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Why You’ll Love our Coastal Series Plans

By Natalie Hay, in All Communities

It has been three years since we launched our “Coastal Series” floor plans, and wow does time fly! These floor plans have quickly become some of our top sellers and have been requested in more and more communities.

The Coastal Series plans are specially designed to create an open and spacious feel in your new home, while still maintaining a smaller footprint than our typical single-family homes. They were born from customer feedback, incorporating features like more storage space, lots of natural light, and the ability to customize with more design options. The layouts are functional and flexible, allowing you to personalize the home to fit your needs.

It is no wonder that these floor plans have quickly become some of our favorites! Here are just a few of the reasons people have fallen in love with the Coastal Series plans…

The Coastal Series all have the open kitchen, living, and dining areas that everyone loves – no more choppy layouts or unused formal spaces. Plus, many of the homes will have vaulted and high ceilings in the great room to give you a dramatic open look!

Yes, that’s right! Every Coastal Series floor plan will come with a master on the first floor. And if you want everything on the first floor, four of our coastal series plans (the Azalea, Heather, Orchid, and Bluebell) are ranch floor plans.

Depending on your needs the Coastal Series has the right size home for you. Want to downsize? Just starting out and don’t need anything too big? We have single family homes starting from 2-4 bedrooms and 1,331 to 2,431 square foot. Wanting a little extra space? The Coastal Series homes have options to expand to over 3000sqft and you can get up to 5 bedrooms on a first and second floor!

No two homes are the same, because no two people are the same! The Coastal Series plans have extensive options to personalize the home the way you like it. From sunrooms and screened porches outdoors to gourmet kitchens and stone fireplaces indoors, you’ll be able to make the house feel like your home.

Want to see for yourself? You can check out virtual tours and photos of our floor plans online here.

Or schedule an appointment!

Reasons to Love Jefferson Creek

By Natalie Hay, in All Communities

I would say that The Preserves at Jefferson Creek is Schell Brothers’ “hidden gem” community, but with 60% of the single family homes sold out in our first year and a half, the secret must be out! Here are just a few of the MANY reasons people are choosing to call Jefferson Creek home:

Bethany Beach Boardwalk

Location, Location, Location…
Jefferson Creek is located 1.5 miles from downtown Bethany and the beach, making it Schell Brothers’ closest community to the ocean! Just a quick five-minute bike ride and you can feel the sand between your toes!

Best of both worlds
Bethany Beach is known as the “quiet resort” which means you are just 1.5 miles away from the heart of a classic, small beach town. The boardwalk is flanked with local shops and restaurants which gives the town so much charm.

 Millville Town Center, 3 miles away

But just because you are living in a small beach town, doesn’t mean you have to give up the year-round conveniences we all have come to rely on! We are also just a couple of miles away from grocery stores, pharmacies, hair salons, dry cleaners, dentists, pet stores, etc!

Another year-round must that we get asked about all the time is, “Where do we go to the doctor?” Family practice doctors and medical offices are just a couple of miles away, and for larger hospitals you have a few options. Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, MD and Beebe Hospital in Lewes are both about a 30-minute drive away, and Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD is about a 45-minute drive. Beebe also has new emergency rooms and a cancer center underway less than 10 minutes away in Millville!

In the middle of it all
The Bethany Beach area that we call home is also smack dab in the middle of the other popular beach towns we love! Head 15 minutes south if you want to hit the attractions in Ocean City, MD including many more shops and restaurants, movie theatres, arcades, mini golf, rides, and a large boardwalk! 15-30 minutes driving north can get you to Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, or Lewes, each filled with shops and restaurants people love. There is plenty of nightlife in Dewey while Rehoboth is home to outlet shopping and another large boardwalk. Lewes gives you another quaint downtown atmosphere, and is just a ferry ride away from Cape May, New Jersey. Jefferson Creek allows you to be right in the center of all of these amazing towns, so it is a quick ride to get to any of the area’s best attractions!

Natural beauty
Not only are we so close to the beach, shops, restaurants, etc., the community is surrounded by nature. On one side of the community is the Assawoman State Wildlife Area and on the other side is wetlands and the trees along Jefferson Creek and the Assawoman Canal. Launch your kayak or paddleboard right around the corner on the Assawoman Canal or just sit by the pool (or on your back patio) and take in the natural beauty.

