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Hot New Restaurants to Try in Wilmington, DE This Year

Homemade Corn and Chicken Tamales Ready to EatInterested in spectacular fine dining experiences? Or perhaps a casual bite to eat is more your style. Forget New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Wilmington, Delaware is the place to be! With a close-knit, neighborly ambience, incredible attractions, and dining experiences from casual to fine dining, it’s easy to see why so many people have chosen to make Wilmington their new home. And here at Montchanin Builders, we’re offering a variety of communities and floorplans that appeal to families of all sizes.

In the meantime, get your taste buds fired up by reading about these exciting new restaurants.

De La Coeur Café et Patisserie

Francophiles have been flocking to this new establishment at Lovering Ave. in Wilmington. It offers a cozy dining experience with unbeatable food and a full coffee menu. Though the café is casual, the food is anything but. The two Delaware natives who run De La Coeur use locally sourced ingredients to craft their pastries, sandwiches, soup du jour, and sweet and savory crepes. The must-try item on the menu is your choice of double espresso or espresso macchiato served in an edible cup made of baked shortbread and lined with callebaut Belgian dark chocolate.

Cocino Lola

Chef Bryan Sikora opened this restaurant in 2016, but it’s worth a mention on this list, given its unique take on classic Mexican and Latin dishes. Sikora also owns the nearby Merchant Bar and La Fia—both worth checking out. Cocina Lolo embraces diners with a festive, cheerful ambience. Plan to dress casually—even the servers wear jeans—and choose from six kinds of margaritas at the bar.

Wilmington residents adore the tamales here, with multiple fillings to choose from. One of them features smoked short rib, Oaxaca cheese, and pickled island peppers. Or, choose a house special, like the grilled snapper or family-style paella. Cocino Lola doesn’t skimp on desserts, either, with to-die-for grilled pineapple with orange curd, mango puree, sponge cake, and pineapple sorbet.

As you might expect from a predominantly Mexican restaurant, sangria is on the menu. If you’re abstaining, you won’t be left out. Order the non-alcoholic hibiscus agua fresca.

Join the dynamic Wilmington, DE community

Wilmington is a top destination for couples, singles, and families looking for a better place to live. In addition to the great restaurants, cafes, and nightlife in the area, Wilmington offers plenty of fun recreational opportunities, world-class education for the kids, and easy access to major cities for commuters.

Montchanin Builders has been on the forefront of neighborhood planning in the Wilmington area. We’re proud to offer luxury, move-in ready homes  in our masterfully designed neighborhoods of Shipley’s Circle, Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. We look forward to meeting you and discussing what you’re looking for in your new home. Call 302.472.7212 or fill out the simple form on our website and we’ll be in touch soon!

More on new restaurants in Wilmington DE:

  1. De La Coeur Café et Patisserie, Menu, http://www.delacoeurcafe.com/menu/
  2. Delaware Today, Cocina Lolo Offers Diverse Flavor and Fun, http://www.delawaretoday.com/Delaware-Today/January-2016/Diverse-flavor-and-fun-at-Cocina-Lolo/

Top Things to Do in Wilmington This Memorial Day Weekend

As the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day weekend is an excellent opportunity to become more familiar with the many attractions in downtown Wilmington, DE. Of course, it’s also a time to honor our military service members, and to reflect on the sacrifices military families have made for the sake of the country’s freedom. Here at Montchanin Builders, we would like to extend our sincere thanks and enduring gratitude to all American military families.

Take part in history by joining the parade

Every year, the Wilmington Memorial Day Committee hosts the Parade and Observance Ceremony on Memorial Day weekend. This year marks the 150th parade in Wilmington, DE. If you would like to march in the parade, you must register with the committee before May 27. If you wish, you may also visit the committee’s Go Fund Me webpage to make a financial contribution.

This year’s parade starts at 6:00 pm sharp on May 30. Bring your family and some lawn chairs to Delaware Ave. for the best view. The Memorial Day parade will be held rain or shine. This year, the committee is honoring Cpt. Brian Faunce, who lost his life serving in Iraq in 2003. His surviving family members are residents of Wilmington, and will be serving as Grand Marshals.

