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Best Places to Go Ice Skating in Wilmington DE

father and child learning to skate in winter snow

Once the snowflakes start swirling and the hot cocoa is poured, ice skating is one of the first activities that comes to mind for date night, family fun, or a wintry evening out with friends. Wilmington, Delaware has both indoor and outdoor ice skating facilities just a short drive from the Darley Green neighborhood in the thriving Claymont District.

Skating Club of Wilmington (Indoor)

Address: 1301 Carruthers Ln. Wilmington, DE 19803 (13 minute drive from Darley Green)
You don’t have to be a member of the Skating Club of Wilmington to enjoy the sheet of ice year-round. The indoor rink is home to a hockey league, hockey camps, figure skating competitors, broomball league, and beginner skate lessons. The facility is also available to rent for a birthday, holiday, or corporate party. A snack shop provides food and beverages, and a pro shop sells equipment for the ice skating enthusiast. Public skating hours are: Wednesday evenings from 7:10-7:40, Friday evenings from 7:30 – 9:30, Saturdays from 3:15 – 5:15, and Sundays from 3:15 to 5:15. Call 302-656-5005 for details.

Horizon Riverfront Rink (Outdoor)

Address: 308 Justison St. Wilmington DE 19801 (16 minute drive from Darley Green)

In 2014, the Riverfront Development Corp of Delaware opened a scenic, seasonal 120 x 72-foot outdoor ice skating rink on the Wilmington Riverfront. The family attraction accommodates up to 350 skaters and is open from late November through February 28. The attraction features holiday decorations, twinkling lights, seasonal music, warming huts, skate rental, and concessions. Skaters pay a $5 admission (under 12) or an $8 admission (12+), plus $3 for skate rental if needed. Four-session skating lessons are available at 6 pm for a charge of $92 plus the skate rental fee and can be booked by emailing jsenn@riverfrontwilm.com. Rink hours are Monday through Thursday from 4 – 9 pm, Fridays from 4 – 10 pm, Saturdays from 11 am – 10 pm, and Sundays from 11 am – 9 pm. For more information, visit www.riverfrontrink.com.

Bellevue State Park (Outdoor)

Address: 800 Carr Rd. Wilmington, DE 19809 (8 minute drive from Darley Green)

Bellevue State Park has been nicknamed “a park for all seasons,” with its fine tennis courts and horse stables in the summers and its frozen ice skating pond and snow-covered woodlands in the winters. Skaters must bring their own equipment but are free to skate and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Delaware River from 8 am until sunset, weather permitting. Call 302-761-6963 for details on current pond skating conditions.

Ice skating in Philadelphia

In addition to these three ice skating opportunities right here in Wilmington, Delaware, our residents also enjoy easy access to the skating facilities in Philadelphia, which are less than a 30-minute drive from Darley Green. Places like The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park (in the shadow of city hall), the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing, the Laura Sims Skate House at Cobbs Creek, and Rizzo Rink are all worthy spots to check out this winter.

New homes in Wilmington, DE

Close proximity to all the best attractions Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, PA have to offer is one of the main reasons buyers flock to the Darley Green master-planned community. They also like that our move-in ready townhomes and condos are designed with classical architecture and low-maintenance in mind, not to mention built to last! Call 302-655-2600 for a tour.

Wilmington-Area Fall Festivities Celebrate Nature, Art and Food

Autumn foliage over lakeDelaware’s historic towns, beautiful state parks and picturesque valleys are especially vibrant during the fall, when you can experience the marvels of Mother Nature at work. It’s a season of magnificent crisp weather, perfect for fall foliage day trips. Delaware’s autumn glow kicks off this month, when summer’s green hues transform into dazzling yellows, oranges and reds. Whether you’re cruising along the Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway, or enjoying a coastal ride to Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, fall promises countless scenic moments as well as slew of family-friendly events.

And while some events highlight the pleasures of autumn, others focus on food, music and fun. Here’s a round-up of some of the most popular happenings this fall in the Wilmington, DE area.

