Distinctive living, close to the beach

May 15, 2015
 A new neighborhood called Lakeside Village has just opened for home sales at Millville by the Sea, a master-planned community in the town of Millville, located just four miles from the oceanfront of Bethany Beach. With two existing lakes, and more to come, Millville by the Sea is inspired by the classic beach towns of the East Coast, with multiple, distinct neighborhoods offering homebuyers a range of choices in architectural styles.
The community offers what Christopher Companies president Craig Havenner called “the finest lifestyle center and amenity package in Sussex County.” Sited at water’s edge, the Lifestyle Center includes a resort style pool, community clubhouse with a pub, a wellness center including exercise areas and a dance studio, a “Crabshack” for lakeside al fresco dining, and a kayak launch.  
Lakeside Village includes a number of waterfront and waterview homesites, a rare opportunity in the new home market. The 8-acre “Sand Dollar” lake includes walking trails around the perimeter and a gazebo at water’s edge. Millville by the Sea favorites such as the Avalon, Sea Isle and Chesapeake single-family homes are available in Lakeside Village.
All homes include such appointments as a sumptuous owner’s suite, nine-foot ceilings, optional screened porches or patios. There are still a handful of Atlantic and Roxana Cottage homes available in the Sand Dollar Village neighborhood in Millville by the Sea, and new models of both Sea Isle and Chesapeake are currently open for prospective buyers.
The Christopher Companies, with a 40-year history as builder and developer in the Virginia and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas, has been developing properties and building state-of-the-art homes in Sussex County since 2009. Enticed by frequent visits and life-long vacations in the area, as well as friends who lived there, company principals had long been interested in participating in the Delaware housing market. 
Havenner explained, “We were presented with the opportunity to work with an existing investor-customer to assist in repositioning and rejuvenating his existing community. This allowed us to enter the Sussex County market in the early stages of a master planned community that will surely evolve into one of Sussex County’s finest.”
The company soon identified other opportunities in the Sussex County area and now has five Sussex County communities currently under construction. In addition to Millville by the Sea, there are Wharton’s Bluff in Millsboro, Laguna Bay on Fenwick Island, the Cove at Sandy Landing near Dagsboro and Baywood Greens in Long Neck.
Each community offers something special — pools, a golf course, community activity centers, lakes, boat slips as well as natural beauty only found on the Eastern Shore... all this in addition to unique designs and architectural details you won’t find in a typical subdivision-type home. “We look for communities with some special allure, a natural feature of some kind, to distinguish that community from the others,” Havenner said.
Wharton’s Bluff, for example, is located on the Indian River, where there are high banks, plenty of mature hardwood trees and even an eagle’s nest. The last waterfront lots have recently been released for sale, and they won’t last long, so don’t delay. There are limited opportunities remaining to own one of these spectacular new homes. 
The Christopher Companies also has townhomes at Wharton’s Bluff with water-view and marsh-views where you can watch the wildlife. With 1,850 to 2,050 square feet — including a basement to finish as you wish — these townhomes present the latest in “Green Building” techniques to complement this first NGBS certified Delaware green building community. Buyers can get up to a $2,500 Green-for-Green credit funded by the state of Delaware. There are some immediate occupancy homes available now; you can move right in!
Havenner said, “Everything we build in Sussex County qualifies for the Delaware Green-for-Green Program, which was started by the state in 2010 to promote green building techniques in construction of new homes. The program awards the new home buyer with a cash rebate at closing, based on the level achieved by the builder. It’s a leading edge public/private green building incentive program,” Havenner said. “We build to standards set by the National Association of Home Builders (National Green Building Standard), and are an Energy-star certified Partner as well.”
Laguna Bay on Fenwick Island, former site of the Bay Cafe, sits at the top of Assawoman Bay. It offers amazing water and marsh views down the bay to the Ocean City skyline and the Rt. 90 Bridge, Havenner said. Phase 1 is now complete and sold out. Phase 2 is now under construction and will be completed for occupancy in June of this year. Only three remain! Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind opportunity.
Each of the three- or four-bedroom condominium homes has a deck or porch from which to view the water. An on-site pool invites you to kick back and relax.
The Cove at Sandy Landing near Dagsboro is an exquisite, tucked-away oasis — close to the beaches in Bethany, yet far away from the hustle and bustle of the summer traffic. There are only 23 one-acre lots available, with your choice of waterfront, water view or water access. Along with beautiful views, a beach, and walking trails, the Cove offers private boat slips.
One completed home, a Chesapeake II model, is available for immediate delivery.
Havenner issued an invitation to visit the Christopher Companies’ new sales center located immediately adjacent to Rt. 24 at the entrance to the Baywood Greens Community in Long Neck. Two model homes, the Edenton and the Sheffield, are available for inspection there. Call The Baywood Sales Center at 855-823-2278 to arrange for a private tour.
Baywood Greens offers a spectacular environment: a beautiful landscape, meticulously maintained and constantly freshened with annual and perennials in season. “It’s referred to as the ‘Augusta of the North,’” Havenner said. “It’s a strikingly beautiful place. The people who live there love it — nature and a golf course, wooded lots, water frontage ... it’s really a special piece of property.”
Set amidst a forest of oaks, pines and flowering plants, Baywood’s winding streets, tree-lined sidewalks, picket fences, 27 acres of lakes and timeless architecture create the resort environment that defines Baywood Greens. With the championship golf course as its centerpiece, Baywood Greens offers a magnificent clubhouse and community center and pool complex. In its sister communities, marinas and fishing piers, private bay beaches, sports fields, bike paths, nature trails and tennis privileges are just minutes away. 
The Christopher Companies offers your choice of two single-family home series at Baywood. The Village Series offers three designs with one or two levels, a rear detached garage and a bevy of options with prices beginning at $229,900. The Coastal Series also offers three home styles, with one or two levels, but with a front-entering garage. Pricing on the elegantly appointed Coastal Series homes begins at $242,900. All homes feature a first floor master suite.
If you’d like to own a home in one of these exceptional communities in Delaware, contact Christina Havenner at 703-352-5950 to be referred to the appropriate sales manager. 
For a look at some of the fabulous homes the company has built, visit www.christophercompanies.com.
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