Does Your Home Have Schell Style?

By Ivana Biela, in All Communities

Do You Have Schell Style?
Do you have Schell style? Do you love your home? Are you really proud of it and want to show it to the world? We have just the thing for you! Schell Brothers is proud to announce the Schell Style Contest for all Schell Brothers homeowners.*


You will have 2 weeks to submit 4 photos of your fabulous Schell Brothers home with a short description of what you love about your home and why it should win. The submission deadline is April 30th, 2014, which is when our design team will select the top 10 stylish finalists. Finalists will be professionally photographed and announced on the Schell Brothers Facebook page on May 9th, 2014, when voting begins.

The top 10 finalists will be entered to win one of two awards, the Designer’s Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award. The Designer’s Choice will be judged by our panel of designers from Schell Brothers, Echelon Custom Homes and Echelon Interiors. Special Awards for specific innovations may be presented at the panel’s discretion. The winner will be announced on Facebook and via email on May 16th, 2014.

The People’s Choice Award, is for the people by the people, and is awarded to the finalist with the most “popular” home on Facebook. Each of the top 10 finalists’ homes will be posted to the Schell Brothers Facebook page, where they will be voted on for a week starting on May 2nd. Each photo “Like” equates to one vote, and a photo “Share” will equal three votes. So spread the word. The more people know about the contest the better chance you have at winning the People’s Choice Award. The winner will be announced on May 16th, 2014.


What’s in it for you? Other than fancy awards, gift certificates and our unabashed gratitude? Bragging rights, the top 10 finalists will be featured on the Schell Brothers’ website and Facebook page. The finalists will also receive professional photography of their home. And did we mention bragging rights?

Our Designer’s Choice Award, decided by our panel of designers, will be given to only one homeowner. The winning home will be featured on Schell Brothers website, blog, email and Facebook. And besides the admiration of your peers, the winner of the Designer’s Choice will also receive a trophy and a $500 Visa Gift Card.

Lastly, we have the People’s Choice Award, given out to the people by the people. Once we’ve tallied all of the votes, the winning home will be featured on the Schell Brothers website and blog. And after being crowned the people’s champion the winner will receive a trophy and a $200 Visa Gift Card.

The winning homes will receive a special article on the Schell Brothers blog, including judges notes and an interview with the Designer’s Choice Award winner.


Email us photographs of your home before the submission deadline of April 30th, 2014. Send us 4 photos of your home to, kitchen and exterior photos are required. iPhone and Android photos are acceptable.

Also included in the submission email should be your full name, the community you live in and the model of your home. And lastly provide a short paragraph, 2 to 3 sentences, on what you love about your Schell Brothers home and why your home should win.

So, do you think your home has Schell Style?

Email us at with your submissions and any questions you may have. We’re looking forward to your submission!

*Only Schell Brothers homeowners are eligible to apply. Schell Brothers reserves the right to display all professional photography on and the judges panel reserves the right to create new categories if warranted.

Spring Festivals Bloom in Lewes

By Vicki King, in All Communities

Downtown Lewes - Photo courtesy of Active Adults Delaware

Warm weather and sunshine means it’s time for festivals in downtown Lewes. And since Lewes is just a bike ride away from Breakwater here’s your guide to the upcoming Spring festivals for the next two weekends.

5th Annual Lewes Tulip Festival starts this Thursday, April 10th and runs until Saturday, April 12th. Some of the festival activities include a photography contest, flower arranging demonstrations, quilt exhibits and Plein Air painting (painting in the open air) in Zwaanendael Park. Tulip Trolley Tours depart each day at various times from Market and Second Street but reservations are required with a ticket purchase of $10. A Tiptoe to the Tulips Map provides various tulip planting locations as well as Lewes’ historical landmarks. For those wishing to bring home a taste of Spring there will also be a potted tulip sale and herb and plant sale.  A full schedule of the Tulip Festival Activities can be found on the Lewes Chamber of Commerce events page.

46th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival will be held on Friday, April 18th at Cape Henlopen State Park. The competitions are by age category and within each age category kite flyers are judged by the type of kite they are flying, home-made or store-bought. The Special Class awards include Open Individual Ballet, Individual Precision, Most Senior Flyer, Youngest Flyer, Flyer Furthest From Home, Smallest Kite and Largest Kite. The Highest Kite Award category is open to all ages. There is no charge to watch but entrance fees do apply for cars to enter Cape Henlopen State Park. There will be food vendors, a face painter and other community organizations set up at a surrounding field. For the full scoop on this annual event check out the Lewes Chamber of Commerce events page.


