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Peddling the ’58 (and Beyond!)

By Adam Pettengell, in Governors

Alright folks, we’ve talked about peddling to get your coffee quick fix, a day trip to Cape May and how to cycle to the beach. Now we’re hopping on the bike and peddling just around the corner!

Today is all about knowing where your ‘local’ is. I’m British, and everyone needs a ‘local’ – local pub/bar/drinking hole that is. Well, today’s route is going to show you exactly where the closest bar is to Governors. I must admit, living on Gills Neck Road myself, this place has been a true gift since it opened in late 2016. I’m a big believer in the quality of beer served, (obviously very important), but also great food and an all-around awesome atmosphere. And your soon-to-be closest peddle-to-beer location, Big Oyster Brewery (BOB for short), has all three covered.

Okay, here is the scenario. It’s getting close to happy hour. You can decide what close is; I’ve found it can vary dramatically. It’s a beautiful day. Let’s be honest; we get a lot of those. And a little bit of exercise with a sizeable reward at the end is telling you to put on a sweater, get out, and get involved in ‘Lewes life.’ More than likely a new beer has just been canned by Big Oyster and you’re itching to try it at the bar, and then grab a four-pack to peddle home with. The best part is that BOB is only .6 miles away from Governors!

Let’s get going then! We leave the community and turn left on the Junction & Breakwater Trail. We carry on the trail to the top of the road and cross over at the traffic lights. You can travel along sidewalk and the cycle line until you come to the shops including Mr.P’s Pizza. Then carefully cross Kings Highway and you are already at your location. Just like that! Ummm, super easy. That could be good and bad right? Ha.

You have hit your destination of 1007 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE 19958! First of all, the exterior look of Big Oyster Brewery with the red barn and stone style is pretty fab. You’ll go in and find all kinds of amazing beers from sours to IPAs, stouts and more. My favorites are Deloris, Mischief Stout, Big Oyster Stout, Red Lips, Isabelle and that’s just the start. I like a lot of them. You can order up some oysters – they have a great variety – as well as lots of other fresh seafood. I really like the calamari at happy hour. Anyway, the whole place is pretty cool BUT you know what is the best? The bathrooms. I know the outdoor area is pretty neat, the views into the brewery from the bar are always intriguing, the boat turned into pendant lights over the bar is cool, BUT the bathrooms are it! Trust me. Proper barn bathrooms and you’ll hear farm music. Yep, a dog barking in the distance and other farm noises. I just find that pretty cool. My old mum always said you judge a business by its bathrooms. Fins Restaurant Group and I’m sure Rebecca Fluharty, the local genius and designer who played a big part in it when she designed the building, killed it on the bathrooms. Anyway, always makes me smile.

This place is truly a local gem. It’s so close that it may be dangerous, so be sure you make up for it with more of the amazing cycle routes from Governors. Cheers to Big Oyster Brewery becoming your local!

Route map for Governors To Big Oyster Brewery by Adam Pettengell on plotaroute.com

Meet Your Neighbors: Jim & Julie

By Adam Pettengell, in Governors

Meet Jim and Julie, our newest neighbors at Governors! They currently live in the scenic Philadelphia suburb of Spring House, PA, and fell in love with Lewes for its history and small town charm. Read on to learn more about their family, and why they chose Governors. We’re so happy to welcome you to the community, Jim and Julie!

Tell us a bit about yourselves and your current situation.

We currently live in a five bedroom colonial style home in a very beautiful development in Spring House, PA, a northern suburb of Philadelphia. We have lived here for almost forty years and have many friends and relatives near us. We’re in the middle of five suburban shopping malls, from King of Prussia over to Willow Grove. We can take the train from a nearby station into Philadelphia, for free, as part of being “elderly” in Pennsylvania.

Our family is grown and doing their own thing. We have three children and four grandchildren. Our oldest granddaughter finished her graduate program in Art History and is working in Hawaii to assist the Duke Museum there. Our oldest grandson is in the Navy, currently in Jacksonville. A second granddaughter is in the corporate world, a business graduate of Duquesne University. The youngest grandson is studying Finance and Business at the University of Delaware, a Junior on full scholarship.  Jim’s hometown is Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and Julie’s is Abingdon, Pennsylvania. 

