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Montchanin Builders Partners with Workforce Program to Offer Affordable Housing

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a proud homeowner in Delaware, this may be your chance to live the American Dream! Montchanin Builders is thrilled to announce their partnership with the New Castle County Workforce Program, designed to offer affordable housing options to residents of all incomes. Through this unique program, qualified applicants can receive financial incentives on new construction homes in the family-friendly stacked condos style community of Darley Green, Montchanin’s development located in Claymont.

This initiative was born out of a commitment to help local, hard-working families get the chance to buy their dream home with less financial strain and fewer out-of-pocket costs, making this tremendous milestone a realistic possibility. Eligible home buyers may also secure additional funding that can be put towards home upgrades and luxury finishes.

Financial incentives of up to $15,000

Through the Workforce Program, many of New Castle County’s professionals — from social workers and teachers to law enforcement – can take advantage of incentives up to $15,000 to be used towards a new townhome in Darley Green.  Montchanin Builders has earmarked a portion of its competitively priced homes starting from the low $200’s at Darley Green exclusively for home buyers who qualify for the Workforce Program.

What are people saying about this amazing partnership? “I was so surprised that I qualified for the Workforce Program. Without it, I could never have come up with a down payment or necessary funds. My family is so excited about our new home in Darley Green!” offered one homeowner who raved about the development’s great location, outdoor amenities and friendly neighbors.

On-site mortgage support

Living in an award-winning residential development in Wilmington is easier than ever, thanks to the support offered by Supreme Lending, Montchanin Builders’ preferred mortgage specialists, who provide guidance on Workforce Program eligibility and other affordable housing incentives. “The New Castle County Workforce Program continues to be one of the best programs in Delaware to help home buyers get into their dream home – and we’re here to build customers for life,” says Theresa Miglino, Senior Loan Officer at Supreme Lending.

Affordable home ownership in Darley Green

Montchanin Builders understands the intrinsic benefits of home ownership, which has positive impacts on the social and economic well-being of communities. As such, we are proud to join forces with the Workforce Program, enabling New Castle County residents the chance to live, work and play in beautiful, walkable neighborhoods which are located within the communities they serve.

Darley Green is a one-of-a-kind development featuring walking trails, beautiful landscaping, retail shops and the Claymont Public Library – and it is located in the prestigious Brandywine School District. Residents appreciate the proximity to shopping, dining and public transit, but truly love the amazing craftsmanship and style of their elegant new homes.

If you’d like more information about these affordable housing options and the Workforce Program, we invite you to contact Robin Chase, Sales Manager at (302) 655-2600 or rchase@montchaninbuilders.net

Why Buyers and Builders Have Fallen In Love With Open Floor Plans

living room kitchen designOpen floorplans have steadily risen in popularity since the 1990s to become the predominant trend in building. This type of layout features interconnected kitchens, living, and dining rooms that flow without obstruction from dividing walls or doorframes.

On the popular home renovation and interior design site Houzz, there are more than 600,000 photos of open-plan spaces and it’s the preferred choice of 60 percent of their readers.

There are many reasons to love the open floor plans featured in our Darley Green and Town of Whitehall new home communities in Delaware.

Enjoy a social lifestyle

  • Entertain guests. Have you ever noticed that many house parties tend to gravitate toward the kitchen? Guests like to spend time interacting with the host, who is busy preparing meals, while enjoying easy access to the refrigerator. Open floor plans enable hosts to remain part of the action, while giving guests freedom to roam.
  • Spend family time. Parents or grandparents of young children like that an open layout allows them to keep an eye on the little ones, no matter what they’re doing. You can cook or clean in the kitchen, while older children play, watch TV, or finish their homework in the family rooms. The close proximity of family members encourages open dialogue and a more communal way of living that suits the modern family.

Harmonize your space with nature

  • Maximize natural light. The greatest architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn understand the transformative role that natural light can play in a home. In fact, Kahn once stated: “A room is not a room without natural light.” Without so many walls, sunlight can filter in and permeate the space to improve your mood.
  • Promote indoor-outdoor living. Some homes have main spaces that open up to outdoor kitchens or patios. The open concept plan gives you views of a landscaped backyard and connects the indoor/outdoor spaces.

 Make the most of your space

  • Rooms look larger. The vaulted, high ceilings common to open layouts gives you the feeling of a much larger space. Walls, doorways and halls can make a person feel claustrophobic, while robbing the family of valuable living space.
  • Expand your design choices. Have you ever been to a furniture store and fallen for a particular couch only to find you don’t have the wall space to cram it into your living room? An open layout gives you endless possibilities for structuring furnishings to meet your aesthetic preferences and needs. It’s easy to create a harmonious flow using common color themes from room to room when everything is connected.

Contact Montchanin home builders in Delaware for a tour of the open floor plans featured in the Delaware townhome communities of our Darley Green or Town of Whitehall affordable family home communities to see if it’s a fit for your family.

Additional open floorplan resources

  1. http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/59192598/list/is-open-plan-living-a-fad-or-here-to-stay
  2. http://www.schroederdesignbuild.com/10-benefits-of-an-open-concept-floor-plans/
  3. http://www.casedesign.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-open-floor-plans/
  4. http://newhomes.move.com/newhome101/articles/why-everyone-loves-an-open-floor-plan

Celebrating the New Year in Wilmington


Happy new year 2017New York City in general and Times Square in particular will forever be known as the ultimate destination for ringing in the New Year, but it’s tough to enjoy yourself while trying to elbow your way through the crowds. Fortunately, there are better options much closer to home. Families in Wilmington, DE know that when it comes to celebrating the New Year, nothing beats their local attractions. And living in Darley Green, Shipley’s Circle, or another Montchanin Builders community gives Delaware residents easy access to the best in fine dining, exciting nightlife, and New Year’s Eve parties.

