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Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

June 28, 2013 12:00 ET

Original Mansion Known for "Keeping Up With the Joneses" for Sale for $1.2 Million

WILMINGTON, NC--(Marketwired - Jun 28, 2013) - Why try "Keeping Up with the Joneses" when you can be the Joneses? Today, one of the most well-known and historic mansions of the South is for sale for $1.249 million. Listed by Jessica Edwards of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage in Wilmington, N.C., the Dudley Mansion is known for its legendary and lavish parties, thrown by the original Joneses themselves, millionaire rice broker and railroad investor, Pembroke Jones and his wife Sarah.

Built in 1825 by North Carolina's first elected governor, Edward B. Dudley, the 10,000 square foot extraordinary estate is located in the heart of Downtown Wilmington's historic district on an acre of gardens with views of the Cape Fear River. The Joneses purchased the home in the 1880s, hosting such distinguished guests as Daniel Webster, and Presidents Woodrow Wilson and William H. Taft.

"The Dudley Mansion is not only a stunning estate, but also a significant landmark in the Wilmington community," said Jessica Edwards. "Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the mansion recently underwent a complete restoration that brought the property back to the grand stature it was once was, but with the modern conveniences and updates needed for a house of this scale and magnitude. With more than 185 years of rich history, this beautiful property is incredibly desirable for those who appreciate Southern charm and luxurious living."

The three-story estate with five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, three half bathrooms and nine fireplaces, also features expansive porches, a media room, library, dual staircases, state of the art kitchen and high end appliances. The basement features two separate living spaces complete with kitchens and bathrooms and totals an additional 3,700 square feet.

During World War II, the mansion housed a restaurant for a brief period, before it was used as headquarters for The Elks Club until 1969. The Dudley Mansion was later lent to the Historic Wilmington Foundation, which used the home as its headquarters until 1985.
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About Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage:

For more than 13 years, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage has been southeastern North Carolina's largest and best-selling real estate company. The company operates 10 offices with more than 375 sales associates and staff in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, & Onslow counties. For more information, please visit The company is part of a regional powerhouse, together with Coldwell Banker Advantage, it boasts a sales team of more than 600 agents and 26 sales offices in Raleigh, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Jacksonville and other Eastern North Carolina markets.

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