Many of you may remember my post from a little over a year ago in which I introduced you to Birchwood at Brambleton, an “active adult” community for the 55+ set, nestled into the southeast corner of the award-winning master planned community of Brambleton in Loudoun County.

I’ve been a big fan of this neighborhood, in addition to the range of home styles, ever since I’ve visited. While there were initially three builders offering different home styles and floor plans, one (Miller and Smith) quickly sold out of their small number of lots. Both Van Metre and Tri Point Homes (formerly known as Winchester) continue to build, but lots for new homes have been selling faster than anticipated throughout the pandemic. And prices continue to go up, so if you’re interested in this community, you really owe it to yourself to take a look. (Give us a call, and we will set up an appointment and confirm current incentives.)


Photo courtesy of Van Metre

Birchwood at Brambleton Offers a Community Feel with Plenty to Do

I started working with a client right at the beginning of the pandemic last March, and after one weekend of looking at homes, she was sold on Birchwood, with all its amenities, great location, and close-knit community feel. It’s easy to meet people here, as everyone I’ve met is very friendly and looking to interact with neighbors (although, like other places, that’s limited now during the pandemic!). When things are able to get back to a more “normal” routine, you can expect to find things like cooking demos, wine tastings, live music, and other events available to residents each week. Plus, the gorgeous multi-level Clubhouse (shown at the top of this post) with soaring ceilings and walls of windows offers plenty of lounging space, work space, billiards, an indoor pool, workout rooms, a theater area for movies, an art studio, and a golf simulation area. Outside you’ll find pickle ball courts, an outdoor pool, fire pits, and decking overlooking the lake. There are plenty of walking trails, too.

Plans for Future Development of this Popular Community

Birchwood at Brambleton has plans to continue development on the eastern side of Loudoun County Parkway as well (right now there are just apartments). However, the developer has not yet released the lots to specific builders, and Van Metre was unsure of the exact timetable for that. There will be another Clubhouse on this eastern side (albeit smaller).


Photo courtesy of Van Metre

Current Inventory of Lots is Going Fast

Let me give you an update on what is still available in the way of new construction on the western side. (Of course, I can also help you with resales, although those are pretty limited in this new community at this time.) As I said, property values here continue to appreciate. For example, the base price of the 2-level Van Metre Towne home my client put a contract on back in late March of 2020 has already gone up $40,000 since then. With limited supply of new construction in active adult communities, the demand for homes in Birchwood will continue to outpace supply, making it a good long-term investment.

Two Builders Give You a Huge Range of Home Styles and Floor Plans

Van Metre offers the widest range of home styles, from one-level condos to various 2- and 4-story townhomes (some with elevators) to 3-level single family homes. A new series of condos, called “The Rise,” with parking spaces more accessible to owners’ individual units, has just been released for sale. Tri Point Homes offers two styles of attached homes, the Bungalows with three levels of living and the Carriages with two levels (no basement). As you would expect in a 55+ community, there are floor plans from each builder offering main level Primary Bedrooms and Baths, and there are multiple options for customization for each style of home. Both of these builders very much let you make your home your own, based on how you live. There are some really cool outdoor living features offered as well, including covered decks, 3-season rooms, and rooftop terraces like the one below.


Photo courtesy of Van Metre

Options Fit a Range of Size Preferences and Budgets

Square footage can range all the way up to about 4,000 square feet of living space in the single family Van Metre homes, and base prices run the gamut as well, depending on the style of home (condos start in the mid-$300s). Currently, the model home of the gorgeous Van Metre Towne “Bernstein” floor plan (the same floor plan my client purchased) with a Primary Bedroom on the Main Level, is for sale at $839,990 (Great Room shown below). Obviously, being the model, it has a ton of structural and design upgrades including an interior brick wall, a gourmet kitchen, and an expanded floor plan offering 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.


Photo courtesy of Van Metre

While I’m not at all surprised about the success of this neighborhood, there’s a new sense of urgency if you’re interested. Give Karen (703-585-3386) or Maggie (703-531-7363) a call if you’d like to preview the various home styles. Everything is by appointment only right now, and we can help you negotiate the best incentives from structural or design upgrades to closing costs.

As you know, I (Karen) am a huge fan of the Carriage Homes in South Riding, VA, which happens to be my own hometown. 

We’re lucky to have a few pockets of Carriage Homes here in Loudoun County, but overall they’re pretty rare. South Riding happens to have three small sections: one along the golf course on Creek Run Terrace and Tremaine Terrace, one on the Fortitude Terrace loop off of Riding Center Drive, and a third tucked away on Londontown Terrace. 


A few months ago, I had another Carriage Home listing that sold in just seven days. We could have ratified a contract even sooner, but we had 40 showings on that property and wanted to wait until all offers came in. We ended up getting seven offers on the property. The point is…homes like this are in demand! 


Well, my personal opinion is that Carriage Homes are the perfect blend of a single family home and a townhome. Like a townhome, these attached structures are relatively low-maintenance with just a small yard to take care of. But the layout feels more like a single family home, without the “vertical” feel and narrow rectangular footprint of a townhome. (Note: Photos of rooms with furniture are “virtually staged.”)


Location, Location, Location…

This Carriage Home happens to be an end unit, which allows for more windows and some nice landscaping along the side. It’s situated on Fortitude Terrace, which is a quiet loop conveniently located off of Riding Center Drive and right near the World Trail exercise path. It’s also within walking distance of Liberty Elementary School and Freedom High School. In the opposite direction is the new Dulles South Recreation Center, complete with two pools, an indoor track, basketball courts, a rock climbing wall, fitness equipment, and group exercise rooms. It’s a county facility that’s open to the public either on a fee-per-visit or membership basis. 