Low maintenance living
You need to be relaxing by the community pool or sitting on the beach with your toes in the sand, not worrying about making sure you’ve mowed the lawn! The community HOA fees, which are just $224/month, will take care of that for you. But it’s not just mowing that is included – you also have irrigation (+ the water for irrigation), mulching, weeding, and fertilization, etc. Insurance on the exterior of your home, the community pool and bathhouse, snow removal on the streets, and common area maintenance are part of the HOA fee as well.

Lilac model at Jefferson Creek

Best value at the beach
The amazing value at Jefferson Creek is our community’s biggest secret. The single family and twin homes alike are both the LOWEST PRICE you can get for a new Schell Brothers home! So you can get the best location at the best price!

Natalie Hay

(302) 249-4726

Visit the Jefferson Creek page and contact us today for more info!

Locals’ Season Specials!

By Natalie Hay, in All Communities

There are so many reasons that locals’ season is our favorite time at the beach. From mild temperatures to having the beach to yourself, what’s not to love? But one of the best perks of the “off-season” is the many, many dining specials at our favorite restaurants! See our list below of the Bethany area specials for each day of the week!


Fin’s Ale House: 3 course dinner for $20 from 4-8:30pm
Off the Hook: ½ off Cioppino
Ropewalk Bethany: Brunch ½ price Bloody Mary’s from 10am-2pm. Plus ½ priced entrees all day.
99 Sea Level: 3 course dinner for $29
Mickey’s Family Crabhouse: Happy hour all day – 75cent wings, $1 raw oysters, $9.50 fish sandwich, $6 burger, $8.99 fish and chips, $8.99 chicken tender platter, $7.99 1/2lb steamed shrimp, plus drink specials
Bethany Blue’s: Brunch $2.50 mimosas and $15 mimosa pitchers starting at 10am plus football food specials starting at 12pm
Pie: Buy one get one ½ off pizza
Northeast Seafood Kitchen: $19 Sunday Supper (three courses)
Bluecoast: $19 Sunday Supper (three courses)
Armand’s by the Sea Pizzeria: ½ price all pizzas
Zoca’s: All day NFL football with build-your-own nachos starting at $5, $6 drafts, and 75cent wings
Misaki Sushi: Katsumi’s Secret Stash – 3 rolls and dumplings $34
Perucci’s: Ladies’ Night – ½ off ladies’ entire check including alcohol (veal dishes 25% off)
The Salted Rim: NFL specials all day and night
Big Fish Grill: Prime Rib Night – $21 10oz prime rib dinner or $31 16oz prime rib dinner
Matt’s Fish Camp: $19 Sunday Supper
Just Hooked (Fenwick Island): ½ off Shrimp & Grits
Papa Grandes (Fenwick Island): $19 Sunday Supper, ½ price appetizers, ½ price margaritas
Catch 54 (Fenwick Island): $19 Sunday Supper
Mio Fratello (Fenwick Island): $15 all you can eat buffet from 12-3 and $22 lobster night


DiFebo’s: Four courses (soup, salad, entrée, dessert) plus wine or beer for $21!
Fin’s Ale House: ½ price fresh fish dinners 4-8:30pm
Off the Hook: Taco Night! $3 Tacos, $6 Margaritas, and $8 Burgers
Hooked Up: $9 Fish and Chips from 11:30am-3pm and happy hour specials from 3pm to CLOSE with trivia night starting at 6:30pm
99 Sea Level: Mussels and Frites $15
The Blue Crab: $20 crabcake entrée
Ropewalk Bethany: Mexican Monday – ½ price tacos, $7 chicken nachos, $3 Corona bottles, $10 seafood nachos, $4 rail margaritas, $9 tuna nachos
Bethany Blue’s: $16 meat and potatoes special plus ½ price bottles of wine
Bluecoast: Crab Night – $19 crabcake entrée and other crab specials
Zoca’s: Mexican Sandwich Night & $7 select margaritas
Grotto’s Pizza: Military Monday – 50% off any pizza with military ID
Misaki Sushi: Roll Night – $6 rolls and $2 sushi
Perucci’s: Lobster & Crab Night – $16 for 2 lobster tails, 2 crabcakes, or lobster mac n cheese and ½ off select bottles of wine
The Salted Rim: ½ Cheese Steak $6 from 11-3 or AUCE Tacos $11 from 4-9 plus NFL specials all night. Bingo at 6pm.
Matt’s Fish Camp: ½ priced entrees
Just Hooked (Fenwick Island): Taco Night – $3 tacos, $8 burgers, $6 margaritas
Catch 54 (Fenwick Island): ½ price entrees
Mio Fratello (Fenwick Island): $20 Prime Rib


