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Group of diverse people are gathering for christmas holiday

5 Ways to Make Extra Space for Holiday Houseguests

Heading home for the holidays is a time-honored tradition, but what if yours is the home that everyone is headed to? It can be tricky to fit everyone together under one roof, and booking hotel rooms just isn’t a good way to stay close during the holidays. Instead, try these easy strategies presented by Montchanin Builders.

Upgrade your sofa to a sofa bed

Add one more stop to your holiday shopping to-do list. At the furniture store, look for a sofa bed that will blend in with the existing décor in your family room or living room. This is a good option for homes that lack a dedicated guest bedroom. During the day, the sofa will provide needed seating options. But it can be easily folded out to become a comfortable bed for your houseguests at night.

Consider purchasing an air mattress

Invest in an air mattress to provide comfortable sleeping arrangements for guests in a pinch. Air mattresses are constructed far better these days than they used to be. And there’s no need to manually pump in air. Just attach the electric air pump to inflate the bed. Some electric air pumps will also deflate the bed for added convenience. Once your guests leave, all that’s needed is to roll up the deflated bed, secure it within its case or bag, and store it away from heat sources.

Give your guests some privacy

While you’re shopping, look for a pretty room divider or folding screen. You don’t have to leave the room divider set up during the day—just bring it out in the evening to give your houseguests a little more privacy.

Pick up the clutter

Everyone plans to clean before houseguests arrive, but go a step further and clear away enough clutter to give your guests some storage space. Make a little room in the closet or set up a garment rack so your guests can put away their items during their stay.

Plan a family sleepover

If you’d rather not purchase a new sofa bed, there’s another option: Plan a family sleepover. If you have kids, you could have them temporarily share a room. Whichever kid is temporarily moving to another room should pick up his or her bedroom and relocate all personal belongings that he or she might need for the duration of the guests’ stay. Your houseguests will feel more comfortable if the child doesn’t need to constantly enter the room to grab personal belongings.

If you only have one child, you could ask him or her to temporarily relocate to the master bedroom. Make the family sleepover fun and exciting for your child, such as by planning a family movie night or game night.

Is it time for a larger home for your growing family?

If picking up the clutter doesn’t do enough to free up space in your home, it may be time to consider a more permanent solution, like a new, move-in ready home built by Montchanin Builders. Our expert craftsmen build new construction homes in Wilmington, DE within our masterfully designed, walkable communities. You can find the perfect townhouse or single-family home to accommodate your growing family. If you’re ready to move, give us a call at 302.472.7212 and we’ll explain the special financing deals that can help you move into a custom home large enough for your growing family. Tour our communities of Darley Green, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, or The Town of Whitehall today!

Additional resources for organizing the home

  1. Southern Living, 10 Things You Need to Do Before Houseguests Arrive, https://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/prepare-for-houseguest
  2. Martha Stewart, 9 Tips for Hosting a Houseguest Without a Guest Room, https://www.marthastewart.com/1508801/tips-hosting-houseguest-without-guest-room
making paper snowflakes for decoration windows. Mother and child creating decorations.

Cozy Home Decorating Ideas for Winter

The Delaware countryside is breathtaking in the winter, especially right after new snow has fallen on the trees. In the Wilmington area, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities for families to enjoy during the winter. Whether you prefer hitting the slopes, heading to the ice rink, or just enjoying a mug of hot cocoa in one of Wilmington’s coffee shops, you’ll want to come home to a beautifully decorated winter wonderland. This year, ditch the plastic lawn reindeer and instead try these chic and cozy home decorating ideas.

Evergreen garlands

Check your local gardening store for fresh evergreen garlands. Cedar, boxwood, and holly are all good choices. Drape the beautiful greenery across the mantel of your fireplace, along the top of tall furniture, and over the entryway door frame. Add an evergreen wreath to the outside of your door. You could even use an evergreen centerpiece for your dining room table.

A touch of plaid

Plaid embodies the essence of coziness during the wintertime. Drape a plaid throw blanket over the back or arm of the sofa. Add plaid bowties to the tree. One eye-catching approach is to take three to four small plaid throws and use them as a layered tablecloth. Lay the largest throw across the table, as you would an actual tablecloth. Drape the others in an asymmetrical fashion, so that one corner of a throw reaches down toward the floor and the other stretches toward the center of the table. In the bedrooms, top the mattresses with plaid blankets.

