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Picture-Perfect Communities in Delaware

Montchanin_CourtyardMontchanin Builders is pleased to invite homebuyers to tour our picture-perfect Delaware townhome communities. From single family homes and estates to luxury townhouses and condos, the Montchanin communities have something for everyone.

If you’re from out of state and are considering moving to the area, you may be interested to know that Wilmington’s cost of living and average commute are both lower than the national averages. When you choose one of our affordable family home communities, you’ll love your beautiful, peaceful home nestled within a friendly community within easy reach of nearby attractions.

Darley Green

When you purchase a home in Darley Green, you’ll quickly realize that you’re getting much more than a house. Darley Green is a carefully planned community designed by lifestyle experts, architects, and landscape planners who meticulously arranged every detail – from the neighborhood gathering areas to the beautiful open views, to the tree-lined streets. Darley Green residents enjoy fine dining, shopping, and a recently opened, state-of-the-art Claymont Library within walking distance of their homes. Children growing up in Darley Green have a short walk to the prestigious Archmere Academy. Darley Green is also ideal for commuters; it’s just minutes away from I-95 and I-495, and it’s a short drive away from Philadelphia International Airport.

Shipley Road Estates

In its premier location within the Brandywine Hundred in North Wilmington lies the exclusive community of Shipley Road Estates. This Montchanin Builders community features luxurious single family homes. While modern in interior design, the stately elegance of these estates gives a nod to classic architecture. The flexible, efficient floor plans fit seamlessly into every family’s lifestyle. Shipley Road Estates is conveniently close to award-winning schools, shopping, and other amenities.

The Cedars

The single family homes at the popular Cedars community are the height of luxurious design. Perfect for growing families, Cedars homes are within the Red Clay School District and just a stone’s throw away from the gorgeous Brandywine Springs Park. Your new home in The Cedars can be personalized to suit your exact preferences. Choose the perfect stain for your birch cabinets and your new granite countertops. Choose from stately ceramic tile, warm hardwood, or family-friendly carpeting for your floors. Wake up at your cozy kitchen breakfast bar or relax under the gentle massage of whirlpool jets. Our customizable single family homes feature four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and a turned two-car garage.

The Town of Whitehall

Montchanin Builders features elegant estate homes designed by the top home builders in Delaware at premier locations in Mapleton Village in the Town of Whitehall. The estate sites border spectacular views of nearby open spaces, including a pond. Our flagship home, the Salisbury, was designed by an award-winning new urban architect. The Salisbury features an open concept design with a gourmet kitchen, spacious first-floor suite, and upstairs recreation room.

With more than 60 years of combined experience, Montchanin Builders is your source for custom and new construction homes in Delaware. We are dedicated to providing unparalleled customer service to ensure your full satisfaction. Call 302.655.2600 to speak with a customer representative today!

Top 4 Reasons to Own Instead of Rent

darley greenIn 2012, real estate authority Trulia reported that the great American dream of home ownership was poised for a strong comeback following the sub-prime mortgage crisis of 2007-2009.

The prediction held true: the housing market grew stronger as Americans found that buying a home was often more affordable than renting one – particularly in major metropolitan regions.

Top 4 reasons to buy vs. rent

Despite attractive prices for existing and new construction homes, the prospect of owning a house remains daunting for many. Insurance payments, mortgage fees and upkeep costs are enough to deter Millennials who might not be ready for a long-term commitment.

As we delve into 2016, which is the better financial move? Buying a home or renting? Here are the top four reasons – which take into account lifestyle and financial priorities – why it’s better to buy instead of rent.

Fixed mortgages remain steady, while rents may rise

Current mortgage interest rates (30-year-fixed) are still comparatively low – hovering between 3.85 and 4.0 percent as of February 2016. If you purchase a condo or townhome with a fixed-rate mortgage, your monthly payment will never increase over the course of the loan. Unless you are one of the lucky few who live in a rent-controlled building, you’re at risk of gradual bumps in your monthly fee, which can place unexpected strain on your disposable income.

