Rockford Falls Community

Glad young father and little daughter looking at expositions in museum

Upcoming Events and Exhibits at the Delaware Art Museum

During the winter of 1912, a small group of friends got together. All of them had known Howard Pyle, an author, illustrator, and native of Wilmington, Delaware. Pyle had died the previous year, and his surviving friends decided to honor his memory by forming the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts. It was from this event that the Delaware Art Museum was born. Today, the museum is home to an extensive collection of British pre-Raphaelites, John Sloan works, and American 19th century artwork. It’s also a popular destination for families interested in checking out exciting events, classes, and activities. Here’s a look at some of the upcoming events and exhibits you’ll find at the Delaware Art Museum this year.

Fairy Tales to Nursery Rhymes: The Droller Collection of Picture Book Art

This upcoming exhibit is a perfect choice for families with young kids. It’s open from March 2 through May 12, 2019. The exhibit is comprised of more than 100 original illustrations that captivate children and take adults back to the simple innocence of childhood. This exhibit features an eclectic collection, from the Brothers Grimm to Dinosaur Bob. You’ll see works by notable artists such as Kate Greenaway, Randolph Caldecott, and Maurice Sendak.

Family Second Sundays

Every second Sunday of each month, the Delaware Art Museum hosts Family Second Sundays. It’s a full day of enrichment programming designed especially for families. The event kicks off with Art Museum Babies, featuring circle time, sensory play, and a “baby-friendly visit with a special work of art.” The suggested age range is 0-2.

Studio Art Classes

The Delaware Art Museum is a favorite destination for aspiring artists. Originally, it was one of the only places in the region where artists could gather for classes. These days, there are workshops and classes suitable for artists of all ages and skill levels. Choose from photography, metalsmithing, ceramics, drawing, painting, and printmaking. Families with young kids and teenagers should be sure to check out the upcoming youth classes and workshops, like Art Launch, Artwise, and Advancing Young Artists.

Masterpieces of Color and Sound

This concert concludes the 10th anniversary season of the Pyxis Piano Quartet at the Delaware Art Museum. It will be performed on May 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm. However, you’ll want to get there early. Heather Campbell Coyle is presenting a curator’s talk before the concert, starting at 7:30 pm.

The Pyxis Piano Quartet (violin, viola, cello, and piano) is expected to play works by Beethoven and Brahms, as well as a piece by a local composer, David Schelat of Wilmington. Before the concert, you can purchase light fare and alcoholic beverages at the Thronson Café. Complimentary coffee and dessert will be served during the intermission.

Looking for homes near Delaware Art Museum?

Montchanin Builders’ newest community, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, is within easy walking distance of many family-friendly attractions, including the Delaware Art Museum. You’ll also find yourself just a stone’s throw away from a walking trail, and state park land. This beautifully designed, walkable community is comprised of just 32 luxury townhomes in order to encourage a close-knit, neighborly ambience. For homes near the Delaware Art Museum, schedule a viewing today and find out about special financing offers by calling Montchanin Builders at 302.472.7212.

Additional resources on Delaware living

  1. Delaware Art Museum,
  2. Culture Trip, 10 Must-See Art Galleries And Museums In Delaware,

Exploring Bancroft Mills: 3 Can’t-Miss Spots

Bancroft Mills on BrandywineThe architectural significance of the long-abandoned Bancroft Mills site in Wilmington, Delaware attracts visitors from all over who wish to explore and photograph its hauntingly-beautiful features. Residents of Montchanin Builders’ newest community, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, get to experience it first-hand, as their townhomes are steps away the historic Bancroft Mills site — overlooking tranquil Brandywine Creek.

Remnants of the Past: A Brief History of Bancroft Mills

In 1787, the first paper mill, Gilpin’s Mill, opened in Delaware along the banks of the Brandywine Creek. A half-century later, a textile company owned by an English immigrant named Joseph Bancroft opened on the same site. Bancroft Mills, which began in the original paper mill, grew on the site until it closed in 1961. In the 1930s, it was considered to be one of the finest cotton-finishing factories worldwide. The property then changed hands in the 1960s, and the Wilmington Piece Dye company owned it until 2003, when it filed for bankruptcy.

A fire in 2015 sent the mill into a further state of disrepair, but much of the original structures located downstream remain intact.

