120 Delaware Street
Scully Realty is located at 120 Delaware Street. This building was originally known as the “Hussey House” and was built by Eliakim Hussey, A Cooper, in 1738. Since the first quarter of the 19th Century, it has been a home and/or a store combination. In the 1940’s it was the home and small shoe shop of E. V. Platt.
Delaware Busines Review
The reason Curt Scully runs a “mom and pop” operation out of a storefront office instead of going after the big bucks can be spelled simply:
“I don’t really like big offices”, Mr. Scully says while sitting in his modest quarters on New Castle’s historic Delaware Street.
“The bigger the operation, the less trust there appears to be”, says Mr. Scully, who has worked for some major Wilmington Real Estate firms during his 25 years in the business.
“It’s a case where you better not leave any notes lying around when you leave the office (at the large firms)”, says Mr. Scully, whose only full-time employee is his wife, Genevieve.
“I’d really like to pass it (the business) onto the kids. I think they could do real well.” His children range in age from 19 – 29 years.
A native of Wilmington’s East Side, Mr. Scully opened his present office about 10 years ago (1976), after working for larger real estate operations as an agent. He is a graduate of Salesianum School and has served two terms as President of the school’s alumni associate.
During his quarter century in the business, Mr. Scully says he has seen great changes in the real estate industry in Northern Delaware.
Curt & Tim Scully
Genevieve Scully also held her real estate license as well taking care of all of the office duties. Also involved at this time were his sons, Michael & Tim. The boys worked in the office with their parents for a few years. It was around this time that Curt Scully’s health deteriorated and the computer age was fast approaching. Michael had moved to Georgia and Tim came back to real estate full time. In order to keep the business going, Tim got his broker’s license.
Tim’s wife, Yvonne, who is Tim’s only full-time employee, attended Goldey Beacom and obtained her degree as an executive secretary. Yvonne keeps the office going just as Tim’s mother did years ago.
Adapted from the Delaware Business Review – August, 1986