the overlook at rockford falls

Exploring Bancroft Mills: 3 Can’t-Miss Spots

Bancroft Mills on BrandywineThe architectural significance of the long-abandoned Bancroft Mills site in Wilmington, Delaware attracts visitors from all over who wish to explore and photograph its hauntingly-beautiful features. Residents of Montchanin Builders’ newest community, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, get to experience it first-hand, as their townhomes are steps away the historic Bancroft Mills site — overlooking tranquil Brandywine Creek.

Remnants of the Past: A Brief History of Bancroft Mills

In 1787, the first paper mill, Gilpin’s Mill, opened in Delaware along the banks of the Brandywine Creek. A half-century later, a textile company owned by an English immigrant named Joseph Bancroft opened on the same site. Bancroft Mills, which began in the original paper mill, grew on the site until it closed in 1961. In the 1930s, it was considered to be one of the finest cotton-finishing factories worldwide. The property then changed hands in the 1960s, and the Wilmington Piece Dye company owned it until 2003, when it filed for bankruptcy.

A fire in 2015 sent the mill into a further state of disrepair, but much of the original structures located downstream remain intact.

Bancroft Mills Walking Tour Highlights

There are three primary points of interest you should check out when planning a visit to Bancroft Mills. Tie it in with a picnic lunch and a site tour of the nearby The Overlook at Rockford Falls, and you’ll have all the makings of a memorable day.

#1: Pedestrian Bridges

You can view the remnants of the old, covered pedestrian bridge that used to connect the banks of the Brandywine, leading to the factory – it’s closed now, for good reason! Farther upstream is a new pedestrian bridge which you can walk on and which offers some great views of the old mill.

#2: The Falls

Just upstream from the older bridge are the beautiful falls of Brandywine Creek. The falls are very picturesque, and the sound of the rushing water soothes the soul.

#3: Textile Memorabilia

Sprinkled throughout the abandoned buildings are several artifacts of the past, including bolts of fabric, original washing tubs, and even signs from the management reminding employees to keep their work areas neat.

Townhomes on Bancroft Mills site

Interested in townhomes on the Bancroft Mills site? Our exclusive community of only 32 luxury townhouses truly impresses with peaceful stream and rock wall views. Homeowners will enjoy access to a walking trail and state park land. The innovative floor plans present an abundance of living space with up to 4,000 square feet, featuring three bedrooms, two and one-half baths, versatile great rooms and even an optional elevator for ultimate convenience.

We invite you to visit the Bancroft Mills townhomes at The Overlook at Rockford Falls for a personal site tour of our special townhome community and new Design Center. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Image: “Gilpin’s Mill on the Brandywine” by Thomas Doughty; [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

More information on visiting Bancroft Mills:

  1. OnlyInYourState.com, The Remnants Of This Abandoned Mill In Delaware Are Hauntingly Beautiful, http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/delaware/abandoned-mill-de/
  2. Delaware Online, Smokestack at former Bancroft Mills site demolished Sunday morning, https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2017/10/15/smokestack-former-bancroft-mills-site-demolished-sunday-morning/765871001/

New Homes on Riddle Avenue: In The Center of It All

Homebuyers in Wilmington are often faced with a perplexing choice: Do I want to live downtown or in the suburbs? 

Neighborhoods outside the city center tend to afford a quieter lifestyle, more space and access to nature, whereas a city address promises a vibrant climate, close to entertainment and cultural experiences. But what if you could enjoy the best of both worlds without making sacrifices? A luxurious home overlooking picturesque landscapes that is walking distance to the Delaware Art Museum and other amazing attractions.

With Montchanin Builder’s new homes on Riddle Avenue, you can have it all! Close proximity to a host of family-friendly points of interest, outdoor activities and historic sights are just one of the perks of these fashionable townhomes, situated on the historic Bancroft Mills site. Embrace the scenic beauty of the Brandywine River in a home that boasts exceptional views, wooded areas and walking trails where neighbors and children have ample opportunity to interact in green, peaceful environments.

The Overlook at Rockford Falls is an attractive option for homebuyers who want cultural diversity, recreation and entertainment without a long commute. Don’t miss out on these spacious, expertly-crafted townhomes, located less than 1 mile from downtown Wilmington!