Hooked Up: 25% off sandwiches from 11:30am-3pm and Tuesday Night Raw from 3pm-close with 50cent oysters, $8 shrimp, $8 clams, and $6 mussels
99 Sea Level: Steak Night – $3/oz cuts tableside
Fin’s Ale House: Crabcake Night with $7.95 sliders, $11.95 sandwiches, and $18.95 dinners from 4-8:30pm
Ropewalk Bethany: ½ price burger night
Bethany Blue’s: TNT Tuesday – $3 tacos, $6 personal nachos, $6 totchos, $6 quesadillas plus $5 house margaritas, $6.50 Sagamore Rye-garitas, and $4 corona light pints
CoCoLo Sushi: 25% off kitchen small plate
Northeast Seafood Kitchen: ½ price entrees
Bluecoast: Whole steamed lobster for $25
Zoca’s: $3 tacos and $7 thirsty Tuesday specialty drink
Grotto’s Pizza: $3 off any entrée salad (dine-in only, 4pm-close)
Perucci’s: Pizza Night – ½ off personal pizzas and ½ price beers and select bottles of wine
The Salted Rim: $10 for 2 tacos and a drink (house margarita, wine, or bottled beer) from 11-9 and taco salad for $6 from 11-3. Plus Karaoke at 8pm.
Just Hooked (Fenwick Island): ½ off Cioppino
Catch 54 (Fenwick Island): ½ price burgers
Mio Fratello (Fenwick Island): $20 parmesan night with pasta


Hooked Up: ½ price burgers from 3pm-close
99 Sea Level: ½ off select bottles of wine
The Blue Crab: $10 Mahi or Shrimp taco dinner
Fin’s Ale House: Fresh Tuna features including $19.95 dinners from 4-8:30pm
Ropewalk Bethany: Crabcake night – $12 crabcake sandwich, $14 single crabcake entrée, $20 double crabcake entrée
Bethany Blue’s: Wingo Bingo Wednesday – $3 wings (10), $5 pigs and frizzles, $5 boneless wings plus bingo beginning at 7:30pm with happy hour drink specials
Northeast Seafood Kitchen: $19 Crabcake entrée
Zoca’s: Fajita night and $3 bottle beers
Grotto’s Pizza: Buy one get one free pizza (dine in only, 4pm-close)
Perucci’s: BOGO entrees
The Salted Rim: Build-a-burger & fries starting at $6 plus drink specials. Musical bingo at 7pm.
Big Fish Grill: Fajita & Margarita night – Fajita specials with $6 margaritas and $4 coronas
Matt’s Fish Camp: Surf and Turf night
Papa Grandes (Fenwick Island): ½ price burritos
Nantuckets (Fenwick Island): $10 off bottles of wine
Catch 54 (Fenwick Island): $19 Crabcake entrée
Mio Fratello (Fenwick Island): $12 meatloaf, $12 build your own pasta bowl, and trivia night


Off the Hook: ½ off Shrimp and Grits
Hooked Up: $3 tacos from 11:30am-3pm and 50cent wings from 3pm-close
99 Sea Level: 20% off your check with purchase of an entrée
Fin’s Ale House: $14.95 Shrimp dinner features from 4-8:30pm
Ropewalk Bethany: ½ price steam pots, plus trivia night starting at 6:30!
Mickey’s Family Crabhouse: 10% off all you can eat specials plus ½ off bottles of wine
Bethany Blue’s: Burger Night with build-your-own burgers starting at $5
Pie: Buy a bottle of wine, get pizza ½ price
CoCoLo Sushi: ½ off bottle of wine and $5 rolls
Armand’s by the Sea Pizzeria: ½ price salads and appetizers
Zoca’s: $15 Mole Enchilada and ½ off select bottles of wine
Grotto’s Pizza: All bolis only $6.99 (dine in only, 4pm-close)
Misaki Sushi: $17 Ramen + grass wine and ½ priced appetizers
Perucci’s: 3 courses for $16 (soup or appetizer, salad, and entrée)
The Salted Rim: Fried Grouper Sammy $6 from 11-3 and $16 dinner specials from 4-9. Plus NFL specials all night and trivia at 7pm.
Big Fish Grill: Pasta & Wine night – featured pasta entrees and ½ priced bottles of wine
Matt’s Fish Camp: $19 Crabcake entrée
Papa Grandes (Fenwick Island): 2 tacos and a beer $8
Catch 54 (Fenwick Island): 25% off your entire check


