European-Style Living in Wilmington

by Jan 24, 2023Real Estate, Relocate, Wilmington

Just on the market is a luxury, Irish-inspired estate in Wilmington.

There are beautiful homes, and then there are homes that are works of art, and that is what you’ll find at 6207 Fox Run Road in Wilmington. At this one-of-a-kind, fully custom home, scale, symmetry and grandiosity come together harmoniously, creating a contemporary estate that feels like it has existed throughout the centuries.

Fox Fun Wilmington Pool

Upon turning into the 3-acre countryside estate where horses roam, you are immediately transported in both time and space to a place that feels far from the bustle of Wilmington. As you pull up to the home, you are mesmerized by the stunning quarry rock that pays homage to the Chapel of Ease in Barrow House, Ireland.

The grounds are as tranquil and beautiful as they are meticulous. The European-inspired courtyard includes a pool, Roman-Gothic style statues, gas lanterns and a privacy wall built with same quarry stone that is used for the home. A horse barn, which includes an apartment, is topped with a cedar roof and lined by copper gutters and downspouts. The stunning lighting in the barn was once in the Waldorf Astoria.

While the exterior of this home may appear to be ornate, the interior captures quintessential minimalism with a seemingly monastic approach and impressive details. The front door is custom made to fit the home’s aesthetic, and the mantle above the real masonry fireplace was designed to replicate a piece from a French chateau. The remarkable statement fireplace was made from recovered fire brick salvaged from an old building in Boston. Flooring was sourced from a tobacco factory in Tennessee.

The largest room of the home is a seamless combination kitchen, dining and living room with high cathedral ceilings and the pleasing acoustics of the integrated speaker system. Each of the three bedrooms is a unique example of perfection, complimented by breathtaking ensuite lavatories and access to the courtyard and pool.

“This is unique for Wilmington in that the style and quality of the home is something you see in Raleigh, Charlotte or other bigger cities,” says Donna Waller, a broker with Ivester Jackson Coastal Properties. “It’s not cookie cutter — it’s a different element of design, and it shows how Wilmington is evolving.”

When you must depart from your domestic bliss, Downtown Wilmington and its amenities are less than a 10-minute drive away, and Wrightsville Beach is also a short trip.

The impressive abode is the brainchild of Irish-born Pharmgate President Colin Gray and built by Gannon Building Group.

“I was looking for a piece of property to build a home reminiscent of where I come from,” Gray says. “I designed it myself, and the goal was to make the house look like it had been there for hundreds of years.”

And that it does, managing to merge Old World charm and contemporary luxury.

“I would sit with the builders and come up with ideas on the fly,” Gray says of the building process. “I spent a lot of time there in the evenings during construction. I would let the house talk to me and tell me what it wanted from me. I had been thinking about it for a long time and it was a fun project and a lifelong dream.”

Want to tour this home?
The estate at 6207 Fox Run Road in Wilmington is for sale. If you would like to tour it, schedule an appointment with Donna and Jeff Waller of Ivester Jackson Coastal Properties.

Donna & Jeff Waller, Ivester Jackson Coastal Properties
(919) 369.2407, (508) 353.7282,

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