Minutes away from recreational activities & city highlights

Living on Riddle Avenue has many benefits, whether you’re a Millennial looking for urban excitement, or an empty nester in search of cultural escape. The Overlook at Rockford Falls is just minutes away from some of the area’s most walkable parks and recreational sites. 

  • Alapocas Run State Park – It’s hard to picture such a lush oasis in the center of Wilmington, but this state park is brimming with scenic trails, picnic areas, athletic fields, a rock climbing area, and a popular 27,000 square-foot Can-Do Playground.
  • Brandywine Zoo – Located on North Park Drive, the Brandywine Zoo makes for a great outing with the kids. The zoo features wildlife from North and South America, Asia and Africa, and also has FREE family experiences like Zookeeper talks and close encounters with education animals.
  • Rockford Park – Surrounded by green, rolling hills, Rockford Park has lovely forested areas that are perfect for a day hike, outdoor picnic, kite flying and other family fun.
  • Delaware Art Museum – This wonderful gem offers an impressive collection of pieces crafted in stained glass, silk, oil, blown glass, and other unique mediums. There are paintings and prints by John Sloan, Howard Pyle and a significant collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. The Delaware Art Museum also has a lovely sculpture garden, a gift shop, auditorium and virtual reality exhibits.
  • Sommerville Manning Gallery – Located in historic Breck’s Mill, this gallery showcases 21st century sculptures and paintings by American artists Robert Jackson, Greg Mort, Jon Redmond and others. Upcoming exhibits include “Wyeth to Warhol: Modern Masters from Past and Present.”

Discover The Overlook at Rockford Falls

The Overlook at Rockford Falls is a remarkable community comprised of 32 luxury townhomes. Enjoy easy access to all that Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley have to offer while reveling in the peace and space of a prime piece of property.

With more than 4,000 square feet of living space, our new homes on Riddle Avenue won’t stay on the market for long. To learn more about this community or to schedule a site tour, we invite you to contact Montchanin Builders today, call 302-472-7212.

5 Great Design Ideas to Make Your Luxury Townhome Your Own

Your new luxury townhome will be your family’s sanctuary for years to come. Make the most of your space by bringing your unique personality into the design scheme. When you’re done designing your space, you’ll truly feel at home, and you’ll love showing off your work to your guests.

Install a residential elevator

A residential elevator can be the perfect feature for your new home. And if you choose a luxury townhome in Wilmington, DE located in The Overlook at Rockford Falls, you can request that the builder install it before you move in. Elevators are an increasingly popular home feature. Even if you prefer to take the stairs most of the time, an elevator will prove indispensable when you need to move heavy items between floors, or simply for aging in place and increasing the home’s resale value.

Add a touch of old Hollywood glamour

Looking for a warm and welcoming, yet sophisticated and chic vibe for your luxury townhome? Consider adding a touch of old Hollywood glamour. This style is all about sharp contrasts, particularly black and white. For instance, you could put up very dark, textured wallpaper on one accent wall, leaving the other walls white. Look for black sofas with bold, white accents. Choose dramatic, glitzy lighting fixtures, and add elements of glass and crystal. Choose a few select pieces to add some surprising color to your home, such as shades of coral, wine, green, or amber.

Bring the outdoors inside

Wood floors are a good start to enhancing the natural feel of your luxury townhome in Delaware, but consider doing something a bit more over-the-top. The stacked townhomes available in Montchanin Builders’ Darley Green community, for instance, feature beautiful, vaulted ceilings. Enhance that vertical space by adding one or two dwarf trees to your décor. Consider a dwarf Meyer lemon tree, which is easily grown indoors year-round. You’ll also get a pop of natural color when it bears fruit.

Add texture

Enhancing your home with plant life is one way to add texture. There are lots of other strategies you can use too, like diversifying your artwork collection with a tapestry or two. Ethnic area rugs are another option for adding some eye-catching texture. If you’re a bibliophile, consider showcasing your collection in a floor-to-ceiling display. Books are texture too, though they aren’t often considered a décor element.

Add an authentic international flair

Your home should tell the story of your life. Whenever you travel, you can look for interesting, one-of-a-kind souvenirs to use in your home décor scheme. From classical sculptures and paintings to unexpectedly whimsical pieces, your authentic additions will make your home your own. Not much of a traveler? No problem! That’s what Google is for. Look for unique and aesthetically pleasing items from the cultures you’re most passionate about.

