If you haven’t been to The Peninsula recently, you’re in for a pleasant and potentially life-altering surprise. In the past few years, this gated golf course community on the Indian River Bay has lived up to its promise. There are water views, stunning sunsets, a private beach and a par-72 Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course. There are also spectacular award-winning home designs by Schell Brothers. In short, it’s the perfect spot for a well-deserved retreat.

“People are amazed at how much The Peninsula has changed even in the last 12 months,” says Josh Hay, Schell Brothers’ lead sales manager for The Peninsula. “The clubhouse is currently under construction, but it’s more than that. The curb appeal of the homes is phenomenal. There’s nothing like The Peninsula in this area today.”

Luxury Living – Your Way

Rehoboth Beach-based Schell Brothers’ homes are taking this already idyllic community to the next level. There’s a style to suit your space requirements – including villas, singe-family homes, custom homes and townhomes – and your needs, whether you’re looking for a second home or a primary home. Schell Brothers has designs that will appeal to growing families or retirees who want a smaller home with spacious rooms. There are plans for one-floor living or plans with multiple stories. First-floor owner’s suites are available in both.

For a limited time, Schell Brothers is offering up to 50 percent off of upgrades (up to $50,000) on single-family homes and villas. Or, Schell Brothers will take $10,000 off the base price of a new townhome. Purchase your new home and Schell Brothers will include the social membership and two years of HOA fees and club dues.

If you want to start your life at the beach this season, consider the quick move-in townhome that’s currently available. The four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath Pinehurst floor plan offers a total of 3,299 square feet, including a first-floor owner’s suite with two closets. The second-floor loft design puts three bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs, giving owners extra privacy plus convenience.

The home’s gourmet kitchen, equipped with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, opens to the dining area and a great room with hardwood floors. Not only does this home boast a screened porch, but it also has pond views. It’s priced at $395,405. For more information, visit schellbrothers.com/listing/547

Second home owners or buyers who want to shed their old furniture as well as their old home will appreciate this model leaseback, The Bethany, which is located on the golf course’s 12th hole. This 4,264-square-foot single-family home has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. Highlights include a stone fireplace, built-in-cabinetry and a first-floor owner’s suite with walk-in closets, a tray ceiling, gorgeous woodwork and a sitting area. The en suite bathroom has a freestanding tub and tiled shower.

One of Schell Brothers most popular models, this home has high ceilings, an open floor plan and large windows that frame the vistas that The Peninsula has in abundance. You’ll love the kitchen and mudroom, which have upgraded cabinetry, granite countertops, a center island and a tech nook.

And that’s not all. This home also has a stone paver courtyard with a built-in grill, outdoor fireplace and water feature. The home is priced at $792,900, and you can take a virtual tour by logging on to schellbrothers.com/listing/528#tour. “It’s one of the best values you can get in the community,” Hay says. “Our model leasebacks come completely and professionally decorated. Furniture, paint and accessories, including window treatments, have all been selected. Just move in.”

Beach living at its best

Homes in The Peninsula are located in neighborhoods, such as Lakeside, Marina Bay and Sanctuary, which is dedicated to custom homes by Echelon Custom Homes, a division of Schell Brothers. The views in Sanctuary are nothing short of breathtaking, but there’s no shortage of scenery at The Peninsula. “One of the best parts about The Peninsula is the views, whether it’s from your homesite or the walking trails or the private beach – you just have great water views,” Hay says.

A good number of buyers play the private, 7,200-yard golf course, he says. Designed to complement the landscape and managed by Troon Privé, the course has seven holes with views of the bay and creek. There is a pro shop with PGA-certified staff, and the clubhouse, which opens in the winter of 2016, will feature a restaurant, locker rooms and space for indoor and outdoor events.

Already open and operating is the Lakeside Village Center, which has tennis courts, basketball courts, a Wave Lagoon, and indoor and outdoor pools. There’s a 2,500-square-foot fitness center, walking trails and a nature center. (There’s a 225-acre nature reserve around the golf course.) “The majority of residents bought here because of the natural landscape and the walking trails,” Hay says. Even if they don’t play golf, they enjoy being on the scenic course.

Less than 10 miles from Route 1, the main artery that links Lewes with Rehoboth Beach and Fenwick Island, The Peninsula this summer season is benefiting from a water taxi service that takes residents to the dock on Dewey Beach that’s just a short walk from the beach.

If you want to live in an amenity-packed community that offers beauty, the beach and amazing benefits, visit The Peninsula today. For information, visit peninsula-delaware.com or call 302-947-4717. The sales office is located at 26937 Bay Farm Road in Millsboro.