Schell Brothers' Blog http://schellbrothers.com/blog News and Updates about our Business and the Housing industry Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:00:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Lewes Dragon Boat Festival 2014 [video] http://schellbrothers.com/blog/lewes-dragon-boat-festival-2014-video/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/lewes-dragon-boat-festival-2014-video/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:00:37 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5548 The Lewes Dragon Boat Festival has quickly become one of the most exciting and competitive events to hit Lewes, Delaware. During the second weekend in September, Lewes’ Canalfront Park is transformed into a coliseum set for a sport unlike anything you have ever seen before. Teams formulated from some of Southern Delaware’s most prominent businesses […]

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Dragon Boat Race - Team Dragon Heart

The Lewes Dragon Boat Festival has quickly become one of the most exciting and competitive events to hit Lewes, Delaware. During the second weekend in September, Lewes’ Canalfront Park is transformed into a coliseum set for a sport unlike anything you have ever seen before.

Teams formulated from some of Southern Delaware’s most prominent businesses and organizations all gather at the park with one common goal in mind, winning the Coveted Dragon Boat Race Title. I’ve participated in the Lewes Dragon Boat Race for the past two years now, and I can safely proclaim that this event is arguably becoming one of the best days of the year for both the Lewes and Rehoboth communities.

Now, I’ve been a competitor my entire life, and I thrive on both the adrenaline and the intensity that comes along with every aspect of head to head competition. But to be honest, the competitive spirit associated with this event trumps any tournament, championship or nail biting game I have ever participated in. That morning, a sea of people flooded into the park, and you could feel the intensity in the air. Teams were having dry practices, practicing cadences and formulating game plans all the way until the first teams were marshaled off to the dock. Schell Brothers was lucky enough to sponsor two teams this year, the Schell Fire Breathers and the Echelon Dragon Hearts, both fitted with some of Schell’s most elite athletes. After finishing 2nd place last year, our teams had something to prove, and both teams were equally as hungry and driven to place and earn those important bragging rights.

Hundreds of people lined the banks of the canal waiting for the distant drums and cadences to become clear as the boats rapidly approached the docks. I can’t tell you what it felt like to turn the bend and hear the crowd go absolutely nuts as we would approach the finish line at record speeds. Both teams finished top ten; however, it was team Dragon Heart that pulled the photo finish to earn a place on the podium!

That sense of camaraderie and community that was exhibited by all the teams during the races is something that I will never forget and undoubtedly gives all new meaning to the word competition. It was not only a day filled with competition, but one that was consumed by laughter, smiles, and an all-around good time. But the most incredible aspect of this competition is the money that was raised to benefit one of Delaware’s local Charter Schools, Sussex Academy of the Arts and Sciences (of which I am a proud Alumna!). In less than 24 hours, $82,000 was raised to benefit Sussex Academy and its students—which is an absolutely incredible feat in itself! At the end of the day, it becomes apparent how supportive our community can be, and to me, just knowing this is better than any medal I have ever won.

Until next year, PADDLES UP!

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Why Middletown? http://schellbrothers.com/blog/middletown/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/middletown/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:00:33 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5399 When it comes to real estate, everyone has heard the old cliché about location.  And there’s a reason that familiar saying is so popular. Turns out, location does matter. A lot. Take Parkside, for example. Tucked into an established neighborhood in Middletown, Parkside’s location balances the relaxing lifestyle of lower Delaware with the get-up-and-go activities […]

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Parkside Clubhouse

When it comes to real estate, everyone has heard the old cliché about location.  And there’s a reason that familiar saying is so popular. Turns out, location does matter. A lot.

Take Parkside, for example. Tucked into an established neighborhood in Middletown, Parkside’s location balances the relaxing lifestyle of lower Delaware with the get-up-and-go activities of nearby metropolitan areas. It’s the best of both worlds.

Locally, you’ll find a long list of things to love: friendly neighbors, scenic parks, full-service shopping, Appoquinimink schools, the Middletown Historic District, and even a 12-screen movie theatre. But it doesn’t stop there. Centrally located, Middletown is just 30 minutes from Wilmington and about an hour from both Philadelphia and the Delaware beaches. Plan a day trip to the ball game, to the beach, or to catch a theatre matinee, and you can still be home in time for dinner.