Montchanin Builders welcomes you home

Montchanin Builders invites you to explore the incredible amenities available in our new luxury townhomes in Wilmington, DE. On our website, you can view the latest floor plans available in the masterfully planned communities of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. In our Design Center, we’ve included everything you need to help you realize your design vision for your home. Call us today at (302) 472-7212.

Additional resources for new homeowners

  1. Elle Décor, Youthful Glamour in New York City, https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/house-interiors/a4028/youthful-glamour-in-new-york-city-a-67591/
  2. Apartment Therapy, Designer Secrets: Transform Your Space with Texture, https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/designers-secrets-5-ways-to-add-texture-to-a-room-192202

3 Great Places to Have Your Wedding in the Brandywine Valley

Beautiful wedding arch for the ceremony in the garden in sunny weather.If you have decided on historic Brandywine Valley as the location for your upcoming nuptials, while you and your beloved are scouting potential venues, consider this: It’s also a beautiful place to settle into your new lives as a couple. An exclusive community of luxury townhomes on the Brandywine River, The Overlook at Rockford Falls offers beautifully-designed homes amidst the natural wonder and peaceful quietude of preserved state park land.

New Homes in Rockford Park

The Overlook at Rockford Falls is Wilmington, Delaware-based Montchanin Builders’ newest community located on the historic Bancroft Mills site and overlooking the Brandywine Creek. The 32 luxury townhomes feature serene stream and rock wall views, reminiscent of a European town nestled by the river. Innovative, customized floor plans provide up to 4,000 square feet of living space, including three bedrooms, two and one-half baths, versatile spaces and even an optional elevator for ultimate convenience.

Refresh your spirits and lose yourself in nature with its winding walking trails leading to Rockford Tower, the famous stone landmark around which Rockford Park is centered. The community is steps away from the Delaware Art Museum, which is our first featured wedding venue for your consideration.

Gorgeous Locations for Your Wedding in the Brandywine Valley

It’s no wonder couples are falling for the charms of the Brandywine Valley – from unique venues with rustic-modern flair to breathtaking gardens and outdoor spaces.

Delaware Art Museum

2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806
302.571.9590 | 866.232.3714

Unique, inspiring, and sophisticated, the Delaware Art Museum offers one-of-a-kind event spaces surrounded by art. The unique spaces include a grand entrance hall, a contemporary, asymmetrical reception space, an outdoor terrace, and sprawling sculpture garden. Special offerings include the assistance of a professional event planner, exclusive catering by Toscana Catering, a Celebration Toast, a one-year Museum Membership for the wedding couple which includes free Museum admission, a 10% discount to Museum Store and invitations to special events, and one-day Museum passes for all wedding guests and free parking.

Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road,
Kennett Square,  PA 19348
610.388.1000

You and your guests can explore the magnificent gardens, featuring a four-acre Conservatory, outdoor gardens spanning 1,077 acres, and 86 acres of beauty in the Meadow Garden. Dazzling horticulture displays and majestic fountains, provide the perfect backdrop for photography. Located within the 2 East Conservatory, the Ballroom is unique for its elegant finishes including a parquet floor, fabric-paneled walls, and a rose-colored glass ceiling. The Courtyard Tent, available from early Spring through late Fall, maintains a garden atmosphere while guests are dining.

Brandywine Manor House

120 Germany Hollow Road
Honey Brook, PA 19344
610.942.2200

Brandywine Manor House, a circa 1740 wedding and event venue, is situated on 85 acres and provides the perfect private and intimate space for your rustic and elegant event. Surrounded by gently-rolling meadows, an illuminated lake, country gardens and majestic trees, you are provided spectacular views and backdrops for your unforgettable day. They offer three outdoor ceremony sites – the Lakeview, Garden Terrace, and the Glen, as well as three ceremony locations as part of the rustic and climate-controlled Manor Barn. The Crown Ballroom is also available for receptions and offers the look and feel of a tent while providing you with beautiful draping and theatrical lighting.  The Manor also boasts lighted gazebos, fireplaces, a pergola, footbridges, waterfalls, and an arbor.

