Townhomes Delaware

3 Great Places to Eat on Philadelphia Pike

chef in the kitchen of a restaurant, cooking

The Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike is hailed as America’s first engineered road, and its first long-distance paved road. It was first used at the tail-end of the 18th century, and fortunately, it’s improved quite a lot since then. Today, travelers on Philly Pike can take a break from the road to enjoy the rich diversity of restaurants and eateries along their route.

New townhomes in North Wilmington

The fantastic dining scene on Philadelphia Pike is just one of the many reasons why singles, couples, and families have been moving to the North Wilmington, Delaware area. The area is also known for its beautifully designed, courtesy of Montchanin Builders. Browse our website to view our available properties in Darley Green or The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Our luxurious, new townhomes in North Wilmington are selling quickly, and we’ve partnered with a reputable lender to make it even easier for you to come home to our community!

Our homes for sale in North Wilmington are competitively priced, and there’s never a shortage of fun attractions and amenities nearby, including these three incredible eateries on Philadelphia Pike:

Mazzella’s Italian Restaurant

Mazzella’s is one of the best kept secrets of the Philadelphia Turnpike. It’s an award-winning restaurant that consistently gets rave reviews from its diners. The menu includes everything you’d expect from an Italian restaurant, including hot sandwiches, specialty pizzas (try the seafood toppings!), calzones, and Stromboli. Entrees include fettucine carbonara, penne primavera, and penne vodka with chopped prosciutto. Diners with special dietary requirements will be pleased to know that gluten-free penne is available. Don’t leave without checking out the dessert menu, which features limoncello mascarpone cake, homemade tiramisu, and homemade New York cheesecake.

Cajun Kate’s

Cajun Kate’s is run by husband and wife team, Don and Kate Applebaum, who met at culinary school. Both worked the famed restaurants of New Orleans before heading back up north to Delaware. Cajun Kate’s has earned a reputation for serving up authentic, made from scratch N’Awlins specialties like crawfish pies, crispy Cajun mac n’cheese, beignets, and Southern-style pralines. Currently, the restaurant is open Fridays and Saturdays for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

Bellefonte Café

Just a few blocks from Philadelphia Pike, Bellefonte Café is one of those rare places where you can instantly feel at home as soon as you walk in the door. This casual, homey eatery exudes a bohemian ambience, and the staff is unfailingly friendly and attentive, without being overbearing. Housed in a residential-style building, you can relax on the beautiful wraparound porch, check out the herb gardens out back, or head inside to dine while being serenaded by live music.

The menu is pleasantly eclectic. Start with a Greek salad, roasted beet salad, or Thai chicken salad, or try the Moroccan sampler for a shareable appetizer. Try their unbeatable Philly cheesesteak, paired with apple slaw, or try the chickpea fajitas. In the mood for something a little different? Try the mango brie quesadilla or the vegan “cheesesteak” with chopped seitan, Portobellos, and melted Daiyo cheese.

Schedule a Personal Tour

To schedule a tour of the luxurious new North Wilmington townhomes brought to you by Montchanin Builders, call (302) 472-7212 today!

5 Great Design Ideas to Make Your Luxury Townhome Your Own

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

Install a residential elevator

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

Add a touch of old Hollywood glamour

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

Bring the outdoors inside

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

Add texture

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

Add an authentic international flair

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

Montchanin Builders welcomes you home

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

Additional resources for new homeowners

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

5 Signs That You’ve Outgrown Your Apartment

couple moving into new homeIf you are early in your career, or have a younger family, the temporary nature of apartment living offers the opportunity to change your living situation to meet the demands of your life. But as circumstances and tastes change, apartment-dwellers begin to wonder whether it is time to move on to home ownership.

How to know you have outgrown your apartment

Consider these signs that moving into your own home or condo may make the most sense for your lifestyle.

  1. Your space seems to be shrinking. There are so many ways this can happen – maybe your family is growing or your collection of tchotchkes is expanding. Maybe you are planning to work from a home office, or need more room for entertaining. A town home or condominium can offer several times more space than an apartment.
  2. You are ready to invest your payments into a home you own. You may decide that you owe it to yourself to make your monthly payments toward something you will have pride in owning long-term, rather than to a landlord for a fleeting month’s rent.
  3. You crave a more personal neighborhood. Since apartments offer flexibility, neighbors are more likely to come and go. For those looking to build long-term relationships, consider a planned community with amenities that foster neighborly friendships.
  4. Your current place is just not quite yours. While there are many inventive ways to add personal decorative flair to an apartment, it is difficult to entirely shake the cookie cutter feel. The ownership benefits of town homes and condos allow residents to add much more extensive custom touches, from painting the walls to remodeling.
  5. You prefer more refined options. When it comes to high-end details, your money will go farther when you own. Owners can also make more permanent choices, such as upgrading fixtures and finishes, which are almost always out of the question in a rental.

Consider a move-in ready home at Darley Green

If you find you relate to one or more of these situations, it might be time to upgrade from an apartment to owning your own home. Montchanin Builders offers exquisite design and thoughtful planning in its premier communities. The classically-styled Delaware townhomes and condos at Darley Green are located near Claymont and Wilmington, DE, in the desirable Brandywine School District.