Enjoy your life and customize your space

Another perk of owning versus renting is the unbridled freedom to remodel, paint and customize your home as you please. From replacing the floors to adding a new custom deck, home ownership means you never have to ask a landlord or property manager for permission, because YOU are in charge. Keep in mind that even modest home renovations (like a bathroom or garage) can seriously increase the value of your property.

You are building equity

Real estate experts caution that buying a home should never be done purely for investment purposes, given that significant appreciation is not always a sure thing. This doesn’t mean that the property you purchase today won’t be worth more than you bought it for down the line, however.

More important is the concept of building equity through home ownership. This value gradually increases over time as the mortgage gets paid off. According to financial specialist Matthew Frankel, having equity in your home is not only essential to help cover emergency expenses or your teen’s college tuition, it also makes it simpler to get a bank loan for just about anything else. And – unlike renters who are building zero equity – you’ll have some money in the bank in the event you sell your home down the road.

Tax deductions

One of the principle tax benefits of homeownership is the ability to deduct mortgage interest payments very year. Homeowners are also able to deduct certain expenses (like some energy-efficient improvements). In certain cases, owners may also be eligible to sidestep federal taxes on earnings from the sale of a home.

Delaware homes by Montchanin Builders

The pride of home ownership is something that many Americans aspire to experience, as it provides a certain satisfaction that eclipses any financial benefits or motivations.

If you’re thinking about purchasing a new home in Delaware, Montchanin Builders is proud to offer beautiful condos and townhomes near Wilmington that provide an instant sense of neighborhood and community. The luxurious homes at Darley Green are affordably priced starting in the low $200’s and feature closing cost incentives for qualified buyers.

Contact our sales team today for more info! 302-655-2600.

New Year, New Start, New Home

couple looking at custom built homeJanuary is an extremely busy time in the Delaware real estate market with many people seizing the opportunity for a fresh start. If moving into your very own home is one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2016, Montchanin Builders offers seasoned advice on how to turn your dreams into reality.

Consider the following tips and advice to make the home-buying process easier to understand and navigate. Whether you’re searching for a new construction home that can accommodate your growing family, or want a modern townhouse near the heart of Wilmington, we make home ownership easy and affordable.

Important steps to becoming a homeowner

One of the first steps in becoming a homeowner is establishing the basics when it comes to desired location, needs and priorities. How large does your home need to be? What sort of floorplan is appealing? What kind of neighborhood do you want to live in? What amenities are important to you—would you trade a huge kitchen for fewer bedrooms? Is outdoor space crucial?

Once you know what you want, it’s time to figure out how much house you can really afford. The best way to do this is by calculating your debt-to-income ratio and analyzing monthly cash flow. Traditionally, you shouldn’t spend more than 28 percent of your gross monthly income on housing costs. When budgeting for a new home, remember to set aside money for closing costs, which are generally no more than 2 percent of the purchase price.

Don’t forget to check your credit score, which is a very important factor when it comes to qualifying for a loan. Ideally, first-time homebuyers will have a credit score of at least 640 or higher. The best terms and interest rates are made available only to those with good credit. Ensure that all credit cards, installment payments, rent and other monthly dues are paid on time.

Some buyers opt to get loan pre-approval before they start house hunting. By providing a letter that shows your financial security and strength, you show potential buyers you have the ability to go through with the purchase, and won’t miss out on a dream property because financing wasn’t in place.

There are myriad mortgage options offered by brokers, mortgage bankers, credit unions, mutual savings banks, commercial banks, and insurance companies. Each will have different terms for down payment amounts, rates and required paperwork. Do your homework and find the best solution for your budget and long-term needs.

Remember that when you purchase a house, it’s not just a place to call home, it’s an investment. In this context, new homes usually have the added bonus of warranties that cover everything from workmanship and wiring and plumbing to structural defects.

Affordable new homes in Delaware

Montchanin Builders has a variety of new townhomes and condos in Wilmington, located in the master-planned community of Darley Green. Because the properties are new, there’s no need for pricy renovations and all outdoor maintenance is included. They also feature energy efficient appliances, upscale finishes and several attractive floorplans.