Photo Source: Active Adults Delaware

Want the Best Value? Try a Model Leaseback

By Josh Hay, in All Communities

Bayside Resort Golf AerialFinally, Spring is here! Not much longer now and we’ll be enjoying some sunshine and an orange crush while sitting on the beach. Spring also brings flocks of people looking for their new home at the beach.

After six years of working with buyers, I’ve noticed a common element that many, if not all, share in their search. They are looking for the best value. And in truth value can vary quite a bit depending on what exactly you are looking for in a new home. But let me share one possibility that you may not be aware of, a “leaseback purchase.”

A leaseback purchase is typically the best value in the community, where you get the biggest bang for your buck.  Schell Brothers typically builds a model home in each of their communities to show off the quality and curb appeal of a floor plan. We then sell that model to a buyer and agree to lease it back for a certain amount of time from the buyer, typically between one to two years. This is a leaseback purchase, or model leaseback.

Now why is it the best value? Leaseback purchases are filled with buyer benefits. First off, the model homes typically are loaded with extra features and come fully furnished. This includes window treatments and accessories which are chosen from our national award winning interior designers at Echelon Interiors. I’m talking about surround sound speakers, gourmet kitchens, amazing courtyard areas, beautiful floors and built in cabinets, luxury baths, the works. And the best part is these features are heavily discounted to help sell the model quickly.

For example, the Bayside model leaseback for The Sanibel, currently under construction, has a purchase price of $849,900, including furniture. If you were to duplicate this home on another home site it would cost $945,138, after incentives.  That’s savings of almost $100,000 which doesn’t include the amount you save on furnishings.

Since most folks start their new home search a year out, a leaseback investment can give you the perfect timeline. You also won’t have to worry about increases in home prices or interest rates, taking advantage of the current market. With Schell Brothers leasing the model back to you, it also gives you additional equity in your home that you wouldn’t have otherwise.

Of course, investing in a leaseback purchase is not the best fit for everyone but we found that those who have taken advantage of these opportunities are extremely happy they did.

Milton in Motion: Irish Eyes

By Joe Wobeter, in Heritage Creek

Irish Eyes - Milton Memorial Park

Irish Eyes has been a local spot for Milton and the Sussex county area for years. It’s been a solid “go to” for drinks, food, and entertainment. The best part is that you won’t have to travel more than a few minutes from Heritage Creek or Wagamons West Shore to grab a bite to eat and a Dogfish Head beer.

Located in downtown Milton, Irish Eyes is across the street from the Milton Theatre, and they pride themselves on Irish dishes like shepherd’s pie, corn beef and hash, and bangers and mash. Did we mention the bangers are made with local Delaware sausages. I personally like to order their grown-up grilled cheese. And staying true to their roots, they even have an Irish Night on Monday’s, with dinner specials.

During the summer you can relax outside at their back deck that overlooks Milton Memorial Park. It’s nice to grab a bite and a pint in the sun as it overlooks the Broad kill River. Irish Eyes also has it’s share of live entertainment to add a little excitement to your night out on the town. If you’re a local it’s definitely a place where people will get to know your name, or at least Frank and I will know your name.


Milton in Motion: Milton Theatre

By Joe Wobeter, in Heritage Creek
Milton Theatre 1962Photo by: Delaware Public Archives


At first glance it looks like a classic theatre that has been locked up for quite some time. The marquee is still alive, occasionally posting information like “save the Milton theatre”. It’s windows and doors were boarded up, but not to be out done by a “For Sale” sign in the window collecting dust. 

The Milton Theatre has had its share of ups and downs since it first opened in 1905 and is located in the heart of downtown Milton, just minutes away from Heritage Creek and Wagamons West Shore. The theatre closed for good in 1962 after a devastating flood. There was even a memorable photo taken of local boys boating down the main street after the storm of ’62 with the marquee featuring the last movie shown, Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii.  But it’s still standing, even after experiencing three fires over the years, and is now a staple of historic Milton.

In its prime it was considered one of the best when it came to projection and acoustics. It seated 434 people and hosted black and white silent movies (youngsters may have to Google that). But before you write off this building as another relic of the past, know there is still big plans for this historic location. The sold sign is gone and there are signs of progress as you look in through the front windows. Now owned by Glenn and Lisa Howard, the theatre is being leased to Premier Center for the Arts and is set to open in May.

After the theatre reopens and is returned in all its glory we can all enjoy it as Miltonians did years ago.