But back to the Carriage Home and what makes it so special…


This home has been incredibly well maintained. It’s only 13 years old, but none of the systems/appliances are original. Both HVAC systems, the hot water heater, washer and dryer, refrigerator, wall oven and microwave, dishwasher, disposal, and garage door and opener have all been replaced/updated. There are numerous decorative touches, including walls of windows, cathedral ceilings, and Palladian windows. The Gourmet Kitchen has quality hardwood cabinetry, granite countertops, and a beautiful tile backsplash. The Master Bath has a soaking tub, double sinks, and upgraded tile adorning the shower and floor. 


Upon entering the home, you’re greeted by decorative columns in the two-story Living Room and gorgeous Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors throughout much of the Main Level. There’s also a Formal Dining Room with chair rail and crown molding — along with a beautiful chandelier — on the other side of the Foyer. 


Another hard-to-find feature of this particular model (a Toll Brothers Granview floor plan) is the Main Level Master Suite/Primary Bedroom. The extension of this Bedroom can be used as a quiet home office with a desk positioned to look out onto the back deck and pretty plantings. 


Plenty of Areas for Work-from-Home and Distance Learning…

The upstairs is a great domain for kids, with two bedrooms, a spacious bathroom, and a large loft — which is perfect as a home study/distance learning space or for relaxing in front of the TV and playing video games, complete with surround sound. 


A rec room in the basement is large enough for multiple uses as well, whether it’s home entertainment, exercising, or a quiet work-from-home area. (The TV mounted here, as well as three others mounted in the home, convey.) There’s even space in the basement to carve out a fourth bedroom and add another bathroom (there’s already a bathroom rough-in). 


One of my favorite things about the house is actually the cute backyard oasis. A well-maintained Trex deck spills out onto landscaped beds of flowers and shrubs. There’s some privacy between neighbors, and the deck offers plenty of space for dining as a family, entertaining, and spreading out to work.

I know this property won’t last long, so give me a call at 703-585-3386 or email me at [email protected] if you’d like to see it.

… and there’s no better time to answer

As “Zoom towns” boom in popularity, we are starting a new series intended to help you stay informed and aware of the ever-changing world in these unprecedented times. We hope you enjoy it!

Location, location, location: the motto of the real estate agent. And despite being a trope, it’s not wrong. When you consider where you’re going to set down stakes and live, you should always consider how close you are to everything that matters. Make sure you’re near good schools. That it’s only a quick jaunt to handy shopping and delicious dining. And that your job commute is short and sweet.

Under that criteria, it’s hard to find any sort of ideal location, location, location these days in the DC area. Any native can tell you, no matter where you live, it’ll take you at least 30 minutes to get ANYWHERE. And you’ll be paying for the convenience of a 30-minute commute with a hefty house price, crowds, and a lot less house. On the other hand, not sitting in an hour of beltway traffic on a hot Friday afternoon is worth it, right?

Except. Now you don’t have to.

Everyone says “Covid-19 has changed everything,” and that’s no less true than with real estate. Schools are online. Groceries and dinners are delivered. And most offices are embracing the idea of giving up the expense of brick and mortar real estate to become remote. It doesn’t matter if you’re 30 minutes or three hours from the office—your cute Zoom meeting background won’t change. So why pay the hefty house price for the convenient commute that you’re not making?

And for these reasons, there has been a significant upswing in people migrating to “Zoom towns,” which are noted for offering a casual, more picturesque, and less expensive options—but because school and work are all online, they don’t come with a long commute to where the jobs are.

As Fannie Mae recently noted, “we are seeing some early signs of shifting buyer preference to locate to lower density areas.” And Redfin agrees: “there’s more demand—and less supply—for rural and suburban neighborhoods than cities as the pandemic influences homebuyer preferences.” But that doesn’t mean there are no options.

Over the course of this series, we’ll explore some of the “Zoom towns” around here.

Why Not Get More for Your Money?

Here are six out-there, but not-too-out there, neighborhoods where you can enjoy the gorgeous beauty of landscapes, the quiet peace of nature, and much more house for your money. Each of these communities are a perfect mix of the rural, scenic west, and the vibrant, urban east of Loudoun County.

  • Selma Estates—with quiet streets, sweeping meadows, and a Target and Starbucks a mere six miles away, this lovely neighborhood has the best of both worlds. 250 estates provide a small community feeling but with lots that range from half an acre to ten and views of mountains and sunsets, you won’t feel crowded.
  • Raspberry Falls—built around one of the most acclaimed golf courses in the country, which this community of 200 single family homes run between four and six bedrooms and includes neighborhood swimming and tennis amenities, parks and trails, and you can find both small town charm plus big-name retail and dining a short drive away.
  • Rokeby Farms—this great single-family residential community is just 3 miles down the road from historic Downtown Leesburg VA and features 4-6 bedroom homes, with up to 5300+ square feet of living space. Residents are surrounded by lots of activities and opportunity for adventure.
  • Tavistock Farms—350 single family homes and 213 townhomes makeup this community right in the heart of Northern Virginia – prime horse & wine country. A community farmhouse, a pool, tennis courts and playgrounds make it a perfect place for your family to grow and thrive.
  • Woodlea Manor—nestled between the historic charm of downtown Leesburg and the beauty of the Catoctin Mountains, this community of 467 single-family homes is a hop, skip, and jump away from history, nature, and all of life’s conveniences.
  • Meadowbrook—a brand new community just south of historic downtown Leesburg. With 400 single family homes that reflect the comfort and charm of small-town America, these spacious homes are inspired by the architectural legacy of rural Virginia, with homes offering up to six bedrooms and up to 4,000+ square ft of open floor plans.

