Loudoun County is home to many planned communities, and one of the more notable and popular ones is Brambleton. While it has a close-knit community feel, it also offers the energy and excitement of an urban space.

Homes to Suit a Range of Needs, Tastes and Budgets

Begun in 2001, Brambleton offers homes, condos, and town homes of all sizes, built by a variety of reputable builders over the years. Builders continue to add new homes to the mix, with all styles of town homes still being built by Miller & Smith, Knutson, Toll Brothers, and Van Metre. In fact, Brambleton has 6,400 homes built thus far and will have over 9,000 when development is finished. Many families have even “traded up” once or twice to larger homes while staying within this community they’ve come to love.

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You’ll find all styles of homes within Brambleton, from modern to traditional and everything in between. Different “neighborhoods” within Brambleton each have a different feel. Some areas have been described as “surban,” offering industrial style 4-story town homes with lofts and rooftop terraces.

Everything You Need — All in One Place

The town center’s expanding retail and restaurant scene, including a movie theater, lends an urban vibe and serves as a central gathering place. If you’re looking for greener spaces, check out Legacy Park, a mini “Central Park” style area across from the town center. You’ll find swings and a playground for kids, plenty of spots for relaxing under a shady tree, and the perfect area for dog walking and greeting neighbors. Other parks are scattered throughout the neighborhood, and a new Dog Park just opened. There’s great anticipation surrounding the 257-acre Hansen Regional Park, due to be complete in the spring of 2022. It will offer multiple fields, baseball diamonds, equestrian facilities, a skate park, mountain bike trails, picnic areas and more.

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Community Schools and Recreation Galore…

Brambleton is served by four elementary schools, two middle schools, and three high schools. Daycare centers, preschools, and tot lots dot the landscape, giving young families plenty of options to keep kids active prior to elementary school. If you’re an exercise enthusiast, you’ll love the 18+ miles of local walking/jogging trails that wind their way through the community, in addition to numerous pools, tennis courts, exercise stations, and the large Onelife Fitness gym. (Best of all, all buyers of new construction get a free one-year membership at the gym!) A regional golf course flanks the northern end of the community, and the adjacent Beaverdam Reservoir offers boating, fishing, hiking, and rowing opportunities.

You’ll never be bored in Brambleton. After all, you’re sure to enjoy at least a few of their 50+ events each year…like 5K races, a Farmer’s Market, a Santa tour, Comedy Night, Spring Yard Sale, Neighborhood Campout, and outings to theater events downtown.

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Infrastructure, Amenities, and Transportation Make Life Convenient in Brambleton

The Brambleton Public Safety Fire & Rescue Station sits at the southern part of Brambleton, offering a degree of comfort. Future plans include more commercial development, an Educational/Medical Campus, and a Cultural Center. Of course, there’s already doctors’ offices, a Harris Teeter grocery store, Peet’s Coffee, 14 restaurants, and over 50 retailers. The biggest event to generate excitement over the past year was the opening of the 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art Brambleton Library (shown below), offering not just books and resources but meeting rooms, open spaces, events, a Makerspace lab, and even notary and passport services.

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With so much right within Brambleton, you may find you don’t have to go elsewhere for much! (One local resident said, “Once you’re home, you’re home!”) But when you do venture out, you’ll find Brambleton’s proximity to major area thoroughfares super-convenient. Belmont Ridge Road, Ryan Road, Loudoun County Parkway, Route 50, and the Toll Road help you get around around Loudoun County with ease and assist with commutes east to Reston, Tysons, and Washington, DC. A future Silver Line Metro Stop is due to open in 2020 just to the northeast of Brambleton, offering another choice for area commuters. Currently, a neighborhood Park and Ride provides a great option for getting east to various existing Metro stops and locations like Roslyn, Crystal City, The Pentagon, and Washington, DC.

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Catching domestic or international flights couldn’t be easier, either, with Dulles International Airport sitting just east of Brambleton. But rest assured, you’ll feel like you’re tucked in a quiet little oasis in Brambleton.

The Newest Addition: a 55+ Community Nestled in the Heart of Brambleton!

There’s even a new 55+ community within Brambleton called Birchwood, with 11 models now open and prices from the $300s-$700s. Some are even available for immediate delivery. The Clubhouse functions as the central gathering place — boasting pools, a demo kitchen, theater, golf simulator, cafe and bars, game room, arts and crafts studio, and social gathering rooms.

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Once you visit, I think you’ll agree there’s no place in northern Virginia quite like Brambleton, which brings together the best of small town friendliness and convenience with a sophisticated feel and mini urban hub. Contact us at [email protected] to let us know if you think Brambleton would be a good fit for you. We’ll do the work to find you a range of great homes — either new or resale — that fit your style, preferences, and budget.

We all know inventory of existing homes is historically low in the northern Virginia area — and in many parts of the country — right now. If you’re getting frustrated submitting offers on homes — only to find you’ve been outbid or someone else’s contract was accepted over yours for other reasons — you may want to consider new home construction.