But don’t just take my word for it. The locals are the ones who really know what makes Parkside’s location so sweet. Here’s how John M. describes living in Middletown:

“After we moved here from the suburbs of Chicago, we immediately felt a connection with Middletown. It has the stores, restaurants, and conveniences of a city, but the feel of a small town. It is committed to intelligent growth, but is still focused on its history. We just fell in love with Parkside. Though we looked at nearly a hundred other homes, we knew that we wanted to live here. There is no other place like it in New Castle County. It is, literally, a community with gorgeous homes, beautiful landscaping, and an impressive clubhouse. Our biggest fear in moving was leaving behind all of our friends. In Parkside, we have developed friendships as strong as any we have ever had because the residents here share our sense of pride and ownership and are dedicated to maintaining a beautiful, friendly community. The developers and builders share that dedication. From the very first day we moved in, we knew we had found our home.”

I couldn’t have said it better. You can change the décor and landscaping of your home, but the location is there to stay. And speaking of location, my guess is that the residents at Parkside wouldn’t change a thing.

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Sawgrass North Model Grand Opening http://schellbrothers.com/blog/sawgrass-north-model-grand-opening/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/sawgrass-north-model-grand-opening/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:00:26 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5526 Big things are coming this month at Sawgrass North! New home construction is booming in the community, the brand new clubhouse will start construction in the next few weeks, and the Kingfisher model is now finished and ready for Jordan and me to officially move-in. Echelon Interiors has worked it’s magic, and the model is looking magnificent. Chris […]

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Sawgrass Model Grand Opening

Big things are coming this month at Sawgrass North! New home construction is booming in the community, the brand new clubhouse will start construction in the next few weeks, and the Kingfisher model is now finished and ready for Jordan and me to officially move-in.

Echelon Interiors has worked it’s magic, and the model is looking magnificent. Chris Yurisic, our construction manager at Sawgrass, has outdone himself and built us a palace. Let’s be honest; Jordan and I wouldn’t settle for anything less.

Have you heard the buzz on the Rehoboth streets? Are you updated on what’s planned for the Kingfisher’s Grand Opening? On Saturday, October 18th, Delmarva Broadcasting will be on site right in front of our brand new model. Tune in to 97.7 to hear Jordan and me broadcasting across the air waves.

We’ll have a beautifully decorated model stocked with delicious local food and drink to celebrate throughout the day. Want to put a construction hat on and have a look at some of the models under construction? No problem; we will be giving tours of our homesites along Courtney and Bishop Bend, (Fun fact: these are the homesites that accommodate basements). If all of this excitement isn’t enough for you, we’ll also have some amazing local giveaways to top off the day!

We’re super excited, and we really do hope you can join us as we celebrate the Kingfisher Model Grand Opening at Sawgrass North.

Cheers, Adam

Eventbrite - Sawgrass North Model Grand Opening

 Saturday, Oct. 18th | 10:00AM – 3:00PM

35546 Betsy Ross Blvd., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Get Directions

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One Year at Bayside and Announcing a New Phase http://schellbrothers.com/blog/one-year-and-a-new-phase/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/one-year-and-a-new-phase/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:57:28 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5508 It’s been a year since Schell Brothers released our first section in Bayside, and with the new Magnolia Crossing section opening up towards the Point this October 1st, it gets me thinking about how far we’ve come in just the past 12 months. In that short time, we’ve sold 36 homes, and it doesn’t look like […]

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Bayside Year in Review

It’s been a year since Schell Brothers released our first section in Bayside, and with the new Magnolia Crossing section opening up towards the Point this October 1st, it gets me thinking about how far we’ve come in just the past 12 months.

In that short time, we’ve sold 36 homes, and it doesn’t look like we’re going to slow down anytime soon. The momentum has carried us right into the new section of home sites in Magnolia Crossing. The homesites in this new phase are incredible, with some overlooking the golf course, conservation areas, and Bayside’s iconic magnolia tree. They’ll be available to purchase on a first come, first serve basis starting October 1st. Give us a call to learn how to reserve a home site today.

If that isn’t enough to get you excited, on October 11th, we’re hosting the grand opening of our highly anticipated Sanibel Model, the first of its kind to be built! I’ve been watching this home progress through construction, and let me tell you, our design team has taken this home to the next level.

The views are incredible and actually this home was designed specifically for Bayside to capture the water and golf course views in this community. I could go on and on about how amazing the Sanibel is, but you should really see it for yourself so be sure to visit us during our grand opening event.

 

Eventbrite - The Sanibel Model Grand Opening at Bayside
 

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Annual Arts & Crafts Fair at Independence this Saturday http://schellbrothers.com/blog/annual-arts-crafts-independence-saturday/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/annual-arts-crafts-independence-saturday/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5492 Come on out to the Independence Clubhouse this Saturday, September 13 from 9am until 2 pm for our annual Arts & Crafts Show. Even bigger than last year, this year’s show at Independence will include artists and crafters selling everything from jewelry, pottery, fused glass, stained glass, photography, greeting cards, garden stakes, knitted, crocheted, embroidered and […]

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Indy's Annual Arts and Crafts Fair

Come on out to the Independence Clubhouse this Saturday, September 13 from 9am until 2 pm for our annual Arts & Crafts Show.