Off the Hook: 3 Courses for $30
Hooked Up: 25% off apps from 11:30am-3pm
The Blue Crab: 25% off fresh fish dinners
Ropewalk Bethany: $26 steak and cake night
Mickey’s Family Crabhouse: Captain’s platter – 3 courses for $20
Pie: 3 for $23
Northeast Seafood Kitchen: ½ price bottles of wine
Bluecoast: ½ price bottles of wine
Armand’s by the Sea Pizzeria: ½ price all subs and sandwiches
The Salted Rim: 2 shrimp tacos for $6 from 11-3 and all fajitas $15 from 4-9
Big Fish Grill: Buck-a-Shuck oysters all night
Matt’s Fish Camp: ½ priced bottles of wine
Just Hooked (Fenwick Island): 3 Courses for $30
Catch 54 (Fenwick Island): ½ price bottles of wine


Ropewalk Bethany: Brunch ½ priced Bloody Mary’s from 10am-2pm. Plus BOGO desserts all day.
Pie: $5 Craft draft, $6 margarita, $6 house wine
Armand’s by the Sea Pizzeria: ½ price all pasta dishes
Zoca’s: 12-4 College Football with $6 drafts


DiFebo’s: “Earlybird special” is 25% off all regular menu items from 4-5:45pm! Plus additional happy hour specials from 4-6pm
Ropewalk Bethany: Happy Hour all day every day! Including ½ price bada bing shrimp, ½ price wings, $1 Liberty Oysters plus drink specials
99 Sea Level: Monday-Friday $30 Oyster and sparkling wine special
Grotto’s Pizza: 20% off for sports teams in uniform every day and 20% off Senior Discount Monday-Friday from 2-5pm (dine in only)
Nantuckets (Fenwick Island): Earlybird specials until 5:45pm every day, plus $19 entrees Sunday-Thursday

Also, be sure to check out the happy hour specials every day at all of these great restaurants!

*Food and drink specials have been collected from websites and Facebook pages of each restaurant. Be sure to contact the restaurant directly as specials and restaurant hours are subject to change with seasons and holiday weekends.

Governors: What’s Ahead in 2019

By Natalie Hay, in Governors

It goes without saying that 2018 has been an amazing kick-off year at Governors. This community has been years in the making, and we were finally able to launch sales this past June. Since then, we’ve welcomed 93 families to this incredible new community!! Governors has broken all kinds of sales records for Schell Brothers, but it has also developed a real community feel in such a short period of time. We’ve had some great happy hours and events, and it has been awesome to see new neighbors gather and become friends before anyone has even moved in!
In 2018 the community has really started to take shape as well. Every day it seems something is different. The beautiful entrance monument is now welcoming people into Governors, and we are starting to see roads winding through the community, surrounded by the beginnings of some gorgeous landscaping. We have also broken ground on our first homes here. Two townhome buildings and four single-family homes were started in 2018!
As we look back on a very successful year here, we also can’t wait for all that is to come for Governors in 2019. This upcoming year will bring many new exciting developments to the community! So…what’s ahead?

  • More starts! Once the final stages of site work are finished in phases 1 and 2, we will be able to start construction on the remaining single-family homes in these sections. We will also begin construction on the remainder of the townhome buildings that have sold in 2018. The community will really start to pop up once we start construction on all of these homes!
  • Moving in! We will see our first homeowners move in to their homes in 2019!! The first settlements in Governors will be coming up very soon – the spring of 2019! After that it won’t be long until the community is buzzing with many more homeowners moving in.
  • Models! Although we will miss our trailer, we will open up new models in Governors this spring and summer. Keep an eye out for the first models that have already started construction: the Tradewind townhome and the Bluebell single-family home.
  • Clubhouse and amenities groundbreaking! In 2019, construction will begin on our impressive amenities including the clubhouse with fitness center, pool with lazy river and tiki bar, kids’ splash area, and tennis and pickle ball courts.
  • New sites! With just thirteen sites remaining in phase 2 of the single-family homes and only seventeen townhome sites currently available, we will open up new sites for both type of home in 2019.
  • Happy hours and events! We’ve had so much fun with our community happy hours in 2018 and we can’t wait to keep the party going in 2019. Stay tuned for more details on our first event of the new year on January 26, which will include a tour of the first townhome building under construction as well as a Sold sticker event for the townhome and phase 1 single- family homeowners!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped make 2018 an incredible year at Governors. We are so looking forward to all that is to come in 2019! Happy New Year!
For more information and to stay up-to-date on Governors, please visit our website and reach out to:

Natalie Sweeney
(302) 249-4726
Adam Pettengell
(302) 228-2719

Introducing the Coastal Series at Governors

By Natalie Hay, in Uncategorized

With the amazing location EAST of Route 1 in Lewes, the resort-like amenities, and acres of dedicated open spaces in the community, there are so many reasons to be excited about our latest community- Governors. But that’s not it! We are also offering our incredible new Coastal Series single-family homes in this community. When we launched Governors earlier this summer, the first 24 single-family homesites sold out in just a few weeks – before the official grand opening! So why are these homes so popular? If you haven’t seen these floor plans yet, here are some of the reasons the new Coastal Series plans are quickly becoming favorites:
The Coastal Series all have the open kitchen, living, and dining areas that everyone loves – no more choppy layouts or unused formal spaces. Plus, many of the homes will have vaulted and high ceilings in the great room to give you a dramatic open look!
Yes, that’s right! Every Coastal Series floor plan will come with a master on the first floor. And if you want everything on the first floor, half of the Coastal Series plans are ranch homes!
Depending on your needs the Coastal Series has the right size home for you. Want to downsize? Just starting out and don’t need anything too big? We have single family homes starting from 1,331 to 2,431 square foot. Wanting a little extra space? The Coastal Series homes have options to expand and some can get as large as 4,820 square foot.
Speaking of expanding… both unfinished and finished basements are options in the Coastal Series single family homes at Governors! Perfect for a rec room, media room, wine cellar, or just some extra storage space.
No two homes are the same, because no two people are the same! The Coastal Series plans have extensive options to personalize the home the way you like it. From sunrooms and screened porches outdoors to gourmet kitchens and stone fireplaces indoors, you’ll be able to make the house feel like your home.
Check out the Governors page to explore some of these floor plans.
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          

Governors: The Locals’ Choice

By Natalie Hay, in Uncategorized

When traveling to a new area, most people try to seek out the locals’ favorite spots. And who knows better where to eat, what to do, and how to get around better than the people living there every day, right? So when moving to an area, it stands to reason that the locals also know the best places to live. So where is the locals’ choice in Lewes? Governors!

We always knew Governors was going to be one of our fastest selling communities, particularly for those relocating to the area. This highly anticipated community (ten years in the making!) has the location everyone wants: East of Route One, minutes from downtown Lewes, and right on the Junction and Breakwater Trail connecting Lewes to Rehoboth. The amazing location is paired with resort-like amenities, dedicated open space in the community, and our town homes and popular Coastal Series single-family floor plans. So it was no surprise to us that the first phase of single family sites sold out before the official community launch date this past June. But what did surprise us was how many of our first Governors homeowners are coming from the local area. 12 of our first 36 buyers in Governors actually came from the city of Lewes itself, with others coming from nearby cities and towns such as Rehoboth Beach, Millsboro, and Milford. 

The local community quickly realized that if they want to be close to downtown and have the East of Route One location there are so few opportunities remaining. And with the introductory pricing at Governors being much lower than neighboring communities, it makes sense that the locals would jump on the opportunity right away! 

So why else is Governors the locals choice? Pricing and location aside, we’ve found that people are looking to live in sensibly sized homes with little to no maintenance. What we’ve seen is that many of our local buyers are done with the ‘big home’ thing and are ready to stop being ‘land barons’ (or worse, be stuck cleaning 5 bathrooms each day). Locals are deciding on Governors because it means when they wake up they can focus on living the beach life and the Lewes life. From dawn to dusk and beyond Lewes adventures await you. 

