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3 Romantic Autumn Escapes in the Brandywine Valley

The Brandywine Valley is a pastoral paradise, filled with dazzling country estates, artisanal vineyards and flowering gardens. Considering the spectacular fall foliage and cooler temperatures, autumn is the perfect time of year to enjoy a romantic escape in Brandywine Valley, Delaware.

Here are three special Brandywine valley attractions to take your loved one to this fall!

Brandywine Wine Trail

Experience all that makes the Brandywine Valley such a romantic wine-tasting destination. Explore five enchanting estate vineyards and sample small batches of premium varietals on a tour of the Brandywine Wine Trail. There are cozy tasting rooms and barrel-aging cellars filled with Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec and Syrah. Set midst some of the area’s prettiest scenery, these family-owned establishments are uniformly lovely and produce some exceptional wines. As an added bonus, a romantic vineyard escape is within minutes of nationally-acclaimed attractions like the Winterthur Museum & Country Estate and the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

Sweetwater Farm Bed & Breakfast

Brandywine Valley’s picturesque countryside was made famous by the works of Andrew Wyeth, and there’s no better place to immerse yourself in this natural beauty than Sweetwater Farm Bed & Breakfast. This 50-acre historic estate, with its breathtaking grounds, is the perfect destination for a heavenly autumn escape. The Inn’s Quaker farmhouse dates back to 1734, and later additions have provided 14 elegantly-appointed guest rooms spread among the Manor house and surrounding cottages. There is a wonderfully cozy den with roaring fire, a billiard room and hiking trails that wind through pastures and fields. The Grace Winery is the latest addition to the property, and a relaxing spot to sample wines, cheeses and chocolates while mingling with other guests. Rooms are spacious, private and kept deliciously warm thanks to gas fireplaces.

Longwood Gardens

Experience the glory of autumn foliage at Longwood Gardens, which changes with the seasons. Voted one of the best public gardens in America, Longwood is one of the most romantic places to view fall’s vibrant colors. You’ll find this landmark attraction on 1001 Longwood Road in Kennett Square. Take a leisurely stroll through Meadow Gardens, or visit the Conservatory where Asian-inspired lanterns are sure to set your heart aglow.  October evenings feature illuminated fountain performances, live music and other themed events. Autumn’s colors are on view at Longwood Gardens until November 18 – book your tickets in advance!

Homes for sale near Brandywine DE

Romantic escapes are just one great reason to move to Delaware, particularly to Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley. The region is brimming with stately manor homes, family-friendly townhouses and luxurious condos close to stunning attractions. If you’re considering Brandywine Valley DE real estate, or move-in ready homes in Wilmington, contact Montchanin Builders for more information about our fantastic residential communities like Darley Green. In terms of central location, quality construction and amenities, you won’t get better than Montchanin Builders’ new construction condos and townhouses.

We offer attractive financing options, low mortgage rates and welcome you to schedule a home tour today!

Additional Resources on Brandywine Valley Fall Escapes:

  1. Travel Channel, Brandywine Valley Weekend Guide https://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/us/pa/articles/brandywine-valley-weekend-guide
  2. NorthernVA magazine, Take a weekend getaway to Brandywine Valley https://www.northernvirginiamag.com/things-to-do/travel/2017/09/05/take-a-weekend-getaway-to-brandywine-valley/
  3. Visit Wilmington, Autumn Weekend Escapes for Couples & Girlfriends in Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley https://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/plan-your-trip/blog/post/stunning-autumn-weekend-escapes-for-couples-girlfriends-in-wilmington-the-brandywine-valley/
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How to Save Up to Buy Your First Home

Saving up for your first home may seem daunting. But with the great financing options available from Montchanin Builders in Delaware, credit-qualified buyers can secure a mortgage on a new move-in ready home by putting down as little as 3.5%. No matter what your down payment goals are, there are plenty of effective strategies you can use to help you reach that number without neglecting your other long-term savings goals along the way, like your retirement funds.

Figure out how much you’ll need to save

Lenders prefer to structure mortgage payments so that one payment (including private mortgage insurance and property taxes) won’t be higher than 28% of your monthly income before taxes are taken out. If your income fluctuates from month to month, then this percentage should be closer to 20%. Based on your anticipated monthly payments, you can calculate about how much house you can afford.