How did you hear/know about Lewes and the beach?

We originally discovered Lewes in 2001 while vacationing in Rehoboth Beach. We are impressed with Lewes’ history and small town charm.

Why did you pick Governors as your new home community?

We chose Governors for its proximity to Lewes and the nature trail to Rehoboth, low real estate taxes, the great reputation of Schell Brothers, and the charm of our sales representative, Adam.

Why did you pick your floor plan at Governors?

We selected the Iris floor plan because we wanted to downsize, although we added a sunroom, (probably will add a patio), and we opted for a basement for a little extra space.

What do you look forward to the most once you live in your new home in Governors?

We look forward most to making new friends as we meet our neighbors and enjoying the beaches, Lewes and the nature trail. We also can’t wait to relax by the pool and hot tub!

 

Want to learn more about building one of these homes at Governors? Schedule a visit with Natalie and Adam:

Natalie Sweeney                                                           Adam Pettengell

302.249.4726                                                               302.228.2719

natalie.sweeney@schellbrothers.com                    adam@schellbrothers.com

Peddling the ’58 (and Beyond!)

By Adam Pettengell, in Governors

A day trip should always be in the cards. Don’t get me wrong; there is always something to do at the beach, but every now and then you should experience something new.

Okay, here is the scenario. It’s a beautiful morning and you’re sitting on your courtyard sipping coffee. Life is good at the beach but an adventure is on the horizon today. No need to worry, as an adventure is only a stone’s throw away at Governors. Today we’re going to cycle on over to the Cape May-Lewes ferry. And why not? It’s only a little over 3 miles away!

So jump on your bike! We leave the community and turn right on the Junction & Breakwater Trail. Travel along the trail parallel to Gills Neck Road. Then you need to cross the road at the crossing just after the Hawkseye community. Continue on the trail and pedal parallel to Breakwater and then bear right and draw parallel to Freeman Highway (US 9). You are then going to come off the trail at Monroe Street and join the Highway. If you don’t want to do that, (not that it’s super busy), then you can carry on the trail and go under the bridge, join Gills Neck Road, then turn right on East Savannah Road and go over the bridge. Ride to Lewes Beach but turn right at the Dairy Queen onto Cape Henlopen Drive. You’ll cycle past East of Maui and on the left will be the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Now if you prefer to join Freeman Highway, you do have to cycle over a bridge but you’ll keep cycling straight and then bear right onto Cape Henlopen Drive.

You have hit your destination and it was just over 3 miles! Now you can travel across to Cape May and cycle into town where more adventures await you!

The ferry terminal is also a great location to visit throughout the year for its festivals, concerts and Winter Wonderfest. PLUS it has an amazing outside bar called On the Rocks, which is a pretty neat summer night location. You’re going to go here more than you think and not always for a ferry! Rest assured, there is always something going on in Lewes.

Meet Your Neighbors: Sarah & Scott

By Adam Pettengell, in Governors

Meet Sarah and Scott, who are not only new homeowners, but also newlyweds! They look forward to having a vacation home here in Lewes to unwind and enjoy this exciting time in their lives. Read on to learn more about Scott and Sarah, and let’s give them a friendly Governors welcome!

Tell us a bit about yourselves and your current situation?

We are newlyweds who knew each other in college and reconnected twenty years later. I’m a middle school disciplinarian and Scott is a county cop. 

How did you hear/know about Lewes and the beach?

My family and I have been vacationing in Lewes for around 16 years now. 

Why did you pick Governors as your new home community?

We love the town of Lewes, and the neighborhood is located near the bike trail and pubs.

Why did you pick your floor plan at Governors?

We chose our floor plan because it has the master on the first floor. This will be our retirement home so we’d like to have easy access for when we get older. 

What do you look forward to the most once you live in your new home in Governors?

Summers at the beach and weekends the rest of the year. A place to go to rejuvenate and relax! 

 

Want to learn more about building one of these homes at Governors? Schedule a visit with Natalie and Adam:

Natalie Sweeney                                                           Adam Pettengell

302.249.4726                                                               302.228.2719

natalie.sweeney@schellbrothers.com                    adam@schellbrothers.com

Meet Your Neighbors: Lenny & Patti

By Adam Pettengell, in Governors

Help us welcome Lenny and Patti to Governors! Retiring from their careers in Pittsburgh, PA, they are most excited to live life on vacation and sip cocktails by the pool with all of their new neighbors and friends. Find out what drew them to Lewes and to purchase a townhome in this awesome community!