Fall events in Wilmington, DE

  • Autumn Colors at Longwood Gardens – Discover fall’s rich and varied colors at Longwood Gardens, one of the nation’s premier botanical gardens, featuring more than 11,000 species of plants and trees. Patrons are welcome to stroll the 86-acre Meadow Garden and Hourglass Lake for an unforgettable glimpse at multihued asters, meadow grasses and vibrant goldenrod, on view now through November 22.
  • Harvest Moon Festival – The Delaware Nature Society is hosting two days of family fun this year at Coverdale Farm Preserve in the gorgeous countryside of Greenville, DE. Festivities are planned for Saturday October 3 and Sunday October 4, when guests can enjoy hayrides, arts and crafts for kids, music performances, artisan demonstrations and killer food. Admission to the Harvest Moon Festival is free for DNS members and $5 for non-members.
  • Blackbird Creek Fall Festival – This FREE fall festival has been a local favorite since its beginnings in 2007. The event brings together talented artisans, live music, hands-on education demonstrations, kids activities celebrating the outdoors, a scavenger hunt and hay maze, opportunities for kayaking and hiking, and much more! Bring a blanket or a chair and head to Townsend for this popular autumn event on Saturday, October 17. Hours run from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m, rain or shine.
  • Delaware Wine and Beer Festival – Get ready to sample the bold flavors of Big Reef Porter, Pumpkin Ale, Sundancer White IPA and other specialty brews at this year’s much anticipated Delaware Wine and Beer Festival. Tickets are selling fast for a chance to savor more than a 100 varieties of beer, wine, mead, and spirits crafted in DE. Nosh on gourmet sandwiches, BBQ, fresh seafood and other delicacies as you enjoy live music and an amazing array of libations against the picturesque backdrop of Dover’s Loockerman Village. Guests can also squeeze in some shopping with wares from more than 50 local artisans on sale. The festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 17 from noon – 5 p.m. Tickets allow unlimited samples and are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Shuttle and limo service is also available for an additional cost.

Seasonal charms of Delaware living

Lively fall festivals are just one of the many charms of living in Wilmington, Delaware, where residents enjoy world-class dining, performing arts, historic attractions and a revitalized riverfront.

If you’re considering relocation and would like more information about Delaware townhomes and condos by Montchanin Builders, please call 302-655-2600. Our customer representatives can schedule a home tour in our exclusive master-planned community of Darley Green, situated in the lovely Claymont Renaissance District, just 25 minutes from Philadelphia.

Healthy Wilmington: The Place to Get You Moving!

family riding bikesA key attraction for the homeowners at Darley Green, Wilmington’s highly regarded master-planned community of new construction condos and townhomes, is its proximity to so many healthy recreational activities, many in the fresh air of the great outdoors. Darley Green “walks the walk” itself with its own dedicated jogging trail.

Here are some top choices for health and fitness opportunities in the Wilmington area:

Biking, hiking and more in Wilmington, Delaware

Situated at the northern end of the Delaware Outdoor Trail, Wilmington residents can work their way through 60 outdoor activities at 40 statewide locations. The activities are in four categories–walking/hiking/running, wildlife viewing, biking, and water activities.

Small in size, but big in reputation among outdoor lovers, Delaware has always been blessed with extraordinary natural beauty. Lush river valleys, deep forests, spectacular trails, outstanding state parks, and mile after mile of gorgeous sandy beaches and rock-strewn coastline mark Delaware as a healthy paradise.

The area around Wilmington DE is surrounded by six wonderful state parks alone–Brandywine Creek, Fort Dupont, White Clay Creek, Bellevue, Fort Dupont, Lum’s Pond, as well as the Northern Delaware Greenway. Kayaking, hiking, zip lining, and biking are minutes away from Wilmington.

CrossFit Riverfront Community

A very special thing is happening at CrossFit Riverfront, a much-loved cross training facility on Justison Street at the Wilmington riverfront. Recently voted Best CrossFit facility by the voters of Readers’ Choice, CrossFit Riverfront is a supportive, intensive training facility where the emphasis is on varied workouts scaled to all ages and fitness levels, from disabled to Olympian. There are eighty classes weekly in categories like CrossFit, RivFit, Yoga, FightFit, Endurance, Strongman, and Olympic Weightlifting.

On the CrossFit Riverfront website, there are stories written by some of the members who feel their lives have changed as a result of this unique facility. From Monika, who’s been a member for three months:

“I understand the passion behind CrossFit now. If you dedicate yourself the results are irrefutable. In this short period of time I have seen a drastic improvement in my stamina and reaction time, increased flexibility and strength, steady weight loss and healthier dietary choices. Not to mention the overall boost to my self-esteem – repeatedly meeting new goals, accomplishing once unthought-of feats and pushing myself beyond my limitations has helped me regain the bounding confidence tarnished by time and weight gain.”

In the summer, there are even two-week KidsFit Camps “teaching healthy exercise habits in a fun and exciting way.” For kids 6 to 12, the classes are varied and keep the kids on the go, laughing and having a great time without ever getting bored. Call CrossFit Riverfront for information on all of CrossFit’s programs.