Bancroft Mills Walking Tour Highlights

There are three primary points of interest you should check out when planning a visit to Bancroft Mills. Tie it in with a picnic lunch and a site tour of the nearby The Overlook at Rockford Falls, and you’ll have all the makings of a memorable day.

#1: Pedestrian Bridges

You can view the remnants of the old, covered pedestrian bridge that used to connect the banks of the Brandywine, leading to the factory – it’s closed now, for good reason! Farther upstream is a new pedestrian bridge which you can walk on and which offers some great views of the old mill.

#2: The Falls

Just upstream from the older bridge are the beautiful falls of Brandywine Creek. The falls are very picturesque, and the sound of the rushing water soothes the soul.

#3: Textile Memorabilia

Sprinkled throughout the abandoned buildings are several artifacts of the past, including bolts of fabric, original washing tubs, and even signs from the management reminding employees to keep their work areas neat.

Townhomes on Bancroft Mills site

Interested in townhomes on the Bancroft Mills site? Our exclusive community of only 32 luxury townhouses truly impresses with peaceful stream and rock wall views. Homeowners will enjoy access to a walking trail and state park land. The innovative floor plans present an abundance of living space with up to 4,000 square feet, featuring three bedrooms, two and one-half baths, versatile great rooms and even an optional elevator for ultimate convenience.

We invite you to visit the Bancroft Mills townhomes at The Overlook at Rockford Falls for a personal site tour of our special townhome community and new Design Center. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Image: “Gilpin’s Mill on the Brandywine” by Thomas Doughty; [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

More information on visiting Bancroft Mills:

  1., The Remnants Of This Abandoned Mill In Delaware Are Hauntingly Beautiful,
  2. Delaware Online, Smokestack at former Bancroft Mills site demolished Sunday morning,

New Homes on Riddle Avenue: In The Center of It All

Homebuyers in Wilmington are often faced with a perplexing choice: Do I want to live downtown or in the suburbs? 

Neighborhoods outside the city center tend to afford a quieter lifestyle, more space and access to nature, whereas a city address promises a vibrant climate, close to entertainment and cultural experiences. But what if you could enjoy the best of both worlds without making sacrifices? A luxurious home overlooking picturesque landscapes that is walking distance to the Delaware Art Museum and other amazing attractions.

With Montchanin Builder’s new homes on Riddle Avenue, you can have it all! Close proximity to a host of family-friendly points of interest, outdoor activities and historic sights are just one of the perks of these fashionable townhomes, situated on the historic Bancroft Mills site. Embrace the scenic beauty of the Brandywine River in a home that boasts exceptional views, wooded areas and walking trails where neighbors and children have ample opportunity to interact in green, peaceful environments.

The Overlook at Rockford Falls is an attractive option for homebuyers who want cultural diversity, recreation and entertainment without a long commute. Don’t miss out on these spacious, expertly-crafted townhomes, located less than 1 mile from downtown Wilmington!

Minutes away from recreational activities & city highlights

Living on Riddle Avenue has many benefits, whether you’re a Millennial looking for urban excitement, or an empty nester in search of cultural escape. The Overlook at Rockford Falls is just minutes away from some of the area’s most walkable parks and recreational sites. 

  • Alapocas Run State Park – It’s hard to picture such a lush oasis in the center of Wilmington, but this state park is brimming with scenic trails, picnic areas, athletic fields, a rock climbing area, and a popular 27,000 square-foot Can-Do Playground.
  • Brandywine Zoo – Located on North Park Drive, the Brandywine Zoo makes for a great outing with the kids. The zoo features wildlife from North and South America, Asia and Africa, and also has FREE family experiences like Zookeeper talks and close encounters with education animals.
  • Rockford Park – Surrounded by green, rolling hills, Rockford Park has lovely forested areas that are perfect for a day hike, outdoor picnic, kite flying and other family fun.
  • Delaware Art Museum – This wonderful gem offers an impressive collection of pieces crafted in stained glass, silk, oil, blown glass, and other unique mediums. There are paintings and prints by John Sloan, Howard Pyle and a significant collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. The Delaware Art Museum also has a lovely sculpture garden, a gift shop, auditorium and virtual reality exhibits.
  • Sommerville Manning Gallery – Located in historic Breck’s Mill, this gallery showcases 21st century sculptures and paintings by American artists Robert Jackson, Greg Mort, Jon Redmond and others. Upcoming exhibits include “Wyeth to Warhol: Modern Masters from Past and Present.”