Pine cones

Some kids love to collect bits of nature and bring them home. If you have kids with a pine cone collection, you can put it to work in your wintertime decorations. Try to find pine cones of varying sizes—from large and sturdy to diminutive. Rinse them in running water and let them air dry completely. Then, you can leave them au naturel or spray paint them with a clear coat. Doing this will seal in the sticky sap and prevent it from getting on your furniture or upholstery. Consider spray painting a few pine cones in seasonal colors, like bright silver or gold. Use the pine cones to create centerpieces for the coffee table or to scatter among your garlands.

Scents

Professional decorators try to engage multiple senses by incorporating textures, colors, and scents into the overall design scheme. If you do use fresh garlands, they will introduce a pleasant pine scent to your home. But you can also add some potpourri bowls to your home. Choose potpourri with scents like cinnamon or pine needles.

Homes for sale in North Wilmington, DE

For North Wilmington Delaware homes for sale, schedule a viewing of the architecturally exquisite, move-in ready homes by Montchanin Builders—a local builder renowned for fine craftsmanship and neighborly communities. Montchanin Builders invites you to tour our close-knit communities of Darley Green, Shipley’s Circle, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, or The Town of Whitehall. When you do, be sure to ask us about how you can qualify for $15,000 toward your purchase of a custom, move-in ready home. Call 302-472-7212 today!

Additional resources for homeowners

  1. House Beautiful, 10 Cozy Decorating Ideas That Make Winter Suck A Little Less, https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/g23082766/winter-decorations-ideas/
  2. Country Living, 25 Cozy Winter Decorating Ideas to Brighten Up the Dreariest Winter Days, https://www.countryliving.com/home-design/g2921/winter-decorating-ideas/
Winter festival holiday season

3 Delaware Winter Festivals You May Not Know About

Delaware residents are a fortunate group, especially during the holiday season when popular attractions and quaint towns come alive with family-friendly celebrations. Winter festivals and holiday-themed events kick off in early November and can be found across the state on just about any given weekend.

Here’s a roundup of 3 winter festivals in Delaware you shouldn’t miss!

8th Annual Analog-A-Go-Go Festival

Head to the small hamlet of Milton for a long weekend of craft beer, exceptional food, and live music. While the Analog-A-Go-Go festival isn’t exactly holiday-themed, there will be tons of handcrafted treasures and unusual finds available for purchase. Headed up by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, the festival runs from Friday, November 15 through Sunday November 17 and celebrates all things analog. There will be craft cocktails (Dogfish head whiskey anyone?) and unique cask beer, and the much-anticipated artisanal marketplace and live music at Brewings & Eats’ new stage. The outdoor marketplace will feature nearly two dozen merchants selling handmade art, terracotta pottery, crafts, vintage finds, jewelry, music accessories and rare LPs. Buy your tickets online from Dogfish Head for this outdoor event!

Holiday Festival Weekend at Lavender Fields Farm

Just a few miles from Rehoboth Beach off Route 9 is Lavender Fields Farm at Warrington Manor. If you haven’t yet visited this family-owned 5-acre farm, this is the time to do it! The farm is hosting their annual holiday festival weekend just after Thanksgiving. Stop by Friday, November 23 through Sunday, November 25 for fresh apple cider, holiday refreshments, and tons of fabulous lavender items. The onsite gift shop sells natural lavender bath and body products as well as fancy culinary items.

Winter Arts Festival at the Delaware Art Museum

The Delaware Art Museum in downtown Wilmington is celebrating with a Winter Arts Festival, geared especially for families. Held on December 7, from 12 Noon to 8 PM, the event will feature winter-themed art projects for kids, live performances from local choirs, seasonal decorations and locally-produced arts and crafts for sale. Fuel up for a day of fun at Toscana in the Museum’s Thronson Café, and if you have a membership, be sure to check out the special discounts at the museum store.

Thinking of purchasing a home in Delaware?

Enchanting winter festivals and holiday events are just some of the reasons why people love Delaware. It’s a great place to live, work, raise a family, and enjoy the area’s vibrant culture and sense of community.

If you’re thinking about relocating to the first state, Montchanin Builders can help you find the home of your dreams. Check out our beautiful homes for sale in Delaware at Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall and The Overlook at Rockford Falls!

Schedule a home tour today by calling today – 302.472.7212!