Our team is proud to offer affordable housing to first-time home buyers in Delaware and can even help qualified candidates secure $10,000 toward the purchase of a new home. To learn more about our luxurious, move-in ready homes in North Wilmington’s Claymont community, call our information center at 302-655-2600.

Spend 2016 in your beautiful new home at Darley Green, where neighbors feel like family!

Top Halloween Events in Wilmington, DE

halloweenReady to get in the festive fall spirit this month? Wilmington, Delaware has a number of fun events and traditions for local Halloween lovers — from raucous pub crawls and spooky ghost tours, to healthy costumed 5-K runs and family-friendly events that are more “treat” than “trick.”

Residents at Montchanin Builders’ Darley Green community are just minutes from this month’s haunted happenings. Here’s a roundup of popular Halloween activities locals look forward to.

Out & About Magazine’s 36th Annual Halloween Loop

The first Out & About Magazine Halloween loop took place in 1979 and has since grown to an astounding 20,000 participants! Costumed club-goers pay just one low cover price of $10 to obtain a wristband that gets them into 15-20 Wilmington restaurants, bars and nightclubs. You can expect drink specials, costume contests and other fun shenanigans along the way. You may start anywhere you’d like, but our residents find the most convenient starting points to be either Ernest & Scott Taproom (902 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801) or Gallucio’s Café (709 Lovering Ave, Wilmington, DE 19806) – which are both just 14 minutes from Darley Green.

Halloween Hoopla 5K Walk/Run

The 5th annual Halloween Hoopla 5K Walk/Run takes place on Saturday, October 31st at 10 a.m. at Dravo Plaza and raises funds for children in need. Participants dress in costume and compete for awards. A $25 registration fee includes a t-shirt, food and special discounts to local businesses. Family fun after the race includes appearances by local mascots, pumpkin painting, music, dancing, photos, candy and more.

Hauntings In History Walking Tours

The New Castle Historical Society hosts ghostly tours on October 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th that take you to some of the most haunted mansions Old New Castle has to offer. Look for “the woman in blue” at the legendary Amstel House and hear terrifying tales of crime and punishment, Victorian funeral customs and the spirits that continue to haunt local establishments. Tours are $12 for adults and $6 for children, and begin at 50 Market St. in New Castle, DE 19720.

Boo At The Zoo

Bring your kids to the Brandywine Zoo on October 23rd and 24th (from 5 to 7:30 p.m.) to do some Halloween trick or treating, while seeing wild animals up-close and learning more about nature’s creepiest critters. The cost is free for members, $2 for children and $4 for adults, making it an economical way to enjoy the festive autumn holiday. Get to 1001 North Park Drive in Wilmington, DE 19802 within 14 minutes from our Wilmington community.

Learn more about new homes in Wilmington, Delaware

If you’re considering making a move in the near future, why not stop and visit Montchanin Builders’ Darley Green community, a peaceful enclave of condos and townhomes just 20 minutes from Philadelphia and a short drive from Wilmington’s top attractions.

With classically styled architecture, a reputation for quality craftsmanship, Darley Green has just the home you’ve been looking for! For more information about our new construction homes near Philadelphia, please call 302 655 2600.

Favorite Autumn Destinations in Delaware

people riding canoe in Delaware RiverFor such a tiny state, Delaware carries a super-sized reputation among nature lovers for being one of the most beautiful states in America. Beach lovers of course flock to the 68 miles of ocean shoreline every summer, but every fall, Delaware reserves an extra special show for foliage fans.

Autumn aficionados love traveling through Wilmington and the Brandywine River Valley region where hundreds of pumpkin patches and apple orchards dot the hillsides with a stunning fall palette of reds, yellows, oranges, and browns. For sheer autumn spectacle, Delaware is near the top of every foliage hunter’s list of must-see states.