To find out more about why Governors is the locals’ choice community visit our website and reach out to our sales team:

Natalie Sweeney
(302) 249-4726
Adam Pettengell
(302) 228-2719


Top 3 Reasons to Love the Townhomes at Governors

By Natalie Hay, in Uncategorized

I’m sure you’ve heard all about how special our newest community, Governors, is. With the unbeatable combination of our location East of Route 1 in Lewes, amazing resort-like amenities, access to the Junction & Breakwater Trail, and copious amounts of dedicated open space within the community, there is truly nothing like it! But that’s not all that makes Governors so special – we are also one of just a few select Schell Brothers communities to be offering our amazing townhome floor plans. There really are so many reasons to love the townhomes, but to make it easy, we’ll give you our top three:


Get rid of the lawn mower! Your HOA in Governors will cover grass cutting, edging, seasonal clean-up, mulching, fertilization, weeding, tree pruning, leaf removal, and blowing on each lot. Your yard will never have looked better! In addition to that, the townhomes will have insurance on the exterior of the townhome dwelling, roof repair and maintenance, gutter cleaning and maintenance, exterior power washing, and exterior painting. This is truly the care-free, low-maintenance lifestyle everyone is looking for at the beach!


With the townhomes you are able to get more for your money! While the base prices of the townhomes start much lower than the single family homes, the square footage does not. In fact, the price per square foot for a townhome in Governors is about $100 less than the starting single family.


There is no sacrificing in functionality or style here! The Tradewind and Tidewater townhomes both have that same open concept great room, kitchen, and dining area that we love so much in the single-family homes. They also offer extensive options to personalize, including sunrooms, gourmet kitchens, luxury bathrooms, courtyards, screened patios, a finished bonus room, and extra storage space. Pick one of these great floor plans and then choose the options that fit your lifestyle!
Want to see what one of these amazing floor plans looks like? Take the virtual tour of the Tidewater here:
And reach out to our sales team for more information!
Natalie Sweeney
Adam Pettengell