Discover The Overlook at Rockford Falls

The Overlook at Rockford Falls is a remarkable community comprised of 32 luxury townhomes. Enjoy easy access to all that Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley have to offer while reveling in the peace and space of a prime piece of property.

With more than 4,000 square feet of living space, our new homes on Riddle Avenue won’t stay on the market for long. To learn more about this community or to schedule a site tour, we invite you to contact Montchanin Builders today, call 302-472-7212.

The Perfect Night Out in Trolley Square

Couple eating dinner at rooftop restuarantThe Trolley Square neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware, is famous for its eclectic mix of bars, restaurants and nightlife spots. Craft beer aficionados and foodies alike flock here to sample a pint, listen to live music, and soak up the neighborhood’s rich past. This exuberant neighborhood is only minutes away from our new luxury townhome community, The Overlook at Rockford Falls.

New Homes Near Trolley Square

Located just five minutes away from this lively square is The Overlook at Rockford Falls, Montchanin Builders’ newest community set in the highly-sought-after Rockford Park community. Rockford Falls is located on the historic Bancroft Mills site, overlooking the Brandywine Creek and within walking distance to the Delaware Art Museum.

This upscale community of 32 exclusive luxury townhomes offers tranquil stream views, reminiscent of a European town nestled by the river. Homeowners can enjoy a scenic walking trail, waterfront, and access to state park land. We invite you to pair a tour of our community with a night out in Trolley Square, and suggest the following itinerary to get you going.

Eat and Drink

We recommend having a light breakfast, because you’re in for a full day. Start with lunch: short-rib burritos that are long on taste at EL DIABLO, or select any burger on the menu at KID SHELLEEN’S CHARCOAL HOUSE & SALOON – they’re all equally delicious.

After you tour one of our townhomes, you’ll be ready fuel up again for dinner. We guarantee you can’t eat just one of the addictive homemade breadsticks at PICCOLINA TOSCANA, featuring casual dining, Italian specialties, and an award-winning wine list.

Need to walk off some of those carbs? Ask a bartender at CATHERINE ROONEY’S for directions to Hummingbird to Mars, the tucked-away speakeasy located behind the building. Then, circle back and enjoy one of their many craft beer or cocktail selections at this iconic Irish pub featuring live, local music.

A Quick History of Trolley Square

The name “Trolley Square” goes back to February 4, 1864, when the Wilmington City Railway Company, which ran the city’s first horse-drawn street railway, was first incorporated. Tracks were laid to connect the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad station at Front and Walnut Streets north to Delaware Avenue and to the former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Trolley Square.

By the early 1920s, electric streetcar companies faced increasing competition from automobiles. The company discontinued all of its electric streetcars in 1940; during the 1930s and early 1940s, rails left in the city streets were removed and scrapped. Business owners began to advertise their location as “Trolley Square” (known previously as Four Acres) and by the 1990s, Trolley Square was officially recognized as a neighborhood.

Make “Tracks” to the Overlook

We invite you to contact Montchanin Builders today to schedule a site tour of The Overlook at Rockford Falls, and to find out more about our amenities and floor plans. Combine all the fun that is Trolley Square with your trip, and it will be an experience that you won’t regret. Call 302.472.7212 today.

3 Great Places to Have Your Wedding in the Brandywine Valley

Beautiful wedding arch for the ceremony in the garden in sunny weather.If you have decided on historic Brandywine Valley as the location for your upcoming nuptials, while you and your beloved are scouting potential venues, consider this: It’s also a beautiful place to settle into your new lives as a couple. An exclusive community of luxury townhomes on the Brandywine River, The Overlook at Rockford Falls offers beautifully-designed homes amidst the natural wonder and peaceful quietude of preserved state park land.