Need to Escape?

One of the best parts of living in Northern VA is when you do feel like a commute, the ocean, the mountains, the nation’s capital, parks and lakes, wineries, and more are all about within a few short and easy hours away—as is Dulles International Airport in case you’d like to go just a little further.

In fact, within the immediate area, you can explore acres of natural beauty and real-life history with Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park—offering tours, living history events, trails, and outdoor programs. Other local parks provide waterslide and pool adventures, camping and cabins along the Potomac, and miles of natural trails for walking, hiking, and biking.

And, not so far away is the vibrant and growing Downtown Leesburg area that offers the quaint and quiet charm of your favorite small-town with independently owned shops, bars, and restaurants. Yet within a few miles down Rt. 7 either direction, you can find outdoor plazas boasting Wegmans, movie theaters, commercial retail, bowling alleys, world-class hospitals and schools, and anything else you need now—but that takes you half an hour or more to reach.

Want to learn more? Stay tuned as we continue uncover other hidden gems and “Zoom towns” as well as all the amazing things you can do in this area. If you’d like more details on any of the communities highlighted in this article, please reach out—I live, breathe, and love it here!

Maggie Hatfield
15 West Homes
[email protected]

With mortgage rates at historically low levels, NOW is the time to buy if you’ve been sitting on the sidelines. After all, if you’re not paying off your own mortgage, you’re helping to pay off your landlord’s! Karen’s new listing in the Northgate Square condos in Reston is an affordable option for first-time homebuyers…and you’ll fall in love with the updated luxury finishes that were part of its complete renovation! This property also makes a great investment if you’re looking to buy a property to rent out. It’s move-in ready for either you or a tenant! (Note: Living Room, Dining Room, and Bedroom photos below are virtually staged…property is vacant.)


A Great Layout Makes This One Bedroom Condo Feel Very Spacious

The layout of this condo is perfect — a very large Living Room offers plenty of natural light from the triple doors to the patio outside, which has a nice view of trees. You can easily situate a desk on one side of the Living Room if work-from-home is your new reality. A separate Dining Room, also with a large window, is nicely situated right off of the Kitchen. The one Bedroom and Bathroom are on the opposite side of the unit. A bedroom closet and two large hall closets offer ample storage space.


Newly Renovated with All the Popular Finishes Today’s Homeowners Want

Luxury vinyl plank flooring, the popular choice for today’s homeowner’s, covers the entire 748 square foot condo. The mid-tone slightly distressed ash-tone floors are perfectly complemented by a light “greige” (grey/beige) paint hue. The kitchen is over-the-top gorgeous, with white cabinetry, a granite countertop, stainless steel appliances (including a built-in microwave), and a beautiful glass and stainless backsplash pulling everything together. EVERYTHING is brand new.


The bathroom underwent a top-to-bottom renovation as well, with a neutral white/grey color palette and pretty tile adorning the shower/tub. New contemporary light fixtures adorn the bathroom and Dining Room.


This Central Reston Location Can’t Be Beat!

Northgate Square condo development is less than 2 miles to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro stop on the Silver Line — and less than 10 miles from Dulles International Airport. This makes it ideal for getting around the DC Metro area or taking a trip for business or pleasure. Plus, you’ll be in close proximity to all your favorite stores, including a Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. You’re within walking distance of Lake Anne, with its plaza and Farmer’s Market. And Reston Town Center, one of my own favorite places to shop and dine, is just a few miles away. The vibrant Tysons Corner area is just a couple exits east on the Toll Road…and Washington DC — with all its museums and monuments — is only 22 miles away! Reston is the place to be!


Northgate Square and Reston Offer Low-Maintenance Living and Lots of Amenities

Your monthly condo dues to Northgate Condo Association include virtually all utilities (gas, electric, water, sewer, trash) and parking. You get decals for up to two vehicles, and unassigned parking in the lot is plentiful. Best of all, you are also part of the Reston Association, which gives you access to over a dozen community pools, tennis courts, fields, lakes, trails, and other amenities and activities. It is a perfect area for outdoor enthusiasts, with the W&OD Trail right nearby for walking, jogging, or biking.

This listing will go quickly. If you’d like to preview the property, give Karen a call at 703-585-3386 or email her at [email protected].

  1. Go for a country drive and stop to pick up curbside lunch at Roots 657 featuring house-made soups, salads, sandwiches, and fresh-baked goods.
  2. Enjoy some time at the Vine & Leaf picking up specialty wines, teas, and chocolates to enjoy at home!
  3. Host your own wine tasting on Zoom. Take a drive to one of our amazing wineries like Bluemont Vineyard!
  4. Love the outdoors? Take a hike a Sky Meadows, a historical parcel of land.
  5. Enjoy a warm cup of tea with friends on Facetime with Dominion tea. They offer tea tastings to go!
  6. Relax in the Lavender Fields of Blooming Hill.
  7. Indulge in a piece (or more) of scrumptious Pie freshly baked daily at Mom’s Apple Pie.
  8. Whether you like to Fish, play frisbee golf or play ball, Franklin Park has a place to do it.
  9. Get your walking shoes on and go to Loudoun Heights. Stop at the Overlook for an amazing view.
  10. Looking to learn about Fox hunting or just want to walk the hounds? Check out the Loudoun Hunt.
  11. If canoeing, Kayaking, or shoreline fishing is your thing head out to Sleeter Lake!
  12. Does cold Beer sound good? Check out all the options we have one the Ale trail!
  13. Have an aircraft piloting experience with a Discovery light over Western Loudoun.