Healthy Kids Running Series

In the spring and fall, the Healthy Kids Running Series comes to Wilmington to provide pre-K to 8th grade kids with an uplifting and fun five week experience in the world of running. Originally designed to educate parents and kids on the dangers of childhood obesity, this superb running program motivates any child to see that running can be a key to staying healthy and active while making children feel great about themselves.

There are age-appropriate Race Series once a week that give a child a chance to experience the excitement of competition while making new friends and hopefully beginning to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle. Win or lose, the point is to do it! Fast or slow, all participants receive a medal and gift bag for their achievements.

Move-in ready condos near Wilmington DE

The spectacular outdoor settings around Wilmington are the backdrop for the affordable luxury of the new construction condos and townhomes at Darley Green, ideally situated minutes from downtown Wilmington and the Riverfront and only twenty-five minutes from Philadelphia.

If you’re looking for a move-in ready condo or townhome in stunning northern Delaware, call 302-655-2600 to set up a private tour of the great homes at Darley Green.

Best Lunch in Wilmington – Our Top 3 Picks

cocina loloWilmington’s vibrant restaurant scene is just one of the myriad perks of living in this enlivened city. Over 10 years of focused revitalization efforts along the Christina riverfront and throughout the city have paid off in spades. Successful urban redevelopment has created a thriving city: a place of robust commerce, brimming with diverse cultural, culinary and recreational attractions.

You don’t have to be a foodie to appreciate the gastronomic offerings of Wilmington, DE. The city’s renaissance has lured top chefs and many a culinary genius who whip up sensational fare for residents and tourists alike. Whether you’re hankering for fresh seafood, avant-garde American eats or inspired Mexican cuisine, Wilmington’s got you covered.

There are literally dozens of great restaurants and cafes to choose from, but for an exceptional lunch in Wilmington, here are our top three picks.

Best lunch spots in Wilmington

  • Eclipse Bistro – Noted for their attentive staff, cozy atmosphere and imaginative dishes, Eclipse Bistro features farm to table ingredients on an ever-changing menu. Lunch is always busy at this Union Street restaurant, where patrons can dine on little neck clams cooked in a chorizo broth followed by lemon-roasted shrimp, served with pickled corn, shaved fennel and cilantro-buttermilk dressing. Their lunch menu dazzles with new takes on soups, salads, pastas and sandwiches using summer’s bounty. Patrons rave about the salt-roasted beets, and grinders made with country ham and mortadella. An expansive wine list and reasonable prices make this bistro a must!
  • Cocina Lolo – For innovative “Mexicali” food in the heart of Wilmington, look no further than this newly opened gem, located on King Street in The Renaissance Centre. Cocina Lolo isn’t your traditional Mexican joint. The menu boasts an original twist on authentic favorites, with influence from other Latin countries. Exotic mushroom tacos with pumpkin seeds, grilled sea bass escabeche, and jumbo crab ceviche with cilantro and coconut milk promise a sophisticated touch for your mid-day meal. Lolo is the brainchild of celebrated chef, Bryan Sikoro, who also owns the acclaimed La Fia Bakery + Market + Bistro. The rustic dining room seats 45 and begins lunch service at 11 AM. Patrons say the pork carnita tacos with charred tomato salsa are out of this world!
  • Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront – Regulars at this popular riverfront restaurant enjoy fabulous views of the Christina River while savoring some of the region’s freshest seafood. Their raw bar specials include Blue Point and Chincoteague Salts Oysters along with steamed and chilled Gulf Shrimp.  The outdoor patio is alfresco dining at its best, and the menu offers something for everyone – from sandwiches and tasty salads to mouthwatering fish entrees. The atmosphere is very family-friendly (with a great kid’s menu!), and the portions are incredibly generous. It might be tough, but try and save room for their key lime pie or deep dish chocolate cookie, served warm with vanilla ice cream!

Wilmington captures the best of Delaware living

Fabulous cuisine aside, there’s no doubt that the quality of life in Wilmington, DE makes it one of the best places in the state to live, work and play. And Montchanin Builders is proud to offer beautiful move-in ready townhomes and condos in the Claymont District, convenient to the shopping, entertainment and dining that has made Wilmington a wonderful place to call home.

Summertime is Time to Enjoy the Wilmington Riverfront

Wilmington Riverfront viewThe calendar may say that summer is rushing by, but summertime activity on the Wilmington Riverfront shows no sign of slowing down. One of the great attractions of living in the Wilmington, Delaware area is the seemingly never-ending flow of things to do regardless of the season.