New Construction Homes in Rockford Park

Wherever you choose to celebrate your special occasion, add a tour of The Overlook at Rockford Falls to your wedding checklist. Contact Montchanin Builders today to schedule an appointment and start your tomorrow together in a new home.

Preview Tours for The Overlook at Rockford Falls

Pauletta Caldwell The Overlook at Rockford FallsMontchanin Builders is pleased to announce the opening of The Overlook at Rockford Falls, our new, exclusive, one-of-a-kind community nestled on the peaceful, picturesque banks of Brandywine Creek. You are invited to schedule an appointment to view the floor plans and features of our spacious, amenity-filled homes. The first two homesites in The Overlook at Rockford Falls are now under construction, so call today for a site tour!

In related news, we are overjoyed to welcome Pauletta Caldwell as our Community Sales Manager for The Overlook at Rockford Falls. To schedule a tour or for more information about our luxurious, exclusive community of 32 townhomes in Rockford Park, on the historic Bancroft Mills site, please contact Pauletta at pcaldwell@montchaninbuilders.net or 610-454-8009.

The Highlights of Our Community

The masterfully-designed townhomes at The Overlook at Rockford Falls feature beautiful stone exteriors with a 2-car garage. The interior is a spacious with up to 4,000-square-feet of living space with three bedrooms, two and one half-bathrooms. Owners have the choice of features, such as an elevator, a finished recreation room, fourth bedroom and bath as well as outdoor entertaining areas. Perfect for growing families, retirees, and first-time homeowners, this community is situated on preserved state park land, amidst lush woodland with walking and hiking trails, and access to the historic Rockford Tower landmark.

Rockford Falls is nestled within Bancroft Mills, a mill complex in Wilmington and a focal point in Delaware history. Its origins go back to 1831, when the site was converted into a cotton finishing mill by English immigrant John Bancroft. The mill became the biggest of its kind in the United States. A century later in 1930, the mill stood as the largest in the world.

Delaware Townhome Amenities

It’s not just the house that makes up your home. The surrounding community is just as much a selling point for home buyers.

Much of the site’s historic appeal still remains, giving residents and visitors a glimpse of the past that remains frozen in time. Enjoy access to numerous recreational activities, including walking trails and serene waterfront views. Walking distance to the Delaware Art Museum and Delaware State Parkland, located just 1.5 miles from downtown Wilmington.

Residents also enjoy access to Rockford Park, erected in 1889 and standing as one of the oldest parks in the city. This provides a tranquil backdrop for picnics and walks with the family dog. Within Rockford Park lies Rockford Tower, an iconic century-old landmark. Make it to the top, and you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent bird’s eye view of the entire area.

Make an Appointment at Our New Design Center

Call Montchanin Builders today to schedule an appointment to visit our new Design Center, and see for yourself why The Overlook at Rockford Falls is a reflection of its rich history. Be sure to sign up to be on our VIP list to be one of the first to learn about prices, plans, and invites to our upcoming preview events.

Additional Rockford Park Resources:

  1. Only in Your State, The Remnants of This Abandoned Mill in Delaware Are Hauntingly Beautiful, http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/delaware/abandoned-mill-de/
  2. Bancroft Mills, History, http://www.bancroftmills.com/

New Home Sales Soar to 10-Year High

The demand for new single-family homes has reached its strongest pace in 10 years, reports Reuters. New home sales skyrocketed across the nation at the close of 2017, steadily climbing for three consecutive months – a positive indicator for both economic growth and a robust housing market.

With the housing market expected to take off in 2018, now is the time to put down roots and purchase a home you can be proud of! Montchanin Builders is proud to offer luxurious, one-of-a-kind, new-construction townhomes in its prized Delaware community: The Overlook at Rockford Falls. This exclusive development has just 32 homesites; don’t miss out on your opportunity to find your dream townhome on the Brandywine River.

New home sales up 26%

A Census Bureau report shows that new home sales in 2017 shot up more than 26 percent over the previous year – marking the housing market’s strongest performance in a decade. This surge is the latest indicator that the residential real estate market is gathering momentum after a slow start. Bloomberg economists add that, compared to purchases of existing homes, sales of new construction dwellings are considered a more accurate and timely gauge of the housing market in America.