Additional Resources on Delaware Winter Festivals:

  1. Visit Delaware, Winter Festivals https://www.visitdelaware.com/events/winter-festivals-events/
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Why Is Relocating to Delaware So Popular? Here’s 5 Reasons

Delaware is one of the true hidden gems in the U.S. If one phrase could sum up life in Delaware, it would be: “Small town vibe and friendliness with big city amenities.” There are so many reasons why people decide to relocate to Delaware. The fresh air, scenic views, and recreational opportunities attract the outdoor lovers. The fine dining and dynamic craft brewery scene attract the foodies. And the outstanding tax benefits and affordability of the state attract all those who are fiscally prudent. What’s not to love?

The beautiful scenery is just one reason why relocating to Delaware makes sense

Waterfront? Check. Fantastic beaches? Check. Nature trails, dog parks, and mountain biking trails? Check, check, and check! You name it, Delaware’s got it. There’s never a shortage of things to do when the best recreational opportunities are just a stone’s throw from home. Many people decide that moving to Delaware makes sense because they want to raise their children in a region that clearly values the outdoors.

Your inner foodie will love the fantastic dining options

Wilmington alone has an incredible diversity of dining choices. From fine dining in a romantic atmosphere to casual family eateries, Wilmington has it all. Another little known secret about Delaware is that you can find better Philly cheesesteaks here than in Philly itself. But if this sounds like sacrilege to you, you can just hop on the freeway and get to the City of Brotherly Love in about 40 minutes.

You can buy a lot of house for a lot less money

It’s no secret that real estate is far more affordable in Delaware than in much of the rest of the country. Not only is the property itself more affordable, but annual costs are far lower. In fact, Delaware has one of the lowest property taxes in the country. And once you buy a house in Delaware, you may be entitled to a federal income tax credit.

Major benefit of living in Delaware: Few taxes… period

Delaware is one of the best places to move to if you don’t enjoy forking over your hard-earned cash to Uncle Sam. Not only is the property tax one of the lowest, but so is the income tax. And if you decide to go on a shopping spree with all the money you don’t pay in taxes, you’re treated to another major perk: No sales tax!

Living in Delaware: Reviews of the great art scene

Delaware is brimming with great artistic talent. The art galleries in this state combine a love of American tradition with a healthy respect for new artistic exploration and emerging talents. From the Somerville Manning Gallery to the Schoonover Studios, the art gallery scene in this area is a feast for the eyes.

Moving to Delaware? Find your family’s perfect home!

If you’re thinking about moving to Delaware, choosing the right region to move to is only part of the equation. You’ll also need to choose the right neighborhood and the perfect home. Let Montchanin Builders make your home search easier. Visit one of our masterfully planned communities in Delaware, like the much sought-after Darley Green, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, or The Town of Whitehall. Tour our beautiful and functionally arranged homes, and learn about our competitive financing options. Call us today – 302.472.7212!

Additional resources for living in Delaware

  1. Movoto, 30 Things To Know About Delaware Before Moving There, https://www.movoto.com/guide/de/moving-to-delaware/
  2. Investopedia, Delaware Property Tax Guide, https://www.investopedia.com/walkthrough/guide-buying-house-us/property-tax-assessment-state/southern-region-property-taxes/delaware-property-tax-guide/
Woman in mask on face in spa beauty salon.

4 Wonderful Ways to Treat Yourself in Wilmington, DE

If a rich history, thriving cultural scene and picturesque settings aren’t enough reasons to consider buying a house in Wilmington, Delaware, here’s one more: the city is also chock-full of opportunities to take time out to treat yourself and truly unwind.

Here is a quick reference list of four great ways you can combine your house-hunting trip with a relaxing getaway opportunity to de-stress from daily life.

1. Open Studio Time at the Kaleidoscope Art Studio

Thursdays, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Kaleidoscope Art Studio
310 Kiamensi Road, Wilmington
(302) 995-7661 for registration (one day notice required, ages 12-adult)
$5 Minimum donation to cover materials

At Art Therapy Express, art therapists and guest artists introduce a variety of 2D and 3D media. Experience clay, sculpture, watercolor and acrylic painting, drawing, photography, oil pastels, mixed media, music, creative movement and drama. Choose one time only, or opt to work on projects on a long-term basis.

2. Deep Muscle Therapy & Massage

5700 Kirkwood Highway, Suite 206, Wilmington
(302) 397-8131
Prices vary

DMTC offers therapeutic deep tissue massage with a focus on muscle/joint stabilization, increased range of motion and myofascial release. They will also work with your personal trainer, chiropractor and other health and allied health-related entities in helping you achieve optimum physical and emotional well-being.