New Homes in Rockford Park

The Overlook at Rockford Falls is Wilmington, Delaware-based Montchanin Builders’ newest community located on the historic Bancroft Mills site and overlooking the Brandywine Creek. The 32 luxury townhomes feature serene stream and rock wall views, reminiscent of a European town nestled by the river. Innovative, customized floor plans provide up to 4,000 square feet of living space, including three bedrooms, two and one-half baths, versatile spaces and even an optional elevator for ultimate convenience.

Refresh your spirits and lose yourself in nature with its winding walking trails leading to Rockford Tower, the famous stone landmark around which Rockford Park is centered. The community is steps away from the Delaware Art Museum, which is our first featured wedding venue for your consideration.

Gorgeous Locations for Your Wedding in the Brandywine Valley

It’s no wonder couples are falling for the charms of the Brandywine Valley – from unique venues with rustic-modern flair to breathtaking gardens and outdoor spaces.

Delaware Art Museum

2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806
302.571.9590 | 866.232.3714

Unique, inspiring, and sophisticated, the Delaware Art Museum offers one-of-a-kind event spaces surrounded by art. The unique spaces include a grand entrance hall, a contemporary, asymmetrical reception space, an outdoor terrace, and sprawling sculpture garden. Special offerings include the assistance of a professional event planner, exclusive catering by Toscana Catering, a Celebration Toast, a one-year Museum Membership for the wedding couple which includes free Museum admission, a 10% discount to Museum Store and invitations to special events, and one-day Museum passes for all wedding guests and free parking.

Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road,
Kennett Square,  PA 19348

You and your guests can explore the magnificent gardens, featuring a four-acre Conservatory, outdoor gardens spanning 1,077 acres, and 86 acres of beauty in the Meadow Garden. Dazzling horticulture displays and majestic fountains, provide the perfect backdrop for photography. Located within the 2 East Conservatory, the Ballroom is unique for its elegant finishes including a parquet floor, fabric-paneled walls, and a rose-colored glass ceiling. The Courtyard Tent, available from early Spring through late Fall, maintains a garden atmosphere while guests are dining.

Brandywine Manor House

120 Germany Hollow Road
Honey Brook, PA 19344

Brandywine Manor House is, according to its website, a “circa 1740 wedding and event venue, is situated on 85 acres and provides the perfect private and intimate space for your rustic and elegant event. Surrounded by gently-rolling meadows, an illuminated lake, country gardens and majestic trees, you are provided spectacular views and backdrops for your unforgettable day. We offer three outdoor ceremony sites – the Lakeview, Garden Terrace, and the Glen, as well as three ceremony locations as part of the rustic and climate-controlled Manor Barn. The Crown Ballroom is also available for receptions.”

New Construction Homes in Rockford Park

Wherever you choose to celebrate your special occasion, add a tour of The Overlook at Rockford Falls to your wedding checklist. Contact Montchanin Builders today to schedule an appointment and start your tomorrow together in a new home.

Preview Tours for The Overlook at Rockford Falls

Pauletta Caldwell The Overlook at Rockford FallsMontchanin Builders is pleased to announce the opening of The Overlook at Rockford Falls, our new, exclusive, one-of-a-kind community nestled on the peaceful, picturesque banks of Brandywine Creek. You are invited to schedule an appointment to view the floor plans and features of our spacious, amenity-filled homes. The first two homesites in The Overlook at Rockford Falls are now under construction, so call today for a site tour!

In related news, we are overjoyed to welcome Pauletta Caldwell as our Community Sales Manager for The Overlook at Rockford Falls. To schedule a tour or for more information about our luxurious, exclusive community of 32 townhomes in Rockford Park, on the historic Bancroft Mills site, please contact Pauletta at or 610-454-8009.

The Highlights of Our Community

The masterfully-designed townhomes at The Overlook at Rockford Falls feature beautiful stone exteriors with a 2-car garage. The interior is a spacious with up to 4,000-square-feet of living space with three bedrooms, two and one half-bathrooms. Owners have the choice of features, such as an elevator, a finished recreation room, fourth bedroom and bath as well as outdoor entertaining areas. Perfect for growing families, retirees, and first-time homeowners, this community is situated on preserved state park land, amidst lush woodland with walking and hiking trails, and access to the historic Rockford Tower landmark.

Rockford Falls is nestled within Bancroft Mills, a mill complex in Wilmington and a focal point in Delaware history. Its origins go back to 1831, when the site was converted into a cotton finishing mill by English immigrant John Bancroft. The mill became the biggest of its kind in the United States. A century later in 1930, the mill stood as the largest in the world.