Whitehall’s Girls Day Out! Featuring Hanna Paige and Imagination Players Concert

Start your memorial day weekend in The Town of Whitehall with Montchanin Builders! Recording artist and award winning singer/songwriter Hanna Paige headlines Whitehall’s Girls Day Out! on Saturday May 27. The festivities begin at 11am at The Town of Whitehall and continue well into the afternoon. There will be music, a pre-memorial day concert by Imagination Players, food by Outlandish Food Truck, Half Baked and Candy Connections, beverages, shopping featuring Lula Roe, Passionista, Thirty One, Stella and Dot and activities for the entire family to enjoy!

Take in the orchestral experience in Philly

One of the fantastic things of living in Wilmington is its proximity to Philadelphia. On May 27, take the family to Philly for the Comcast NBC Universal Memorial Salute at The Mann Center. This show promises to be unforgettable, featuring the renowned Philly POPS Orchestra, and Broadway stars Christina Saffran and Hugh Panaro. All tickets are free of charge, but you will need to register in advance.

Visit the Zwaanendael Museum

In nearby Lewes, DE, the Zwaanendael Museum will be hosting its 6th annual Maritime Celebration. “A Sailor’s Life for Me” will be held on May 27th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. If you haven’t yet been to the museum, you should know that it was established to commemorate the first European colony in Delaware: Swanendael. Swanendael was established by the Dutch in 1631.

Treat your family to living history that examines America’s early history, before the colonies became the United States. You’ll see skilled historical reenactors, tour encampments, and see musket drills. Admission to the Maritime Celebration is free of charge. However, if you wish to take your family on a tour of the Lightship Overfalls, you can expect to pay a small fee.

Darley Green: The perfect family-friendly community

For families who live in Darley Green, exciting activities are never far away, no matter what time of year it is! Darley Green is one of the most coveted communities to live in near Wilmington, DE, along with The Town of Whitehall and COMING SOON – The Overlook at Rockford Falls. These homes, built by the master craftsmen at Montchanin Builders, are creations designed with today’s modern lifestyle in mind. Call Montchanin Builders today!

Additional “Memorial Day in Wilmington, DE” resources

  1. The Philly POPS, Salute Series 2017 Events, http://phillypops.org/concerts-events/salute-series-2017-events
  2. Wilmington Memorial Day Parade, http://www.wilmingtonmemorialdayparade.com/

Home Sales This Spring: Hot or Not?

buying a new home

Real estate sales are a significant barometer for gauging the overall strength of the U.S. economy. In 2016 alone, real estate construction accounted for a stunning $1.2 trillion of the U.S.’s total economic output. And if the current predictions are accurate, 2017 promises to be a red hot year for home sales. Homes for sale in Delaware are in particularly high demand this spring. For home buyers, a hot housing market isn’t always great news—unless you do your research first and choose a reputable builder with exceptional move-in ready homes for sale in Wilmington, DE.

Montchanin Builders has competitively priced, newly built single family homes for sale in Delaware that are located in desirable, family-friendly communities.

Housing in Delaware at a historic high

In some parts of Delaware, the housing market has reached highs that haven’t been seen here in 40 years. Realtors have been reporting busy open house events and multiple offer situations. It hasn’t been unheard of for Wilmington homes for sale to get snatched up for more than their asking price. The competitive buying climate seems to be particularly apparent for homes in the $300,000 to $400,000 price range, although starter home sales are also heating up as millennials decide to throw in the towel with rentals and take the plunge into home ownership.

What’s driving the hot housing trend?

Experts point to the confluence of several factors that are contributing to the exciting housing market. Perhaps one of the most compelling factors is concerns over the possibility of rising inflation in the near future. As inflation rises and rates go up, home buyers face the increased likelihood of rising home prices and higher mortgage rates. Consequently, the prospect of locking in a lower mortgage rate as soon as possible is looking increasingly desirable.

First-time home buyers comprise a significant portion of all buyers, but there’s also been an increase in current homeowners who are looking for homes for sale in Middletown, DE. In Delaware in particular, property taxes are far more attractive compared to neighboring states. This means that people who work in New Jersey might be willing to commute there from their newly purchased home in Delaware.

What does the Delaware housing market mean for you?