“Faster economic growth in recent quarters, the booming stock market and continuous job gains are fueling substantial demand for buying a home as 2017 comes to an end… The healthy labor market and higher wage gains are expected to further strengthen buyer demand from young adults next year,” Lawrence Yun — the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors – told U.S. News.

Positive indicator for the housing market

New home purchases spiked throughout America, with sales in the Midwest and West seeing notable gains with 17.9 percent and 6.4 percent respectively. However, the Northeast housing market enjoyed its best performance since October 2007, with a 30.2 percent uptick in single-family home sales this past Fall.

Relatively low mortgage rates coupled with a steady job market have fostered the demand for residential real estate. Many of the new homes sold were upscale properties, reflected in the average selling price (Oct. 2017) of $400,200.

According to Zillow economist Svenja Gudell, there’s a growing demand for new homes, especially among younger, first-time buyers. Last year, many prospective buyers faced a limited selection of new construction housing options, given the sparse inventory across most of the country.

Find your dream home in 2018

Imagine living in a new townhome with up to 4,000 luxurious square-feet, close to nature, ample green spaces and a short drive to shops and businesses. Discover a relaxing retreat located within the highly-sought after Rockford Park neighborhood, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, in Wilmington, DE.

To find out more or to schedule a tour, please reach out to Montchanin Builders today at 302.472.7212!

More on growth of new home sales in the U.S.:

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

New Year. New Community. New Home. New Designs!

Montchanin Builders in Delaware is ringing in the New Year by introducing new homes and a new community! We’re excited by all of the upcoming projects slated for 2018, including the opening of our brand-new community, The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Homesites are going quickly, so take advantage of this incredible opportunity while it lasts!

The Overlook at Rockford Falls

The Overlook at Rockford Falls community is built by Montchanin Builders, and there’s already plenty of buzz about its beautiful, nature-inspired elements and luxurious townhomes. It’s an exclusive neighborhood, with just 32 homes. When you move here, you’ll fall in love with the nature trails, and easy access to state park land. Plus, it’s within walking distance to many popular attractions around Rockford Park—including the Delaware Art Museum. Choose a homesite that overlooks Brandywine Creek, and the perfect picnic spot will be practically in your backyard.

The first two homes are currently under construction, and a decorated model is coming soon!

The Albin: A one-of-a-kind dream home could be yours

One of the homes you can choose from in Middletown is The Albin at 2004 Apex Close. It’s an impressive and charming bungalow design that features over 2,486 square feet of living space all on one convenient level. The finished lower level adds more than 1,000 square feet of additional living space, where you can walk out directly to your beautifully landscaped, wooded lot.

With soaring 10-foot ceilings, four bedrooms, and four full baths, this home is a must see. Relax on a full front porch and back porch from which to enjoy the beautiful Delaware seasons.

New home designs!

Darley Green Manor Homes

 

2018 is definitely shaping up to be a busy year for us. In addition to opening our new community near Rockford Park, Montchanin Builders is pleased to introduce new home designs! We’re hard at work finalizing the floor plans, features, and pricing. New townhome designs for our highly sought-after Darley Green community will feature three stories, with living spaces ranging from 2,200 square ft. to 2,500 square ft.

Join our VIP list and be the first to learn about the new details as they’re finalized!

These beautiful new homes will offer three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, plus a spacious two-car garage. You can expect the same premium features that Montchanin Builders is known for—including gourmet kitchens, designer flooring, upgrades appliances, elegant fixtures, and plenty of well-designed storage space.

We make it easy to join a Montchanin Builders community

Our new homes sell quickly, so call Montchanin Builders today at 302.472.7212 or fill out the quick contact form on our website. We invite you to take your time touring our communities in Delaware: Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Once you’ve fallen in love with our luxuriously appointed homes, modern floor plans, and friendly, walkable neighborhoods, ask us about our preferred financing partner, Supreme Lending.

Now Selling – The Overlook at Rockford Falls

Luxury townhomes are now selling at The Overlook at Rockford Falls, a homeowner’s dream community overlooking the Brandywine Creek. Recalling the atmosphere of a quaint European village, the newest master-planned community from the award-winning Montchanin Builders is only 1.5 miles from downtown Wilmington, DE. A peaceful enclave resting amidst preserved park land, walking trails and rock walls, The Overlook at Rockford Falls is part of historical Bancroft Mills.