Life in Willowsford may be quieter than usual right now, but you can certainly enjoy the beauty of spring in this neighborhood. Consisting of four separate “villages,” Willowsford was designed to preserve ample open space, trees, and also incorporates a working farm for residents. Ponds, boathouses, trails, community gardens, and dog parks dot the landscape.  Half of Willowsford’s 4,000 total acres, including the farm, is a conservancy.


Courtesy of Willowsford

Limited New Home Sites From a Few Builders Remain

Numerous residential builders have been a part of the development of Willowsford, which began in 2011. At this point, due to its popularity, only about 200 of the 2,300 total home sites remain available, and the neighborhood is expected to be sold out by the end of this year.  NV Homes still offers many models to choose from, and Beazer Homes and Drees Homes have limited availability. These homes can be found in The Greens and The Grove sections of Willowsford, which straddle each side of Braddock Road west of Northstar Boulevard in Aldie (zip code 20105). The northern two sections of Willowsford, which are in Ashburn (zip code 20148), are The Grange and The Grant. They officially sold out as of about a month ago.

NV Home Willowsford

Whether you have your heart set on new construction or want to keep an eye out for resales in Willowsford, there are numerous styles of homes to choose from. One line of homes called Line K from K Hovnanian offers a contemporary look, soaring ceilings, and a European influence. They sold quickly, due to their unique styling. Other builders have sold out as well. But if you let us know your preferences for size, style, location, lot size, and square footage, we would be happy to keep an eye out for any “Coming Soon” resale listings. We can work with you on new construction, too, being your advocate through the selection, building, and settlement process. There are sometimes even quick-delivery homes available. As with most new construction in northern Virginia, floor plans offer customization with different layout choices, including beautiful outdoor spaces. New homes remaining range in price from $775,000-1,150,000 base price.


Willowsford Is Unique Among Loudoun County Planned Communities

Willowsford will appeal to anyone who likes the idea of suburban neighborhoods and meeting one’s neighbors…but with less congestion of homes and more open space. Nature lovers will enjoy the 40 miles of the trail system for biking, walking, or running through the woods, as well as the camping area in The Greens. And, of course, there’s Willowsford Farm, with areas in The Grant, The Grange, and The Greens where produce is grown for the community. In fact, Willowsford Farm just received their organic certification last year. Residents can choose to buy customized shares in the farm or visit the seasonal farm stand for fresh produce and other things like bread. Home delivery is even available!


Courtesy of Willowsford

Outdoor Activities and Year-Round Events for All Ages

Other unique and popular features of this sprawling community include tree houses, a community garden in which residents can pay for a plot of land to farm on their own, a kids bike track, a zip line, and an archery range. Of course, you’ll find numerous ponds stocked for fishing, pools, parks, dog parks, and recreation areas throughout. There’s a Community Center that includes a nice gym in both The Grange and The Greens. Adding to the sense of community are year-round events like cooking classes and chef dinners in the large demo kitchens, Autumn Fest, Santa Visits, a Valentine’s Dinner, and even “Superfood Bootcamp” in January!


Courtesy of Willowsford

Thirteen resident-run community clubs make it easy to meet other residents with similar hobbies. There’s the wine club, brew club, garden club, mountain bike club, and archery club, to name a few.

Residents of Willowsford can also host parties at either the elegant Sycamore House in The Grange or the more rustic and cozy Lodge in The Greens. These clubhouses, exclusively available to residents, are perfect for weddings, birthday celebrations, graduation parties, and other celebrations with their versatile indoor and outdoor spaces. There’s even a large kitchen, shown below, for parties and demonstrations inside Sycamore House.


Schools and Shopping for Willowsford Residents

Schools for The Grange and The Grant include Madison’s Trust Elementary, Brambleton Middle School, and Independence High School. Kids from The Grove go to Goshen Post Elementary, while Buffalo Trail Elementary serves The Greens. Both these sections feed into Willard Middle School and John Champe High School (but then moving to the brand new Lightridge High School, due to open in the Fall of 2020 right along Braddock Road).

The Boat House Willowsford

Willowsford Boat House

Unlike some other neighborhoods in the southern part of Loudoun County, the areas of Willowsford do not have their own shopping centers. The northern section of Willowsford off Evergreen Mill is in relatively close proximity to Brambleton Town Center, with a movie theater, large gym, doctor’s offices, a new library, Harris Teeter, and various shops and restaurants. The southern section of Willowsford on either side of Braddock gravitates toward Stone Ridge for basic shopping needs like Harris Teeter, along with a handful of restaurants and stores. Another beautiful two-story library is right across the street. Dulles Landing shopping center just north of Route 50 offers a Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Buy Buy Baby, Michael’s, DSW, and more. There are plans for even more commercial development in this area of southern Loudoun County in the years to come.


Courtesy of Willowsford

Contact Karen at [email protected] if you’d like to learn more about the homes available in Willowsford — both new construction and resale. For links to other neighborhood profiles in Loudoun County, see previous posts on our Get to NoVa Blog.

With resale inventory continuing to be historically low, it’s a great time to consider new construction. Fortunately, there are still some builders in Loudoun County with large build-outs of planned communities in progress. This is significant, because there is currently only land for 2,200 single family new builds east of Route 15 in Loudoun County with the current zoning limits.

