal or informal spaces; the house is simply used as needed. Interior detailing, like that of the exterior, is simple - a reflection of the islands. Exposed rafters, wood ceilings, dividing louvers, wood floors and plaster walls make up most of the house.


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