Scott Ciancio, Director of Marketing for the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau was kind enough to put together a guide to some of his favorite autumn destinations:

Delaware is known for its amazing city parks, and high on Scott’s list is the 100 acre Brandywine Park right in the heart of Wilmington. The Brandywine River runs right through the center of the park, and its banks make a perfect alfresco lunch setting for a break from the office.

Rolling hills, covered bridges and historic farms

If you like getting out of town, take an autumn drive down some of the prettiest roads in the Northeast on the Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway. This is the land of rolling hills, red barns and silos, historic covered bridges, country estates, and of course, the gorgeous Brandywine River.

Aside from its city parks, Scott says to make sure to visit Delaware’s beautifully maintained state parks system. A great choice is Wilmington’s Bellevue State Park for hiking, horseback riding, biking and fishing under the canopy of splendid autumn foliage.

History buffs love autumn in the Brandywine Valley

For you history buffs, you’ll want to include a visit to Hagley Museum and Library deep in the countryside. Tour the DuPont Company gunpowder mill, the village where the workers lived, and the DuPont Family’s ancestral home. You’ll also want to stroll into the past down cobblestone lanes in historic New Castle, Delaware, a stunningly well preserved town of colonial homes, Federal-style mansions, and lush autumn gardens spilling over picket fences.

Enjoy the staggering beauty of Longwood Gardens

For a truly spectacular autumn show, be sure to make plenty of time for Longwood Gardens, a 1,077 acre public garden complete with soaring trees, meadows, fountains, sculptures, and a staggering collection of 11,000 plant species. Every fall, Longwood Gardens puts on an Autumn’s Colors display including the Thousand Bloom Mum, known in Japan as Ozukuri. It refers to a difficult and painstaking technique which originated in China for growing an extremely large Chrysanthemum, with a goal of producing the maximum number of flowers possible on a single plant.

Take a steam train through the countryside

For a special treat (that also gets you off your feet), the Wilmington and Western Railroad with its vintage steam locomotives, hosts an Autumn Leaf Special every fall. Go with a group of friends and family for either the 1.5 or 2.5 hour trip through the best fall foliage Delaware has to offer.

If you’re thinking of living in Darley Green, Montchanin Builders’ gracious master planned community in the Claymont Renaissance District, you’ll be among those who’ve chosen Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley for its exquisite multi-season appeal and endless seasonal activities.

To learn more about Delaware condos and townhomes by Montchanin Builders, we invite you to call 302-655-2600.

Fed’s Beige Book Suggests It’s a Good Time to Buy Homes in Delaware

darley greenResidential real estate activity increased in the major markets in the Federal Reserve System from July to mid-August, with increases in both home prices and home sales. This pace is a continuation of the steady growth in real estate in the nation’s twelve Federal Reserve Banking districts—Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas City, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, San Francisco, and St. Louis– as reported in the July Beige Book.

The Beige Book, released to the public eight times a year by the Federal Reserve System, is a compilation of reports and interviews with bank and branch directors, economists, market experts, and business contacts. It is issued prior to Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meetings which take place eight times annually to set key interest rates and to decide whether to loosen or tighten the money supply.

Their decision on interest rates is highly anticipated and has a significant effect on a home buyer’s purchasing power. In this case, the Beige Book comes just in advance of the important and anticipated September meeting of the Fed to determine what to do about interest rates.

Delaware home sales expected to follow the country’s lead

A consistent theme across the twelve Federal Reserve districts is that sales of low and medium priced homes continue to outdo those with higher prices. Boston, New York, and Richmond all reported low inventory which has led to bidding wars among buyers eager to invest in affordable homes before the FOMC decides to raise interest rates.

This sends a strong message to home buyers in Delaware who can take advantage of the affordable luxury of the move-in ready townhomes and condos at Darley Green in Wilmington, Delaware. Why fight bidding wars on the resale market when you can choose your own generous floor plans, exceptional finishes and appliance packages, and move into a maintenance free new construction home?

Darley Green combines a perfect location– minutes from downtown Wilmington and twenty-five minutes to downtown Philadelphia—with a delightful master-planned community of truly affordable and luxurious new construction homes.