Delaware Townhome Amenities

It’s not just the house that makes up your home. The surrounding community is just as much a selling point for home buyers.

Much of the site’s historic appeal still remains, giving residents and visitors a glimpse of the past that remains frozen in time. Enjoy access to numerous recreational activities, including walking trails and serene waterfront views. Walking distance to the Delaware Art Museum and Delaware State Parkland, located just 1.5 miles from downtown Wilmington.

Residents also enjoy access to Rockford Park, erected in 1889 and standing as one of the oldest parks in the city. This provides a tranquil backdrop for picnics and walks with the family dog. Within Rockford Park lies Rockford Tower, an iconic century-old landmark. Make it to the top, and you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent bird’s eye view of the entire area.

Make an Appointment at Our New Design Center

Call Montchanin Builders today to schedule an appointment to visit our new Design Center, and see for yourself why The Overlook at Rockford Falls is a reflection of its rich history. Be sure to sign up to be on our VIP list to be one of the first to learn about prices, plans, and invites to our upcoming preview events.

Additional Rockford Park Resources:

  1. Only in Your State, The Remnants of This Abandoned Mill in Delaware Are Hauntingly Beautiful,
  2. Bancroft Mills, History,

New Home Sales Soar to 10-Year High

The demand for new single-family homes has reached its strongest pace in 10 years, reports Reuters. New home sales skyrocketed across the nation at the close of 2017, steadily climbing for three consecutive months – a positive indicator for both economic growth and a robust housing market.

With the housing market expected to take off in 2018, now is the time to put down roots and purchase a home you can be proud of! Montchanin Builders is proud to offer luxurious, one-of-a-kind, new-construction townhomes in its prized Delaware community: The Overlook at Rockford Falls. This exclusive development has just 32 homesites; don’t miss out on your opportunity to find your dream townhome on the Brandywine River.

New home sales up 26%

A Census Bureau report shows that new home sales in 2017 shot up more than 26 percent over the previous year – marking the housing market’s strongest performance in a decade. This surge is the latest indicator that the residential real estate market is gathering momentum after a slow start. Bloomberg economists add that, compared to purchases of existing homes, sales of new construction dwellings are considered a more accurate and timely gauge of the housing market in America.

“Faster economic growth in recent quarters, the booming stock market and continuous job gains are fueling substantial demand for buying a home as 2017 comes to an end… The healthy labor market and higher wage gains are expected to further strengthen buyer demand from young adults next year,” Lawrence Yun — the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors – told U.S. News.

Positive indicator for the housing market

New home purchases spiked throughout America, with sales in the Midwest and West seeing notable gains with 17.9 percent and 6.4 percent respectively. However, the Northeast housing market enjoyed its best performance since October 2007, with a 30.2 percent uptick in single-family home sales this past Fall.

Relatively low mortgage rates coupled with a steady job market have fostered the demand for residential real estate. Many of the new homes sold were upscale properties, reflected in the average selling price (Oct. 2017) of $400,200.

According to Zillow economist Svenja Gudell, there’s a growing demand for new homes, especially among younger, first-time buyers. Last year, many prospective buyers faced a limited selection of new construction housing options, given the sparse inventory across most of the country.

Find your dream home in 2018

Imagine living in a new townhome with up to 4,000 luxurious square-feet, close to nature, ample green spaces and a short drive to shops and businesses. Discover a relaxing retreat located within the highly-sought after Rockford Park neighborhood, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, in Wilmington, DE.

To find out more or to schedule a tour, please reach out to Montchanin Builders today at 302.472.7212!

More on growth of new home sales in the U.S.:

  1. Reuters, U.S. new home sales scale 10-year high; supply still tight
  2. Bloomberg Markets, U.S. New-Home Sales Unexpectedly Rise to Highest in a Decade

Now Selling – The Overlook at Rockford Falls

Luxury townhomes are now selling at The Overlook at Rockford Falls, a homeowner’s dream community overlooking the Brandywine Creek. Recalling the atmosphere of a quaint European village, the newest master-planned community from the award-winning Montchanin Builders is only 1.5 miles from downtown Wilmington, DE. A peaceful enclave resting amidst preserved park land, walking trails and rock walls, The Overlook at Rockford Falls is part of historical Bancroft Mills.