If you’re looking for townhomes and condos for sale in Delaware, be sure to check out the master-planned community of Darley Green, situated only minutes from the Riverfront. Darley Green epitomizes affordable luxury and a maintenance-free lifestyle in a delightful small town setting. It’s the perfect home base to enjoy the fantastic indoor and outdoor lifestyle that Wilmington has come to be known for.

August offerings on the Wilmington Riverfront

Nothing says summer like outdoor concerts, cruising on the water, and of course, baseball!

If you live in Wilmington, you know all about the free Shipyard Summer Concert Series at Dravo Plaza right next to the Shipyard Center on the Riverfront. Thursday evenings under the stars in August mean Cajun, Zydeco, Roots, and Reggae on the 6th of August, some Sinatra to celebrate the 100th birthday of Ol’ Blue Eyes on the 13th, sizzling salsa and Latin Swing on the 20th, and R&B and classic Motown on the 27th. And all right on the Wilmington Riverfront!

After enjoying a day of some of Wilmington’s famous tax-free shopping, you may want to rest your wallet and your weary bones by taking a lovely, relaxing cruise on the 29-passenger River Taxi on the serene Wilmington and Christina Rivers. Catch a sailor’s eye view of the many cool attractions, strolling couples and families, and open air bars and restaurants along the Wilmington Riverfront. There are six River Taxi docks along the Riverfront so just jump on wherever you want.

You may also want to take a one hour History Tour sponsored by the Christina Riverboat Company and learn more about the storied history of the Wilmington waterfront. Does seafood taste better when you’re on the water? Try a special seagoing dinner on deck while the captain and crew do the work.

August is a perfect time to enjoy a balmy summer evening on the river with friends on Wilmington’s immensely popular Wednesday Wine Cruises. Head over to Dravo Dock near the Shipyard Center for one-hour tasting cruises highlighted by a selection of specially handpicked wines. The tasting cruise is $15, and you can order cheese, fruit, and crackers for only $6 per person. 21 and over. Reservations are highly recommended.

After a day of touring condos for sale in Delaware, the kids may be getting antsy! Every Tuesday and Thursday through the end of August is Family Night on the River. Hop aboard a River Taxi with the kids for only $15 for a family of four. Take a 45 minute cruise on the Christina River up to Stratosphere Trampoline Park and get a 50% off pass for an hour of jump time and a coupon for Molly’s Ice Cream!

What’s August and September without baseball?

One of the greatest American pleasures is minor league baseball–small parks so you’re close to the action, future All Stars and Hall of Famers on display just yards away, crazy promos and giveaways, hot dogs, beer, and cotton candy. The Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League have made the playoffs and have some great home games between now and mid-September to enjoy even if you’re not a baseball fan. Bring the family to Frawley Stadium at the Wilmington Riverfront and see what minor league baseball is all about.

Take a summer tour of Darley Green’s Wilmington condos for sale

If you’re looking for maintenance-free affordable luxury in a new construction condo or townhome in Wilmington DE, you owe it to yourself to tour Darley Green. This charming community with a small town feel is ideally located just minutes from the Wilmington Riverfront and only twenty five minutes from Philadelphia.

Call 302-655-2600 to set up your private tour and see why Darley Green may just be your best choice for your new life in Wilmington, Delaware.

Exceptional Outdoor Dining in Wilmington

Riverfront dining WilmingtonOne of the most enduring attractions of Wilmington, Delaware is its outstanding riverfront location near the junction of the Delaware and Christina Rivers. Its storied history as a shipbuilding center has given Wilmington its unmistakable nautical flavor and healthy outdoor personality.

Visitors new to the area who have been touring some of the beautiful condos at nearby Darley Green find themselves drawn all summer to stroll along the gorgeous Wilmington Riverfront, a 1.3 mile scenic pathway hugging the Christina River.

Wilmington DE condos convenient to exceptional riverfront dining

It’s tough to choose a place to dine when you have so many great and varied options all within close proximity. There are craft beer bars, lively family-friendly spots, great young chefs dishing out healthy New American cuisine, fabulous ethnic eateries, and some of the best outdoor dining in Delaware.

And is there anything sweeter about summertime in Wilmington than sitting on the outdoor deck of one of the Riverfront’s many restaurants sipping a cocktail or cold beer, enjoying some good food, and watching the boats slipping along the river?

