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Delaware Residents: Get the Most From the Last Days of Summer

family riding bikes

The dog days of summer are just about over, but the fun never ends in Wilmington, DE. For residents of this family-friendly town, there’s always something to do. Stretch the summer spirit into September by taking your family to enjoy the Brandywine Festival of Arts and the Mushroom Festival and Parade.

Brandywine Festival of Arts

There’s no need for the summer fun in Wilmington to end when the kids head back to school. Take the family to the Brandywine Festival of Arts on Saturday, September 9th, from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, September 10th, from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is just $5 for adults. Kids under 12 enter free of charge.

This acclaimed annual festival features hundreds of artists showcasing all sorts of styles and mediums. This one-of-a-kind event consistently ranks among the top 100 festivals in the country, and it’s taken place here for over 50 years. Take the kids to the children’s tent to get their faces painted and enjoy craft activities. Then, get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping by browsing the incredible diversity of artwork.

Mushroom Festival & Parade

If you’re a lover of all things fungi, head over to Kennett Square in Pennsylvania, which is just a 30-minute drive from Wilmington. The Mushroom Festival and Parade is held on September 8th, starting at 6 pm, and the festivities continue on the 9th, starting at 10 am.

On Friday, you can check out the Old Fashioned Carnival (closes at 10 pm), which is on 600 S. Broad St. The Community Parade starts on State and Willow St. On Saturday, be sure to check out the Street Fair, Growers’ Exhibit, and the Painted Mushroom Silent Auction. The Amateur Mushroom Cook-Off gets started at 10:30 am, with judging to follow at 11:30. There’s plenty of other activities throughout the day, including burger samplings, a fried mushroom eating contest, and lots of children’s activities.

Raise your family in a Montchanin Builders community

Montchanin Builders has been redefining the concept of the planned community. In Darley Green, Shipley’s Circle, The Town at Whitehall, and The Overlook at Rockford Falls, families stroll along streets and nature trails. In Darley Green, there’s easy access to nearby restaurants, shops, the public library, and exceptional schools. The beautiful, artfully designed homes feature all the amenities modern, busy families have come to expect—and there are so many festivals and other events not far from home. Call Montchanin Builders today at 302.655.2600 to request a tour of a move-in ready home in Darley Green.

More info on end-of-summer events in Delaware:

  1. Visit Wilmington, Brandywine Festival of the Arts, https://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/listings/brandywine-festival-of-the-arts/1389/
  2. Visit Wilmington, Mushroom Festival, https://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/listings/mushroom-festival/844/

Montchanin Builders Receive Prestigious Awards

Montchanin Builders is committed to enriching the lives of Delaware residents by creating beautiful places to live, work and play. Boasting more than six decades of combined experience, we are proud to lend our names to Delaware’s most innovative residential communities that feature the best in craftsmanship, design and lifestyle amenities. From the master-planned development of Darley Green to the more recent Town of Whitehall, our team is dedicated to creating homes and neighborhoods where life’s most cherished memories are made.

We take great pride in building amazing, affordable family home communities that feature space-creative interiors, inviting floorplans and the flexibility to customize according to  taste. And every now and again, our hard work and quality workmanship is recognized by more than just our homeowners.

This year, Montchanin Builders received two Regal Awards presented by the Home Builders Association of Delaware — a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). In addition, Montchanin was also the recipient of the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA) Maryland Award of Excellence for Outstanding Merchandising and a recipient of the Great American Living Awards (GALA) Award of Merit in Interior Design and Merchandising.
   

Salisbury Wins for Best Luxury Community Home

The Town of Whitehall, one of Montchanin Builders new home communities in Delaware, has already garnered lots of positive press for its wonderful “hometown” ambience, lavish estate homes and walkability. Montchanin’s 3,800-plus square foot Salisbury (our flagship model) won the Regal Award in Celebration of Excellence for Best Luxury Community Home. The Salisbury features spacious interiors that were made for raising a family and entertaining with style. This exquisite 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home has a gourmet kitchen, two-car garage and a sweeping master bedroom suite with walk-in closet. Like other homes in this forward-thinking development, the Salisbury is in walking distance to shopping, restaurants, parks and other points of interest.

