Sunday, December 18, 2011

What's Trending - December Edition

NEW YEAR’S EVE RINGING IN HOPE WINTER RACE TO BENEFIT SEVEN AREA CHARITIES - Race to Feature 10K & 5K Race, 1K Walk and Loads of Family Fun
Get your running shoes ready for the second annual Ringing In Hope Walk, Run & Fun (10K & 5K Race, 1K walk) winter race that will be held this December 31st, 2011 at Brambleton Town Center. Ring in the New Year in style by running the 10K or 5K race on a USATF certified scenic course, or bring your family and friends to take part in the 1K walk. Either way, you’ll be Ringing In Hope for the participating charities located right in your own backyard. Click here for more information & registration www.brambleton.com/towncenter.


Brambleton kicks off the holidays Thanksgiving weekend -The Brambleton Town Center hosted their annual Holiday Kickoff Event on Saturday, November 26th. Attendees enjoyed free carriage rides and entertainment along with holiday crafts at the Brambleton Welcome Center, and counted down to the Tree Lighting. Several BTC tenants also celebrated Small Business Saturday with special giveaways and discounts – look for an even bigger celebration next year. View more photos here: http://is.gd/QmIbIJ


IMAX at Regal Fox 16 is now open. Mission Impossible opens for a five day limited special engagement in IMAX from Friday, December 16th - Tuesday, December 20th at Regal Fox Stadium 16 & IMAX. Visit www.brambleton.com/towncenter for showtimes and more information, select Regal Cinemas.


It’s beginning to look a lot like…Brambletonians have been busy decorating their homes for the holidays. There is one that stands out this year with an amazing display, so grab some hot chocolate this week and take a tour around Brambleton. View more photos here: http://is.gd/BYGhup  


La Cucina Italiano is now open: La Cucina opened their doors at the Brambleton Town Center on Monday, November 21st with a Grand Opening on the 25th. Reviews are already coming in; please feel free to view them here on Yelp http://is.gd/KliAvL. They are planning a special Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve menu, so reserve your table today by calling 703.327.9200! For more information, please go to www.brambleton.com/towncenter.


Sweet Frog is now open: On Wednesday, December 7th, Sweet Frog opened its doors at the Brambleton Town Center. Sweet Frog is frozen yogurt “tricked out with a ton of taste bud tingling toppings.” Also now open at the Brambleton Town Center is Cold Stone’s Yogurt Bar so lots of “sweet” choices in Brambleton for your “sweet tooth!” For more information go to www.brambleton.com/towncenter.


Brambleton Community Association’s December Newsletter: Check out the newly-designed BCA newsletter produced by Armstrong Management, Brambleton’s Homeowner’s Association. Steps for Future Success, 2012 Budget, Annual Meeting Highlights, Winter Programming & more -- click here to view the entire newsletter http://is.gd/7iAQir.


Pulte’s Trent Grove Opens Early 2012 - A brand new Pulte Homes section is planning to open early 2012 in Brambleton. Interest list sign up can be found here http://is.gd/1FFRwt. For more information on all the builders in Brambleton, please go to www.brambleton.com/homesales.


Abbey Mews Holland Park Model is now open: Van Metre Homes’ brand new Abbey Mews’ “Holland Park” model is now open for touring. Contact Ernie at 703.554.6954 for more information or go to their website www.brambleton.com/homesales. View more photos here http://is.gd/KrziGd.


Holiday Coalition Run: On Sunday, December 4th, Santa, Mrs. Clause and the Arcola Fire Department drove through Brambleton making periodic stops to pick up donated goods for the Loudoun County Holiday Coalition. We are pleased to announce they filled two large trucks full of donations! View more photos here http://is.gd/T8lc2p.


Holiday Open House: Santa checking a list here in the Brambleton Community Center last Sunday, December 11th, at the Annual Holiday Open House. Holiday crafts, sing-a-longs, face painting, dancing with Rudolph & more were enjoyed by all! Ho Ho Ho! View more photos here http://is.gd/CUPmpY.


Back-to-Back State Titles for Briar Woods: The Briar Woods High School senior class found their football legs at the end of their sophomore season when the Falcons missed the playoffs but started clicking with three straight wins to end that year. Since then, Briar Woods has won 27 out of 30 contests, including back-to-back Dulles District and Region II titles and now back-to-back VHSL Division 4 state titles after Saturday's exciting 28-26 win over Christiansburg at Liberty University's Williams Stadium. Read more here http://is.gd/5lVLRd. B-what, B-woods, B-proud!


