In 1902, recognizing the need for workers’ housing, Woodlawn began a development of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom rental units in the section of Wilmington between Union Street and the B&O Railroad, from 4th Street to 7th Street. Twenty rows of houses were erected over a 10-year period, providing housing for 390 families. Additions through the years brought the number to 473 and extended the “flats” to 9th Street. These rental units represented a distinct innovation in housing. Utilities were modern and the company established a repair shop in the district to respond to maintenance needs. Front and back yards were provided, as well as a five-acre park and playground along 4th and Ferris Streets. Rents were moderate. While most housing construction at the time was oriented towards owner-occupied, single-family houses, Woodlawn’s focus on neighborhood-based rental housing at affordable rates was unusual and proved successful.
Over 100 years have passed since the flats were built and Woodlawn still believes that the need for affordable housing exists. A plan has been developed for redeveloping the Flats with new spacious and energy efficient units.
Woodlawn housing has been owned, operated, maintained and upgraded by Woodlawn over the years and continues to be among the most desirable, affordable rental housing in the city.
Woodlawn Trustees offers affordable houses and apartments on both the West and East sides of the City of Wilmington. You can choose from many locations including historic Bancroft Parkway or Grant Avenue conveniently located across from the Woodlawn Library. Our units are designed to provide comfort and exceptional value and are professionally managed and maintained by Woodlawn staff.
Woodlawn offers units with 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms of varying sizes and layouts designed to meet the needs of almost any family. Woodlawn units are conveniently located within minutes of city parks, downtown shopping, medical services, bus lines, and recreation. Many of our city units are located on tree lined streets situated across from lush greenways in proximately of neighborhood parks many of which were carefully planned by our founder, William P. Bancroft.
Woodlawn offers unique country house and barn rentals in the Brandywine Valley in Delaware and nearby Pennsylvania. These country rental properties are situated on large tracts of land surrounded by preserved natural areas that remain virtually undisturbed. Located just a short distance to Route 202, these homes provide country living at its best while only minutes away from a wide variety of shopping and dining.