Tell us a bit about yourselves and your current situation?

We are Lenny and Patti, and we live in Pittsburgh, PA! I retired from the Federal Government and currently work for the VA  Hospital here in Pittsburgh. Patti works in healthcare with a medical group and plans to retire this July.

How did you hear/know about Lewes and the beach?

We have been coming to the Rehoboth area for many years. We love this area, and decided to retire at the beach; but we felt there was not a lot to pick from in Rehoboth. Our Re/Max agent Tiffany O’Malley recommended that we look at the Lewes area. The first place we went to was Governors, and knew we need not look further; we had found our future home!

Why did you pick Governors as your new home community?

We love the town of Lewes plus the easy access to the beach. We like to walk and Governors will be perfect to walk to both. It seems like there is always something going on in town. We are also looking into biking, and our community will provide easy access for this too. We both enjoy relaxing pool side, and what a better place than at the Governors pool and rec hall/fitness center?! As you say, LOCATION is everything.

Why did you pick your floor plan at Governors?

Love the open concept and first floor main living area. Also for the quality of Schell Brothers homes and the many options.

What do you look forward to the most once you live in your new home in Governors?

Being on vacation everyday, meeting new friends and neighbors, and exploring new areas in Delaware! Being a Navy veteran, I have a love for the ocean. And we can’t wait to sit at the pool and have a nice tall refreshment with our new friends. (Can we hurry this construction up?!) 🙂

 

 

Want to learn more about building one of these homes at Governors? Schedule a visit with Natalie and Adam:

Natalie Sweeney                                                           Adam Pettengell

302.249.4726                                                               302.228.2719

natalie.sweeney@schellbrothers.com                    adam@schellbrothers.com

Peddling the ’58 (and Beyond!)

By Adam Pettengell, in Uncategorized

Getting on your bike is the answer at Governors.  No more jumping in the car, it’s time to put those legs into action!  Sometimes it’s to see the beach, other days it’s to visit downtown, or sometimes, like today, you might want to just to pop around the corner.

Okay here is the scenario.  You’re in your amazing gourmet kitchen and everything is beachy and shining.  Then, you go to your Bosch french door refrigerator and realize that you have no milk! That happens right?  Happens to me daily! Ha. 

So what do you do? Do you get in your car and get on Route 1 and go to Acme, Safeway, or Giant? Nope! Not when you live in Governors.  You go where the locals go.  Where you ask? Well, the amazing Lloyd’s Market on Savannah Road. Even better, by bike (using a majority of trail) you can get there in just 2 miles.  Get your exercise and groceries all at once.  Plus, what is outside your front door is pretty beautiful, right?!

So jump on your bike, basket on the front…good for milk and growlers in my experience! We leave the community and turn right on the Junction & Breakwater Trail. Travel along the trail parallel to Gills Neck Road.  Then you’ll need to cross the road at the crossing just after Hawkseye.  Continue on the trail and pedal along the path parallel to Breakwater and then continue to bear right and draw parallel to Freeman Highway (US 9). You are then going to come off the trail and cross the Highway to Monroe Street.  If you don’t want to do that, not that its really super busy, then you can carry on the trail and go under the bridge and come back up the start of the NEW Lewes-Georgetown Trail which brings you back to Monroe Street near the Lewes Library. You can then carry on the new trail and then turn right on Adams Avenue (on the left is the Margaret Rollins Community Center) and cross over Kings Highway to Manila Avenue.  At the end of Manila you will find the oldest grocery store in Lewes, Lloyd’s Market.

And of course you will find lots more to offer than just milk.  My favorite, well I shouldn’t share really as I’ll be super upset if I go and they are all SOLD OUT, but to be honest this happens anyway.  Okay, okay, it’s the Wonder Roast! Amazing rotisserie cooked chicken.  Literally the chicken just drops off the bones.  When you need a quick fix because you ruined the tacos, or overcooked the ribs, then my friends this is it.  Dreamy.  Actually, it’s making me hungry so I’m going to get mine early before the word spreads.