One veteran area builder of planned communities is Toll Brothers, and they are seven years into developing the beautiful Lenah Mill community of single family homes. Located right off Route 50, west of the Stone Ridge community, you’ll find four different collections of homes. They range from the Parker Collection starting in the mid-$600s with about 2,500 square feet of living space to the Estates starting at $900,000 and delivering up to 8,000 square feet of living space and up to 4 garage spaces. Construction is expected for at least another two years.

Lenah Mill home Loudoun County

Lenah Mill offers floor plans for today’s lifestyles.

Toll Brothers has done a fantastic job of preserving what has made them “America’s Luxury Home Builder,” while offering updated floor plans and finishes for today’s lifestyles. Each Collection consists of four floor plans, also with a choice of 4 different exteriors like Farmhouse, Traditional, or Craftsman, to name a few. With options to further tailor each floor plan for your lifestyle, you can really make these homes your own, complete with luxury finishes that are often included in the base price. You should see some of the luxurious master bath suites with double showers and soaking tubs! Toll Brothers has many buyers re-locating from other Toll Brothers communities in Northern Virginia, in order to enjoy these fresh new floor plans in such a beautiful pastoral setting. (And, in fact, they offer a financial incentive for buyers moving from other Toll Brothers communities. Contact us for more information on that.)

master bathroom Toll Brothers Lenah Mill

The three largest collections have 10′ ceilings on the main floor and 9′ upstairs. This makes such a difference visually and contributes to a feeling of openness and space. Some interesting things Toll Brothers has done with these floor plans is to get rid of centrally located staircases, moving them to the side for a more open floor plan. In addition, they’ve steered away from two-story family rooms to reduce noise and echoing upstairs. This also allows for a major increase in square footage upstairs so that family room “lofts” are now the focal point of the upstairs, with the bedrooms fanning out from that central space (see the cozy spot below). Another increasingly popular feature — a main level Master Bedroom Suite — is available in each collection. This is perfect for all sorts of scenarios, including multi-generational living.

Lenah Mill upstairs loft

Other unique features that today’s sophisticated buyers request…

Some floor plans even offer two kitchens…the main open kitchen as well as a smaller kitchen behind closed doors (sometimes known as a “spice kitchen”) for prepping. Toll Brothers has taken feedback from their buyers seriously. Nice touches including large windows with fewer panes and extra recessed lighting as standard make you feel like you’re getting a high quality home without being nickled and dimed.

Lenah Mill Toll Brothers kitchen

Choices in the Design Center for flooring, cabinetry, and lighting are constantly changing to reflect current tastes. Areas off the garage on the main level can be tailored for a “drop zone” with simple cabinetry or even built out into a full “mud room.” There’s also an option to add a doggie shower to this space, as shown below! Laundry facilities are located upstairs.

Dog shower in Lenah Mill home Aldie, VA

I was floored by the gorgeous outdoor living spaces that are options on these homes. Spaces that transition from indoors to the outdoors include rooms with fireplaces, pocket doors that disappear, outdoor drywall, and integrated space heaters in the ceiling…making these spaces usable on all but the coldest days of the year (see below). Because Toll Brothers owns a landscaping company, landscaping packages can be built into the mortgage, cutting down on big financial outlays once you move in.

indoor outdoor living space Lenah Mill

Something I love that I haven’t seen from other builders is how Toll Brothers’ uses low-VOC paints, woodwork, and carpet in their homes at Lenah Mill. That’s important to me, as it reduces the “outgassing” of chemicals that you often have in new homes. There are a lot of useful high-tech features as well, including keyless Baldwin door locks, and Wi-Fi controls for the thermostat and garage door.

The community of Lenah Mill is as spectacular as its homes.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention what really makes this community spectacular, and that’s the open spaces and smart planning that Toll incorporated into this large Loudoun County parcel. You’ll find a clubhouse that’s already being renovated to reflect a light, updated color palette; an outdoor amphitheater; a dog park; multiple sports fields and courts; a health and fitness studio;  a competition pool and family pool; playgrounds; a lake and boathouse; fishing ponds; a community garden; and miles of scenic trails for walking, running, and biking.  Events for both families and adults fill the annual calendar, giving you plenty to do right in your community. And you get all this for HOA fees of only $141/month.

Lenah Mill master planned community Aldie, VA

Beyond the community, you have vineyards, shopping, historic sites, and vibrant towns like Leesburg, Middleburg, Reston, Tysons, and Washington DC all nearby.

Lenah Mill has a total of 886 homesites, with about three-quarters already sold. If you’re in a hurry for a home, you’ll be thrilled to know there are always quick delivery homes available — giving you the convenient timeline of a resale but the luxury of having everything new!

Please contact us at 15 West for a tour of the models and so we can help walk you through the options. Right now, there are buyer incentives up to $45,000 available, depending on the floor plan you’re interested in. In some cases, that’s like getting one of their spectacular “outdoor living” areas for free.