The gorgeously designed homes in this exclusive community simply will not last long, so we urge homebuyers to take advantage of these extraordinary opportunities:

  • Interior Homesites – includes three bedrooms, 2.5 baths,  a 2-car garage, with up to 4,000-square-feet living space, and a Turned Gable Roof with James Hardie® Exterior Siding Front & Back. Prices start at $509,900.
  • End of Group Homesites – includes three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a 2-car garage, with up to 4,000-square-feet living space, a Stone front with Dormers and James Hardie® Exteriors on side and back. Prices start at $539,900.

History is preserved in beautiful Rockford Park

The Overlook at Rockford Falls is located within walking distance of Rockford Park and Bancroft Mills. This area had humble beginnings dating back to 1831, when English immigrant John Bancroft opened a textile mill. At the time, the mill was the largest of its kind in the country. By the 1930s, it was the largest mill in the world that was still standing.

The Bancroft family had a love for the arts, and is credited with the opening of the Delaware Art Center in 1938. Within the center lies the Delaware Art Museum. Highlights include a 9-acre sculpture garden, various exhibits of modern American art, and weekly studio art classes.

The Bancroft’s preservation efforts also include Alapocas Run State Park, located within Brandywine Valley. The parkland contains 26,000 square feet of playground for kids called the Can-Do Playground, which also includes an old quarry with a fully functional rock-climbing wall.

Live in a home surrounded by scenic natural beauty

Not far from Bancroft Mills lies Rockford Park, one of the oldest parks in Wilmington. It was donated to the city by the Bancroft family in 1889. The park contains a 100-year-old stone water tower as its main focal point, but also features numerous hiking paths, acres of woodlands, plentiful green spaces, tennis courts and an off-leash dog park — all available for residents of The Overlook at Rockford Falls to take advantage of. Joggers, bike riders, picnickers, and kite flyers couldn’t ask for a more serene setting.

Preview The Overlook at Rockford Falls for yourself!

Montchanin Builders invites you to preview their latest stunning creation: The Overlook at Rockford Falls. We are confident you will fall in love with your new home — especially when you get a glimpse of highly-sought amenities like hardwood floors, luxury bathrooms, gourmet kitchens, and dynamic personalization options. Call to schedule your preview appointment today!

More on the historic Rockford Park area:

  1. Only In Your State, The Remnants Of This Abandoned Mill In Delaware Are Hauntingly Beautiful, http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/delaware/abandoned-mill-de/
  2. Rockford Park, http://www.destateparks.com/PARK/wilmington/rockford-park/index.asp

5 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

home value, house value, property valuesAs soon as you become a proud homeowner, you’ll likely start to think about your home’s value. Home value is a major issue, and not just for homeowners who are getting ready to put the property up for sale. By increasing your home’s value, you’re also increasing the equity you own in your home.

It’s not difficult to improve your home’s value, and you can always hire a home contractor in Delaware to do the heavy lifting for you.

1. Add an elevator

Residential elevators aren’t just for billionaires and city slickers living in high-rise apartment buildings. There’s been a rising trend lately in home buyers looking for townhomes with elevators, and homeowners planning renovations to add them. Elevators allow seniors to age in place, even if they have a multi-story home. They assist families with young children (ever try to carry a heavy laundry basket down the stairs with a small child getting underfoot?), and they’re an ideal option for people who once considered single story living.

2. Replace the hardware

One minor home improvement task that will boost value is replacing aging, loose, or worn-out hardware. Go on a shopping trip and look for new doorknobs and hardware for your kitchen cabinets. Don’t forget handles and knobs for your bathroom vanity cabinets!

3. Spruce up your landscaping and hardscaping

Curb appeal is a major factor in a home’s value. Trim overgrown hedges and bushes, add some fresh mulch to the flowerbeds, and plant some attractive chrysanthemums, peonies, and colorful, ornamental grasses. If your home lacks hardscaping, consider adding a retaining wall. Other options for boosting your home’s value include installing a water feature, building a stone walkway, and putting in a patio.