A Brambleton Story – Meet the Copelands: “We were relocating from South Florida to Virginia and were looking for a great place to call home for our family of four. With two small children we wanted a place that would give us instant community and offer a lot for our children as well as us adults (we need fun too)!! Quickly we heard that Loudoun county, and Brambleton specifically, was so wonderful to live in.” Read more of their story here: http://is.gd/eQrcEV


Brambleton’s biggest fan’s latest adventures: Brambleton Barb enjoys carriage rides at Brambleton’s Holiday Kickoff Event. Don’t forget to follow all her adventures as she begins her new home purchase process and to get the latest Brambleton scoop. Follow Barb here: www.facebook.com/brambletonbarb, www.twitter.com/brambletonbarb, & www.foursquare.com/brambletonbarb


Our Facebook Fan of the Week: Meet Amy Caldwell McPike: "We love Brambleton for many reasons. We moved here from north Ashburn in April 2010. We lived in a townhouse that we were rapidly outgrowing (plastic toys everywhere and we thought the stuffed attic would implode on our heads at any moment). We wanted to find a place where our kids could play in the grass and not the street (as they did where we lived before). We had some friends who lived here so we came to check it out several times before our house hunt began. Once we saw a few resale houses we were in love and knew this is where we wanted to live. We had one son - Evan - when we moved, and now we have another little guy - Patrick - who just turned 9 months. Everyone here has kids, which is really nice. We love the parks and grass. And there is LOTS of room in our new house for toys! It's probably cliche at this point, but this really is a great place to raise a family. We feel so lucky to have our house and neighbors." http://is.gd/1HMAEt


Upcoming Events
December 31st – Ringing In Hope Charity Walk, Run & Fun


**2012 Calendar Coming Soon**


BCA’s December Newsletter: http://is.gd/7iAQir


Dulles Metro: Airports Authority Board Selects Dulles Airport Metro Station Location: The station location offers a more cost-effective version of the 2005 original planned station at the airport and retains the features and underground location of the original station. This modified option will save up to $330 million from the original design estimate for the rail project Phase 2. Latest News here: http://is.gd/ewvOw7. Anticipated Travel Time for the Silver Line: http://is.gd/dYkpQc

Monday, December 12, 2011

Our Fan of the Week: Amy Caldwell McPike

"We love Brambleton for many reasons. We moved here from north Ashburn in April 2010. We lived in a townhouse that we were rapidly outgrowing (plastic toys everywhere and we thought the stuffed attic would implode on our heads at any moment). We wanted to find a place where our kids could play in the grass and not the street (as they did where we lived before).

We had some friends who lived here so we came to check it out several times before our house hunt began. Once we saw a few resale houses we were in love and knew this is where we wanted to live. We had one son - Evan - when we moved, and now we have another little guy - Patrick - who just turned 9 months. Everyone here has kids, which is really nice. We love the parks and grass. And there is LOTS of room in our new house for toys! It's probably cliche at this point, but this really is a great place to raise a family. We feel so lucky to have our house and neighbors."

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Day In The Life of A Brambleton Resident with Verizon FiOS

As a relative newcomer to Brambleton, you might wonder how I qualify to write an article about the 10th Anniversary of this unique community. My residency in Brambleton may be relatively short, but it’s been intense. I’ve enthusiastically immersed myself in all the community has to offer -- joining groups like the Events Committee and taking the opportunity to meet many of my fellow Brambleton residents.

Although my family and I have lived here for only one year now, over the past 10 years I’ve become well-versed in all things Brambleton. As a result of the long-running relationship this community has had with Verizon, whom I’ve worked for since 1999, I’ve gotten to know the community. As a member of the Verizon Enhanced Communities team responsible for supporting FiOS services and new applications development, I have had a frontline view of how Brambleton and Verizon FiOS have evolved together over the years.

Since its original inception, technology has been a central component of the Brambleton community vision. The decision to bring Verizon’s then newly-launched FiOS all-fiber-optic network to every home in the community and offer FiOS Internet and TV as a standard amenity to every resident, created a key strategic partnership for our company as well. This has positioned Brambleton to be one of the first to receive new cutting-edge Verizon services.

Going back through the Verizon news archives, I found a press release that originally announced the collaboration between Soave Real Estate and Verizon. Here is how Brambleton owner, Anthony L. Soave, put it:

“Partnering with Verizon has differentiated our community. We have been able to offer our homebuyers unparalleled high-tech services that most communities are simply not able to provide to their residents.