Develop a savings plan

Now that you know about how much of a down payment you need to save, you can figure out how much you’ll need to save each month, based on your self-imposed savings deadline. You can work toward your goal by taking a two-pronged approach: Reduce your existing expenses and bring in more income.

Bring in more income

Side hustles are totally doable, even if you have a demanding full-time job. If your day job has set, predictable hours, consider picking up a part-time W2 position. Freelancing is also a viable option. If you have a teacher’s license, for instance, you could start tutoring students online. There are plenty of online tutoring hubs where you can hang up your digital shingle. Alternatively, think back to your high school days. Did you walk dogs or babysit kids? Consider signing up to being a Rover dog walker or a Care.com sitter.

Reduce your bills

Get the most bang for your buck by comparison shopping for everything. Visit your independent insurance agent to ask whether you could save a few bucks on car and renter’s insurance by switching to another company. Cancel your cable service and instead opt for a much cheaper online TV and movie streaming service. Switch your unlimited phone plan to a cheaper version—just make sure you don’t go over your texting, talking, or data limits. Next, take a hard look at any subscriptions you have. Perhaps you subscribe to paper versions of magazines or your local paper. Would a digital subscription save money?

Reduce your living expenses

Your daily living expenses include things like groceries, clothing, to-go coffee, and haircuts. Keep track of every cent you spend for a week or two. Then, review your list of expenses and consider how much you could save each week if you reduced these expenses. Perhaps you could go to a less expensive salon for haircuts (and skip the manicure). Use an insulated travel mug and bring your coffee to work. Experiment with big batch cooking, which can save both time and money.

Lifestyle adjustments can be difficult at first, but once you see your savings account grow, you’ll be even more motivated to stick with it.

Tour new construction homes in Wilmington!

Montchanin Builders invites aspiring homeowners to tour our beautiful, new communities of Darley Green, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, and The Town of Whitehall. Our move-in ready homes in Wilmington, DE offer both elegance and modern convenience for all home buyers. You can schedule a tour today by calling 302.472.7212. Be sure to ask us about our special financing deals, including up to $15,000 toward your new home purchase!

Additional resources for purchasing new homes in Delaware

  1. The Motley Fool, Here’s How 44 Million Americans Are Getting Richer, https://www.fool.com/retirement/2017/07/16/heres-how-44-million-americans-are-getting-richer.aspx
  2. Forbes, Nine Smart Tips To Save Up For A Down Payment On A Home, https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesrealestatecouncil/2018/06/01/nine-smart-tips-to-save-up-for-a-down-payment-on-a-home/#2b8ef864498f
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After the Closing: 25 Things You Need To Do

Closing on a new home in Delaware is a long process. But even after the last signature has been obtained, you still have a few things to do. Use this checklist to guide you.

1. Change your address

Contact the post office when you have a moving date set. You can change your address in advance of your move, and instruct the post office to put the change into effect on moving day.

2. Find local contractors

It’s less hassle to find local contractors before you need them. Do a quick Internet search to find plumbing companies, electrical repair companies, and other contractors. Print out a list of the names and numbers, and keep it by the landline.

3. Make a copy of important documents

You should keep all documents pertaining to the purchase and ownership of your new home indefinitely, or at least a few years after you sell your home. It’s a good idea to make copies of these documents, and store the originals and copies in safe locations.

4. Update your homeowner’s insurance

Make sure your homeowner’s insurance policy reflects your new address. Take photos of your major possessions, and store in a safe location.

5. Check your electrical panel

Every homeowner should know where the electrical panel is located. Check the labels to ensure they are accurate.

6. Check your main water valve

Locate the main water valve, which can shut off or turn on water to the entire home. Know how to shut off the water, just in case of future emergencies like a major leak.

7. Check your hot water heater

Plumbers recommend keeping the hot water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn yours down if need be to avoid scalding injuries and save on your utility bills.

8. Contact a locksmith

It’s customary to change the locks when moving into a new home. Call a locksmith to handle this for you or install a smart lock.

9. Find a local housecleaner

If you didn’t purchase your home in brand new, move-in ready condition, consider having a housecleaner do a deep clean on every floor before you move your furniture in. Additionally, get the rugs cleaned unless they are new.

10. Check for property tax discounts

Property tax discounts are widely available. If you’ve purchased a new home in Delaware, you may qualify for the homesteading property tax discount.

11. Visit the DMV

You may only have 10 days to change your driver’s license after you move to Delaware from a different state. Visit the DMV’s website to learn more about state guidelines. Don’t forget to update your car registration too.