42077 Trengwinton Place, Leesburg, VA

OPEN HOUSE Sun, 12:00PM to 4:00PM

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5 BEDROOMS | 5 Baths (4 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 4718 SqFt

SIMPLY GORGEOUS, move-in ready Stanley Martin Carey Model home in Historic Selma Estates. Sellers have done all the right upgrades to your new home including hardwood throughout the main floor and upper floor landing, new, on trend lighting fixtures, new paint and new landscaping (oh, and the grass is ah-mazing) on over ONE-HALF ACRE! The main level offers a LARGE and LIGHT-FILLED open concept kitchen, dining and large, inviting family room. The GOURMET kitchen boasts TONS of cabinet space, a GIANT pantry, stainless steel appliances, a HUGE oversized island with storage, granite countertops, custom tile backsplash and updated pendant and dining lighting. The family room amazes with a rustic reclaimed wood feature wall and a slate surround gas fireplace to keep things cozy in the winter. The main level also has an office and formal dining room for entertaining. The upstairs welcomes you to a master suite FILLED WITH NATURAL LIGHT that has everything you need and then some; HIS AND HER WALK IN CLOSETS, a sitting room and a large, luxury en suite bathroom with his and her vanities, a soaking tub and oversized shower. Three additional, spacious bedrooms are on the upper level, two with walk in closets and one with its own en suite bathroom! A large third full bath with dual sinks ensures there are plenty of bathrooms for everyone! The 4th level has a wonderful loft area that can be used as a game room, study or yoga retreat and a FIFTH BEDROOM – great for the older teen or guests! The lower level has a LARGE REC ROOM, FULL BATH and possible 6th bedroom! Don’t worry, the basement also has PLENTY of STORAGE SPACE too. The large deck off the kitchen is PERFECT for taking the party outside and looks out on OPEN CONSERVANCY LAND (that will never be built on) and PICTURESQUE MOUNTAINS. There’s also plenty of room to run around and even add an in ground pool! All of this and tucked away on a QUIET CUL-DE-SAC too! But wait, there’s more, you’re just TEN MINUTES from charming downtown Leesburg, minutes away from several wineries, breweries and other treasures of Leesburg including: White’s Ford Regional Park, Ida Lee Recreation Center, Loudoun County Rust Library, Historic Morven Park, Equestrian, Tally Ho Theatre, Leesburg Village Center including Wegmans & many Restaurants & Shops, as well as Cobb Theatre, Leesburg Premium Shopping Outlets, MANY wineries and breweries, Roots Cafe and Local Market, The Old Lucketts Store (great Antique Shopping), Farmer John’s Fruit & Vegetable Market, The Marshall House, Historic White’s Ferry, Oatlands Plantation, Temple Hall Farm Regional Park, Leesburg Animal Park and Public and Private Golf Courses. In addition, Frederick, Maryland is a short 30-minute drive, with many restaurants, shops, and historic sites. The Appalachian trail is a 30-minute drive and Shenandoah State Park is a one-hour drive with camping sites and facilities, restaurants, and walking trails. This one won’t last long, schedule your showing today!

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Are you an empty nester looking to downsize a bit? Are you interested in finding a neighborhood with plenty to do and a true sense of community? Are you hoping to meet new people and engage in new or old hobbies? Would you love to live in a beautiful new home that fits your lifestyle? Have you been searching for floor plans with master bedrooms on the main level? How about single level living or a multi-story town home with an elevator?

Winchester Homes Bungalows Birchwood at Brambleton

If any of these scenarios hit home, you’ll want to take a look at Birchwood at Brambleton in Loudoun County, VA, northern Virginia’s newest  55+ “active adult” community. Believe me, this is not the “retirement community” of your parents’ or grandparents’ generation. Its numerous amenities, events, and activities make it worthy of its slogan: “Life Refreshes at 55.”

Miller and Smith living room Birchwood at Brambleton

Birchwood in Brambleton Offers Home Styles to Suit Every Taste and Budget

Imagine an “active adult” community where you can choose from three builders offering everything from apartments and condos to many styles of town homes, carriage homes, villas, and single family homes. Some even offer the option of elevators within the residence. Now is a great time to buy, because the community is in its infancy with fewer than 300 units sold. Therefore, you have more choices when it comes to the best lots and the homes that suit you best. When it’s all built out in another 5+ years, Birchwood will have a total of 1,500 homes.

Van Metre kitchen Birchwood at Brambleton

Miller and Smith, Van Metre, and Winchester all offer multiple styles of living and floor plans. You’ll find “flats” (one level condos) priced in the $300s…all the way up to single family homes priced in the $700s. Some floor plans start at around 1,000 square feet, while single family homes with finished basements can provide around 4,000 square feet of livable space. There are lots near the gorgeous new clubhouse, as well as lakefront lots. Right now, the majority of development is happening west of Loudoun County Parkway, with future residential (beyond the existing 55+ apartments) and a second clubhouse on the eastern side of Loudoun County Parkway.

Screened porch Birchwood at Brambleton

Fun and Unique Features for Today’s Style of Living

One of my favorite features of most of these homes is the ability to create customized outdoor spaces — whether it’s a covered deck off the living area, a screened in porch (shown above), or even an outdoor terrace off the bedrooms. There are plenty of options for main floor Master Suites, and your guests will love the feature many of the floor plans offer upstairs: an open loft “retreat” at the top of the stairs, leading to secondary bedrooms. This can be a cozy getaway for watching TV or be used as a study or entertaining space (wet bars optional).

First floor Master Bedroom Birchwood at Brambleton

Beautiful upgrades and finishes abound, so your new Birchwood at Brambleton residence can have all the fresh, luxury touches that lend themselves to light, open, refined living. Ceilings are 9′ or even 10′ high, adding a spacious and grand feel to the homes. Some single family homes have basements, while others do not. (Below is a photo of my favorite basement feature from one of the Winchester models…a wine tasting area!) For floor plans without basements, you’ll find the builders also make creative use of floor plans to add extra storage nooks.