If you’re in the market for a new, move-in ready home, conditions might seem similar to the way they were before the last major housing bubble burst. There’s one major difference—mortgage lenders are being far more careful. That’s why it’s important to choose a building company with the foresight to partner with a highly respected mortgage lender. It also certainly doesn’t hurt to choose a building company that offers exceptional quality at competitive prices.

Montchanin Builders of Delaware is pleased to have partnered with one of the most respected mortgage lenders in the U.S.—Supreme Lending, which has been ranked number 33 on the list of the Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America. Through our partnership with Supreme Lending, our home buyers are able to find the custom financing options they need for our competitively priced, move-in ready homes. Call us today to get pre-approved! Don’t forget to ask us about our masterfully planned communities: Darley Green, The Overlook at Rockford Falls and in The Town of Whitehall.

Additional Delaware housing market resources:

  1. The Balance, How Does Real Estate Affect the U.S. Economy? https://www.thebalance.com/how-does-real-estate-affect-the-u-s-economy-3306018
  2. Delaware Public Media, First State housing market heats up this spring, http://delawarepublic.org/post/first-state-housing-market-heats-spring

Montchanin Builders Partners with Workforce Program to Offer Affordable Housing

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a proud homeowner in Delaware, this may be your chance to live the American Dream! Montchanin Builders is thrilled to announce their partnership with the New Castle County Workforce Program, designed to offer affordable housing options to residents of all incomes. Through this unique program, qualified applicants can receive financial incentives on new construction homes in the family-friendly stacked condos style community of Darley Green, Montchanin’s development located in Claymont.

This initiative was born out of a commitment to help local, hard-working families get the chance to buy their dream home with less financial strain and fewer out-of-pocket costs, making this tremendous milestone a realistic possibility. Eligible home buyers may also secure additional funding that can be put towards home upgrades and luxury finishes.

Financial incentives of up to $15,000

Through the Workforce Program, many of New Castle County’s professionals — from social workers and teachers to law enforcement – can take advantage of incentives up to $15,000 to be used towards a new townhome in Darley Green.  Montchanin Builders has earmarked a portion of its competitively priced homes starting from the low $200’s at Darley Green exclusively for home buyers who qualify for the Workforce Program.

What are people saying about this amazing partnership? “I was so surprised that I qualified for the Workforce Program. Without it, I could never have come up with a down payment or necessary funds. My family is so excited about our new home in Darley Green!” offered one homeowner who raved about the development’s great location, outdoor amenities and friendly neighbors.

On-site mortgage support

Living in an award-winning residential development in Wilmington is easier than ever, thanks to the support offered by Supreme Lending, Montchanin Builders’ preferred mortgage specialists, who provide guidance on Workforce Program eligibility and other affordable housing incentives. “The New Castle County Workforce Program continues to be one of the best programs in Delaware to help home buyers get into their dream home – and we’re here to build customers for life,” says Theresa Miglino, Senior Loan Officer at Supreme Lending.

Affordable home ownership in Darley Green

Montchanin Builders understands the intrinsic benefits of home ownership, which has positive impacts on the social and economic well-being of communities. As such, we are proud to join forces with the Workforce Program, enabling New Castle County residents the chance to live, work and play in beautiful, walkable neighborhoods which are located within the communities they serve.

Darley Green is a one-of-a-kind development featuring walking trails, beautiful landscaping, retail shops and the Claymont Public Library – and it is located in the prestigious Brandywine School District. Residents appreciate the proximity to shopping, dining and public transit, but truly love the amazing craftsmanship and style of their elegant new homes.

If you’d like more information about these affordable housing options and the Workforce Program, we invite you to contact Robin Chase, Sales Manager at (302) 655-2600 or rchase@montchaninbuilders.net

Celebrating the New Year in Wilmington

 

Happy new year 2017New York City in general and Times Square in particular will forever be known as the ultimate destination for ringing in the New Year, but it’s tough to enjoy yourself while trying to elbow your way through the crowds. Fortunately, there are better options much closer to home. Families in Wilmington, DE know that when it comes to celebrating the New Year, nothing beats their local attractions. And living in Darley Green, Shipley’s Circle, or another Montchanin Builders community gives Delaware residents easy access to the best in fine dining, exciting nightlife, and New Year’s Eve parties.