The gorgeously designed homes in this exclusive community simply will not last long, so we urge homebuyers to take advantage of these extraordinary opportunities:

  • Interior Homesites – includes three bedrooms, 2.5 baths,  a 2-car garage, with up to 4,000-square-feet living space, and a Turned Gable Roof with James Hardie® Exterior Siding Front & Back. Prices start at $509,900.
  • End of Group Homesites – includes three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a 2-car garage, with up to 4,000-square-feet living space, a Stone front with Dormers and James Hardie® Exteriors on side and back. Prices start at $539,900.

History is preserved in beautiful Rockford Park

The Overlook at Rockford Falls is located within walking distance of Rockford Park and Bancroft Mills. This area had humble beginnings dating back to 1831, when English immigrant John Bancroft opened a textile mill. At the time, the mill was the largest of its kind in the country. By the 1930s, it was the largest mill in the world that was still standing.

The Bancroft family had a love for the arts, and is credited with the opening of the Delaware Art Center in 1938. Within the center lies the Delaware Art Museum. Highlights include a 9-acre sculpture garden, various exhibits of modern American art, and weekly studio art classes.

The Bancroft’s preservation efforts also include Alapocas Run State Park, located within Brandywine Valley. The parkland contains 26,000 square feet of playground for kids called the Can-Do Playground, which also includes an old quarry with a fully functional rock-climbing wall.

Live in a home surrounded by scenic natural beauty

Not far from Bancroft Mills lies Rockford Park, one of the oldest parks in Wilmington. It was donated to the city by the Bancroft family in 1889. The park contains a 100-year-old stone water tower as its main focal point, but also features numerous hiking paths, acres of woodlands, plentiful green spaces, tennis courts and an off-leash dog park — all available for residents of The Overlook at Rockford Falls to take advantage of. Joggers, bike riders, picnickers, and kite flyers couldn’t ask for a more serene setting.

Preview The Overlook at Rockford Falls for yourself!

Montchanin Builders invites you to preview their latest stunning creation: The Overlook at Rockford Falls. We are confident you will fall in love with your new home — especially when you get a glimpse of highly-sought amenities like hardwood floors, luxury bathrooms, gourmet kitchens, and dynamic personalization options. Call to schedule your preview appointment today!

More on the historic Rockford Park area:

  1. Only In Your State, The Remnants Of This Abandoned Mill In Delaware Are Hauntingly Beautiful,
  2. Rockford Park,

5 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

home value, house value, property valuesAs soon as you become a proud homeowner, you’ll likely start to think about your home’s value. Home value is a major issue, and not just for homeowners who are getting ready to put the property up for sale. By increasing your home’s value, you’re also increasing the equity you own in your home.

It’s not difficult to improve your home’s value, and you can always hire a home contractor in Delaware to do the heavy lifting for you.

1. Add an elevator

Residential elevators aren’t just for billionaires and city slickers living in high-rise apartment buildings. There’s been a rising trend lately in home buyers looking for townhomes with elevators, and homeowners planning renovations to add them. Elevators allow seniors to age in place, even if they have a multi-story home. They assist families with young children (ever try to carry a heavy laundry basket down the stairs with a small child getting underfoot?), and they’re an ideal option for people who once considered single story living.

2. Replace the hardware

One minor home improvement task that will boost value is replacing aging, loose, or worn-out hardware. Go on a shopping trip and look for new doorknobs and hardware for your kitchen cabinets. Don’t forget handles and knobs for your bathroom vanity cabinets!

3. Spruce up your landscaping and hardscaping

Curb appeal is a major factor in a home’s value. Trim overgrown hedges and bushes, add some fresh mulch to the flowerbeds, and plant some attractive chrysanthemums, peonies, and colorful, ornamental grasses. If your home lacks hardscaping, consider adding a retaining wall. Other options for boosting your home’s value include installing a water feature, building a stone walkway, and putting in a patio.

