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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

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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.


Meet Your Neighbors: Wendy & Jim

By Adam Pettengell, in Uncategorized

As you’ve probably heard by now, Governors isn’t just popular with out-of-town buyers looking to join the good life here in Coastal Delaware; in fact, many of our buyers are locals, like Jim and Wendy! Learn a little bit more about this awesome couple and why they chose Governors:
Tell us a bit about yourselves and your current situation?

We currently live around the corner from Governors in Wolf Pointe and are trying to sell that home because of downsizing. Wendy is retired from 33 years of teaching and Jim is still teaching Strength and Conditioning at a local high school and coaching football (3 years to go till retirement).

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

We have been here in Lewes for 17 years and can’t think of wanting to live anywhere else – we love this little town!

Why did you pick Governors as your new home community?

For several years we have been watching the farm field (Governors) hoping that a new development would eventually be built that would meet our retirement needs. YEA Schell Brothers made it happen! We were one of the first couples to buy and we are building the Orchid model.

Why did you pick your floor plan at Governors?

The Orchid will allow us to never have to move again, it is small but appears spacious with its open floor plan and it still gives us room to have family and friends visit us. We did add a second floor room “man cave” and  two storage rooms upstairs along with a screened in porch.

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

We met our three surrounding neighbors at the first “get-together” and have already found similar interests and backgrounds with them. This is going to be a “fun” place to live, and we believe it will be like retiring to a resort community. Schell Brothers always builds communities where people have the opportunity to gather in clubhouses, make friends, and feel a sense of belonging – this is what we are looking for with this new move. 

Peddling the Five-Eight (and Beyond!)

By Adam Pettengell, in Uncategorized


First up is your cycle from Governors to…the beach of course!

Okay but first, beach essentials. Pack a few of the must-have items like a towel, sunscreen, some water… that’s all you need right?  Ok maybe some money for ice cream;)  If you fancy a chair, grab a beach chair with straps so you can put it on your back and you’re ready to go! Obviously, beer is optional in this whole equation, but lucky for me I found my browler from Revelation is handy as it is placed where my water bottle usually goes.  Oh yes browlers are a thing here at the beach.  We will talk more about this another time…

Okay so here is the scenario. You wake up in your new home at Governors.  You go to your professional kitchen in your Orchid floor plan and get a coffee.  You gaze out of all the windows at the back of the home and realize that today is just too good to be wasted inside! You gather the above items 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 just steps from your door step! You’ll peddle past Senators (another Schell Brothers and Jack Lingo community) and then Hawkseye.  You’ll crossover at the crossing, funnily enough, and join back on the trail which goes along the side of Breakwater (yep, another fabulous Schell Brothers community).  Then you’ll become parallel with Kings Highway and go past our amazing new Lewes Library where you’ll take the trail by the side of the bridge and come out under the bridge on Gills Neck Road.  From there you are on road but don’t worry this is Lewes not Route 1;). Take Gills Neck to the Dogfish Inn and then turn right to go over the canal bridge. From there it’s a straight road to Lewes Beach!  You’ll go past the Wheelhouse, Pig and Publican, Harvest Tide Steakhouse and then past Dairy Queen (good thing you packed that ice cream money, right??).  That’s it! Just a 5k bike ride from Governors to Lewes Beach using primarily trails!

So now you’ve arrived at the amazing Lewes Beach; you know, the place with the best sunrises and sunsets that you’ve seen me posting about? Not to mention my personal favorite views of our amazing lighthouses. A lighthouse a day makes everything okay, right?? That’s how easy it is to access beach life at Governors and we’ve only talked about one of the many beaches you could access!  Oh yes there are more, but let’s save that for another blog.

To recap: you threw together a few items, jumped on your bike, and arrived at the beach in next to no time – with no traffic! No car parking and meter payment required and no time wasted.  Just plenty of time to enjoy the finer things in life like beer, ice cream, and beer.,-75.14034653,7.22897621a,766.68276996d,35y,-0h,0t,0r


Meet Your Neighbors: Brad & Kristi

By Adam Pettengell, in Uncategorized

Let’s kick start the week with another introduction to our awesome group of (ever-growing) neighbors here at Governors!

Tell us a bit about yourselves and your current situation?

We are the Sutliffes – our goal is to NOT be the loudest family in the neighborhood, but we have a feeling we may be in the running for this.  Our family consists of Brad and Kristi, three children – Nate (8), Emme (5) and William (2).  We also have a cat, Milo and a fish, Taco that round out the family.  Brad currently works as an employee benefits consultant at Arthur J. Gallagher while Kristi is a stay at home mom. 

We moved to the Lewes area in the fall of 2017 from Salisbury MD – we are wondering why we didn’t make the move years ago as we simply love the area!

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

We have been coming to the Lewes area for the past 10 years.  With family in the area we have vacationed in Lewes throughout the year and fell in love with the town immediately.  We absolutely knew that we would end up living in the area, but assumed this would be for retirement….once you realize how great the schools are and how much the area has to offer it was a no brainer to “move up” our retirement and raise our family in the community.

Why did you pick Governors as your new home community?