Winchester Homes basement Birchwood at Brambleton

Convenience and Low-Maintenance Living in Birchwood at Brambleton

While the community is called Birchwood at Brambleton, it’s a different HOA from Brambleton. However, you’re only a very short drive from the Brambleton Town Center with its shops, restaurants, movie theater, and new state-of-the-art library. Plus, there’s more commercial development slated for the southern end of Birchwood. Keep in mind, you’re also just minutes from Route 50, the Dulles Toll Road, , the Brambleton Park and Ride, the Silver Line Metro, and Dulles Airport. Best of all, with these low-maintenance residences, travel is as simple as locking your door and catching a flight!

Map of Birchwood at Brambleton Loudoun County

Experience All the Charm and Numerous Activities Loudoun County Offers

And when you’re in town, you’ll have all the great attractions to explore nearby, including dozens of wineries, craft breweries, convenient shopping and dining at Dulles Town Center, Reston Town Center, One Loudoun, and the Leesburg Premium Outlets®. The walking and biking trails in the neighborhood and throughout Brambleton, along with nearby Brambleton Regional Park and Brambleton Golf Course, give outdoor enthusiasts plenty to do. The Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum just east of Birchwood provides the perfect half-day or full-day excursion with out of town visitors, kids, or grandkids — as do the local civil war battlefields.

Clubhouse Birchwood at Brambleton

At Birchwood at Brambleton, You Don’t Have to Go Far for a Vibrant and Engaging Social Life!

But day-to-day, you’ll probably be busier than you ever thought you’d be with all the amenities and events to take advantage of right within Birchwood. The gorgeous new clubhouse boasts an indoor lap pool, an outdoor pool overlooking the lake, Pickleball courts, bocce ball, a kitchen for cooking classes and demos, an art studio, a cyber cafe area, a golf simulator, billiards, an exercise room and yoga/Pilates studio, a movie screening area, and ample outdoor decks, a fishing pier, and fire pit. There’s even a tot lot for the grandkids! Parties, wine tastings, movie nights, pop-up Farmer’s Markets, football viewing, art shows, and potlucks at the clubhouse keep residents stimulated and engaged. Condo fees, which I found to be very reasonable (they vary based on type of home), include full access to the clubhouse, landscape services for common areas and individual lots, trash and recycling removal, pet waste stations, TV, and Internet.

Pickleball Birchwood at Brambleton

Oh — and guess what? Loudoun County was recently ranked the #1 Happiest County in America…and the Healthiest County in Virginia! But for when you do need to pay the doctor a visit, you’ll find plenty of choices at all the medical facilities nearby, including some right in Brambleton. Plus, you’re just a few miles from the new Stone Spring Hospital Center and about 15 minutes from INOVA Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg.

Miller and Smith home Birchwood at Brambleton

My love for Loudoun Country runs deep, and it’s wonderful to see such a world-class 55+ community being developed right here in the heart of this vibrant county. I’ve found that many people — my husband and I included — want to stay in Loudoun once we’re empty nesters. But we just want something smaller than we have now — and in a community that offers plenty of social and recreational outlets for the bit of added time we may have on our hands! Although I’m not 55 yet, I’ve got my eye on Birchwood at Brambleton!

Let us know if you’d like to take a look at some of these fantastic new homes. We can let you know the ins and outs of each of the many floor plans within Birchwood at Brambleton and let you know about any incentivized pricing, free upgrades, or promotions running. Some homes are available for quick delivery, so if you’re working with an abbreviated time frame, no worries. At 15 West Homes, we are here to help you, so please reach out to us to learn more. As a buyer, you don’t pay any Realtor® commissions. And working with a Realtor on new home construction is a smart move, as I laid out in a previous Blog post. You’ll want an advocate to help you navigate everything from choosing a lender and a top-notch inspector to picking a lot and the structural and design upgrades. We look forward to working with you! Email us at [email protected].

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

“Your New Hometown” is how you’re greeted when you enter South Riding on South Riding Boulevard from Route 50, just 2 miles west of the Fairfax County / Loudoun County border. And you do feel like you’re in a “hometown” pretty quickly. People who live here say it has the cohesive feel of a true neighborhood where people actually get to know their neighbors. Perhaps that’s because — while not gated — South Riding is self-contained by natural barriers that make its borders pretty clear. It’s flanked by Route 50 to the north, Poland Road on the east, and Braddock Road to the south. It was the first planned community in this “Dulles South” area, which has exploded in growth since the late 1990s.


There were several companies involved in building homes in South Riding over the years, with the majority of homes being built by Toll Brothers. Housing ranges from apartments and condos to townhouses of varying sizes, attached Carriage Homes, Village Homes with front porches, and mid-sized to large estate series homes. It’s no wonder many families living in South Riding have moved two or three times within the neighborhood — often upsizing as their family grew…and sometimes even downsizing as children go off to college and their needs change.  

South Riding Virginia home with front porch


Even almost 25 years after South Riding was founded, residents still maintain a close-knit community that transcends turnover from one family to the next. Perhaps it is due in part to the large HOA and an active event planning staff. Every month of the year, you can find activities sponsored by the South Riding Proprietary and local businesses. Popular summer events include Friday night concerts on the Town Green, as well as regular movies on the lawn near one of the pools.

Speaking of pools, South Riding has four. Some host group and private swim lessons and team practices and meets, while others have recreational features like a slide and kiddie water park. Dive In movies are held several times each summer at night. Kids and adults alike can relax in the pool while watching a movie projected on a large screen. You’ll also find numerous well-maintained playgrounds around the neighborhood for younger kids.  