Merchant Bar

Merchant Bar is described as an “elevated gastrobar”. The handcrafted cocktail menu and chef-designed food pairings make the Merchant Bar an ideal place to catch a late dinner as you wait to ring in the New Year. This year will mark the first time Merchant Bar is hosting a New Year’s celebration package, which includes an open bar, unparalleled dining experience, and live DJ. Merchant Bar offers Date Night packages for couples and Group Packages for parties of four-plus.

Lady Diva’s & Associates

If you’re looking for an upscale, mature environment in which to ring in the New Year, consider Lady Diva’s & Associates New Year’s Eve Celebration for 2017. Located on Union Street in Wilmington, this event invites mature adults, singles, and couples over the age of 30 to celebrate with a champagne toast at midnight. DJ Cutlass will be working the turntable and meal options are available with an additional fee.

Firestone

If you prefer a live band option for your New Year’s Eve, consider purchasing tickets to the Firestone’s celebration. Merchant Bar is well-known throughout the Wilmington area for its incredible craft pizza and dynamic nightlife scene. If you go, purchase your tickets as early as possible because prices are subject to increase as New Year’s approaches. Your ticket includes valet, cover, buffet, open bar, and a midnight toast. Prefer a formal sit-down dinner? Purchase reserved seating for table service from 8-11 pm. Alternatively, New Year’s Eve celebrants could splurge on VIP tickets for access to the exclusive VIP lounge, bar, and buffet.

The Mill

Looking for an alternative to the traditional restaurant/bar venues? Try The Mill – Wilmington’s new cooperative work space. The Mill is pleased to host a New Year’s Eve celebration this year at its auditorium on Orange Street (Theatre N). Enjoy light appetizers and drinks while you take in classic films on the big screen or listen to the live DJ. Your ticket includes five drink vouchers.

The fantastic opportunities for families in the Wilmington area are just one more reason to consider making the move to a Montchanin Builders community. Our masterfully designed communities feature impeccable landscaping, neighborhood gathering places, and of course, exquisite move-in ready homes. View our floor plans on our website or call one of our design experts at 302.655.2600 to discuss your custom home options. Then, take a walking tour of our beautiful neighborhoods, including Darley Green, Shipley’s Circle, and The Town of Whitehall.

Wilmington: A Family Friendly Place to Live

walkable-communityIt’s back to school time across the country and parents in the Wilmington, DE area have a special reason to celebrate: They’re raising their kids in one of the most family friendly places around.

Ask any resident walking around downtown Wilmington what they like best about this location and you’ll likely hear a variety of answers: the incredible school systems, the beautiful nature trails and open spaces, the public library, and the wealth of enrichment opportunities, just to name a few of the many benefits of raising a family in Wilmington.

Exploring local school choices

If you’re considering a move to Wilmington and you have kids or you’re planning your family, then finding a great school is likely at the top of your priority list. The master-planned community of Darley Green is located within the Brandywine School District, which is widely known for its superior academics. Darley Green is also right next to Archmere Academy, a private Catholic college preparatory school. Archmere Academy engages students in carefully designed classroom spaces with a rigorous curriculum and a dedication to academic excellence.

Other excellent choices include the distinguished Wilmington Friends School, which supports creativity, critical thinking, and collaborative efforts within a stimulating and nurturing academic community.

The Charter School of Wilmington was founded in 1996. At the time, it was one of the first independent public charter schools in the country. This charter school emphasizes a STEM curriculum (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

Educational & recreational opportunities

It isn’t just the dynamic school communities that make Wilmington such a great place to raise a family. The area is home to a diverse range of educational and family friendly recreational opportunities. On the weekends, many area families love to visit the Brandywine Zoo. It’s spread over 12 scenic acres and allows kids to explore all corners of the globe right from their hometown. The Delaware Children’s Museum is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon; it offers hands-on activities that are so engaging that kids won’t realize they’re learning!

The Museum of Natural History introduces children to dynamic ocean exhibits and life-sized dinosaur exhibits. Just a short drive away from the Museum of Natural History lies the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. Pack a picnic lunch to bring to its Enchanted Garden and watch as your kids run around the Faerie Cottage and Tulip Tree House.