Your new home will be protected by structural and manufacturer warranties on everything from your roof to your new appliance package. With construction by an experienced builder like Montchanin, Darley Green homes come with high energy efficiency and safety standards, the latest in home technology, and the ability to customize your own home design with paint colors, flooring, and other touches that will make your new home your own.

It’s an ideal time to consider Delaware homes for sale

The Beige Book report points out that in virtually all markets, prices for low to medium-priced homes are either steady or climbing while the overall rental markets remain strong across the country. The consensus of the twelve Federal Districts is that there will be a continued positive residential outlook, with the majority of the districts expecting this increased real estate activity to continue.

As the Beige Book points out, the increasingly robust real estate activity seen in July and August is a continuation of a steady upward trend in low to medium priced homes. This is creating competition for choice properties, even inducing bidding wars in certain markets. The heightened activity sends a signal to value oriented buyers that there is pent-up demand being released into the marketplace, much of it still due to low interest rates. If the Fed decides in September to up interest rates, mortgage payments will rise accordingly.

Move-in ready condos near Wilmington, DE

There is still time to visit the affordable and luxurious move-in ready new homes at Darley Green, the heralded master-planned community with the small town feel in Wilmington, Delaware. Work with our design experts to help you choose from a variety of floor plans and design features to suit your needs. You’ll love your new maintenance-free lifestyle and a perfect location that’s minutes to everything.

Call 302-655-2600 to speak with a representative from Montchanin Builders and set up your free tour.

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.

Best Ice Cream In Wilmington, Delaware

franklin ice creamOn June 27 and 28, many owners of our condos and townhomes in Wilmington, Delaware traveled 10 minutes to Rockwood Park to enjoy the annual New Castle County Ice Cream Festival, which has been listed as one of the top 10 food festivals in the nation by USA Today.

“You think ice cream is a simple thing, but then you get there and, and there is nothing simple about it,” Iron Chef Guest Judge Anthony Anderson explained. “There were some pretty decadent things, (such as) homemade caramel corn with bacon on top of a sundae.”

The good news is that you don’t have to wait until the summer of 2016 to enjoy a delicious local ice cream treat. Wilmington, Delaware residents are blessed with a plethora of options that go beyond the standard Dairy Queens and Baskin-Robbins around the country.

Woodside Farm Creamery

Woodside Farm Creamery was voted “best ice cream” in the New Journal 2014 reader’s poll and Delaware Today’s 2015 “Best of Delaware” poll. Since 1998, the creamery has been delivering some of the “richest, creamiest” ice cream produced by the farm’s resident dairy cows.  Find unique flavors like bacon, cotton candy and butter brickle, among classic staples like chocolate almond, cookies & cream, and strawberry. Customers can order fudge, ice cream cakes and ice cream pies. You can partake in fine ice cream treats every day, even holidays, from early April through late October, with holiday pie pickups available in the winter months.

You can also enjoy Woodside Farm’s ice cream served at Sweet Lucy’s (3201 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803), 14 minutes from Darley Green.

Address: 1310 Little Baltimore Road, Hockessin, DE 19707
Distance from Darley Green: 30 minutes

UDairy

The University of Delaware is known for its College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, which features a full dairy farm and homemade ice cream. In addition to catching their treats via the “Moo Mobile” truck at various events throughout the year, you can also visit the South College Avenue store location. Some News Journal readers said they prefer UDairy to Woodside Farm, particularly for the reasonable prices and “unique flavor combinations” – like peach ice cream with blueberry swirl and cinnamon cobbler; chocolate coffee ice cream with salted caramel swirl; banana ice cream with graham cracker swirl, toasted coconut and whipped frosting; and vanilla-chocolate twist ice cream with chocolate chip cookie dough and brownie pieces. Ice cream cakes, 2.5 gallons and pints are available for purchase. Stop by 7 days a week, year-round!