Check out the route and check out Lloyd’s!  Enjoy the journey and enjoy the ease of getting your groceries from a local store.  Remember now, soon you’ll be a local too!

Join us! Follow the map!

Meet Your Neighbors: Suzanne & Larry

By Adam Pettengell, in Uncategorized

Two new fine folks to introduce! Meet, Larry and Suzanne. Suzanne and Larry fell in love with Lewes on a trip to the area to explore Dogfish Head. Now, they’re on their way to calling our fair state home! Help us give them a warm welcome and read below to learn more about these two and their family:

Tell us a bit about yourselves and your current situation?

My name is Suzanne. My husband, Larry, and I are looking at 2-3 years before retiring. We have been looking for roughly 2 years for a place to retire! Being near water is a must! We have 4 kids, ages 29, 28, 27, and 26. The 29 year old is engaged!!! We also have an ornery cat named Wall-e. 

 How did you hear/know about Lewes and the beach?

We had taken the Cape May-Lewes Ferry once. Then, as beer people, we decided to explore Dogfish Head. We decided to make the visit complete by staying at the Dog Fish Inn. Well, we fell in love!!

Why did you pick Governors as your new home community?

After 2 years of looking in the Lewes area, the location is what convinced us to buy at Governors.

Why did you pick your floor plan at Governors?

We wanted first floor living. 

What do you look forward to the most once you live in your new home in Governors?

We look forward to beaches, Lewes, the pool and new neighbors!

 

Want to learn more about building one of these homes at Governors? Schedule a visit with Natalie and Adam:

Natalie Sweeney                                                           Adam Pettengell

302.249.4726                                                               302.228.2719

Natalie.sweeney@schellbrothers.com                    adam@schellbrothers.com

 

Peddling the ’58 (and Beyond!)

By Adam Pettengell, in Uncategorized

We found our way to Lewes Beach pretty easily, and now…Rehoboth! The best way to go to Rehoboth and ‘play tourist’ is to cycle the Junction & Breakwater Trail.  Save the hustle and bustle of Route 1 for all people on their four-wheeled machines.  When you live on Gills Neck Road, Route 1, becomes a distant nightmare and you only need the two wheels!  So our location is set; let’s be a local and play tourist by going and doing whatever so many do on their vacation that we have the ability to do whenever we want… because we live here ALL THE TIME.  Everyday is a vacation, right?

Okay so here is the scenario. You wake up in your new home at Governors. You look out of your picture window in your Jasmine and see that your courtyard is just all sunshine.  On the horizon you can see blue skies followed by more blue skies.  You put on your swimwear, tee and flip flops, and you decide that today is a great day to play tourist on the Rehoboth Boardwalk.  You’ll need to gather a towel, Funland tickets, a few dollars for some

 Thrasher Fries or Kohr Bros. ice cream and jump on your bicycle.  You peddle to the front of Governors and join the Junction & Breakwater Trail which is parallel to Gills Neck Road.  Yep it’s right on your door step!  You’ll keep on peddling through Senators (another Schell Brothers and Jack Lingo community) and then Hawkseye.  At the end of Hawkseye, you’ll drop into the wooded section of the trail on the right.  The Junction & Breakwater trail will take you all the way to Rehoboth.  Upon entering Rehoboth you’ll turn left on Hebron Drive, then turn right onCanal Landing Road, then right again onto Church Street.  Then you’ll hit traffic lights where you will be turning left onto the main drag, Rehoboth Avenue!  From there it’s a straight road into town and the beach.  The journey took us a little under 6 miles from Governors to the Rehoboth Boardwalk.  Rehoboth has a number of bike stations you can stop at and lock your bike up too so no worries there. 

 You have arrived!  A little over 9km with amazing views throughout, less traffic, less road rage (other than the squirrels) and entering our sister beach without any worries or stress at all.  Most importantly, you will not spend two hours looking for parking!  More time to enjoy being a tourist.  More rides at Funland. More time to go to Mug and Spoon and get an outrageous milkshake. More time to drop into Dogfish and try some samples. More time to soak up some sun and remember how lucky we are to live where we live.  The people all around you will leave to go home, whereas you are lucky enough to come back any day you want and enjoy beach living and trail life!