In seasonal weather, your family can sail aboard a pirate ship (the Kalmar Nyckel) or take in a Blue Rocks game. When it’s time for lunch, stroll along the Riverfront Market and choose from vendors offering sushi, Thai food, pizza, or cheesesteak.

Come home to Wilmington

Over the years, Montchanin Builders has earned a sterling reputation as being premier home builders and developers in the Wilmington, DE area. Our beautiful, move-in ready homes and condos are only part of what we do.

We create masterfully planned neighborhoods where families can raise their children. Contact Montchanin Builders at 302.655.2600 to find out more about our family-oriented Delaware communities.

Best Warm Weather Dining in Wilmington

enjoying a mealFlip-flop weather is here and the outdoor dining in Wilmington, DE simply can’t be beat. From drop-in lunch spots to reservation-required restaurants, Wilmington has it all.

The diversity of dining options in the area is just one more reason why homeowners in the beautifully planned Delaware communities of Darley Green, The Cedars, and other Montchanin Builders projects are truly living the good life. After enjoying a lazy weekend lunch or a romantic outdoor dinner, take advantage of the many cultural attractions in the area before heading home to your comfortable abode.

Harry’s Savoy Grill

Harry’s Savoy Grill is unmatched for the beauty of its outdoor dining area. The restaurant specializes in steakhouse-style fare and reservations are recommended. When Wilmington residents are looking for a formal dining experience that includes gluten-free, vegetarian, and farm-to-table offerings, they head to Harry’s. For lunch, try the traditional malt battered fish and chips or the panko-fried gulf oysters paired with fresh squeezed lemonade. The dinner menu includes mouthwatering three-course specials. Try the pan-roasted duck breast with shishito pepper oil and grilled shiitake mushrooms. Locals strongly recommend the crème brulee and the white chocolate bread pudding.

Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant

This local hotspot is prized for its kid-friendly atmosphere and of course, summertime outdoor seating area. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant manages to combine informal cuisine, friendly and attentive service, and a classy upscale atmosphere into one restaurant. They feature craft beer specials, a gluten-free menu, a health-conscious menu, and a kid-friendly menu. The hearth-baked pizzas are especially popular; try the shrimp lejon pizza or the voodoo chicken pizza. In addition to the burgers, sandwiches, and salads you’d expect to find at this style of restaurant, the Iron Hill offers a selection of seafood entrees.

Brew Ha Ha!

The Brew Ha Ha! Is a collection is unique cafes scattered across the Brandywine Valley. In the Wilmington area, you’ll find locations on Delaware Ave, North DuPont St., and Limestone Rd. in Pike Creek. The outdoor seating area is dog-friendly and the café offers free Wi-Fi, making it an ideal spot to meet a friend for a casual lunch before taking a stroll through the park. Brew Ha Ha! cafes are serious about their coffee menu, but also offer a selection of delectable sandwiches, soups, and pastries.

Fork N Cork

Formerly the Patty Wagon food truck, the popular Fork N Cork is located in downtown Wilmington on Market St. A pub that serves American cuisine, the Fork N Cork menu gets rave reviews for its Brussels sprouts appetizers and divine mac and cheese. It’s also a premier destination for lovers of gourmet burgers, including lamb burgers, duck burgers, and Texas-style BBQ brisket. If you’re heading to the Fork N Cork for an outdoor dining experience, try their weekend brunch menu served Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Living the good life in Wilmington

Why wait to live the good life? Tour move-in ready homes today from Montchanin Builders. Beautiful condos and estate homes are available in Darley Green, The Cedars, Shipley Road, and the Town of Whitehall. Each carefully designed and masterfully built community offers convenient access to local amenities, beautiful, “walkable” neighborhoods, and so much more.

Call our offices today at 302.655.2600 or send us an email inquiry. Be sure to ask us about our affordable financing options.

Plenty to Do Around Wilmington This Memorial Day

family riding bikesAs the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day is all about family fun, good food and relaxation. When you live at Darley Green, you’ll have spacious outdoor areas in which to set up your grill, but you’ll also have easy access to all that Wilmington, DE and the nearby areas have to offer.