4. Improve energy efficiency

Energy-efficient homes are a trend that will never go out of style. Some homeowners are concerned about the depletion of the earth’s natural resources, and feel that it’s their civic responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint. Other homeowners are tired of spending their paychecks on utility bills, and would like to stop throwing cash out a drafty window. Regardless of the reason, an energy-efficient home is a more valuable home. Consider replacing old windows, installing a high-efficiency furnace, and upgrading to Energy Star-rated appliances in your kitchen and laundry room.

5. Finish the basement

A finished basement can make a world of difference for a family. And if you’ve decided to install a residential elevator, it will be more accessible than ever. Finished basements add a great deal of livable square footage to a home. They also provide extra storage spaces, without the mold and mustiness that is characteristic of an unfinished basement.

Elevator townhomes in Delaware

Looking for a new home in Delaware? Montchanin Builders can help you find the perfect home for your family. In our beautifully planned communities, you’ll enjoy amazing amenities, walkable streets, and friendly neighbors. Our custom, move-in ready townhomes offer luxury at an affordable price. If you choose to make The Overlook at Rockford Falls your new community, you could even purchase a townhome with an elevator in Delaware! Call Montchanin Builders at 302.472.7212.

More tips on how to increase your home’s value:

  1. The Family Handyman, 15 Reasons Why You Should Renovate Your House for Property Value,
  2. Realtor Mag, A Rising Trend: Home Elevators,

The Overlook at Rockford Falls: So Many Attractions Close to Home

Portrait of a happy mother and son playing outdoors in the parkSummer is a great time to make a getaway to an exciting destination, but choosing the right home location can make every day feel like an exciting getaway. Montchanin Builders believes that the Rockford Park area of Wilmington is one of those locations, which is why we chose this special setting for our new master-planned community, The Overlook at Rockford Falls.

Here are a few events and destinations to seek out near Rockford Park. Spoiler alert – there is a little of something for everyone, from the history buff to the jogger to the family looking for family friendly entertainment.

Rockford Tower

The centerpiece in Rockford Park, Rockford Tower has stood overlooking the Brandywine River for more than 115 years. The landmark cylindrical stone building is 75 feet tall and was originally used as a water tower and observation deck. The surrounding Rockford Park offers both large rolling green space and enchanting winding woods, the perfect location for a jog, picnic, afternoon of flying kites, or a hike.

Rockford Park also hosts events throughout the year, including the annual Wilmington Flower Market. This huge volunteer-driven event is held each spring on Mother’s Day weekend to benefit Delaware children through childcare agencies.

Brandywine Zoo

Also along the Brandywine River, the Brandywine Zoo in Brandywine Park, offers the perfect day trip for singles and families alike. There are numerous attractions for the kids like story time and regularly-scheduled reptile shows.

Even the adults can have some fun with the annual 21-and-older fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo, and Wine Too! event put on by the Delaware Zoological Society. The after-hours event features beer and wine tasting and light food courtesy of local restaurants each September.

Free concerts in the park

Take advantage of free concerts at two local locations throughout the summer. Check out a blues, soul, folk, or indie show on a Monday evening at Rockford Tower. On Wednesday evenings, you can take in a jazz, hip hop, funk, or reggae artist at the Sugar Bowl at Brandywine Park.

For more music events, the audiophile can find endless options at Wilmington’s Grand Opera House and the nearby World Cafe Live at the Queen venue, as well as three music festivals each year.

Take in an event at the museum

Follow the Brandywine Creek just north from Rockford Park to find the Hagley Museum and Library. Founded in 1957 by E.I. duPont, the museum focuses on the role of industrial technology in early American history. Tour the museum to see the inner workings of a restored gunpowder mill and workshop or go on a photography walk through the museum’s 235 green acres.

The museum also offers special events throughout the year for both members and nonmembers. Check out the car show in September, a bike and hike featuring craft beer in July, and Summer Saturdays with activities like barrel races, fishing, and kid-friendly science themes.

New homeowner options in Wilmington

Homeowners getting ready to move into the new Montchanin Builders community, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, have plenty of events and attractions right there in the neighborhood to keep them busy all summer. While there are always great summer getaways across Delaware, there is plenty to do within walking distance of Rockford Park.

If you are considering a new home in Delaware, contact us today to learn more!

Additional Rockford Park resources:

  1. Visit Delaware, Rockford Park,
  2. Delaware State Parks, Rockford Park,