Even bigger than last year, this year’s show at Independence will include artists and crafters selling everything from jewelry, pottery, fused glass, stained glass, photography, greeting cards, garden stakes, knitted, crocheted, embroidered and quilted items, and so much more! This is a great time to start your holiday shopping or to check off items from your gift list with handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces.

The event is entirely indoors and will take place rain or shine. Enjoy food, refreshments, and baked goods for sale at the show. Be sure to visit the Schell team at the Whimbrel model. This is your chance to walk through the beautifully decorated model and find out why the Whimbrel is quickly becoming the most popular floor plan at Independence. We hope to see you at the Arts and Craft Fair.

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4th Annual Help Our Kids RadioThon http://schellbrothers.com/blog/4th-annual-help-kids-radiothon/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/4th-annual-help-kids-radiothon/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:00:33 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5474 For the last three years our team at Schell Brothers has sponsored and participated in the Help Our Kids RadioThon hosted by Delmarva Broadcasting to benefit the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Children’s Hospital located in Wilmington, Delaware. At Schell Brothers, we’re always looking for ways to give back to our community. Participating in this annual radiothon for […]

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4th Annual RadioThon

For the last three years our team at Schell Brothers has sponsored and participated in the Help Our Kids RadioThon hosted by Delmarva Broadcasting to benefit the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Children’s Hospital located in Wilmington, Delaware.

At Schell Brothers, we’re always looking for ways to give back to our community. Participating in this annual radiothon for the last three years has been just one way that we as team have been able to do just that. Whether it’s through donating money, or sending our team members up to answer phones for a few hours, it has been an honor to be an active participant in such an amazing event.

After an emotionally exhausting and incredibly exciting two days, we’re happy to announce that with the help of people across Delaware, Maryland, and even Pennsylvania, we were able to raise over a quarter of a million dollars! The money raised will be used towards the hospital’s expansion, which will provide a more comfortable space for the children and their families. Donations will also help in purchasing any necessary equipment that the kids may need while they are at the hospital being treated.

I speak for everyone here at Schell Brothers when I say how proud we are of our community. With your help we to raised $54,742 more than we did last year, making this year’s total $257,753. Thank you to everyone who donated or volunteered during the event!

If you didn’t get a chance to donate during the RadioThon, and you would still like to, visit our page at SchellBrothers.com/hero and click on the “Make a Donation” link. Remember, you don’t need superpowers to be a hero.

 

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Experience Bayfront with Real Life Stories [Video] http://schellbrothers.com/blog/experience-bayfront-coastal-luxury-living/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/experience-bayfront-coastal-luxury-living/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 13:00:12 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5455 As the Heiser’s prepare themselves for their routine morning stroll, Max waits patiently at the door for his favorite part of the day, his morning swim in the bay. And while most pups take their strolls on sidewalks along busy streets, Max excitedly walks the wooded roads throughout Bayfront at Rehoboth. Jackie and Kevin Hesier […]

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Bayfront Ammenity

As the Heiser’s prepare themselves for their routine morning stroll, Max waits patiently at the door for his favorite part of the day, his morning swim in the bay. And while most pups take their strolls on sidewalks along busy streets, Max excitedly walks the wooded roads throughout Bayfront at Rehoboth.

Jackie and Kevin Hesier are very well known amongst the Schell Sales team, not only for their infectious personalities and smiles (we love smiles), but mostly because they have visited all of our communities at one point or another while completing their “Schell Tour”. When they pulled into Bayfront, Jackie and Kevin say it was the “wow-factor” of the community that assured them that their search for their perfect home would soon be over. This was the community for them.

So what Bayfront experience created the Heiser’s “Wow Factor” moment? We may be a little biased, but it could be our pristine ½ acre homesites with phenomenal views or our established amenities, offering coastal luxury living. Because we are nestled alongside the Rehoboth Bay, our community offers a unique feel that is yet to be rivaled in our area.

It is uncommon to find a new community with tall mature trees and ½ acre homesites, which have been carefully carved out of unscathed land, gently hugging the wetlands that ebb and flow around our community to create views that are uninhibited by nothing but pure natural beauty. Although you feel like you’re in a secluded enclave of homes, you still have a Lewes address and are situated just minutes from the conveniences and attractions of Route 1.

The combination of Bayfront’s coastal resort feel, established amenities and convenient location offers the best of both worlds by combining elements of your primary home lifestyle with your vacation home feel.