Cheers Adam

Join us! Just follow the map!

Get to Know Your Construction Manager!

By Adam Pettengell, in Uncategorized

In the sales office, Natalie and myself are obviously the face of Governors (always good to have such pretty faces), but now, we’re adding to our team!

We’re just about to start construction on Causey Road in Governors, and I thought it would be a great idea – I know, I’m full of them – to interview the Construction Managers who will be building all these amazing town and single-family homes.

I’ll start with a little intro for the new guys:

Brad, pictured on the right, is a top chap.  I have the utmost respect for Brad, who has completed some very large complexes for Schell Brothers and worked in our top communities (which is why he is coming to Governors). Closer to us he completed the amazing Beach Plum Dunes, which are rental condo buildings next to the Crooked Hammock, as well as being located in Bayside.  I first met Brad in one of my first communities, Bayfront.  He has an amazing ability to coordinate contractors and keep everybody to a tight schedule, but also the knowledge and experience in building large buildings and our complex single-family floor plans. A cheeky chap, but extremely likable.  His one son and wife keep him pretty busy, but Brad keeps a tight ship when he builds a house, and his communication is second to none.  He is also a Piscean like me so he must be great;) He’s going to be awesome at Governors and we’re lucky to have him!

Brian is a senior construction manager for Schell Brothers and is very well known for his personal attention to detail.  Brian is already very well known on Gills Neck Road as he was a Construction Manager in our neighboring community, Senators.  For me, it is once again great to be working with Brian as we both were recently heavily involved in creating Coastal Club across Route 1.  He knows my process and I know his, so it should be a seamless transaction from design to build.  Everybody raves about this chap and I’m one of his top fans.  He creates amazing relationships with his homeowners and you always know where you stand with him and what to expect – perfection and nothing less.  Brian is going to be awesome at Governors and we’re lucky to have him!

 

Anyway, let’s get to know Brad and Brian better with some real questions that will give us proper insight into the new kids on the block!

Q: If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be, and why? 

Brad: Julius Ceasar 

Brian: George Washington – he was a great general and leader at a critical time in American History

Q: What did you want to be when you were 10 years old? 

Brad: A billionaire

Brian: A football player

Q: What would I find in your refrigerator? 

Brad: Chinese leftovers, salad, mixers

Brian: Mostly liquids – water, milk, iced tea, protein shakes, juice and beer

Q: List 3 words that describe your character. 

Brad: Happy, kind, easy going

Brian: Calm, determined, consistent

Q: If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? 

Brad: Chris Pratt

Brian: Russell Crowe

Q: If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be? 

Brad: Time travel

Brian: A combination of Flash, Superman, and Captain America.  The ability to teleport would be nice too.

Q: Top three bucket list items for 2018/2019?

Brad: Buying a waverunner, Travel to Caribbean, Get in better shape

Brian: Sail the British Virgin Islands, go on a cruise, take my kids to California

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

Brad: Production Manager of a New Schell Division, preferably Charleston or Charlotte

Brian: On an exotic island

Q: Top places you recommend to eat and drink in the ’58? 

Brad: Striper Bites, The Buttery, Agave.

Brian: Bethany Blues 

Q: Worst habit you have? 

Brad: Working too much.

Brian: Yelling at the TV during Browns games (the only time I am not calm lol)

Going, Going, Gone: New Homesites, New Road!

By Adam Pettengell, in Uncategorized

Big news! It’s time to add another Governor of Delaware to the community!  Yep, phase 2 of the single-family homesites opened up and were (very) quickly sold, which means we needed to add more. The rest of the Maull Road homesites were added and so were 9 additional homesites on Marvil Road! Check them out:

Marvil Road has some amazing extensive pond homesites, most of which boast additional spacing between the homes. I have to say it is really very pretty back there – these are some great homesites, most of which you can see from the Junction and Breakwater Trail as it moves from Gills Neck Road and travels through Senators. 

SO…who was Governor Marvil??