12. Contact the HVAC company

Unless you’ve purchased a new construction home, you should have an HVAC technician service the system right away.

13. Confirm the recording of the deed

Unrecorded deeds are still valid and enforceable. However, you should still confirm that you are on record as being the current owner of the house.

14. Find a chimney cleaner

Always have the chimney cleaned before using it for the first time. You’ll need to get it cleaned at regular intervals after that.

15. Set up your mailbox

Post your name on the inside of your mailbox.

16. Meet the HOA

If you’ve just joined a homeowners’ association, or HOA, you should introduce yourself to the president. Get a copy of the bylaws and read it carefully.

17. Meet your neighbors

Start off on the right foot by introducing your family to the new neighbors. Ask for tips on local favorites, like restaurants and sports activities.

18. Cover the windows

Put inexpensive blinds on the windows until you’re ready to decorate with window treatments.

19. Draw a floor plan

Measure the room widths and lengths. Take this information with you when you go furniture shopping.

20. Decorate!

Take your time choosing new furnishings and décor. You’ll want to love your choices for at least the next few years.

21. Review your documents

Every few years, check over the important documents you’re saving.

22. Review your utility bills

Every year or so, check for unusual changes in your utility bills. Look for and correct causes of increasing expenses.

23. Review your insurance

Check for new discounts on homeowner’s insurance every year or so.

24. Establish a group of contractors

Create and maintain a list of handyment or contractors needed for repairs or preventative services. Keep a handy list just in case of an emergency.

25. Enjoy your home!

Congratulations on being a homeowner! Now kick back, relax, and enjoy it!

 

Tour new homes in Delaware from Montchanin Builders

Montchanin Builders cordially invites you to tour our new move-in ready homes in Delaware. Our new construction homes are located within beautiful, friendly neighborhoods like Darley Green, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, and The Town of Whitehall. You can schedule a personal tour by calling 302.472.7212.

Additional resources for new home buyers:

  1. The Balance, After Home Closing, Which Documents Should I Keep? https://www.thebalance.com/after-home-closing-which-documents-should-i-keep-1798245
  2. SF Gate, Does a Real Estate Deed Have to Be Filed & Recorded? https://homeguides.sfgate.com/real-estate-deed-filed-recorded-48046.html

5 Incredible Health Benefits of Walking Every Day

walking for healthWalking is an excellent form of exercise, one that can help you reach your fitness goals. This low-impact movement is the preferred cardiovascular activity for people with ankle, knee and back problems, and can be done for longer periods of time without placing added stress on the body.

Taking a brisk daily stroll is one of the easiest things you can do for your mental and physical health, say medical experts, who cite amazing health benefits such as lowering risk of chronic diseases. In fact, one purposeful 30-minute walk a day is sufficient to reduce the risk of early death by up to 15%, according to scientific studies.

If this isn’t motivation enough to get up and get moving, consider these 5 health benefits of walking every day.

Lowers blood pressure and risk of stroke

Incorporating a brisk jaunt into your daily routine helps to regulate blood pressure and can treat hypertension. According to joint study at the University of Boulder Colorado and the University of Tennessee, blood pressure in patients was lowered by up to 11 points with regular walking, thereby lowering risk of stroke as much as 40%.

Reduces breast cancer risk

Research by the American Cancer Society demonstrated that women who walked an hour each day ( at least 7 hours per week) had a 14% lower risk of developing breast cancer compared to those who walked less than 3 hours a week.

Boosts the immune system

Protect yourself during flu season with a daily walk, which helps boost the immune system keeping sickness at bay. In one study involving 1,000 participants, those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, five times a week had almost 45% fewer sick days than those who did not.

Revs up metabolism, helping you shed weight

Trying to reach a weight-loss goal but don’t have time to hit the gym? Regular walking – such as to and from work or your neighborhood park can boost the body’s metabolism and insulin response, which will help you burn fat and lose weight.

Reduces stress and boost creativity

It’s no secret that physical activity gets the creative juices flowing, and walking is no exception. Taking in fresh air with a quick walk provides an opportunity to clear the mind of common stressors. Research on how exercise relieves anxiety has shown that a 10-minute walk can be just as effective at lifting your mood as a 45-minute workout.