The whole family can enjoy cultural events, recreational areas and a slew of other nearby amenities.

Honoring our military heroes

No Memorial Day celebration would be complete with events honoring the nation’s men and women in uniform. The John Bell House in Dover, DE – just one hour away from Wilmington – is offering Memorial Day events on Monday, May 30th from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Stop by the Legislative Hall to honor the sacrifices of Delaware’s military heroes and then join a guided tour of The Old State House on The Green. Dover’s Heroes of the Revolution Walking Tour is definitely a must for families; the tour meets at the John Bell House.

If you prefer to stay closer to home this Memorial Day, stop by the Hagley Museum and Library. They are offering free admission for military veterans on the 30th. View the gunpowder works founded in 1802 and catch a demonstration of the only operating black powder roll mill anywhere in the country. The kids are sure to be fascinated by the black powder explosion demonstrations.

Getting active

Get your family active this Memorial Day weekend by heading out to Brandywine Creek State Park. It’s open daily from 8:00 am until sunset. While there are no specific events planned for May 30th, you can bring your kids there on Saturday, May 28th for the Spring Hiking Series. Join a Naturalist on the trails, enjoy the beauty of nature, and learn cool facts about your surroundings. The Spring Hiking Series is ideal for younger kids; although the hike is only about one mile, expect it to take two hours.

Grabbing a bite

After a day enjoying the sights around downtown Wilmington, bring your family to The Creamery in Kennett Square. Although The Creamery has a history dating back to 1902, it’s recently been reopened for the summer of 2016 as a pop-up beer garden. The Creamery is housed in a beautifully up-cycled facility and features food for all ages, smoothies, craft beers, and lawn games for the family.

Montchanin Builders: Your source for quality homes

Darley Green epitomizes modern luxury living in Delaware. If you’re ready to enjoy all that Wilmington, DE has to offer, but want the benefit of living in a masterfully designed community, then Darley Green has a home site ready and waiting for you. Montchanin Builders is a premier homebuilder, focusing on the seamless integration of modern architecture, pristine landscaping, and worry-free living.

Of course, location is everything when purchasing a new home in Delaware. At Darley Green, homeowners not only have easy access to all that downtown Wilmington has to offer; they’re also just a short drive away from the sights and sounds of Philadelphia. Contact Montchanin Builders today to discuss our move-in ready townhomes and condos. Ask us about getting $15,000 toward the purchase of your new home!

Batter Up! Baseball Has Arrived in Wilmington

wilmington-blue-rocksNo spring in Wilmington is complete without a trip to the ballpark to see our very own minor league baseball team in action. And if you’re a die-hard Wilmington Blue Rocks fan, you can purchase your 6-12 game Blue Rocks Mini Plan – including the option for a “Sunday Funday” plan – right now to get the best seats in the house.

Of course, residents of the beautiful Darley Green community need not worry about arriving at Frawley Stadium in time for the game. Via I-95 N or I-495 N, Frawley Stadium is just 20 minutes away!

What to know when planning for game day

If you’re planning to see the Wilmington Blue Rocks this year, keep in mind that the team is hosting numerous giveaways during the season, including Desert Camo Hat Night on May 3, Star Wars Night on June 3 and the Mega Candy Drop on June 12. Your family can also view fireworks at Frawley Stadium throughout the summer.

Strolling along the Riverfront this spring

Before or after the game, there’s always plenty to do on the Wilmington Riverfront. Every local family should visit the famous Kalmar Nyckel at least once. Although it’s a replica of the original ship, its builders used the same old world craftsmanship as the original builders. The original ship was famous for bringing European settlers to the Christina River in 1638. Visit the Kalmar Nyckel at the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park near the Shipyard Shops. Tours and excursions are available.

If the weather isn’t being cooperative, families can check out the 25,000-square foot Stratosphere Trampoline Park. Truly a unique experience, this trampoline park is a first for Delaware. Families are invited to defy gravity while promoting physical fitness. In addition to the main arena, the Stratosphere Trampoline Park features various game areas, a snack shack, and even private party areas for gatherings. Parking is free.

