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Wilmington's Chambers Mansion Will Knock Your Socks Off

Not interesting in shelling out some serious dough to convert the Barton Hoopes house into your own urban mansion? Let's take a trip to Wilmington for a completely renovated Victorian mansion at a fraction of the price. The 5-bed, 2.5-bath Chambers Mansion is all kinds of magnificent, especially for $560K. This place is just bursting at the seams with intricate architectural details, and that's just the outside. Walk past the ornate fountain to the dual-sided sitting porch that flanks the mahogany front door to enter the house. Inside, the place is rich in character dating back to the late 1800s, including a copper-lined ceiling, wood-burning fireplaces and two front parlors with delightfully cozy bay windows. The library actually has a rolling wooden ladder, which looks magical and chandeliers are pretty much in every room. The Tudor great room on the third floor is an exposed beam dream with a grand gargoyled-fireplace and leaded glass windows. Work in Philly? The mansion offers ease of access to the highways and SEPTA just recently agreed to add more train service to Wilmington. · 509 Lore Ave., Wilmington, DE [Estately]