Rockford Falls Community

Why Buying a Move-In Ready Home Can Save You a Ton of Money

Some people like the idea of buying a fixer-upper, but often the renovations are more of a headache than the homeowners had bargained for—and they’re usually more expensive too. Instead of buying a fixer-upper, consider the many benefits of checking out the beautiful, move-in ready homes in Delaware available from Montchanin Builders.

Home renovations will always cost more than initially thought

Budgeting is one of the most important aspects of planning a major home renovation project. Unfortunately, remodeling projects have a way of wreaking havoc on budgets. If you’ve ever seen an episode of one of the many house flipping shows on TV, then you already know how unexpected problems always crop up. You might think that a wall only needs a coat of paint, only to find that the electrical system needs to be totally ripped out and redone. And that wooden floor that you thought only needed to be sanded and stained? It’ll turn out to be sloped, indicating major foundation problems. All of those extra problems mean more money out of your wallet.

Home renovations will always take longer than initially thought

No matter what the contractor tells you, plan on the remodeling project taking longer than what was quoted. Additional problems will likely crop up that need to be addressed before moving forward. Those fancy fixtures you ordered may get lost in transit. Subcontractors will come down with the flu. Mistakes will likely be made that need to be corrected. You name it, it’ll probably happen.

A remodeling project that drags on longer than initially thought isn’t just a headache and an inconvenience; it’s also more expensive. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, for instance, you can count on eating expensive restaurant meals for weeks longer than you’d budgeted for. If you have pets, you may need to shell out cash for pet-friendly daycare for a longer period of time to keep them safe from the power tools. And of course, you may find yourself using up your sick leave and vacation time because you have to keep running home to deal with the contractors.

It’s far more affordable and much less of a hassle to simply buy a home that you love as is!

“Where can I find move-in ready homes for sale near me?”

Montchanin Builders is known for building beautiful homes within masterfully planned communities. Tour our friendly, walkable neighborhoods of Darley Green or The Overlook at Rockford Falls, and view our thoughtfully designed move-in ready homes near you! These architectural gems were built especially to suit the needs of everyone!

Give us a call at (302) 472-7212 to request a viewing and inquire about our special financing offers.

Additional resources for home buyers:

  1. Investopedia, Top House-Hunting Mistakes, https://www.investopedia.com/articles/mortgage-real-estate/09/buy-house-emotion-free.asp
  2. Investopedia, Are You Ready to Buy a House? https://www.investopedia.com/articles/mortgages-real-estate/10/ready-to-buy-house.asp
Mature Friends Enjoying Outdoor Summer Barbeque In Garden

4 Easy Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

One of the exciting aspects of buying a new home in northern Delaware is the beautiful scenery. Your new home is the perfect backdrop for hosting an outdoor get-together for friends and family. Whether you’re planning a formal gathering or a casual get-together, use the following suggestions to get started with the planning process.

Select a theme

It isn’t strictly necessary to choose a theme for a party, but it can be a helpful way to pull the event together and get everyone on the same page. If you do choose a theme, it’s best to send out invitations for the event that explains the theme and offers general recommendations for attire. Look beyond the time-tested Hawaiian-themed parties.

For example, you could throw a Prohibition-era party that borrows from elements of speakeasies. Encourage guests to choose clothing reminiscent of the 1920s. Hold the party in the evening under outdoor lighting. Play jazz or blues, serve cocktails, and play music in the background. You could even use invitations that look like speakeasy membership cards.

Host a potluck

If you’d rather plan an informal outdoor party, consider hosting a potluck. Potlucks are much beloved by hosts everywhere because having the guests do some of the work means the hosts can socialize freely during the party. To ensure that your buffet table isn’t overly burdened with desserts and appetizers, you could circulate a “To Bring” signup list via email.

Plan activities to keep the kids busy

Unless you’re planning an adults-only party, you’ll need a way to keep the kids busy and out of trouble. It’s best to select child-friendly activities that don’t require much adult assistance. Set up crafts stations that are simple enough that the kids don’t need directions, such as a bubble blowing station. If you’re expecting a few toddlers, purchase a set of ball-pit balls and dump them into a dry kiddie pool. And don’t forget to serve some child-friendly food!

Have a backup plan

Even the most carefully planned outdoor party can be derailed by an unfavorable weather forecast. It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan. If you’re inviting too many people to comfortably fit into your living room or dining room, you’ll need to temporarily add on to your living space. Purchase or rent an outdoor canopy to give your deck or porch a roof. Throw open the door so your guests can freely mingle in or out of the house.

Looking for new houses for sale in Wilmington, DE?