Darley Green offers easy access to commute routes, as well as an array of local shops and businesses within walking distance. There is no shortage of activity, and neighbors love the extended family feel that Darley Green fosters.

Call Montchanin Builders today to schedule a tour of the move-in ready town homes and condos available at Darley Green, or one of our other thoughtfully designed Delaware communities.

More signs that it’s time to buy a home:

  1. Trulia, 16 Signs It’s Time To Move To A New House, https://www.trulia.com/blog/16-signs-its-time-to-start-a-house-search/
  2. Forbes, How To Know When It’s Time To Buy A Home, https://www.forbes.com/sites/ajsmith/2017/10/17/how-to-know-when-its-time-to-buy-a-home/#2eec00b9191f

4 Reasons Why a Townhome is a Great Investment

Building trends come and go. Tiny houses and homes built out of re-purposed shipping containers are the perfect examples. But some homes have staying power, up and coming generations are falling in love with them all over again. Townhouses have been a staple in Delaware and throughout the U.S. since the 19th century.

During the 1960’s, they became popular again, and now these beautiful buildings are experiencing another resurgence of popularity.

There are plenty of reasons why you should consider purchasing a townhome in Delaware, and here are a few of them.

A perfect balance of privacy and in-town convenience

Individuals, couples, and families often crave the convenience of living in town, but the privacy of living in a standalone home. Townhouses are the perfect compromise. As a blend of condominiums and single-family homes, townhomes provide the space-saving benefits that allow them to be located in desirable areas.

And while a townhouse is on either side by other townhomes, families can retreat inside for a level of privacy that is comparable to a single-family residence.

Easy access to community amenities

Despite the privacy of townhomes, they’re often located in neighborhoods that are chock-full of modern amenities. Depending on the specific neighborhood you choose, you might have a public library, jogging paths, nature trails, and parks—all within easy walking distance from your doorstep.

Less exterior maintenance = more free time

No time to shovel snow or rake leaves on the weekends or before rushing to work? No worries! Most planned communities include all facets of exterior maintenance and landscaping which gives townhouse owners more valuable time to spend with family and friends. Low maintenance is one of the greatest appeals of townhome living.

Townhomes are affordable

One major driving force behind the popularity of townhomes is their affordability. The initial purchase price on a townhome is generally more affordable than a single-family house in the same region. Plus, the property value increases over time, giving townhome owners a great return on their investment.

Townhouses are also less costly to maintain than standalone houses. Since both sides of the house are merged with the adjacent townhouse, heat loss is minimized in the winter, and heat transfer to the home is minimized in the summer. As an added perk, townhome owners can enjoy the feeling of knowing their home is eco-friendly.

Find your dream home with Montchanin Builders

Montchanin Builders is a leading residential development and construction management company in  Delaware that focuses on growing true communities, with beautifully landscaped common areas, incredible amenities, and architecturally inspiring homes. If you’re looking for a townhome in Delaware, we invite you to come visit Darley Green or The Overlook at Rockford Falls. These are two of our popular planned communities, each with a unique set of amenities.

Call us today at 302.472.7212, and let us know what you’re looking for in your next home.

Additional Resources on Townhome Advantages and Benefits:

  1. HowStuffWorks, 5 Advantages of a Townhouse, https://home.howstuffworks.com/community-living/condos-townhomes/5-advantages-townhouse.htm
  2. The Nest, What Are the Benefits of Townhomes? https://budgeting.thenest.com/benefits-townhomes-22456.html

Townhouse vs. Single Family Home: Pros and Cons

Homebuyers in Delaware have lots of choices when it comes to putting down roots. Today’s real estate market is brimming with attractive townhouses and spacious single-family homes. When it comes time to purchase, many buyers are faced with a tough decision, as there are advantages and potential drawbacks to each. Are you searching for a place with an ample backyard or do you prefer a home that doesn’t entail outside maintenance?

In addition to thinking about your current lifestyle and housing budget, you should also consider how those preferences and needs will change as the years pass. Both townhouses and single-family homes can be a fantastic option, but before signing any papers, it’s a good idea to look at the pros and cons of both.

Townhouses: Pros and Cons

Townhomes come in a wide range of options, but as a general rule, these dwellings will share walls, a roof or floors with neighbors. If you value having space apart from neighbors, a detached home might be a better fit for you than a townhouse. However, if you enjoy having a quiet and spacious home to relax in, combined with the sense of security and close-knit community that comes with having neighbors close by, a townhome may be your best move.

Many townhomes are built in developments, where residents are walking distance to restaurants and shopping. This is perfect if you’re looking for a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood that places a high value on convenience.

The majority of townhomes are part of a Homeowner’s Association that assumes responsibility for the landscaping and maintenance, including leaf removal, snow shoveling, grass cutting and exterior repairs. If you are not a fan of gardening, or travel a lot for work, attached dwellings are lower maintenance compared to single-family homes.