Walkable communities in Delaware

There’s no need to haul yourself to the gym when you live in a pedestrian-friendly area — a neighborhood that is conducive to and encourages walking. Prior research has shown that walkable mixed-use cities and neighborhoods are strongly tied to reduced rates of chronic disease and obesity. Imagine living in a community where you’re not car dependent and can walk to your local café, grocery store and favorite restaurant when the urge strikes.

Walkable Delaware communities like Darley Green and The Town of Whitehall encourage residents to get outside, spend more time together and develop social bonds. Living in a walkable community fosters interaction across multiple generations, while strengthening a sense of community pride.

Residents in master-planned neighborhoods created by the innovators at Montchanin Builders have a greater sense of camaraderie while enjoying the numerous health benefits of being able to walk to and from retail establishments, their local playground and other points of interest.

Wondering where to live in Delaware?

Ample studies have established the positive impacts that walkable neighborhoods have on everything from physical and mental health to lower crime rates and housing values. Boasting lush green spaces and beautiful ranch homes close to shopping, dining and entertainment, Darley Green and The Town of Whitehall are some of the best walkable communities in Delaware.

Call Montchanin Builders at 302.472.7212 to arrange a private home tour today!

Additional Resources on Health Benefits of Walking: 

  1. Curejoy.com, 13 Amazing Health Benefits Of Walking Every Day https://www.curejoy.com/content/benefits-of-walking/
  2. Mayo Clinic, Walking: Trim your waistline, improve your health https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/walking/art-20046261
  3. Harvard Health. 5 surprising benefits of walking https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/5-surprising-benefits-of-walking
  4. Prevention, Benefits of Walking https://www.prevention.com/fitness/a20485587/benefits-from-walking-every-day/

Secret Summer Getaways Near Wilmington, DE

family riding bikesWith New Castle County’s rolling hills, more than 90 miles of picturesque shoreline, and verdant hardwood forests in between—Delaware is a shining beacon of natural beauty. It’s no wonder that people love to call the First State home. Whether you already live here or are considering relocating, Montchanin Builders’ new construction Wilmington homes are conveniently located to some of the state’s most charming attractions – and many are the perfect backdrop for a summer getaway!

From historic hamlets to wildlife havens, here’s a round-up of our favorite warm-weather vacation spots near Wilmington, DE.

Family outing at Bethany Beach

When it comes to rolling dunes, swimmable surf and golden sands, Delaware’s southern shoreline can’t be beat. Beach lovers from Philadelphia, D.C. and Baltimore flock to the popular Rehoboth and Dewey Beaches every summer. But if you’re looking for a quieter, more kid-friendly coast to play on, we suggest you head to Bethany Beach. The area is less crowded, but there is still enough dining, shopping and activity to keep it entertaining. There are fantastic restaurants that serve up regional dishes like scrapple, miles of trails to bike on, a 27-hole course at Bear Trap Dunes and a putt-putt course for the children.

Romantic weekend in Lewes

Lewes is a historic seaside town (population <3,000), tucked between Cape Henlopen State Park and the wetlands of the Great Marsh Preserve. Settled by the Dutch back in 1631, this quaint hamlet is the perfect destination for a romantic summer getaway. The town has inviting Bed & Breakfasts, pretty waterfront hotels like the Inn at Canal Square, and some excellent fine dining options. Spend the day wandering the scenic trails of Cape Henlopen, walking the beach, or exploring the town’s historic buildings by bicycle. Don’t miss the Historic Lewes Farmers Market – held on Wednesdays and Saturdays – for chances to stock up on fresh flowers, produce, artesanal cheese and other locally-produced goods.

Birdwatching at Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge

Bring your binoculars and sense of adventure for this summer escape! Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge, located in Smyrna, DE, is renowned along the Atlantic Coast for exceptional bird and wildlife watching. The 16,000-acre reserve features a 12-mile auto-tour route that provides chances to spot amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds in their natural environment. This is a dream destination for budding wildlife photographers. During the summer months, egrets and herons can be seen feeding and nesting in the area. There are several observation towers, a Visitor’s Center and trails designed for biking and walking.

Beautiful new homes in Wilmington

With several exciting floorplans to choose from, Montchanin Builders’ new construction Wilmington homes are thoughtfully constructed for the modern buyer. Enjoy close proximity to historic attractions, gorgeous beaches and family-friendly points of interest in our community of expertly crafted townhomes and condos. Contact our offices to discuss our special financing options and low interest mortgage rates for first-time buyers.

Call  302-472-7212 and schedule your home tour today!