In regard to their efforts on the Salisbury model, Montchanin also received the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA) Maryland Award of Excellence for Outstanding Merchandising.

Carlyle Wins for Best Multi-Family Home

The Carlyle – a three-story townhome in Darley Green— was presented with the Home Builders Association of Delaware 2017 Regal Award for Best Multi-Family Home. This stylish residence has three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and up to 2,100 square feet of finished living space. The family-centric model features an open floor plan with space expanding features like a recreation room and an optional loft.

Darley Green is Montchanin’s prized master-planned community, ideally situated just 10 minutes from downtown Wilmington in the highly desirable Brandywine School District. Darley Green’s new construction homes are within close proximity to varied dining and recreation options, and feature retail establishments, trails and a state-of-the-art library on site.

If you’d like a firsthand look at Montchanin’s Regal Award winners or want to learn more about our exciting Delaware townhome communities, we invite you to contact our sales team today and arrange a private home tour with the top home builders in Delaware!

Amenities Offered at Montchanin Builders’ Communities

As veteran home builders in Delaware, Montchanin Builders understand the value of stand-out amenities in their new home communities in Delaware. Whether it’s a state-of-the-art library, pedestrian-friendly paths to local shops and cafes, or access to award-winning schools, these types of inviting features are what make each development unique.

If you are house hunting for affordable family home communities, here are a few compelling reasons to check out the master-planned communities of Darley Green and The Town of Whitehall. Both were designed with one thing in mind: to create a more enjoyable, more convenient and more family-centric place to live, work and play.

Located in excellent school districts

Most growing families prefer to reside in an area where their children will have a competitive advantage in education. Located in the heart of Claymont’s Renaissance District, just 10 minutes from downtown Wilmington, Darley Green offers access to some of the region’s best educational offerings, including the prestigious Archmere Academy, a private co-ed college prep school for grades 9-12. Renowned for its rigorous academics and thriving music program, Archmere is just across the street from the beautiful townhomes of Darley Green. There are other excellent schools in the local vicinity, including Wilmington Montessori, Claymont Elementary, Talley Middle School and Brandywine High School, giving parents numerous options for ensuring their children have a first-rate education. When science fair season rolls around, kids and their parents can avail themselves of the well-equipped Claymont Library, just steps from their door.

If being in a great school district plays a key role in your home purchase, consider The Town of Whitehall, located in the esteemed Appoquinimink School District. The district is home to Appoquinimink High and Middletown High, which recently garnered accolades as the best schools in Delaware, according to U.S. News & World Report. Also worth mentioning is that homes in good school districts historically hold their value, even in sluggish economies. Moreover, this highly walkable community will soon be home to its very own elementary school, which is slated to be completed in the upcoming year.

Nearby recreational amenities

The communities of Montchanin Builders also feature walking paths, nature trails and easy access to the kinds of amenities that transform a collection of homes into a tightly-knit neighborhood – a place where a stroll down the street will take you to school, to the library or to the playground. Mixed use buildings are incorporated throughout these new home developments, meaning residents can ride their bikes or walk to their neighborhood cafe or favorite shop.  Although you won’t find a communal swimming pool or fancy clubhouse in Darley Green or The Town of Whitehall, you also won’t be paying extra fees for their ongoing maintenance.

Instead, you will find nearby amenities that encourage a healthy, more active lifestyle. For instance, Darley Green is a short stroll from the beautiful Woodshaven Kruse Park, as well as several swim clubs and baseball fields. Kids will be raring to go outside and play!

For an amazing family outing, The Town of Whitehall boasts miles of gorgeous bike trails, with scenic loops along the C&D canal, and a longer path to Lums Pond State Park. Modeled after some of our nation’s most treasured “old fashioned” neighborhoods, Whitehall boasts communal gathering areas for seasonal events, and has on-site retail establishments and shops, making this an incredibly pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.

New home communities in Delaware

To learn more about the exciting amenities offered at Montchanin Builders’ Delaware townhome communities, or to schedule a home tour at Darley Green or The Town of Whitehall, please call our sales office today. We are looking forward to turning your homeownership dreams into reality!

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.  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.

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.

Firestone

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.