Address: 535 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19716
Distance from Darley Green: 24 minutes

Molly’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream

The Riverfront Delaware tourism site calls Molly’s “Wilmington’s best-kept secret” – a “gem situated at the Shipyard Shops overlooking the beautiful Christina River.” They serve up Asher Chocolates and Jack & Jill’s Premium Ice Cream Parlor sweets alongside a full menu of deli sandwiches, soups and salads. Flavors include moosetracks, rum raisin, maple walnut and peach, in addition to all the usual favorites. They also serve up low-fat frozen yogurt and sugar-free varieties for the health-conscious. The shop is open year-round, with additional outdoor seating available in the summer.

Address: 900 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801
Distance from Darley Green: 18 minutes

Townhomes in Wilmington, Delaware

Living in master-planned community Darley Green puts you within 30 minutes from anywhere you’d want to be in the Wilmington, DE area, whether it’s special events downtown or a leisurely trip to the ice cream parlor on a hot summer day. Get up to 2,100 square feet of maintenance-free living space, a two-car garage, high ceilings, multiple baths and walk-in closets in a master planned community within walking distance of shops, restaurants, recreation and the Claymont Train Station. For more information, contact us at 302-655-2600.

 

Fabulous Summer Events in Philadelphia

family riding bikesThere are certain American cities that seem to come alive in the summer but possibly none more so than Philadelphia with its rich riverfront setting, multicultural residents, and spectacular historic traditions. The city seems to explode from Memorial Day to Labor Day with a calendar full of art, food, and music festivals, blockbuster attractions, sporting events, and family-friendly happenings.

Let’s take a brief look at where you can go to experience some real Philadelphia fun this summer:

One spectacular sight that never fails to catch everyone’s breath is the vision of a fleet of two to three hundred foot long three masted ships gliding under full sail into port. That’s what you’ll experience from June 25 to June 28 at the Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015 as you’ll be able to climb aboard one of these beauties and go for a sail on the Delaware.

A convenient home base for enjoying Philly attractions

If you’re appreciating Philly for the first time or looking at Philadelphia condos as an option to make this gorgeous city your own, be sure to take a break from the many summer events to visit Darley Green, the master planned community of beautiful condos and townhouses just a quick twenty minutes away from downtown Philadelphia in Wilmington, DE.

You’ll find a wide selection of affordable condos and townhouses, great design, top amenities, and a wonderful small town feel. At Darley Green, you’ll get the best of both worlds—a dynamic and vibrant city full of culture and opportunity in Philadelphia and a delightful maintenance-free home base at Darley Green.

One of the best urban beaches in the world is in Philadelphia?

Yes, that’s exactly what the Huffington Post proclaimed Spruce Street Harbor Park on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. It called SSHP “a summer-festival-meets-urban-beach-mash-up that brings together pop-up restaurants, a sand pit strung with hammocks and a small beach with loungers and cozy fire pits. The highlight is a traditional wooden boardwalk lined with street food stalls and arcade games in old shipping containers.” Philadelphians wait all winter for this eclectic riverfront scene with its bocce court, beer garden, and a floating restaurant that Travel + Leisure Magazine calls one of “the coolest floating restaurants in the world.” And what’s also cool is that it’s FREE!

Follow Philadelphia folks in the know to another great pop up experience, the Oval, the City of Brotherly Love’s eight acre “Park on the Parkway” located next to the Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eakins Oval. Open all summer, the Oval is where you go for the latest art installations, live music, the best food trucks in town, not to mention craft beer and movie nights. It’s all summer and it’s also free!

Didn’t get enough ice skating this winter at RiverRink’s Winterfest downtown on the Delaware River? Revisit your “inner kid” this summer and roller skate at Philadelphia’s brand new Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. It’s got a great lodge, a play area for the kids, and will stay open until the end of September.

Darley Green just minutes from Philly events

The condos and townhomes at Darley Green in Wilmington, DE are a fantastic and affordable option for the smart buyer who wants all the big city amenities that Philadelphia has to offer but wants the luxury of a gorgeous maintenance free home just minutes away by car or train.