3. Fabrizio Salon & Spa

1604 W. 16th Street, Wilmington
(302)656-8660
Prices vary

This intimate and unique urban spa retreat is found on the second floor of a fully-renovated, two-story 1890s townhome. All skin care rooms feature walls with noise reduction properties and state-of-the-art tools and equipment. The day spa also enjoys the use of its own private bathroom with shower and an attached outside deck for your enjoyment. They serve complimentary teas and coffee and offer a full line of aromatherapy oils, skin care, nail care and body care products.

4. Dogtopia

2101-A Concord Pike, Wilmington
(302) 622-8388

You know how enjoyable a day at the spa can be, so why not bring Fido along and give him the same treatment? Dogtopia offers spa services that will leave your pooch feeling like a pampered pup.

Whether your best friend just needs their nails clipped or a full wash and dry, the fully-trained spa attendants will take care of all of your pet’s needs. Dogtopia offers the choice of professional spa services or you can take advantage of self-service bathing stations if you want to bathe your dog but don’t want to cause a mess in your bathroom (less stress for you!).

Moving to Wilmington, Delaware?

Living in Wilmington, DE offers endless opportunities to treat yourself. If you are thinking about moving to Wilmington DE, we at Montchanin Builders invite you to schedule a viewing of our beautiful communities and make it an extra-special event by getting to know the local area and its many offerings. We guarantee your tour – and your pampering sessions — will be stress- and hassle-free experiences that will make you want to come back … permanently.

More Pampering Ideas:

  1. Trip Advisor, “The 10 Best Spas & Wellness Centers in Wilmington,” https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g34059-Activities-c40-Wilmington_Delaware.html
  2. Groupon, “Spa Deals in Wilmington,” https://www.groupon.com/local/wilmington-de/spa
crowd at live music concert

Best Places to Hear Live Music in Wilmington, Delaware

People who buy a house in Wilmington, DE, come from all backgrounds, ranging from retirees to young and career-driven millennials starting a family, and the music scene in our thriving city reflects this variety. Music lovers of all ages and tastes will surely appreciate the numerous music concerts and festivals that take place year-round. Let’s take a look at some of Wilmington’s popular concert halls and venues.

1. Grand Opera House

The Grand Opera House is owned and operated by The Grand, a non-profit arts organization that serves the community. Aside from music concerts, the venue also frequently hosts Broadway theater shows from local performers. Occasionally, the venue will also host a bigger name performer. Past performers of name recognition include Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan. See the official site for The Grand for schedules of upcoming performances.

2. The Queen Wilmington

The Queen Wilmington is one of the town’s hottest night-life attractions. The venue hosts live performances on a near weekly basis. Performers include indie bands, comedy sketch groups, notable names, and more. Upcoming shows include a David Bowie tribute, comedian Jim Breuer, and musician and singer Meshell Ndegeocello. Go to the Queen Wilmington website for event details of upcoming shows.

3. Gable Music Ventures

This venue offers a full line of services for weddings, birthday parties, corporate functions, and more. With such events often come musical entertainment. The owners can also connect event planners with artists from various genres of entertainment. Since its inception in 2011, Gable Music Ventures has hosted all-day concerts. Some of its more prominent events include the Ladybug Festival, the Wilmo Rock Circus, and the Rockabilly Rumble. Some events are by invites only, while others are open to the Wilmington public. Visit Gable Music Ventures to see its live music calendar or join its mailing list.

4. Delaware All-State Theater

As suggested in its name, this venue features more live theatrical plays than musical concerts, though there are certainly musicals every now and then. This is another non-profit and community-run organization that hosts theatrical shows, many of which are led by students from Wilmington or the next towns over. Admission prices keep the venue running. Consider a family outing or dinner date at the Delaware All-Star Theater; you’ll be entertained while also contributing to a good local cause. See the Delaware All-Star Theater homepage for show listings.

Delaware Living Entails Constant Entertainment

As long as you’re living in Wilmington, Delaware, you’ll always have something fun to do on a weekend evening. If you’re ready for relocation, then check out some of the new homes in Wilmington brought to you by Montchanin Builders. Our new construction Wilmington homes feature contemporary architectural designs that borrow from elements of the city’s old-style charm.

