Heirs of the Robbins family, who made their money in construction and shopping centers (Prices Corner, 555 City Ave.), are selling Felicity Farm, 320 Wawa Road, off Baltimore Pike/US 1, through Concierge Auctions of New York and Debbie McCabe of Prudential Fox & Roach, on June 9, 11 a.m.
Felicity is part of the former family estate of George Wood, the South Jersey industrialists who started Wawa Dairy more than a century ago and continue to hold stock and senior management posts in the $5 billion (yearly sales) store chain. (An earlier version of this item wrongly said the Wood heirs, not the Robbins, were selling the house).
The three-level, 6-bedroom, 7-bath stone-and-brick mansion, complete with horse barns and paddocks (the place looks like a village), on 16 hilly acres in a neighborhood still populated by Wood family members, didn't fetch its intial $3.7 million price, or even a $2.5 million reduced price, during a year on the market, so it's now being offered at a "reserve" minimum target of $1.5 million, with a "pre-sale estimate of $1.9 million to $2.49 million".
That means "any bid at or above $1.5 million, the buyer is obligated to sell," said Concierge cofounder Laura Brady. Buyers' agents will get a 2.5 percent commission.
"There's a lot of high-end inventory out there right now," said McCabe. The hillside site was part of the extensive farm set up by Wawa Dairy founder George Wood; the home was built by Richard Wood (father of current Wawa chairman Richard D. Wood Jr.), starting in 1936. For more info, to set up a tour or register for the auction, check www.felicityfarmauction.com