More Resources On Lesser-Known Wilmington Summer Getaways:

  1. OnlyInYourState, 8 Amazing Natural Wonders Hiding In Plain Sight In Delaware — No Hiking Required https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/delaware/natural-wonders-de/
  2. Travel and Leisure, A Travel Editor’s Guide to Bethany Beach, Delaware https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/summer-vacations/bethany-beach-travel-guide
  3. Historic Lewes Farmers Market, 2018 Market Hours and Locations https://www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org/
  4. Visit Delaware, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge https://www.visitdelaware.com/listings/bombay-hook-national-wildlife-refuge/2391/

550 Wheelmen Street: A Charming Move-In Ready Bungalow

Montchanin Builders in The Town of Whitehall is pleased to announce the availability of a new move-in ready home in this growing neighborhood in Delaware located at 550 Wheelmen Street. It’s a newly built bungalow that offers all the beauty of modern design with the convenience of single story living. This home is ready for you to call it home, so schedule your personal tour today!

The Chesapeake Floorplan

This 2,142 square foot bungalow has curb appeal in spades. Stroll up to the covered porch to enter via the front door, or park in the spacious, two-car garage. When you enter the foyer, take a minute to relax in the adjoining sitting room, or enter via the garage and drop off your shoes and handbag in the roomy storage area. As you enter the main living area, take in the wide open space. The gourmet kitchen is nestled alongside the dining area, which overlooks the comfortable living room and its charming fireplace. Not in the mood for formal dining? There’s plenty of outdoor living space on the included deck just off the kitchen.

When it’s time to turn in for the evening, the two guest bedrooms are located just off the living area. A full bath is conveniently situated between them. The master bedroom is on the other end of the home near the deck. There’s plenty of space for a king size bed, dressers and more! It also features a large walk in closet and master bath with double bowl vanity, a soaking tub to relax and unwind in, and a separate commode.

Your new neighborhood

550 Wheelmen Street is a sunny, spacious bungalow with beautiful views. When it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors, you can relax on the deck overlooking the pond. Or, take a stroll around your new neighborhood. Stop by the community playground, or head over to the common area for a neighborhood BBQ. You’ll find that the masterful architecture is only part of the reason why this area is so popular among Delaware residents. The Town of Whitehall is known for friendly faces and fun community activities.

Will this beautiful bungalow be yours?

Properties in Delaware by Montchanin Builders sell quickly, so if you’ve got your heart set on this charming home, you’ll need to act fast. We’ve partnered with Supreme Lending to offer our clients personalized financing options. Supreme Lending is a mortgage originator, which means they can offer some of the lowest rates and closing costs in the industry. Call us today at 302.472.7212 to claim 550 Wheelmen Street before someone else does!

Additional resources for home buyers:

  1. Bankrate, 6 things you must do before buying a home, https://www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/6-must-dos-before-buying-a-home-1.aspx
  2. Investopedia, Are you ready to buy a house? https://www.investopedia.com/articles/mortgages-real-estate/10/ready-to-buy-house.asp

5 Ways to Know You Found the Right House

Young family with a child moves to a new homeWhen it comes to choosing a new home for you and your family, searching for “The One” is often an emotionally-charged experience. Montchanin Builders strives to take the guesswork and stress out of the process, offering master-planned communities in Delaware that provide luxurious, all-amenity living at affordable prices.

While the externals and price point are very important in your final decision, it also pays to look deep inside yourself and assess how the property makes you feel. Here’s five helpful things to consider when touring a home for the first time.

1. You Can’t Wait to See the Inside.

They call it “curb appeal” because you get excited about seeing the home right when you pull up in front. Like in any relationship, first impressions count when selecting a home. If the exterior strikes your fancy and you are compelled to go inside, that’s curb appeal. If it’s attractive to you, it’s probably attractive to others as well – which helps with resale years down the road.

2. You Feel Like You’ve Come Home.

When you walk in the front door, stop and assess how you feel. Are you comfortable there? Do you want to explore the other rooms? Do the kids stake out their claim on who gets what bedroom? Go with your gut – if it feels like home, then chances are, it is.

3. You Pass the Bathroom Test.

It sounds silly, but it really is a good indication of your interest. Many buyers don’t even enter the bathroom; they just poke their heads in the door from the threshold. If you feel compelled to walk in and check out the tub or the space under the vanity, this very well may be your new home.