If you’re the type of family that doesn’t need a lot of storage space or a huge backyard, a townhouse may be a wise investment, offering great ease of living with minimal upkeep and a nice sense of community.

Single-family homes: Pros and Cons

Single-family homes are on their own lot and do not share walls with other houses. While you may have neighbors next door or down the road, single-family homes afford privacy and seclusion. Compared to a townhouse, they tend to offer more interior and exterior square footage. If you’re planning on having more children or anticipate caring for an aging parent in the future, single-family homes offer plenty of room to grow. Most feature a spacious backyard and a bigger lawn area, which is ideal if you envision summer barbecues and entertaining outdoors.

Although single-family houses may have general neighborhood guidelines depending on the location, homeowners are not bound to many HOA rules that typically govern condos and townhomes. Detached houses require more upkeep – from mowing the lawn to painting the garage — but for many people, it’s all part of living the American dream.

Delaware communities by Montchanin

Before making such a large investment, it’s important to consider the advantages of both townhouses and single-family homes to see which is the best match for your needs, lifestyle, preferences and budget.

Montchanin Builders is proud to offer homebuyers quality new construction single-family homes and townhomes in Delaware, with multiple floorplans and amenities to choose from. We invite you to take a tour of Darley Green and The Town of Whitehall to make a more informed decision. You can reach the Montchanin Builders by calling 302-472-7212.

Additional Resources:

  1. BankRate, Buy house, condo or town house as 1st home? http://www.bankrate.com/finance/real-estate/buy-house-condo-or-townhouse-1.aspx#slide=1
  2. SF Gate, Advantages & Disadvantages of Townhouses vs. Single Family Homes http://homeguides.sfgate.com/advantages-disadvantages-townhouses-vs-single-family-homes-43346.html

Townhomes in Delaware Offer Stress-Free Affordable Luxury

Darley Green TownhomesA townhome at Darley Green strikes the perfect balance between the at-home, multi-level feel of a private house and the pampered and stress-free environment of high-style apartment living.

Darley Green, the beautifully executed community of classic condos and townhomes in Delaware, is located in the historic Claymont Renaissance District of Wilmington.

This delightful master-planned community offers its owners a fabulous selection of affordable yet luxurious townhouse and condo layouts to perfectly suit an owner’s needs and lifestyle.

Located only five minutes from downtown Wilmington and 20 minutes from Philadelphia, Darley Green combines a perfect location with affordable luxury starting in the low $200Ks!

Affordable townhomes in Delaware offer exceptional perks

Like to entertain in grand style? Come take a tour of the Chesterfield, a whopping 2,500 square feet with an open floor plan that has just the right size and flow for fabulous parties or holiday get-togethers. It’s a two-story townhome with an open main level including a combined living/dining area, a family or great room that opens onto an enclosed balcony, and a gourmet kitchen with island.

The bedroom level upstairs comes two ways—a three bedroom with a master bedroom suite, oversized master bath, dressing area with two walk in closets, and two additional bedrooms. It can also be laid out as a two bedroom plan with two spacious master bedroom suites. The Chesterfield also has a one car garage.

How about a great family layout? The tri-level Carlyle may be just right for you. The entry level has a spacious foyer, a bonus rec room/extra bedroom, and a 2-car garage. The main level has a large living room, dining room, and combined gourmet kitchen/breakfast room with island, plus a spacious deck! One flight up is a luxurious master bedroom suite and two additional bedrooms. A second master bedroom suite can be substituted for the two bedrooms.

Our newest layout, the Emerson, is a popular choice for singles or couples that don’t need quite as much room. The main level of the Emerson has an entry foyer that opens into a large great room/living room and a well-equipped kitchen and breakfast/dining area. A master bedroom and adjoining second bedroom are on the second level. This floor can be configured with one bath or an optional master bath and second hall bath. There’s also a neat architectural touch—a 100 sq foot loft that overlooks the great room that might be just right for an office or a quiet sitting area.

Darley Green kitchen interiorDelaware condos feature upscale amenities

Darley Green’s townhomes and condos for sale in Delaware range up to a big 2,500 sf with 2/3 bedrooms and up to 2.5 baths. Add upscale features like gourmet kitchens with 36” oak cabinets and top-shelf Whirlpool appliance packages, stainless double bowl sinks with waste disposal units and Delta faucets.

Design features like 6-panel Colonial doors, polished brass door handle and lock sets, and Mohawk stain-resistant wall-to-wall carpeting are standard.

Also ask about Darley Green’s energy saving gas heat, high efficiency air conditioning, R-30 ceiling insulation, R-13 exterior wall insulation, hard wired smoke detectors and fire protection systems all backed by a 10 year warranty.

Best of all, residents of this master planned community have all grounds maintenance taken care of! No more raking leaves or shoveling piles of snow. A warm small-town atmosphere in a gorgeous setting makes this maintenance-free life of affordable luxury an absolute must-see.

For more information about Darley Green homes, email Amy Maluski at maluski@montchaninbuilders.net or call her at 302-472-7213 to arrange a private tour.