South Riding even puts on its own hometown carnival called Celebrate South Riding for two days in early June. It’s a great kick-off to the summer, with rides, games, and carnival food. The Fourth of July is another highlight, with a parade leading to a fireworks viewing area with bands, concessions, and other activities. Another newer annual tradition is a family campout at one of the neighborhood parks. Families can pitch their tents and enjoy a hot dog dinner and s’mores by a campfire. For adults, there are comedy nights and the annual Fall Fest with beer and wine tastings.

Other events throughout the year include a Community Clean Up Day, Community Shred (for electronic recycling and document shredding), a Spring Festival, the Jingle Dash and “Glow” 5K races, a Halloween Parade, Book Swaps, visits with Santa, and a Community Wide Yard Sale.    


The newest addition to the community is the expanded Dulles South Recreation and Community Center, one of three rec centers to serve the county of Loudoun. Members and non-members have access to a full fitness center, two pools, rock climbing wall, a wide range of classes, and a senior center. If a smaller gym or cycling studio is more your style, there are plenty of those in the neighborhood, too, as well as running and cycling groups that meet up on a regular basis.  


For fitness for all ages, there are miles of trails for running, walking, or biking. One particular trail was recently marked with mileage markers and also has fitness stations along the way. For golfers looking for a course that’s convenient and reasonable, the South Riding Golf Club sits right in the middle of the community. The Pleasant Valley Golf Club, under the same ownership, is just a couple miles east. Tennis courts, some with lights, are scattered throughout the community, along with basketball courts, volleyball courts, soccer fields, and a new mountain biking course in the planning stages.  



Parents will find that there are plenty of local sports leagues, scouting troops, and service organizations to keep kids busy beyond the choices of activities offered at the various schools. Churches serving almost every religious affiliation are within close proximity, many meeting at the local schools. A large 1,200 seat Catholic Church a few miles west of South Riding is due to be complete in June 2021, while a Baptist Church completed in 2009 sits in the center of the community not far from Town Hall. Lutheran, Methodist, Anglican, Presbyterian, Mormon, and various thriving community and Bible churches all have a presence in or right near South Riding. There’s a Hindu temple right outside the community and synagogues just to the north in Ashburn.

With so much to do and get involved in, you can understand how South Riding is one of the most popular communities in northern Virginia and has maintained its property values. In addition, the community is served by top-ranked Loudoun County public schools, including 4 elementary schools (Little River, Hutchinson Farm, Liberty, and Cardinal Ridge), J.M. Lunsford Middle school, and Freedom High School. Paul VI Catholic High School is also relocating from Fairfax County. They will open their new campus along Braddock Road right across the street from one of South Riding’s southern entrances in the Fall of 2020. For younger children, there are now plenty of daycare centers, preschools, and Montessori schools in or within a few miles of the neighborhood. Toddlers and elementary-aged kids also love the many playgrounds scattered throughout the community.  



Retail and restaurant offerings have started to catch up to the growth of the community, with Dulles Landing opening just north of the community across Route 50. Here you will find a Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Buy Buy Baby, Michael’s, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and DSW — along with other stores, small businesses, and fast-casual restaurants. Avonlea, a mixed-use development just west of South Riding, is in the planning stages and promises to bring more retail and dining to the area. Of course, there are a couple of shopping centers in South Riding itself which give residents a choice of both Giant and Food Lion grocery stores. Various sit-down restaurants like Ford’s Fish Shack and Wine Styles wine bar are popular spots for adults to relax after a busy week. One of the shopping centers is anchored by Home Depot. Of course, no community would be complete without a Starbucks, and there’s a small one near Food Lion — and another just a couple of miles away at East Gate shopping center near the Harris Teeter.  



Even the Dulles South Public Safety Center is the first of its kind in Loudoun County, combining a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office stationed full Fire/Rescue Station. Sitting in the heart of the community, it gives residents a sense of safety and comfort. Residents have enjoyed the benefit of road improvements in the area over the past decade. Route 50 completed a long widening project a few years ago which has greatly reduced morning and evening rush hour gridlock. And with the newly expanded Loudoun County Parkway now offering direct access north to Ashburn  — and roads like Old Ox being widened — South Riding is more accessible than ever.

The Loudoun Gateway Metro station on the Silver Line is set to open in 2020. This makes the Metro more accessible, with just a 10-15 minute drive up Old Ox Road. In the meantime, many residents utilize one of the local Park and Ride stations to make daily work commutes easier. For both business and pleasure travel, getting to Dulles International Airport is a convenient 15-20 minute drive. For times when you want to relax and get away from the hustle-bustle of northern Virginia, you can venture westward on the older part of Route 50 to encounter the beautiful rolling landscape. You’ll find historic estates, horse farms, small towns, antique stores, and many wineries on the drive to Middleburg and the more rural parts of western Loudoun County.

With a great location and so much to offer, you’d be wise to consider making South Riding your own “new hometown.” Contact Us today if you’d like to have our help finding the best homes in this or any of Dulles South’s other family-friendly neighborhoods. 

42077 Trengwinton Place, Leesburg, VA

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4 BATHROOMS (3 full, 1 half)

5247 Square Feet


Move in ready and spectacularly decorated, this 4 level home has everything you need for entertaining. Large gourmet kitchen that connects to eat in area and family room gives you plenty of space for guests and food prep. Spacious deck off kitchen overlooks open vistas and hills – a great backdrop for family gatherings and cook outs. Finished lower level with walk up and a full bath. Upper level has four bedrooms including a master suite with sitting area, TWO walk-walk in closets and a master spa bath. Two additional full bathrooms and a laundry room complete the second level. The fourth level has a bedroom and loft/study area. Freshly painted with gleaming hardwood floors on main floor and upper landing, this home is ready for you!

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