Here are a few of the outdoor restaurants that Wilmington locals and visitors are talking about:

  • Firestone Roasting House at 101 S. West Street offers hand crafted pizza, signature steaks, fresh seafood, live entertainment, and a great outdoor patio bar.
  • Harry’s Seafood Grill at 101 S. Market Street gets high marks for its innovative cuisine and top shelf service, fifty wines by the glass, and an outdoor patio open all summer.
  • Big Fish Grill at 720 Justison Street scores with the freshest seafood, hand-cut steaks, delicious pastas and a covered outdoor patio.
  • Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant at 710 Madison Street serves comfort food and wood-fired pizza alongside its own brewery. Grab a seasonal beer and head for the two 100-seat patios with sweeping views of the river.
  • Timothy’s Riverfront Grill at 930 Justison Street, home of its award-winning burgers and wings, has a deck right on the Christina River.
  • Joe’s Crab Shack at 600 Justison Street has a 100 seat riverfront deck and children’s outdoor play area. Enjoy barbecued, garlic, and steamed Dungeness crab, along with Snow crabs and King crabs.
  • Ubon Thai Cuisine at 936 Justison Street was voted best Thai restaurant in Wilmington and has a great outdoor patio.

Try the terrific New American cuisine at River Rock Kitchen at 818 Shipyard Drive serving locally sourced meats and produce. It’s also the only spot on the Riverfront where you can get a dynamite power breakfast on the deck overlooking the river.

Finally, if you’re a baseball fan, you may be hard pressed to improve on the ultimate outdoor dining experience of a hot dog and a beer watching the minor league Wilmington Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium.

Fabulous cuisine –  one of the many benefits of Delaware living

If you live in Wilmington, you get to enjoy the outdoor pleasures, dining and sports and recreation of the Riverfront all year long. And there’s no better base of operations for young professionals, families, and retirees than the gracious master planned-community of Wilmington DE condos at Darley Green.

Darley Green homeowners have discovered this beautiful section of Delaware not only because of its great healthy outdoor lifestyle but because of its excellent central location minutes from I-95 and downtown Wilmington, and a quick 25-minute commute into Philadelphia. If you’re thinking of moving to the area, you owe it to yourself to consider the affordable luxury of Darley Green, where two and three bedroom condos and townhouses are competitively priced starting in the low $200’s.

Please call 302.655.2600 for more information about Darley Green and see why smart buyers are making the same move.

The Joys of Spring & Summer Delaware Living

Friends Having LunchWhen the warm weather comes, Delaware has a coming out party like no other state in the Union. Blessed with such spectacular natural beauty that Thomas Jefferson called it “a jewel among states,” Delaware shows off its best features in spring and summer — gorgeous beaches along a 28-mile coastline, stunning national parks, winding river valleys, and mile after country  mile of flowering trees and lush greenery.

To enjoy the essence of warm weather Delaware living, look no further than the hundreds of art, music and food festivals across the state this Spring. You’ll soon understand the wonderful blend of people, culture, natural beauty, and charming small town living that defines Delaware.

And speaking of lovely small town living, be sure to stop in to see Darley Green’s master-planned community of gracious townhomes and Delaware condos. Darley Green, the sixty-seven acre centerpiece of the historic Claymont Renaissance District, is one of Delaware’s most important communities offering its residents a delightful blend of small town life just minutes from the entertainment and attractions of Wilmington, the Brandywine River valley, and Philadelphia.

Outdoor Delaware living for every taste

Warm weather brings everyone outdoors, so do as the locals do, and head for the Wilmington Riverfront, a 1.3 mile stretch along the Christina River. Young or old, family or single, this exciting area is an irresistible magnet for history buffs, sports fans, joggers, strollers, shoppers, culture hunters, and foodies. Craft beer bars, innovative new restaurants with top young chefs, fun brunch and night spots, fabulous steak and seafood houses, and alfresco decks on the river make the Riverfront a warm weather must.

And is there anything that says summertime more than a hot dog and a soda or beer at a baseball game under the lights? Go watch future major league stars at Frawley Stadium, home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, a Kansas City Royal affiliate, for one of America’s unforgettable small town experiences—minor league baseball.

Need more? Visit the state parks for hiking, kayaking, camping, biking, fishing, horseback riding, and swimming—any outdoor activity you can think of, Delaware has it!

Experience the cultural treasures of Delaware this summer

When you’re tuckered out from the outdoors, a fantastic way to check in on some of the cultural offerings of Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley is the Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport, which offers great discounts for individuals and families to eleven of the area’s best attractions.

Get yourself a Treasure Trail Passport and visit the Brandywine River Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Delaware Center of the Contemporary Arts, the knockout beauty of Longwood Gardens, Winterthur Museum, and several other wonderful destinations, all minutes from the condos and townhomes at Darley Green.