You’re in luck! Montchanin Builders still has new homes for sale in our beautifully designed communities of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls! These home sites are perfect for folks who love to entertain. Both communities feature plenty of open spaces and lots of greenery. The Overlook at Rockford Falls offers views of Alapocas State Park and is near the Brandwine Creek —an ideal setting for backyard parties. If you’re looking for new homes in northern Delaware, schedule a viewing today!

Additional resources for outdoor living:

  1. Real Simple, 24 Tips for Easy Outdoor Entertaining, https://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/entertaining/seasonal-events/easy-outdoor-entertaining
  2. Better Homes & Gardens, Easy Outdoor Entertaining Tips and Ideas, https://www.bhg.com/party/birthday/themes/easy-outdoor-entertaining-tips/

The Mill at The Overlook: Redefining Luxury Townhomes

If you’ve spent any amount of time near Wilmington, Delaware, you may have found yourself in Rockford Park, one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the area. It’s over 60 acres of lush greenery, walking trails, dog parks, and historic sites. The grassy meadows and gently sloping hills overlook the majestic Brandywine River.

But if that view isn’t enough for you, just climb up to the top of the 100-year-old stone tower to get great views of Wilmington. The peaceful residential neighborhoods surrounding Rockford Park are some of the most sought-after real estate in the area. If you’re looking for new construction homes in Rockford Park, look no further than The Overlook at Rockford Falls—an exclusive Montchanin Builders community that features luxury townhome living.

Explore The Mill

Master architects and craftsmen collaborated to create The Mill—a remarkable four-level townhome with three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a two-car garage. There is plenty of space within this 4,000-plus square foot home to entertain family and friends. As you walk into the foyer on the entry level, you are greeted by the stunning view from the optional entry level recreation room, deck or entry level bedroom with adjoining bath.

Walk up to the main level to relax in the great room with its included gas fireplace. The open concept floor plan features a gourmet kitchen, elegant dining room, and pocket office space with a huge deck overlooking the panoramic view of Alapocas State Park.

The master bedroom is a sanctuary with a large walk-in closet, sitting nook, and master bathroom. On the bedroom level, you’ll find two additional spacious bedrooms. For your convenience, you’ll also find the laundry room on the bedroom level.

The lower level of The Mill features ample flex space and storage possibilities.

The Mill’s many included and personalization features

The Mill is a beautifully appointed townhome with many luxurious features included, plus optional features so you can customize your home in Rockford Park. On the exterior, you’ll see the Stone & James Hardie façade, professional landscape package, and conveniently placed exterior lighting.

Inside, you’ll fall in love with the high ceilings and oversized windows, including an optional box ceiling in the master bedroom. In the great room, the gas fireplace sports a luxurious mantel and slate surround. Other envy-worthy features include the following:

  • Mannington hardwood flooring
  • Solid oak stairs with your choice of stain
  • Daltile Designer ceramic floors
  • Mohawk stain-resistant, wall to wall carpeting
  • Designer kitchen cabinets
  • Granite countertops
  • Recessed lighting

New construction homes in Rockford Park

Can you envision living at The Overlook at Rockford Falls? Take a tour and find out for yourself why so many families have chosen a Montchanin Builders community. Our new construction homes in Rockford Park are nestled within a peaceful, walkable community of just 32 luxury townhomes, maintaining its small town ambiance.

Montchanin Builders invites you to take a tour of our beautiful community.

Additional resources for home buyers:

  1. Friends of Wilmington Parks, Rockford Park, https://www.friendsofwilmingtonparks.org/rockford-park/
  2. Bankrate, 7 must-do’s before buying a home, https://www.bankrate.com/mortgage/must-dos-before-buying-a-home/
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, https://www.delart.org/
  2. Culture Trip, 10 Must-See Art Galleries And Museums In Delaware, https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/delaware/articles/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. OnlyInYourState.com, The Remnants Of This Abandoned Mill In Delaware Are Hauntingly Beautiful, http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/delaware/abandoned-mill-de/
  2. Delaware Online, Smokestack at former Bancroft Mills site demolished Sunday morning, https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2017/10/15/smokestack-former-bancroft-mills-site-demolished-sunday-morning/765871001/

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
610.388.1000

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
610.942.2200

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 pcaldwell@montchaninbuilders.net 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, http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/delaware/abandoned-mill-de/
  2. Bancroft Mills, History, http://www.bancroftmills.com/

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 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-housing/u-s-new-home-sales-scale-10-year-high-supply-still-tight-idUSKBN1DR1UM
  2. Bloomberg Markets, U.S. New-Home Sales Unexpectedly Rise to Highest in a Decade https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-27/u-s-new-home-sales-unexpectedly-climb-to-highest-in-a-decade