4. You Are Passionate About YOUR Home.

If you start becoming possessive about a home, defending even the tiniest flaw (“all that needs is a little spackle,”) then you are surely smitten. A word of caution here: love is blind, so make sure those flaws are truly minor. A sinking foundation may not seem important now, but can add up to big headaches and repair bills in the future. One of the great advantages of working with the new home builders in Delaware at Montchanin Builders is  that you never have to worry about unknowns when choosing your new construction home.

5. You’re Moving Furniture and Envisioning Paint Swatches.

Say you walk into the smallest of the bedrooms and you can visualize the perfect nursery, or maybe conjure up cozy holiday scenes in front of the stone fireplace. If you start creating such scenarios in your mind, this very well may be your new home.

Schedule a Tour

Montchanin Builders is a full-service residential construction and construction management company headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. With more than 70 years of combined experience in land acquisition, development and construction, we bring the value of in-depth knowledge to every phase of the building process.

We invite you to take a tour of our homes at one or more of our beautiful Delaware communities. Contact us today to schedule an appointment by calling 302-472-7212 and let Montchanin Builders help write your own happy-ever-after story.

Additional resources:

  1. PopSugar, 6 Signs You’ve Found the House You Should Buy, https://www.popsugar.com/home/How-Know-Youve-Found-House-You-Should-Buy-42493996
  2. Save Outside the Box, 7 STEPS TO MAKE SURE IT’S THE RIGHT HOUSE TO BUY, http://www.saveoutsidethebox.com/make-sure-its-the-right-house-to-buy/

Now Selling! Manor Townhomes at Darley Green!

Does living just minutes from fine dining, nightlife, shopping and cultural attractions sound like a dream location? Welcome to Darley Green – a unique community of beautiful townhomes in Delaware.

Located in North Wilmington, these expertly-crafted townhomes are perfect for the growing family or busy professionals looking for a low-maintenance lifestyle.

Montchanin Builders is thrilled to accommodate the growing demand for luxury townhome living in this master-planned community with the addition of new Manor Townhome floorplans at Darley Green!

3 New Floorplans at Darley Green

There are three exciting new floorplans to choose from, ranging from 2,200 up to 2,500 square feet! Imagine living in a spacious, three-bedroom townhome with desirable features, all at a price point that you can afford! Starting at $289,900, you won’t find better value for a luxurious Manor Townhome with superior amenities, craftmanship and location.

Built with comfort and convenience in mind, our Manor Townhomes are nestled in a peaceful, family-friendly atmosphere, with city attractions just minutes away. We invite you to browse our latest townhome offerings at Darley Green: The Monroe, The Montgomery and The Maxwell.

Each of these modern floorplans features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and an oversized 2-car garage – with the possibility of an additional luxury master bath! Choose the floor plan that suits your lifestyle most, and personalize the design of your cabinetry, flooring and more with many of our optional features!

Up to 2,500 sq. Feet of Living Space

The beautiful townhouses in Darley Green are not just a wonderful place to live – they are a place you’ll be proud to call home! These thoughtful, open-concept floorplans have taken every detail into consideration, making cooking, entertaining or just relaxing with the family a joy.

The Monroe, The Montgomery and The Maxwell all boast these included features:

  • 9-foot ceilings throughout
  • Spacious living room
  • Large pantry
  • Kitchen Island
  • Gourmet kitchens that open into breakfast rooms
  • Composite decks
  • Enclosed porch
  • Bedroom level laundry room
  • Cultured marble vanity tops
  • Energy saving Whirlpool appliances
  • Gas Heating
  • Mohawk wall-to-wall carpeting
  • Delta Plumbing Fixtures
  • “Hardi Plank” Front Exteriors
  • Classic exterior styling
  • Professional landscape package

One of the many benefits of purchasing new construction townhome from Montchanin Builders is the ability to personalize your living space to better suit your needs.  For example, you can add a recreation room, a private library, choose designer hardware, premium granite countertops, or upgrade your lighting and electrical package.

Manor Townhomes at Darley Green – Now Selling!

Just 5 minutes from downtown Wilmington, Darley Green features trails for walking or jogging, a state-of-the-art library, communal gathering areas, and a neighborhood pond. Take advantage of a quiet, stress-free suburban lifestyle with city conveniences.

For additional information about our new Delaware townhomes at Darley Green, give us a call or stop by any day between 11AM and 6PM.

Portrait Of Family Cycling Through Fall Woodland

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

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