Philadelphia townhouseSmart buyers are snapping up Delaware condos

This is a perfect time of year to go house hunting in Delaware at Darley Green. Designed to provide affordable luxury and maintenance-free livability, the beautiful new two and three bedroom condos and townhomes at Darley Green are attracting a broad mix of smart buyers of all ages—singles, young families with children, and retirees—who seek the ease of Delaware living at a great price. They also know Delaware’s reputation as one of the most tax friendly states in the Union—no sales tax, no estate tax, and a very low income tax rate.

They’re also taking advantage of one of the best features of Darley Green—its fabulous central location. When you live at Darley Green, you are 5 minutes from the I-95 corridor to NYC, Boston, and Washington, DC, 2 minutes from I-495, and just 15 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport. Baltimore is a one hour drive, and New York City is only two hours away.

If you’re a single professional or a couple, a young family starting out, or an active retiree, you owe it to yourself to visit Darley Green and see why our homeowners are so happy. For more information, please contact our sales manager at 302-655-2600 to arrange a tour.

Top 5 Places to Move in Delaware

Wilmington Riverfront viewWith national headlines proclaiming Delaware as a trending hotspot for millennials and retirees alike, the question on homebuyers’ minds is not “why Delaware?” but “where in Delaware can I get the best value for my money?”

So why is everyone flocking to the First State to live, work and play? First of all, the financial advantages are truly unmatched: no sales tax, no inheritance tax, one of the country’s lowest property tax rates and a minuscule state income tax. But increasingly other draws are luring everyone – from young professionals to empty nesters to families just starting out – to Delaware, including lucrative employment opportunities, new luxury developments, and happening cultural and nightlife scenes.

With such a bounty of riches, it can be hard to know where to look first when considering a move to Delaware. Whether you prefer a beach community in Sussex County, the sizzling hot riverfront scene in Wilmington, or the sprawling hills of New Castle, our list of the top 5 places to move in Delaware has you covered.

Darley Green

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darley green living roomA 21st century upgrade to small-town America of yesteryear, this master-planned community of spacious townhomes and condos combines the best of both worlds: a relaxed neighborhood atmosphere only 10 minutes by car to the newly revitalized Wilmington riverfront and a 20-minute commute to Philadelphia. Residents are also only minutes from the many attractions – recreational, cultural, culinary and more – of the Brandywine River Valley. Darley Green proves that luxury and convenience really can be affordable, with prices starting in the $200s. Incentives are currently available for qualifying homebuyers.

The Residences at Christina Landing

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Christina Landing exterior high riseThe epitome of high-class luxury on the Wilmington Riverfront. Apartments include floor to ceiling windows, private balconies with water views, and all the high-end bells and whistles you could ask for, such as on-site dry cleaning, private gym, a 2-acre park and a Park Avenue-style concierge.

Ideally situated in the heart of Wilmington, residents are mere steps away from Riverwalk, Market Street, Riverfront Market and the Christina Crossing Shopping Center.

Bay Pointe

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BayPointe front gateThis private waterfront community of coastal-style homes located on Rehoboth Bay in Sussex County offers a quiet retreat from the crowds, yet is only minutes from the bustling boardwalk, shopping and nightlife of Rehoboth Beach and Lewes.

First class amenities include 4 lakes, a waterfront gazebo and kayak center. Residents can also take advantage of the Cape Henlopen School District, routinely ranked as one the best in Delaware.

Bayfront at Rehoboth

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rehobothLuxury coastal living starting in the $400s, just 9 minutes from downtown Rehoboth Beach. Enjoy stunning views of small ponds, pine forests and salt marshes leading to the glistening bay. Features wooded and private half-acre homesites, an outdoor pool, and a small section of private beach on the bay. Conveniently located minutes from golfing, boating and other attractions.

Milltown Village

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retired Delaware coupleA unique over-55 community of European-inspired detached homes and carriage houses starting in the $400s, situated on 50 tree-filled acres overlooking the beautiful rolling hills of Pike Creek Valley.

Homebuyers can select from a variety of elegant design plans, from  The Marseille to The Bordeaux to The Seville and more.

Less than half an hour from downtown Wilmington, the Delaware National Golf Course, and other area highlights.

Riverfront Revitalization Raising Wilmington Property Values

wilmington squareIs there still a place for post-industrial powerhouses like Wilmington, Delaware in a new, tech-fueled economy? We sure think so! According to Jake Blumgart writing for Next City, only 26.7 percent of the people living in Wilmington work here as well. Yet, all that may soon change with the many new revitalization projects starting and added business incentives proposed by Gov. Jack Markell.