With telecommuting, home-based businesses and the need for lightning-fast Internet connections all on the increase, the products and services offered over Verizon’s fiber network will give our homeowners more free time to connect with family and friends and provide more leisure time for themselves.”

Looking back, residents today are clearly reaping the benefits of their founder’s foresight. Verizon’s all-fiber-optic FiOS network has been in place from the beginning, helping to support Brambleton’s incomparable sense of community and its exceptional variety of community-enhancing services. It’s what motivated my family to buy a home in Brambleton, and it is what keeps this community vibrant and growing.

Brambleton was the first Northern Virginia planned community in which fiber-optic cables were installed in each and every home, in anticipation of technological innovations to come. Since the initial Brambleton installation, many more services and features have been brought by Verizon to the Brambleton residents – upgrades have been made without having to install more equipment or change the network. This forward-looking approach allows my family and other Brambleton residents to live our lives more conveniently and to take full advantage of the hottest and coolest new services and features.

Similar to other residents in the community, I may at times work from home. I count on the reliability of the FiOS network so I can focus on what the workday holds for me, knowing it won’t be interrupted by weather-related disruptions or slow-downs on the network due to multiple users having to share bandwidth during the busiest times of the day, as I’ve suffered through in other non-fiber communities where I’ve lived.

Speaking of weather, if I do need to check the weather, news headlines and my horoscope, I turn to the convenience of the various widgets offered as part of my FiOS TV service. The YouTube, Facebook and Twitter widgets are a great way to keep up with Brambleton Marketing Coordinator, Stephanie Lee’s frequent tweets and updates about the community. (Thanks for your dedication, Stephanie)!

If my family and I want to go out to lunch or dinner or just grab a snack, I can log into my Verizon account and check the Verizon Perks website for coupons to several of the Town Center businesses. If I am waiting in the doctor’s office or just waiting while my kids play at Legacy Park, I can watch movies I’ve purchased with Verizon FiOS Flex View. I can rent or purchase movies, and they are available to me on whatever device I have on hand, be it TV, PC, tablet, or compatible smartphone. I can use my FiOS service almost anywhere! With Internet access, I can also log in to one of many online channels to watch my favorite shows at no extra charge. But not when I’m working, of course.

In our downtime, my family and I like to watch shows on our TV from the Verizon On-Demand library. With two young kids, most of what we watch falls under the genre of children’s shows. I have watched the On-Demand library expand over the years to where it is today – over 30,000 titles and still growing. Brambleton is a family-oriented community with many children, so I’m sure this feature is utilized by many.

I want to be connected not only when I’m in Brambleton but anywhere I go, and Verizon FiOS allows me to do that. As I mentioned, I can watch movies on my tablet or smartphone anywhere at any time. I can also program my DVR from anywhere, so if I’m traveling on business and forget to record a show I’d otherwise miss, I can easily program the DVR myself without bothering my husband or son to enter it for me. If I happen to misplace the TV remote (a common occurrence with two kids), I can turn my compatible smartphone into a remote and change channels that way. These apps are currently available for download at no additional cost.

Finally, while I may not be the most eco-conscious person on the planet, I like the fact that Brambleton allows and encourages me to improve that part of my life. Through the Brambleton partnership with Recyclebank, I can do my small part to be a better steward of the environment. As a bonus, I get reward points for doing so, redeemable for local discounts or services.

This year, Brambleton also introduced a community garden. I did not participate this year, but I am looking forward to next year’s growing season so I can teach my kids how to raise our own healthy food. Being from Indiana, we always had fresh vegetables from our garden. By participating in this program, it will get me back to my roots, if you’ll pardon the pun. And thanks to our FiOS Internet, after a day working in the garden, my kids will be able to share the experience with their grandparents back in Indiana, sending them photos and HD home videos. The whole extended family, near and far, can share in the experience with my kids.

As a busy working mother, my schedule can be hectic as I try to attend to various home, family and work obligations. Sometimes my time and attention can be stretched to the limit. Any technology that helps me manage my life better, without complicated set-up required, is very attractive. So I am very excited about a new service Verizon is launching called Verizon Home Monitoring and Control. Unlike some DIY monitor and control component services available on the market, it will painlessly integrate a full range of networked devices like thermostats and cameras into an easy-to-use online service that gives you access and control almost anytime and anywhere you want. (Two options for install will be offered, either self-install or referral to a local installation expert).