Preparing for the Design Selections Appointment

By Natalie Hay, in All Communities

Congratulations! You’ve purchased a new Schell Brothers home! You’ve picked out the perfect community, home site, and floor plan, and we’re so happy to be able to help make your dream home a reality!
One of the best parts about building a brand new home is the ability to personalize the home with your specific tastes and preferences. As homeowner Susan Goldberg put it, “you want the house to be reflective of your personality. That’s the beauty of this. No two homes are alike.” It should come as no surprise then that the Design Selections Appointment is one of the most important steps in the building process – and in turning your dream into a reality!
To help you prepare for this important step we gathered advice from the experts – homeowners who have been through this process themselves! Here’s what they have to say…
The resounding advice from our homeowners who have been to the Design Studio is that preparation is key. The best way to ensure that this day will be successful, non-stressful, and fun is to do your homework ahead of time.
“The Design Studio is terrific but I would definitely recommend doing some “homework”. ” – Brenda Millette
“The most important by far is be prepared ahead of the meeting; you need more than vague notions of what you are looking for or it will be a real long day.” – The Witzels
“In summary, do your homework!” – Ed Grimes
So what exactly does that mean, and how should you prepare? Read on for great tips from homeowners!
Schell Brothers has an award-winning online design studio, where you can see the various design options offered, view photos of the models, and save the ideas you like. Make sure to spend time on the online design studio to get a good feel for the options you will be choosing from at your design appointment.
“Definitely spend time with the online design studio getting an idea of what colors, designs and levels of options are available for the flooring, cabinets, tile etc. It helps narrow down what to look at when you are at the design appointment and also gives you an idea of what to look at during the preview time.” – Erin Umerly
“When I clicked on Photos and Videos, and then clicked Homes on the left side, I was able to look at all the model homes that Schell has.  That was really helpful in giving me lots of ideas for decorating and selections.” –The Whalens
“The Ideas Gallery on the design center website was also very helpful.” – The Whalens
“It’s extremely important to stress the use of the website to put your ideas together for all rooms!” – Sharon Simon
“Visit the online studio and spend hours there.” –Ed Grimes
You’ve been to the model home in your community, but there are so many other model homes to explore in person! The models are a great way to see the various design features we offer in person and in a real home. Ask your sales rep or visit our website to see which models we have in the area.
“Visit lots of model homes to get ideas.” –Erin Umerly
“The most helpful thing for us was viewing several of Schell’s model homes.  Seeing the different finishes, cabinets, flooring and accessories in these houses helped us tremendously.” -Brenda Millette
“Visit as many Schell models as you can.  Take notes on what selections you liked.  I took pictures of the kitchens/bathrooms and the description of the selections.” –Ed Grimes
“Number one idea – and this cannot be said enough to any individual – visit the models not only of the house you were planning on building but any other model available. Take pictures of features that you like or room colorations that you enjoy, check bathrooms for tile or shower features that can be duplicated in any home. Look kitchens over carefully and consider the functionality for the way you like to cook, ask your sales rep if they have different levels of kitchens for your particular home – again taking pictures of cabinets or cabinet features that you like.” – Charles Billingslea
“Visit the Schell websites showing the 3D models, particularly the one you are purchasing, but even better, visit one of the Schell models in DE.  It will get you a much more objective reality of the options available and will assist you the decision making process.” –The Witzels
“I would encourage buyers to visit as many Schell model homes as possible.  They should take pictures of what they like and record the names and colors:  floors, cabinets, paint colors, tiles, etc.” –Linda Brightfield
While the design studio preview is an optional appointment, it is highly recommended! This is a group appointment in which you will be given a “tour” of the Design Studio. You will get a general overview of the options available, and some time to explore the Design Studio on your own. This is your first opportunity to see all of the design features offered in person, so take advantage of it!
“I think the pre-design appointment was incredibly helpful… I would definitely advise people not to skip that meeting.” – The Whalens
“Preview appointment was helpful. I took photos of selections that interested me.” –Amber Nelson
“Get the lay of the land so you are not overwhelmed when you get there on Selections Day.” –Ed Grimes
If you need more time to see, touch, and feel some of the selections we offer, ask the manufacturer! They are usually more than happy to send free samples which you can use to help think about your selections ahead of time, and also to help you with your furniture and other ideas.
“Almost all of the manufacturers that Schell uses at the design center will send samples. I got samples from Wellborn, Shaw, Q quartz, and Daltile.” – Stephanie Hensal
Focus on the major areas, and move to the details. But don’t forget to think about the little details that affect your everyday life. Think about your current home and how you use it, which is different for everyone!
“Something you might want think about is do I need an extra outlet in the pantry to plug in a dust buster, charger etc? Do I want to add any additional recessed lights to any room? Or fans? Or floor receptacles?” – Erin Umerly
“For us, we were good when we went in because we knew exactly what we wanted for big things – but then you get down to the nitty gritty, small details. In the end, the devil is in the details.” –Susan Goldberg
Know beforehand how much you are willing to spend, and which areas of the home you are going to focus your resources on.
“Being prepared and having a budget was very helpful for us.” –Tracey Firth
“Where do you want to put your resources? If you’re people that like to cook a lot you’re going to want to put the resources into the kitchen. For us it was flooring. I don’t think I’ve touched the oven.” –Susan Goldberg
Maybe you’ve been binge-watching HGTV or creating boards of your dream home on Pinterest…or already getting inspired on Schell’s online design studio! Bring these ideas with you to help share the vision you are looking for.
“Prep is key! Make mood boards using the online design studio. I made one for each bathroom and kitchen. I added non-offered items to my board to get a more complete design concept. On design day, I didn’t want to get lost in all of the choices and lose sight of the look I was trying to achieve.” – Amber Nelson
“Most design choices will involve the kitchen-great room area of the house. The rest of the house design will flow from this critical area. Bring a color photo of your “inspiration room” for this area of the house to the design appointment. We had an inspiration room photo from HGTV, and it helped convey our taste and preferences to the Schell designer in a way that I could not adequately put into words during the design meeting.” – Marilou Merrill
“You should go with pictures and ideas so they can see what you like and are trying to achieve in your new home.” – Charles Billingslea
Don’t be nervous! There are a lot of decisions to be made, but if you go in prepared it will be an incredibly fun and exciting day!
“The process and helpful staff made it a great experience!”  – Sharon Simon
“I was like a kid in a candy shop. We loved the day!” –Susan Goldberg
“Come well rested and in a patient frame of mind. Enjoy the experience – it is fun!” – The Witzels
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Introducing Eastpoint Beach at Bayside!

By Natalie Hay, in Bayside

We are so excited to finally introduce to you one of the most highly anticipated neighborhoods in Bayside – Eastpoint Beach!
If you aren’t familiar with Bayside, “the Point” is everyone’s favorite hangout spot and one of the most unique aspects of the community. For our Bayside newbies, The Point is the area where the community meets the Assawoman Bay, which means it is home to the community’s private bay beach, not to mention those gorgeous views of the Ocean City skyline!