Montchanin Builders prides itself on adding to the Wilmington area’s inspiring transformation by creating walkable communities that offer residents ample amenities just steps from their front doors at fair market value. Their move-in ready Delaware homes offer residents up to 2,500 square feet of space, luxury amenities, a great location, and freedom from landlord price hikes starting in the $200s. Residents pay less for their monthly mortgage now than they paid renting in downtown Wilmington.

Wilmington: what happened?

Wilmington first earned national notoriety in the early 1800s, as a major producer of gunpowder, railroad cars, leather shoes, and iron ships. Wartime proved a boon to the area, which was eager to supply goods that could quickly be sent around the country by rail. The area’s decline began in the post-war years and accelerated following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and a year of civil unrest. The state’s 1981 Financial Center Development Act offering incentives for banks and other financial institutions to set up shop in Wilmington initiated a turnaround that continues today.

Last April, Gov. Markell proposed that the state cover up to 20 percent of construction costs for investors to develop properties in downtown Wilmington and other city cores around the state. “Reorienting state growth strategies to incentivize urban living is especially important in a small state,” Mr. Markell told the New York Times. “The more spread out we are, the more costly it is for taxpayers.” He added that Wilmington’s Christina riverfront is one success story, where a $150 million infusion of state cash has led to “hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars” in private investments.

Last month, Anirban Basu, an economic policy consultant for Sage Policy Group, said Delaware ranked seventh among all states for employment growth over the past year, adding 11,000 new jobs. Delaware alone added 2.7 percent to the nation’s job growth, compared to just 2.3 percent added from all the other Mid-Atlantic states combined.

Wilmington remained a shining beacon of progress, adding 9,200 of those new jobs last year, “outpacing the nation on a percentage basis,” Basu made clear, calling Wilmington’s progress “exceptional.” In his speech given at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Basu also praised the economic diversity of the state and talked about the growth spurred by wealthy retirees flooding in from places like New Jersey and Maryland to enjoy Delaware’s lack of estate or inheritance tax.

Real estate development remains the key to Wilmington’s comeback

Last spring, Wilmington welcomed the opening of The Westin Hotel, which created more than 270 construction jobs and 123 hospital jobs – 74 percent filled by local residents. The Westin Wilmington is within walking distance of all the Riverfront’s main attractions and has really become an anchor for the local economy. “Places that were all boarded up are now fully occupied,” Governor Markell said on WDDE Radio. “You see what’s happened here and all the companies that have moved in here on the riverfront and when I go to the Riverfront Market. It’s hard to find a place to sit these days. All of us want to be part of a winner and I think there is so much progress that has been made.”

Attracting Millennials to the city is viewed as the key to downtown Wilmington’s ongoing success. The next generation has responded by gobbling up high-end luxury apartment units as fast as developers can make them. According to Delaware Online, downtown Wilmington saw a 93.2 percent apartment occupancy rate in the fourth quarter of 2014. Since 2000, approximately 800 luxury apartment units have been added to downtown Wilmington, they say.

“It is a hot market in the luxury end,” Yvonne Perry of Perry Property Management told the newspaper, adding: “A developer could fill an entire apartment building in two weeks.”

Montchanin Builders adds to luxury housing market in Wilmington, DE

Montchanin Builders has enjoyed high demand for luxury townhomes and condos in the Darley Green neighborhood, a convenient 10-minute commute from all the attractions at Riverfront and all the new jobs downtown. Compared to surrounding states like New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, Delaware has a very reasonable cost of living.

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  1. Next City – What Worked About Atlantic City’s Big Stalling Tactic http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/atlantic-city-casino-closings-jobs-success
  2. NY Times – Delaware Is Building a Strategy to Lift Some Cities’ Economies http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/realestate/commercial/delaware-is-building-a-strategy-to-lift-local-economies.html?_r=0
  3. WDDE – Wilmington welcomes first newly built hotel in over 30 years http://www.wdde.org/61085-westin-hotel-open-wilmington-30-years
  4. Delaware Online – Delaware’s job growth outpaces region, says economist http://www.delawareonline.com/story/money/business/2015/02/13/delawares-job-growth-outpaces-region-says-economist/23393791/

Top 5 Places to Drink in Wilmington in 2015

In a state that boasts such nationally-acclaimed microbreweries as Dogfish Head and a serious penchant for fine dining, it’s easy to see why droves of residents are praising the virtues of Delaware living in 2015. Years of revitalization efforts have transformed Wilmington into a vibrant city where the young and young-at-heart choose to live, work and play.

An evening in Wilmington leaves nothing to be desired, whether a girls’ night out for wine and tapas or a rousing karaoke session followed by live music. So here you go, the definitive list of Wilmington’s top five places to drink and be merry — oh yeah, and experience exceptional cuisine!