Merchant Bar

Merchant Bar is described as an “elevated gastrobar”. The handcrafted cocktail menu and chef-designed food pairings make the Merchant Bar an ideal place to catch a late dinner as you wait to ring in the New Year. This year will mark the first time Merchant Bar is hosting a New Year’s celebration package, which includes an open bar, unparalleled dining experience, and live DJ. Merchant Bar offers Date Night packages for couples and Group Packages for parties of four-plus.

Lady Diva’s & Associates

If you’re looking for an upscale, mature environment in which to ring in the New Year, consider Lady Diva’s & Associates New Year’s Eve Celebration for 2017. Located on Union Street in Wilmington, this event invites mature adults, singles, and couples over the age of 30 to celebrate with a champagne toast at midnight. DJ Cutlass will be working the turntable and meal options are available with an additional fee.


If you prefer a live band option for your New Year’s Eve, consider purchasing tickets to the Firestone’s celebration. Merchant Bar is well-known throughout the Wilmington area for its incredible craft pizza and dynamic nightlife scene. If you go, purchase your tickets as early as possible because prices are subject to increase as New Year’s approaches. Your ticket includes valet, cover, buffet, open bar, and a midnight toast. Prefer a formal sit-down dinner? Purchase reserved seating for table service from 8-11 pm. Alternatively, New Year’s Eve celebrants could splurge on VIP tickets for access to the exclusive VIP lounge, bar, and buffet.

The Mill

Looking for an alternative to the traditional restaurant/bar venues? Try The Mill – Wilmington’s new cooperative work space. The Mill is pleased to host a New Year’s Eve celebration this year at its auditorium on Orange Street (Theatre N). Enjoy light appetizers and drinks while you take in classic films on the big screen or listen to the live DJ. Your ticket includes five drink vouchers.

The fantastic opportunities for families in the Wilmington area are just one more reason to consider making the move to a Montchanin Builders community. Our masterfully designed communities feature impeccable landscaping, neighborhood gathering places, and of course, exquisite move-in ready homes. View our floor plans on our website or call one of our design experts at 302.655.2600 to discuss your custom home options. Then, take a walking tour of our beautiful neighborhoods, including Darley Green, Shipley’s Circle, and The Town of Whitehall.

Top Fall Attractions Near Wilmington, Delaware

Autumn foliage over lakeWhen autumn arrives, everything becomes more beautiful. The fall season is a great time to explore the Wilmington, DE area, from the fall foliage to exciting attractions. Wilmington and the surrounding Brandywine Valley boast a number of stellar destinations.

Fall attractions near Wilmington, Delaware

  1. Longwood Gardens. Longwood Gardens is perhaps the most famous attraction in the Wilmington area. It’s a vast 1,077 acres of flowers, shrubs, plants, and trees open to the public for strolling, viewing, and enjoying. Special sight: the four-acre Conservatory within the Gardens. There are a number of special displays highlighting the season. Bonus: Longwood Gardens also hosts a number of special events, such as classical and jazz concerts, dance, and fireworks.
  2. Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library is also a renowned attraction. Founded by chemical heir Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur specializes in the decorative arts. The world-class collections provide a look into the world of colonial and early national America world and the DuPont family’s life. Winterthur is well worth seeing both for its special exhibits — one on the artists of Currier & Ives lasts until early January — and its 60-acre garden.
  3. Brandywine Park. Brandywine Park is Wilmington’s own. It’s 100 lush acres spanning the Brandywine River. Fall foliage is beautiful here, but it’s also a treat in any season, with hiking trails, bike paths, and a picnic area. Best of all, there are a number of activities in the park itself. The first is the Brandywine Zoo, which is great for a leisurely Sunday afternoon activity. The second is Baynard Stadium, home of soccer, football, and track and field events. See and explore.
  4. Wilmington and Western Railroad. If you’ve driven to the museums and walked in the gardens and parks, try a third method of transportation by riding the Wilmington and Western Railroad. It combines the best of historic steam locomotives with luxury accommodations in the coaches. Every autumn, the Wilmington and Western Railroad offers its Autumn Leaf Special, tours through Wilmington’s Red Clay Valley. Each tour lasts from one and one-half hours to two and one-half. There’s no better place to see the foliage. The train runs on weekends in all weathers. All aboard!
  5. The Christiana Mall. No fall foliage on tap here, but it’s a great weekend excursion nonetheless. Tax-free, Delaware style. Enjoy getting out of the crisp fall air and sip pumpkin spice coffee as you stroll, people watch, dine, and shop at more than 140 stores. Choose from Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Apple, Disney, the Lego Store, and more. When you’re hungry, choose from the Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, and BRIO Tuscan Grille.
  6. The Delaware Contemporary. If you enjoy art appreciation, look no further than the Delaware Contemporary’s exhibits that emphasizes the intersection of art, design, and technology. Once known as the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, the Delaware Contemporary showcases the works of regional, national, and international artists working now.

New move-in ready homes in Wilmington

This list shows how much the Wilmington area has to offer in terms of seasonal events and culture for the whole family — just another advantage of living in one of the Montchanin Builders communities. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our fantastic communities like Darley Green and Town of Whitehall.