Additional Resources:

  1. Visit Wilmington, Music and Entertainment in Wilmington Delaware, https://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/things-to-do/arts-entertainment/music-entertainment/
  2. In Wilmington, Event Finder, https://inwilmingtonde.com/events
glass of red wine at pochi

Wine Tasting in Wilmington: Where to Go

The beautiful countryside around Wilmington, DE is like a playground for adults. Take advantage of living in this incredible region, and hit the road this summer to take a tour of the local wineries. One great place to start is with the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, which can help you plan your visit to a handful of must-see wineries — and must-taste wines! Please remember to designate a sober driver during your tour for your safety and the safety of everyone on the roadways.

Don’t live in the area yet? Before you take a tour of the local wineries, you can schedule a viewing of new homes in Wilmington. Montchanin Builders offers homes designed specifically for modern couples and families.

Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

This conveniently pre-planned route includes six wineries, all located within an easy 50-mile drive of each other in beautiful Chester County, PA. Each of them is open year-round.

Old Stone Cider is a family-run orchard. They pride themselves on growing heirloom apple varieties to produce their hard cider.

Kreutz Creek Vineyards is owned and operated by a couple who have been producing superb wine since 1989. They specialize in dry white, dry red, and semi-dry wines.

Borderland Vineyard is operated by a brother and sister team who restored their family farm and transformed it into a winery. They offer tasting room hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as well as by appointment.

Wayvine Winery & Vineyard is a 260-acre farm with 16 acres of hand-planted grapes. The winery welcomes guests as if they were family. Say hello to Nancy Wilson, the family’s mother, when you visit the tasting room on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays, or by appointment.

1723 Vineyards is owned by fifth-generation farmers who are passionate about great wine. Stop by for a tasting on Saturdays or on Sundays by appointment, and ask about the historic origins of their unique name.

Paradocx Vineyard specializes in marrying handcrafted secrets with modern technology to produce some remarkable vintages. Their wine tasting room is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Collier’s of Centreville

Located a hop and skip away from Wilmington in Centreville, Collier’s of Centreville offers a can’t-miss, free wine tasting on every Saturday! Be sure to check their website to find out about the upcoming wine tasting themes, as well as their other events and classes. Collier’s is known for sniffing out exceptional wines from the far corners of the globe. If you’d love to become more knowledgeable about wine and how to enjoy it, Collier’s wine school is the right place to start.

Looking forward to life in Wilmington

These great wineries and restaurants are just one of the many cultural opportunities you’ll enjoy as a Wilmington resident. Contact Montchanin Builders today to schedule a tour and find out about the financing options available on our new homes. Our new construction Wilmington homes are ideally situated in our masterfully planned communities of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Get in touch at 302.472.7212 today and ask us how you can get $15,000* toward your closing costs!

More info on wine tasting near Wilmington, Delaware:

  1. Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, http://bvwinetrail.com/
  2. Collier’s of Centreville, http://www.collierswine.com/

*With use of NCC WF Program, preferred lender and settlement attorney

3 Great Places to Eat on Philadelphia Pike

chef in the kitchen of a restaurant, cooking

The Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike is hailed as America’s first engineered road, and its first long-distance paved road. It was first used at the tail-end of the 18th century, and fortunately, it’s improved quite a lot since then. Today, travelers on Philly Pike can take a break from the road to enjoy the rich diversity of restaurants and eateries along their route.

New townhomes in North Wilmington

The fantastic dining scene on Philadelphia Pike is just one of the many reasons why singles, couples, and families have been moving to the North Wilmington, Delaware area. The area is also known for its beautifully designed, courtesy of Montchanin Builders. Browse our website to view our available properties in Darley Green or The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Our luxurious, new townhomes in North Wilmington are selling quickly, and we’ve partnered with a reputable lender to make it even easier for you to come home to our community!

Our homes for sale in North Wilmington are competitively priced, and there’s never a shortage of fun attractions and amenities nearby, including these three incredible eateries on Philadelphia Pike:

Mazzella’s Italian Restaurant

Mazzella’s is one of the best kept secrets of the Philadelphia Turnpike. It’s an award-winning restaurant that consistently gets rave reviews from its diners. The menu includes everything you’d expect from an Italian restaurant, including hot sandwiches, specialty pizzas (try the seafood toppings!), calzones, and Stromboli. Entrees include fettucine carbonara, penne primavera, and penne vodka with chopped prosciutto. Diners with special dietary requirements will be pleased to know that gluten-free penne is available. Don’t leave without checking out the dessert menu, which features limoncello mascarpone cake, homemade tiramisu, and homemade New York cheesecake.