Wilmington’s Top Five Places to Drink

1. Domaine Hudson

domain hudson cocktailDomaine Hudson has received numerous accolades for its creative, new American Fare from the likes of Zagat and Open Table, but their award-winning wine list – more than 450 selections of rare, boutique wines — have made this restaurant a must-visit in the heart of Wilmington. Bonus: you can search for your favorite on the iPad, or sort by name, price, label, varietal, point score, or region. Happy Hour specials are served nightly from 5 to 7 p.m., when you get $2 off the Bar menu, craft beers, signature cocktails, and wine flights. “We offer our customers a memorable dining experience in a warm, casual setting,” said Mike Ross, proprietor.  “Our food and beverages are superb, and we pride ourselves on impeccable service.”

Domaine Hudson
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New American Fare, Wine Bar & Spirits
1314 N Washington Street
Wilmington, DE 198
302- 655 – 9463

2. 1984

1984 barA game of Pac-Man or Centipede anyone? 1984 has oft been described as the best bar ever in Delaware…  a place where one can sample killer craft beers, play classic arcade games (just 25 cents!) and enjoy 80’s karaoke, not to mention live music performed by local bands. This cozy spot offers more than a dozen beers on tap and another 40 in bottles and cans, with most coming from Delaware and Pennsylvania microbreweries, though the selection is always changing.

According to owner Matt Morrissette, Spaced Invader – a session IPA made in a joint venture with Stewart’s Brewing Co. — is one of their hottest sellers, along with the omnipresent Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR). And on Fridays and Saturdays, patrons can see three bands for just $5 bucks. If you were a child of the 80’s, or are just a hop fanatic, do yourself a favor and check out 1984.

1984
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2511 West 4th Street
Wilmington, DE 19805
302 384-6479

3. River Rock Kitchen

whiskey-300x169River Rock Kitchen is a sleek newcomer to Wilmington’s Riverfront scene. Their beverage menu does not disappoint with a nice selection of house-fused vodkas, a seasonal Old Fashioned made with Bullet rye, apple brandy, Angostura bitters and orange peel, and a zingy Jalapeno Cucumber Lemonade! Single barrel and small batch bourbons are one of the coolest additions to this Wilmington establishment. Elmer T. Lee, Eagle Rare and Booker Noe are some of the premium bourbons they carry. Pick just one, or try a flight of three one ounce sample pours — total bliss! And Happy Hour runs daily from 4 to 7pm with great prices on craft beers, house wines and cocktails.

The restaurant is known for its rustic yet refined American fare, which is almost always locally sourced and changes seasonally. Grilled Ahi Nicoise, Vegan Pho and slow-cooked pork cheek are some of their best sellers this winter season, but the bar’s signature cocktails and growing wine portfolio are also turning heads.

River Rock Kitchen
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818 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE 19801
302-397-5518

 

4. Stoney’s Pub

whiskey selection at Stoney's PubFor inspired British food and drink, a trip to Stoney’s Pub is in order. Hearty ales, a brilliant scotch selection, and filling pub fare are what keep patrons coming back again and again. Wash down their signature fish and chips with a Boddington’s cream ale on tap. Their draft beer selection includes Irish and English favorites like Smithwicks, Guinness, Fullers London Pride and Newcastle Brown, plus lots of lesser known bottled beers from the UK. If you’ve come with an appetite, their Bangers and Mash, Shepard’s Pie and Roast Beef with Yorkshire pudding definitely qualify as classic and flavorful pub grub. Be sure to ask about scheduled Single Malt Whisky Tasting events (by reservation only) – a local pastime for many residents.

Stoney’s Pub
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3007 Concord Pike,
Wilmington, De. 19803
302-477-9740

 

5. Pochi Chilean Cuisine and Wine Bar

glass of red wine at pochiMany satisfied customers claim that Pochi rivals restaurants on the New York scene – a testament to the sublime cuisine and outstanding wine portfolio of this Wilmington gem, which draws upon culinary inspiration from the Andes to Chile’s Patagonia. Ridiculously good empanadas, Chilean seabass ceviche and Croquetas De Jaiva (crab cakes with a twist) are not to be missed. Cozy up with a warming glass of Viu Manent Reserva, or sample some of their newly featured wines from France and Australia. Outstanding service and a low-key ambiance make this Chilean Bistro both comfortable and chic. Not a wine aficionado? Try their basil Pisco Sour or famous Dirty Kalamata Martini made with Grey Goose Vodka.

Pochi Chilean Cuisine and Wine Bar
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220 W 9th St
Wilmington, DE 19801
302-384-6654