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Sawgrass North 1-2-3! http://schellbrothers.com/blog/sawgrass-north-1-2-3/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/sawgrass-north-1-2-3/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:30:05 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5422 As of Labor Day, we have been selling homes in Sawgrass North for 115 days! The official unveiling of Phase 3 is here, and to date, the community has recorded a total of 24 sales. That means we’ve added a new set of homeowners every 5 days. All of this amazing progress without even being onsite! […]

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Sawgrass North

As of Labor Day, we have been selling homes in Sawgrass North for 115 days! The official unveiling of Phase 3 is here, and to date, the community has recorded a total of 24 sales.

That means we’ve added a new set of homeowners every 5 days. All of this amazing progress without even being onsite! Our brand new Kingfisher model is nearing completion, and we couldn’t be more excited about our new home. The release of Phase 3 means that we’re adding wooded homesites, homesites that can accommodate basements, and homesites that are situated close to a pond.

With the continued success at Sawgrass North, our incentives have dropped and will undoubtedly drop further as the community continues to grow; that being said, it’s still a great time to be a pioneer of Sawgrass North, and this is your opportunity to take advantage of this amazing location at an incredible value. Remember, this is Rehoboth real estate, and it is the best piece of dirt and timber in the county.

Jordan and I are ready, are you? If so, contact us, and let’s make it happen.  There is nothing more special than having a 19971 zip code, trust me.

Sawgrass North Phase 3

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Company Beach Day 2014 [video] http://schellbrothers.com/blog/company-beach-day-2014/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/company-beach-day-2014/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:07:59 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5406 Work hard, play hard. You may have seen this written on the back of a shirt or posted online somewhere. It’s something we take to heart here at Schell Brothers, which is why each summer we close up shop and head to the beach for a day of relaxing with friends, enjoying the ocean, eating delicious […]

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Company Beach Day 2014

Work hard, play hard. You may have seen this written on the back of a shirt or posted online somewhere. It’s something we take to heart here at Schell Brothers, which is why each summer we close up shop and head to the beach for a day of relaxing with friends, enjoying the ocean, eating delicious food, and a whole lot of dancing.

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Company Beach Day is a big deal, and a lot of work goes into putting it all together. From the living room oasis to the bounce joust, this year’s Beach Day delivered on all levels and surpassed the previous year’s event. This year’s activities were all about balancing the energy of the day,  “both the yin and the yang” according to Wes Fruehauf, half of the brain trust responsible for putting on the event.

Dan Matta, also part of the brain trust, wanted to not only make the day relaxing, but also bring the energy. “You begin to fist pump it up and the energy is going. All of a sudden you’re bouncing. And then you can go night night in the oasis,” Dan said.

Spending time together and cutting loose is just a part of our company culture, and that culture is on full display at Company Beach Day. This is just one of the many reasons we were named among the Top Places to Work in Delaware. Working for Schell is like being a part of a second family. Interviewed on how our culture is created, Chris Schell has said, “We are a significantly more social company than most, and we hire people we would enjoy being around.”

 

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Introducing The Mayberry http://schellbrothers.com/blog/introducing-the-mayberry/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/introducing-the-mayberry/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:45:38 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5371 We are proud to introduce the newest floor plan to the Schell Brothers’ line up, the Mayberry. This floor plan includes up to five bedrooms, a versatile flex room, and a spacious kitchen that opens to the great room and dining area. The design features a vaulted ceiling and picture windows, which create a bright open feeling in […]

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The Mayberry  - Elevation B

We are proud to introduce the newest floor plan to the Schell Brothers’ line up, the Mayberry. This floor plan includes up to five bedrooms, a versatile flex room, and a spacious kitchen that opens to the great room and dining area. The design features a vaulted ceiling and picture windows, which create a bright open feeling in your main living space.

The Mayberry is designed similar to one of most popular floor plans, the Mulberry. Offering numerous structural selections that allow you to personalize the floor plan, you can make it your own.

If you love to entertain, you may want to consider adding the wet bar option in the great room. Want to “wow” your guests? You should check out our brand new furniture vanity collection that many homeowners are adding to their powder rooms and luxury baths.

The dedicated mud room is one of our new favorite selections, providing a separate place in your home to drop your keys, kick off your flip flops, and sort through the mail without a the reminder of the dirty pile of clothes in your laundry room.

The Mayberry floor plan is a result of valuable feedback from our customers and for that reason we expect it to become one of our most popular floor plans. Fortunately, the home is available in many of our communities and fits on most size and shaped homesites.

Interested in a personal tour of the Mayberry before it’s built? You can stop by The Coffee House, located at 18 Rehoboth Avenue, and take advantage of our newest technology that allows you to take a 3D virtual tour of the Mayberry and other popular floor plans. We can’t wait to hear what you think of our newest plan.

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