When your family has had their fill of jumping around indoors, head outdoors to the local urban wildlife refuge. The Russell W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge, located on the riverfront in Wilmington, is quite literally a sanctuary for animal lovers and wildlife alike. Visit the Dupont Environmental Education Center, which features free educational programs, a 10-acre ornamental garden, and a quarter-mile pond loop. No registration is needed for the free programs; just drop in to meet marsh animals, go on a storybook walk, or feed the turtles, toads, and black snakes.

While watching the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium, your family can enjoy a range of concessions – including a gluten-free menu! But the Riverfront in Wilmington also has plenty to offer local gourmands – from country comfort food to trendy fine dining options. After spending a day enjoying the river, check out highly rated restaurants such as Timothy’s Riverfront Grill, Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront, or the River Rock Kitchen.

Coming home to Darley Green

Living in the Darley Green community gives you access to the many attractions and amenities of the Wilmington, DE area. Beautifully designed, move-in ready homes are now available starting in the low $200s.

Call Montchanin Builders at 302.655.2600 to book your tour of the Emerson, Clemson, or Carlyle models and come home to Darley Green. Ask us about pre-approval on our Delaware townhomes and condos!

Spring in Wilmington: Top 3 Botanical Gardens

longwood gardensMarch 20 is the official start of spring, but most Delaware residents note the beginnings of this season as the landscape begins to erupt in vibrant, colorful blossoms. Wilmington and Brandywine Valley are among the best places on the Eastern Seaboard to enjoy the delightful sights and scents of historic mansions, which are literally brimming with rainbow-hued azaleas and tulips, roses and orchids.

Celebrate Mother Nature in all her glory with a day trip to Delaware’s famed botanical gardens and museums, where you can reboot both mind and spirit with a relaxing tour amid towering trees, elegant estates and enchanting horticulture displays.

Longwood Gardens

Rated the country’s number one public botanical garden by USA Today, Longwood Gardens promises breathtaking beauty at every turn. Located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, this family-friendly hotspot boasts indoor and outdoor gardens which lure more than a million visitors each year. Longwood began in the 1800s as a Quaker family’s arboretum. Later purchased by the du Pont family, Longwood now contains 10,000 species of exotic plants, which cover more than 1,077 acres of rolling meadows, heated greenhouses and outdoor displays. Right now, visitors can revel in the colorful blooms of freesia, highbush blueberry, orchids and tower-of-jewels. Learn more about horticulture and the history of Longwood on a guided tour that suits your unique interests.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Spring at Winterthur is nothing short of spectacular. Spanning 60 acres, this naturalistic garden and estate was founded by Henry Francis du Pont whose keen collector’s eye ensured a continual stream of blooms from January through November. Tour du Pont’s luxurious estate, which is surrounded by lavish flowers and gardening displays. On April 16, Winterthur will host Daffodil Day on Sycamore Hill, which includes kids’ arts and crafts, special tours and a children’s daffodil show. On May 7, visitors can enjoy thousands of azalea blossoms and acres of wildflowers, and Winterthur’s peonies and primroses should be in full bloom by May 15, when guests can partake in guided tours, a lecture from the director of the Morris Arboretum, and browse plants for sale.

Read House & Gardens

One of Delaware’s most overlooked gems, the Read House & Gardens is a treasure trove for anyone who appreciates springtime blossoms and a little revolutionary history. The estate is situated in the New Castle historical district, bordered by one-and-a-half acres of formal gardens. This Federal style mansion, built in 1801, boasts three separate gardens that are overflowing with dazzling azaleas, tulips and manicured trellises during the spring. The estate is also a short walk from New Castle’s best shopping and dining, making this an ideal starting point for a weekend getaway.

Delaware townhomes near Wilmington

Given its range of historic, recreational and cultural points of interest, Delaware continues to attract families, singles and retirees who are looking for a better way of life. The planned community of Darley Green, located in Claymont Renaissance District, offers convenient access to downtown Wilmington, and is less than half an hour from Pennsylvania.

To schedule a tour of our luxurious yet affordable townhomes in Delaware, we invite you to contact Montchanin Builders at 302.655.2600. Our move-in ready homes are priced to sell and feature amazing incentives for first-time buyers!