Christopher Companies captures the essence of Delmarva in Sussex County communities

August 1, 2014
Beyond the basics of quality construction, energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and sufficient square footage, what do you look for in a new home? Do you want to live in a community with something special to offer? Do you want amenities such as a pool, golf course or community center? Do you want a balcony with a water view where you can watch the sun rise or set? Are you a boater in need of a boat slip as well as a garage? 
For features such as these, in addition to unique designs and architectural details you won’t find in a typical subdivision-type home, check out the five Sussex County communities currently under construction by the Christopher Companies: Wharton’s Bluff in Millsboro, Millville by the Sea, Baywood Greens in Long Neck, Laguna Bay on Fenwick Island and the Cove at Sandy Landing near Dagsboro.
Craig Havenner, company president, speaks with obvious pride of the company’s 40-year history as builder and developer in the Virginia and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas where it has fulfilled the dreams of more than 4,400 satisfied homebuyers. Since 2009, Christopher Companies also has been developing properties in Sussex County. 
“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,” Havenner said. Enticed by visits and vacations to the area, as well as friends who lived there, company principals had long been interested in participating in the Delaware housing market. They soon identified other opportunities in the Sussex County area.
“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 Christopher Companies has 23 townhomes there 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, offering buyers a $2,500 Green-for-Green credit funded by the state of Delaware.
The Millville by the Sea community has two existing lakes, with more to come. Waterfront lots are currently available. The community offers what Havenner called “the finest lifestyle center and amenity package in Sussex County.” Located just four miles from the oceanfront of Bethany Beach, the campus includes four use-specific structures built on the lake. This master-planned community is inspired by the classic beach towns of the East Coast, with multiple, distinct neighborhoods offering homebuyers a range of choices in architectural styles. Single-family homes include such appointments as a sumptuous owner’s suite, nine-foot ceilings, optional screened porches or patios. Phase One has sold out. Phase Two, in addition to favorites such as the Avalon, Sea Isle and Chesapeake single-family homes, introduces a new Cottage detached single-family home, starting at $249,900. 
Baywood Greens in Long Neck 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 is offering 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.
Laguna Bay at 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 Route 90 Bridge, Havenner said. With Phase 1 nearing completion and the first homeowners set to move in before Labor Day, Phase 2 is now under construction and slated for delivery early next year. Each of the 30 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 as well.
“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 also build to standards set by the National Association of Home Builders (NGBS), and are Energy-star certified as well.”
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 Havenner’s company builds, visit
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