Cajun Kate’s

Cajun Kate’s is run by husband and wife team, Don and Kate Applebaum, who met at culinary school. Both worked the famed restaurants of New Orleans before heading back up north to Delaware. Cajun Kate’s has earned a reputation for serving up authentic, made from scratch N’Awlins specialties like crawfish pies, crispy Cajun mac n’cheese, beignets, and Southern-style pralines. Currently, the restaurant is open Fridays and Saturdays for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

Bellefonte Café

Just a few blocks from Philadelphia Pike, Bellefonte Café is one of those rare places where you can instantly feel at home as soon as you walk in the door. This casual, homey eatery exudes a bohemian ambience, and the staff is unfailingly friendly and attentive, without being overbearing. Housed in a residential-style building, you can relax on the beautiful wraparound porch, check out the herb gardens out back, or head inside to dine while being serenaded by live music.

The menu is pleasantly eclectic. Start with a Greek salad, roasted beet salad, or Thai chicken salad, or try the Moroccan sampler for a shareable appetizer. Try their unbeatable Philly cheesesteak, paired with apple slaw, or try the chickpea fajitas. In the mood for something a little different? Try the mango brie quesadilla or the vegan “cheesesteak” with chopped seitan, Portobellos, and melted Daiyo cheese.

Schedule a Personal Tour

To schedule a tour of the luxurious new North Wilmington townhomes brought to you by Montchanin Builders, call (302) 472-7212 today!

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10 Reasons to Move to Delaware

Delaware’s scenic beauty, low taxes and affordable housing make this tiny state a wonderful place to live, work and play. Fresh-air pursuits abound, whether your interests lie in hiking, sailing, bicycling, or exploring miles of picturesque shoreline. The shopping is unparalleled, thanks to some of the region’s biggest outlet centers, while performance arts and cultural attractions feed the mind and spirit.

Increasing numbers of people – from young couples to retirees – have discovered the wide-ranging benefits of Delaware living. A Delaware address equals easy access to award-winning beaches, prestigious schools, and major cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C.  Moreover, this mid-Atlantic gem boasts some of the area’s most desirable residential developments. Communities like The Town of Whitehall, The Overlook at Rockford Falls and Darley Green feature much more than expertly crafted move-in ready homes – they are designed to enhance and enrich neighborhood life. Community parks, walking and biking trails, and beautiful green spaces invite residents to share and interact, and develop lasting relationships.

Montchanin Builder’s new home communities are a great place to start your life in Delaware, but if you need more convincing, here are ten compelling reasons to move to the First State.

No Sales Tax in Delaware

Delaware is one of just five states in the nation that imposes ZERO sales tax, which makes it a shopper’s paradise!

Other Tax Advantages

Delaware is a tax-friendly state in every way. It has one of the country’s lowest real estate tax rates. In 2016, the median property tax rate paid by Delaware residents was less than .44 percent. In addition, residents enjoy relative low income tax rates (maximum 6.6%). Social Security benefits are tax exempt, and people aged 60 and older can exempt $12,500 of their pension and retirement income from DE state taxes.

Perks for First-Time Homebuyers

First-time homebuyers in Delaware may be entitled to a federal income tax credit of up to $2,000 a year.

Central Location

No matter where you live in Delaware, you are a short drive from regional hubs throughout the northeast metro areas, and most cities are accessible via train making commuting both easy and affordable.

Educational Opportunities

From preschool through university, Delaware boasts a diverse assortment of high-quality public and private educational institutions.

Top Retirement Destination

Delaware has top-notch health care facilities and is close to nationally-recognized hospitals including Jefferson University Hospital and Johns Hopkins. Besides the benefit of low tax burdens, retirees can take part in wide range of volunteer and community activities that cater toward active seniors.

Clean, Beautiful Beaches

Delaware is famed for its pristine, family-friendly beaches, which draw thousands of day-trippers each summer. Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach have garnered 5-star ratings for water quality, and like other stretches of Delaware seashore, offer an idyllic setting for shopping, dining and watersports.

Arts & Culture Abound

Music, performing arts and theater are well-represented in Delaware. You’ll find historic estate tours, art galleries, museums and sophisticated cultural offerings to keep your calendar full. From grand operas to yearly jazz and film festivals, there’s always something going on.