The Point also houses the community’s kayak and paddleboard launch, a pavilion with fire pits and horseshoes, a fishing/crabbing pier, and a nature trail. You can see why The Point has always been one of the most beautiful and relaxing locations in the community. In fact, one of the most common sights on a warm day is homeowners biking or walking down to The Point with their family and friends.
However, as the saying goes, “the best keeps getting better!” This summer, The Point will also be home to Bayside’s newest amenity, a brand new pool and hot tub. This means homeowners will now be able to enjoy that same amazing Ocean City skyline and bay view, but this time it will be poolside and with a drink their hand!
Speaking of a drink in their hand…the new pool at The Point will have its very own bar and grille. The new bar and grille, named “38 Degrees” because of its location almost directly on the Mason-Dixon line, will be featuring a specially designed menu and served by SoDel Concepts. We cannot wait for happy hours this summer at 38 Degrees!

So you may be asking, what is “the point” of all of this? (ha-ha). Our newest neighborhood at Bayside, Eastpoint Beach, is located just steps – literally steps – away from all of these amazing amenities at The Point. No doubt being located right in the heart of the most beautiful section of the community is a reason itself to live in Eastpoint Beach, but that’s not it…
The homesites at Eastpoint Beach are some of the most private in Bayside. This section is surrounded by trees, and most of our sites are fully-wooded. A majority of these sites will also be exclusively allowed to have fenced in yards and private pools!
We are celebrating the release of these new homesites with (of course) a happy hour on February 17 at our Sanibel model. But please don’t wait to reach out to our team for more details before then! We would love to show you this amazing new neighborhood in person.
Call or Email:
Frank Ryan
Natalie Sweeney
John Gross
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Introducing the Coastal Cottage Series at Bayside

By Natalie Hay, in Bayside

THE SECRET IS OUT! We are SO excited to share with you our latest release of new homes here at Bayside – the Coastal Cottage Series. Since we released the Coastal Cottage single-family homes earlier this summer, they have been the best kept secret at Bayside…until now!
The collection of homesites designated for the Coastal Cottage Series are located in The Point, the most desirable neighborhood in Bayside. This section of the community is highly sought after due to its proximity to – you guessed it – the Point. The Point is home to our kayak launch, pier, private bay beach, pavilion with live music, walking trails, horseshoes, and fire pits. Plus, next summer you’ll have access to the brand new infinity pool at The Point. This pool will overlook the Assawoman Bay with breathtaking views of the Ocean City skyline. With its own tiki bar and grill, you can expect this to be the social hub of the The Point in the summertime!
The Coastal Cottage Series at Bayside includes three great new floor plans: The Lilac, The Jasmine, and The Iris. These floor plans are specially designed to create an open and spacious feel in your new home, while still maintaining a smaller footprint than our typical single-family homes. They are born from customer feedback, incorporating features like more storage space, lots of natural light, and the ability to customize with more design options. The layouts are functional and flexible, allowing you to personalize the home to fit your needs.
Bayside not only has the amazing amenities at The Point, but there’s also an extensive lineup of activities throughout the entire community. Other amenities include more outdoor pools, an indoor pool, fitness centers, tennis, basketball, volleyball, playground, dog park, etc. During the summer, you can take the beach shuttle to Fenwick Island State Park and year-round you can enjoy one of the many classes hosted by the Bayside Institute. Another unique aspect of this community is The Freeman Stage, an outdoor performing arts venue located at the front of the community. With all of this going on, Bayside has won numerous awards over the years. Recently at the Delaware Regal Awards, Bayside walked away with an incredible TEN awards, including Best Amenity Value in Delaware, Best Community in Sussex County, and BEST COMMUNITY IN DELAWARE!
The Coastal Cottage Series is priced at a pretty incredible value. These homes are starting in the $400s, and after personalization, are much lower (we’re talking $100,000 lower) than our typical single-family homes in Bayside. This is your chance to get into a single-family home in the most sought after section of the ‘Best Community in Delaware’!
For more information and to view floor plans visit Schell Brothers at Bayside ( and reach out to our sales team. We would love to walk these homesites with you, show you our amazing community at Bayside, and tell you more about the Schell Brothers difference.