There’s a new Schell home model available at Peninsula Lakes, the Millsboro, Del. community that’s home to 11 ponds and is just a stone’s throw from the Indian River Bay.
The Bristol model is part of Schell’s villa home series: a twin home that offers the value of attached construction yet lives like a single-family home.
Dave and Peggy Hagerty own a Bristol in the Schell community of Jefferson Creek. And after having spent a year there, the Hagerty’s are sold on the advantages of twin home construction.
“It’s similar to being the end unit of a townhouse,” with the added available light and outdoor space, “but the amenities are like a single-family home,” says Dave Hagerty.
The Hagerty’s are part-time residents – their year-round home is in Delaware County, Pennsylvania – so buying a home with less upkeep was important to them. A big plus: “We don’t have to take care of the grass,” Dave says.
Ask Dave’s neighbor Bob Maurer what he likes the most about his home, and he answers right away. “It’s the light,” he says. “The light, the windows, the vaulted ceilings. It beams with light and we couldn’t be happier with it.”
It was their Jefferson Creek sales representative, Natalie Hay, who encouraged Bob and his wife Mary to look at a twin home. “We quickly realized that it had the same square footage as many of the single-family models, and it lived like a single-family model,” with features like a first-floor owner’s suite and a spacious kitchen. The wide, welcoming front porch is “another thing that checked the box” of features they were looking for. “We feel like we got a lot of value for the money.”
The Maurer’s visit their Bristol at least twice a month from their main residence in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., and more during the summer, although they have also come to appreciate the joys of spending time in the off-season. “The back of the house faces the west, so we get beautiful sunsets every night. We put on the fireplace in the great room and it’s a completely different kind of beach life,” Bob says.
“It’s lovely. I think it’s a much more peaceful way of life than the craziness of Northern Virginia. Delaware offers so much – not just the coastal amenities, but also the wonderful farms and country spaces right outside your door.”
“We love the boardwalk, and taking walks in the neighborhood and along the beach and being on the water. We are creating new memories at the beach, ” Bob says.