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of Delaware’s temperate climate and amazing natural resources that provide ample opportunity for family recreation like hiking, kayaking and water activities. Delaware has been rated the “most bicycle-friendly state” east of the Mississippi!

10,000 Acres of State Park Land

Delaware boasts 16 state parks and more than 150 miles of trails where visitors can enjoy hiking, biking and horseback rides. Some feature camping and cottages, summer camp programs for young children and exciting programs on Delaware wildlife and heritage.

Find your beautiful new home in Delaware

If you want a place to call home that is walking distance to local shops and eateries – a place where that satisfying sense of neighborhood belonging is palpable – we encourage you to consider the new Delaware homes by Montchanin Builders.

Call 302-472-7212 to schedule a tour or learn more about financing options for first-time buyers!

Additional Resources on Delaware Living: 

  1. BuzzFeed, 39 Reasons Why Delaware Is Better Than Your State https://www.buzzfeed.com/theboyking/39-reasons-why-delaware-is-better-than-your-state-9bk5?utm_term=.dhlXzpkVN#.aqMmoeJ1Y
  2. CapeGazette, Top 10 Reasons to Move to Delaware http://www.capegazette.com/affiliate-post/top-10-reasons-move-delaware/84531
  3. OceanAtlantic.net, Top 10 Reasons To Live in Coastal Delaware http://www.oceanatlantic.net/buy/why-live-in-delaware.html

5 Must-Try Restaurants Near Darley Green

Homemade Corn and Chicken Tamales Ready to Eat

There are so many reasons why families choose to call Darley Green home. It’s a true neighborhood, where friendly people look after each other and enjoy the many amenities available in and around the community. It’s also in close proximity to lots of great restaurants in Claymont and Wilmington, Delaware. The following are just a few of the must-try dining spots.

La Fia

Looking for a cozy option for date night? Or maybe a fantastic weekend lunch with friends? La Fia is a must. Located on historic Market Street, this cozy bistro has a creative menu that features seasonal cuisine. The chef emphasizes local ingredients, sustainably sourced. Absolutely everything is made in-house (save for the wine and craft beer). If you go for lunch, the seared tuna tataki, lamb gyro, truffle BLT, and La Fia burger are popular choices. For dinner, consider starting with the warm Medjool dates stuffed with Spanish blue cheese, and then trying the grilled Spanish octopus.

Merchant Bar

Merchant Bar is a gastrobar with crave-worthy menu offerings. It’s the perfect setting for an intimate dinner, or to celebrate a special occasion with a group. Merchant Bar is known for their tasty burgers and pizza tarts, but you’ll also find excellent seafood here, like the crab pad Thai, and mussels and frites. And of course, you’ll find an impressive list of classic and original cocktails, draft beer, and wine.

Cocina Lolo

Craving the sunny shores of Mexico, but can’t hop on a plane just yet? Head over to Cocina Lolo instead. This restaurant offers “Mexican-inspired food with an urban flourish.” Pair the original cocktails, sangria, or wine with beet salad, grilled marinated red snapper, wild mushroom fajitas, or delectable pork carnitas.

The Candlelight Theatre

One of the most popular options is The Candlelight Theatre, located on Millers Road in Wilmington. Bring your family to see a main stage production. Your ticket price includes a delectable dinner or lunch. The Candlelight Theatre offers a rotating menu, which changes according to the production. They also sell Italian sodas and offer a wine list.

Domaine Hudson

Domaine Hudson is an elegant dining option located in the heart of downtown Wilmington, DE. It’s proud to feature an award-winning wine list. This restaurant has even been featured on The Knot as a popular destination for engagement dinners, rehearsal dinners, and wedding receptions. When you go, try the wild striped bass with candied lemon, broccolini, and saffron red pepper coulis. Or, try their three-course menu option for couples. This special includes a bottle of wine.

 

Gorgeous move-in ready homes available at Darley Green

Montchanin Builders’ beautifully-designed and artfully-crafted Darley Green community is ideally situated near Claymont and Wilmington, Delaware. It’s within the highly sought-after Brandywine School District, close to commuter routes, and within walking distance of neighborhood shops and businesses. There’s plenty to do in and around town, but you’ll also have your pick of attractions and night life along the northeast corridor. Montchanin Builders invites you to come home to Darley Green. Call us today to schedule a tour!