No matter where you live, what’s summer without one of America’s greatest 4th of July celebrations. Come to WaWa Welcome America in Philadelphia, a blockbuster Independence Day extravaganza of concerts, fireworks, and fun activities celebrating America’s independence.

Finally, we all hate for summer to end but what a great bookend for all the non-stop summer activities in Philadelphia is the two-day Made in America Music Festival over Labor Day weekend. Dozens of top music acts on multiple stages set up on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and all curated by Jay Z provide a perfect cap to the summer.

Experience the best of both worlds at Darley Green

There are way too many summer fairs, festivals, and events in and around Philadelphia to list here. If you’re thinking Philadelphia condos are your only option, you’ll find there may be no more affordable and luxurious ways to experience Philadelphia than owning a move-in ready home at Darley Green, situated just five minutes from downtown Wilmington and 20 minutes from Philly.

Call 302-472-7213 to learn more about the many benefits of this master-planned community or to schedule a home tour of Darley Green.

 

Memorial Day Weekend Happenings Around Wilmington

memorial day picnicTax-free shopping, picturesque state parks, fantastic wineries, and proximity to varied cultural and historic attractions are just some of the many reasons people adore Delaware living. The state is brimming with unique discoveries at every turn, whether you’re a nature lover, sports fanatic or history buff.

As the heart and soul of New Castle County, Wilmington is renowned for its world-class restaurants, corporate entities and performing arts spaces. By contrast, the nearby Brandywine Valley is one scenic country road after another, dotted with magnificent estates, botanical gardens and inviting spots for a weekend getaway.

Situated just five minutes from downtown Wilmington, the master-planned community of Darley Green has been growing by leaps and bounds as homebuyers take advantage of its central location and easy access to recreational activities. And with Memorial Day just around the corner, residents have plenty of events to look forward to!

Memorial Day weekend events

May 17 – Newark Memorial Day Celebration & Parade

Grab the kids and march to Newark’s Main Street for the annual parade and celebrations honoring our nation’s lost veterans. The event starts at 1pm and includes local and military bands, school drill teams and community organizations.

May 22-May 25: Memorial Day Beach Bash at Chaddsford Winery

Kick off summer with a bang at Chaddsford Winery with a fun-filled weekend featuring music, delicious eats (mouthwatering BBQ by Oink & Moo), ice cream and more. The festivities start Friday, May 22 with a rocking concert by Fair Trade. $15 admission includes one glass of wine. Bring your own picnic or enjoy one of many gourmet food vendors. Saturday and Sunday line-ups include performances by The MC Band, The Manny Trio and Alex & Shiloh. Don’t miss this extravaganza in the Brandywine Valley’s best-known winery!

May 23-25 – Memorial Day Camping Weekend

Get back to nature on a camping weekend at Lums Pond State Park, built around the state’s largest freshwater pond. The camping weekend promises plenty of paddling opportunities, music – and of course, a chance to set your tent up under the stars.

May 23- May 25: Brandywine River Museum Antiques Show

This Memorial Day event promises thousands of unique antiques from across the country. Browse glass, metal ware, rugs, fine furniture, ceramics, folk art and a variety of other English and American collectibles. $15 entrance fee includes museum entrance as well; all proceeds help support the museum’s Volunteers’ Art Purchase Fund. The show runs for 3 days from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

May 30 – 2015 Wilmington Memorial Day Parade

Started in 1868 by New Castle residents who sought to honor those who lost their life in service, the Wilmington Memorial Day Parade has been a tradition for nearly 150 years. The parade starts from Delaware and Woodlawn Avenues at 6 pm continuing to the Civil War Monument at Broom Street.

Darley Green is all about location, location, location

If you’ve browsed condos for sale in Delaware but haven’t been impressed, we invite you to call or stop by to see the spacious yet affordable homes at Darley Green. Enjoy the look and feel of an old-fashioned neighborhood, but with all the amenities the modern homeowner craves.

Our model homes are available for viewing every day from 11AM to 5PM – swing by and discover for yourself what everyone is talking about! To speak with a member of our sales team, please call 302-655-2600.