Timing could not have been more perfect on our end for Governors – we had been evaluating the market throughout the past year.  When the opportunity came to be apart of the Governors Family, it was a no brainer.  Our three main goals were to be in the Shields School District, East of Route 1, and stay within a budget (please send a follow up note on this point when we schedule our selection meeting!!!!)

Why did you pick your floor plan at Governors?

Now this is funny……do we want the Bluebell????  How about the Jasmine??……No, maybe the Lilac… of these days we will actually make our final selection.  Feel free to place your bets!!!  One thing that we do know, whatever house we select, we know we are going to get an amazing house via Schell.

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

Has to be the location – so close to everything – schools, downtown, library, and beach.  We are excited to find our “forever home” and continue our growth as a family.  We look forward to meeting our neighbors and really putting the UNITY in COMMUNITY.  Most importantly our number #1 goal was to live as close to Adam as we possibly could!!!!

Peddling the Five-Eight (and Beyond!)

By Adam Pettengell, in Uncategorized

I’ve been using the title of this exciting new blog series as a hashtag on my Facebook page but I’m not sure everybody understands it! Ha. When I was given Governors as Schell Brother’s brand new community East of Route 1 on Gills Neck Road, the first thing that came into my mind was cycling.  That’s why we have four beach cruisers at the community sales center right now, which might I say have some amazing blue wheels! And guess what, I want you to come to Governors and jump on a bike and peddle the ’58!

The lifestyle on Gills Neck Road affords you the ability to cycle to the beach, which let me tell you, once you’ve done it you’ll be absolutely hooked. And it’s not just biking to the beach either; you can cycle to the beach, downtown Lewes, Cape Henlopen State Park (CHSP), Cape-May Ferry, even to Rehoboth with minimal road time! How? Gills Neck Road gives us access to the Junction and Breakwater Trail which allows us to enjoy life without having to get on Seashore Highway (Route 1) every day. Talk about the good life!

So back to the title of the series…

Peddling is all about cycling/biking and the five-eight is referencing the zip code of Lewes – 19958.  The five-eight is the place to be! We can cycle to Lewes and Rehoboth, PLUS soon enough with the new Lewes to Georgetown Trail we’ll ‘go beyond’ the five-eight by trail with minimal road use. Pretty awesome right??

This is the introduction to my NEW and exciting blog series where we will peddle from Governors to a different location each time and show you why this location is so worth it.  We will plot the distance of the ride and show you how everything is so very accessible at Governors.

So are you ready to go peddle the ’58?!

Everything is there for you, no excuses, it’s time to live the lifestyle you deserve…the Lewes life!

Meet Your Neighbors: Diane & Tony

By Adam Pettengell, in Uncategorized

Next up in our growing Governors’ roster are the Turners! Meet this awesome duo and join us in welcoming them to the Governors/Schell Brothers family:

Tell us a bit about yourselves and your current situation?

We are Diane and Tony Turner, coming down from Lynbrook, NY, a village in the western part of Long Island.  We met while students at Fordham University in the Bronx, and we’ll be married 35 years this September.  Diane is retired from a career of accounting / CFO and then teaching college business courses at the high school level; Tony is retired after 33 years at Allstate Insurance Company.  We have three wonderful children, all out of the house now and successful in their own fields.  We are also still blessed to have two of our aging parents nearby us in Long Island (Tony’s mom and Diane’s dad).  We are avid Disney, Mets, & Jets fans, we love to travel and camp (we have an Rpod lightweight trailer), and we love to bike, hike, and kayak.

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

With an empty nest now, and the high real estate taxes in Long Island, we have been thinking for awhile that we need to “scale-down” and move off the island.  We definitely have no interest to move north and into colder territory, and we love the beach.  We also do not want to live too far from any of our children (currently located in Maryland and New York City).  Delaware seemed like a perfect fit for us.  We made several trips down to the Lewes/Rehoboth Beach area before finally finding “our home.”

Why did you pick Governors as your new home community?

First, we have been very impressed with the quality and efficiency of the homes in the other Schell developments in the area (not to mention all the salespeople!).  When we heard about Governors opening up, we were thrilled.  The proximity to the beach, the trail, the park, the breweries, the town, etc.; the timing of construction; the models available; the community center and pool (with a swim-up bar!); the ability to get in from the beginning; … what was there not to love?!?

Why did you pick your floor plan at Governors?

We chose the Orchid model because we love the open feel along with one-floor living.  We are scaling down a little from our current situation (losing a basement and formal dining room), which is good for us because we want/need to de-clutter!!!  Adding the loft gives us space for all our kids to stay if they are all visiting at the same time, and the unfinished storage will help for those things we just can’t get rid of yet!!!

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

What is there not to look forward to?!?  First, we met almost all our immediate neighbors at the Launch/Celebration party, and they are all wonderful people.  We can’t wait to develop friendships with them and all our other neighbors.  We are also thrilled to be able to walk or bike on the nearby trail, whether heading into Lewes, Cape Henlopen State Park, or Rehoboth Beach, to walk to the nearby breweries (and stumble home??), to check out all the local stores and restaurants, to relax on the beach, and to kayak on the canal, in the bay, or wherever else we can launch our kayak.  With our parents’ situations, we’re not sure how immediate we will make Governors our permanent home, but we are so excited to be making the move!