Well, Joshua Hopkins Marvil, was born in 1825 in Laurel.  He’s quite an interesting chap as he had no previous political experience before being elected the 50th Governor of Delaware.  Reminds me of somebody… hahaha.  Anyways, prior to politics he was a successful businessman and apparently invented a mechanism to carry peach and berry baskets. Unfortunately, another interesting tidbit about Marvel is the fact that he died just three months into office aged 69! Geez this political game is short lived – our friend Governor Maull only made it two months! All these Governors to pick from and my Lingo friends picked the least controversial! Maybe that is genius;) 

But I can gladly tell you Josh was the 9th and last Governor to die in office. Although he was the 50th Governor he was the 38th unique/new Governor of Delaware.  A solid guy who was married with 3 kiddos.  When he was called to lead the State of Delaware he rallied.  Not long granted, but he rallied nonetheless. 

Let’s be honest, it’s not a great synopsis and not the most interesting of Governor-inspired tales. Nevertheless, I don’t know about you, but I kind of like being on Marvil Road!

Here’s to living on Marvil Road and all the joy it will bring! Cheers.

Know Your Road

By Adam Pettengell, in Uncategorized

As we gear up to open our second phase of single-family home sites at Governors we open up a new road and “welcome” another Governor of Delaware to our community.  Interest is already high for our much anticipated second phase, even without knowing the history of the names of the new roads.  So can you imagine how much more that interest will go up after they read this blog? Wow, it’s going to be crazy;)

Now, I should start by letting you know that we haven’t shared where Phase 2 was going to open up…okay, so maybe I told a few people…okay, maybe I told a lot. Hey, I told you that we have a lot of interest didn’t I?! Can I help it if I can’t keep a secret?!  The good news is that the new road is around 50 home sites so that gives you plenty of opportunity to get in on…Maull Road!

So I’ve got my fingers crossed and am hoping Governor Maull did some pretty amazing things in charge of our great state. Let’s check him out:

Joseph Maull was born in Pilottown Lewes so pretty close to Governors! He was actually a doctor before he moved into politics, so clearly he was someone who always wanted to help people. He was elected to the Delaware State Senate in 1838, 42 and 45. He was also President of the Senate.  When Governor Stockton died in office Maull, being President of the Senate, assumed Governor duties.  Unfortunately, Governor Joseph Maull passed away during his office as Governor after just two months! Interestingly, Joe was the 7th Governor to die in office but is listed as the 35th Governor of Delaware. Another interesting fact is that he is buried in Saint Peter’s Cemetery on 2nd street in Lewes.

Okay not an amazing story about Joe as Governor but nonetheless a ‘genuine,’ nice guy helping people all his life.  Alright Joe lets see if we can make your name great again!

Ready to join me on Maull Road and enjoy the real Lewes life?? 

Meet Your Neighbors – Dan & Lyn

By Adam Pettengell, in Uncategorized

Meet Dan & Lyn! This dynamic duo opted for our townhomes, The Tradewind specifically, and we couldn’t be happier for them that they’ve found their dream retirement home. Welcome to the family guys!

Tell us a bit about yourselves and your current situation?

Lyn and I (Dan) are from Aston PA (near Media) and currently have a town house in Henlopen Gardens (literally across the street from Governors behind the Lingo sales office).  We needed a larger house for when I retire and since real estate never goes down at the beach we figured we’d keep an eye out for something in our current location and low and behold Governors opened right across the street!!!!

 How did you hear/know about Lewes and the beach?

Before we purchased our current townhouse we had been coming down to Rehoboth off and on, but wanted some place quieter where we didn’t have to fight the beach traffic as much.  We visited Lewes and fell in love with it…who wouldn’t!

Why did you pick Governors as your new home community?

It was literally the location we wanted, east of route 1 (location, location, location) and OK lets tell the truth here, you can’t beat the prices offered for the beautiful house you get for this phase of construction.

Why did you pick your floor plan at Governors?

It was exactly what we needed – large enough for full-time living, but not too big of a place for two people when I retire and we downsize. That with the gourmet kitchen, sun room and extra porch upstairs. How could you not love it??

What do you look forward to the most once you live in your new home in Governors?

Easy beach living. Drop your bags off and go to the beach or park which is literally minutes away.  Of course when I retire, it’s wake up and go to the beach everyday.  How much more could anyone want out of life? Anyone who can do that is truly blessed.