While you may pay a slight premium over the price of resale homes, everything is, of course, brand new — without the wear and tear you can expect from homes that are even a few years old. Plus, you get to pick and choose the options, so your home is exactly that — yours. You select the site, the floor plan, the exterior, the flooring and carpet, the countertops, the cupboards, the bathroom fixtures, and more. Everything is based on your taste.

When you sit back and think about it, isn’t that what we’d all like?

I wish we’d used a Realtor buying our own new home years ago…

Some buyers mistakenly opt to work without an agent, thinking there’s no need to have representation when buying new construction. But that can be short-sighted. There are, in fact, numerous reasons to use a Realtor. I wish my husband and I had thought of this 17 years ago when we purchased our own home. It was a bit overwhelming, not having ever built before, and we could have really benefitted from the expert advice of a Realtor working on our behalf. Plus, an agent would have saved us dozens of hours of our own time looking over lists of upgrade options, making calls back and forth to the builder, and visiting the home site periodically to ensure things were correct and on track.

And, to clarify, you’re not saving money by choosing to work on your own, as buyers agents are typically paid by sellers or builders, not buyers. As it turns out, one local builder recently told our real estate team that 90% of their new home buyers work with Realtors. 

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Here are the Top 10 reasons to consider using a Realtor when buying new home construction from a builder. 

  • You’ll have an advocate representing your interests.
  • You’ll find out about things the builder may not be obligated to volunteer (news of a new highway being put in close to your home site, changing school zones, the fact that you can hire a home inspector to inspect your home before settlment, or noisy construction nearby that will continue for years).
  • You’ll have someone to help you compare and negotiate incentives offered by builders at various communities.
  • You’ll have an objective party to advise you on whether certain incentives are worth it (i.e. money toward closing costs is nice, but the requirement to use the builder’s preferred lender to get that incentive may not be worth it when you compare rates and costs among other lenders).
  • You’ll have someone who knows the right questions to ask, regarding new home construction (i.e. Is the deposit held in escrow, protecting you in case of bankruptcy by the builder, and how much time is allowed for the builder to complete the construction of the home?)
  • You’ll have help choosing a LOT based on things you might not think of (anticipated traffic patterns, wetlands, ingress/egress, property grading (walk up vs. walk out basement), privacy, and view. Your Realtor can help you keep on top of when new lots are being released, if you have your eye on a particular lot.

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  • You’ll benefit from an agent’s experience knowing which options have the best long-term ROI (return on your investment). For example, should you put your money towards adding another bathroom, adding a bump-out to increase square footage, or finishing your basement?
  • You’ll have an unbiased “second opinion” (if you want it!) when choosing design elements and upgrades (i.e. a real estate agent knows what choices are popular and will likely appeal to a future buyer of your home).
  • You’ll have a resource who can put you in touch with multiple competitive lenders to get a mortgage with the best terms.
  • You’ll get recommendations for good inspectors for the pre-drywall and final walk-throughs — and have your agent along at this critical meetings.

Would you like us to scour new properties for you, based on your location, size, and style preferences? Feel free to email us at [email protected]!

My favorite time of year – fall, Halloween and all things haunted. Here’s your guide to the best haunted houses, farms and trails near us. Be warned, some are taking it to a whole new level of immersion. Check them out if you dare and I hope you make it out alive…

Shocktober at Paxton Mansion, Leesburg VA

Ironic that this used to be my kid’s daycare for many years. Now it’s run by The Arc of Loudoun a wonderful non profit organization that helps people with physical and intellectual disabilities. This award-winning haunted house is first on the list as it’s not to be missed.

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Markoffs Haunted Forest, Dickerson MD

These folks have been around for 25 years and have perfected their craft. They started (with a haunted bus) in order to raise money to start a summer camp committed to teaching and building strong leaders through positive outdoor experiences. With several trails to choose from, you can keep going back for more. 

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Madhaunter’s Madhouse, Leesburg VA

These folks started their haunts simply because of their love for Halloween and all things spooky. Several trails and events to choose from and only open on select dates starting on October 19th. Admission is free and they accept donations for Haymarket Regional Food Pantry. 

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Haunted Hollow VA, Warrenton VA

This haunted trail takes you in and around a haunted farm that was purchased in 1961. Strange things were happening in and around the farm that didn’t make sense, until letters and a diary of a high school student were discovered… read more here. 

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Haunted Nightmares, Winchester, VA

Located at high Hill farm, there are activities for the brave and the timid alike. Moonlight hayrides and one of the largest corn mazes in the are are sure to keep the younger kids entertained. For those who want more “excitement” The Last Ride might just be the ticket.  It’s a buried alive simulator where you are inside a casket…let’s hope you can get out. 

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Screamland Farms, Frederick MD

This is an in your face haunt that sends you through different venues sure to make you scream. There’s also Zombie paintball it you’d like to take your fight out on others. 

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Field of Screams, Olney, MD

The metro areas #1 rated scream park has 5 haunted attractions so there’s plenty to see and do when you get there. Bring a group to enjoy the scares together. 

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American Scream, Tysons Corner, VA

And now for something completely different, a Halloween selfie museum dedicated to all things Halloween. Come face to face with characters and creatures and selfie-worthy sets. Someone say – “SCREAM”.

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