4. Improve energy efficiency

Energy-efficient homes are a trend that will never go out of style. Some homeowners are concerned about the depletion of the earth’s natural resources, and feel that it’s their civic responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint. Other homeowners are tired of spending their paychecks on utility bills, and would like to stop throwing cash out a drafty window. Regardless of the reason, an energy-efficient home is a more valuable home. Consider replacing old windows, installing a high-efficiency furnace, and upgrading to Energy Star-rated appliances in your kitchen and laundry room.

5. Finish the basement

A finished basement can make a world of difference for a family. And if you’ve decided to install a residential elevator, it will be more accessible than ever. Finished basements add a great deal of livable square footage to a home. They also provide extra storage spaces, without the mold and mustiness that is characteristic of an unfinished basement.

Elevator townhomes in Delaware

Looking for a new home in Delaware? Montchanin Builders can help you find the perfect home for your family. In our beautifully planned communities, you’ll enjoy amazing amenities, walkable streets, and friendly neighbors. Our custom, move-in ready townhomes offer luxury at an affordable price. If you choose to make The Overlook at Rockford Falls your new community, you could even purchase a townhome with an elevator in Delaware! Call Montchanin Builders at 302.472.7212.

More tips on how to increase your home’s value:

  1. The Family Handyman, 15 Reasons Why You Should Renovate Your House for Property Value, https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/15-reasons-why-you-should-renovate-your-house-for-property-value/view-all/
  2. Realtor Mag, A Rising Trend: Home Elevators, https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/15-reasons-why-you-should-renovate-your-house-for-property-value/view-all/

Why Today’s Home Buyers Are Attracted to Planned Communities

Today’s home buyers want more than the American dream of a tidy house with a white picket fence. To accommodate their busy lifestyles—and help them get the most out of their rest and relaxation time—modern home buyers demand convenience, amenities, uniform infrastructure, and wide open spaces. It seems impossible to accommodate all of these must-haves in one location, but that’s exactly what builders of master planned communities in Delaware have accomplished.

The true spirit of community

People who purchase homes in planned communities tend to share the same basic values in life, including the firm commitment to true neighborliness. The days of borrowing a cup of sugar from a neighbor might be long past, but master planned communities are still close-knit places where neighbors look after each other.

The proximity to major traffic routes

A planned community is like its own little town. Residents have the tranquil experience of neighborhood living, but with easy access to major attractions nearby. Planned communities are typically located within minutes of commuter trains and major roadways, allowing residents to easily commute to work. Families can also take advantage of the attractions in the nearby major cities, like concerts, theaters, and museums.

The convenience of city living, with the perks of the suburbs

Today’s planned neighborhoods are true communities in every sense of the word, with neighborhood shops and other amenities within walking distance. Modern home buyers love the peace and relaxation of being away from the city, but they still want the amenities that city life brings. Planned communities are the perfect marriage of these two ideals.

Within their own neighborhoods, families can walk their kids to the primary care physician, enjoy a cup of coffee at the corner deli, and head out for an evening stroll along the nature trails. All of these perks—and more—can be found in the most highly coveted planned neighborhoods.

Stable home value

Another compelling reason behind the planned community trend is the effect it has on home values. No matter how carefully a homeowner maintains the property, that house’s value is affected by the neighbors’ homes. If a neighbor decides to subdivide a lot and put a mobile home on it, the value of the nearby houses will decline. This is a common problem that planned communities eliminate. Since the lots are developed according to a master plan, and the use of the lots is regulated, homeowners never have to worry about the value of their property decreasing because of a neighbor’s choices.

Why modern home buyers choose Montchanin Builders

Montchanin Builders is proud to have been the innovator behind some of the most highly coveted addresses in the Wilmington, Delaware area. Our masterfully planned communities include Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Aside from our beautiful, move-in ready homes, home buyers choose Montchanin Builders because of the incredible amenities of our communities. From nature trails and water features to shopping and entertainment, our neighborhoods are walkable masterpieces. Homes in our communities in Delaware sell fast, so call us today at (302) 472-7212.

Read further about the benefits of planned communities:

  1. Houston Chronicle, Master-planned communities hold allure for many, http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Master-planned-communities-hold-allure-for-many-5444076.php
  2. American Planning Association, Characteristics and Guidelines of Great Neighborhoods, https://www.planning.org/greatplaces/neighborhoods/characteristics.htm