FOR A GLIMPSE OF HOW THE SERVICE WORKS, GO TO http://cot.ag/iFLjbs

Using this service, I expect to be able to remotely lock or unlock doors, control lights and temperature settings, view and monitor my home, or even check camera views to see if the family dogs -- Boston and Colt -- are behaving while we’re away. With the Energy Control management option, I can view a quick snapshot of my home’s energy usage in near-real-time, allowing our family to be more mindful of our carbon-footprint and adjust our habits to reduce consumption—saving us money and helping us be more energy-conscious. I can manage my home essentials from anywhere via smartphone, tablet or PC and, when home, through my TV remote control as well. Just the other day, after racing out the door to work, I had to backtrack down my street to see if I locked my door (I hadn’t). With Home Monitoring and Control, I won’t have to go out of my way again. I can have peace of mind, save money, and conserve energy, all from one convenient application. Brambleton is the first to offer this brand new service http://youtu.be/kQqKcMRDsmc!

Living in Brambleton gives me peace of mind. I know my children will have the opportunity to attend the great local schools. Neighbors and fellow Brambletonians look out for each other, and there is a real sense of community connection. There is always something going on for adults or kids, so we never have to look very far for something fun to do. Living here allows me and my family to work, play, and connect. With Verizon FiOS, we can bring entertainment with us anywhere or just stay home – in Brambleton.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

What's Trending in Brambleton - November Edition

The Bramble10 Anniversary Event a Success
Brambleton celebrated their 10-Year Anniversary with a full day of events on Saturday, November 5, 2011. With a guest DJ appearance by MIX 107.3’s Carson, the event included various concerts, rides, food vendors and an impressive show of fireworks to close out the day. With over 3,000 in attendance and three homes sold, Kim Adams, Director of Marketing at Brambleton, was more than pleased with the results of the event. “Celebrating with our residents this weekend was the culmination of 10 fantastic years as a community. The sale of three homes is a great icing on the cake.” View photos & video here: http://is.gd/hV1BJm


IMAX under construction at Regal Fox 16
Construction has officially begun for the new IMAX theatre at Regal Fox 16 in the Brambleton Town Center. They anticipate opening for their first IMAX movie, Happy Feet 2 in 3D, on November 18th! Follow construction progress photos here: http://is.gd/6UXg1Z 


Brambleton wins Award for Community Land Planning at the 2011 GALA Awards
Brambleton is proud to announce today their win in the category of Community Land Planning at the 2011 Great American Living Awards (GALA) ceremony held on October 27, 2011 at the Sheraton Premiere in McLean, Virginia. Brambleton was also announced as a winner of the Loudoun County Green Business Challenge at Loudoun County’s Green Gala at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA. Read more here: http://is.gd/1H71vt - View all the winners here:http://is.gd/v9XiOd


Harris Teeter Finalizes 11/11/11 Promotion to Honor Veterans
Harris Teeter has announced its Nov. 11, 2011 promotion which is targeted to honor and thank all those who serve or who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Veterans and active duty military who shop at any Harris Teeter location on Nov. 11, 2011 will receive an 11 percent discount, with their VIC card, after all coupons and discounts are deducted. Read more here: http://is.gd/Hi8JLJ


Kick Off The Holiday Season In Brambleton
As the year draws to a close, mark your calendars and plan to participate in these festive Brambleton events:


  • November 26th: Brambleton Town Center Holiday Kickoff, 2-6 PM. Join us in the Brambleton Town Center for horse drawn carriage rides (suggested $5 donation to benefit Loudoun Interfaith food pantry), holiday lighting, kids’ crafts, plus an A Capella group singing holiday tunes.
  • December 11th: Holiday Open House, 2-5 PM. This event is sponsored by the Brambleton Community Association and will be held at the Community Center located on Regal Wood Drive.
  • December 31st: Ringing In Hope 10K & 5K runs, 1K walk, 10 AM. Support local Loudoun charities in this flat, certified-scenic course complete with hors d’oeuvres served at the finish line and family fun activities. Registration and more details available at www.ringinginhope.com.


The Brambleton Town Center Shopping Spree returns November 15th. Each time you shop at the Brambleton Town Center (BTC) between November 15th and Dec 6th, register to win a $1,000 shopping spree to the BTC plus a matching donation made to the local school of your choice. Entry forms available in each BTC merchant’s location.


Northern VA Orthodontics a great place to work!
Northern Virginia Orthodontics is pleased to announce that they were chosen by the Washingtonian Magazine as one of the 2011 Great Places to Work. NVO was chosen as one of this year’s 50 winning workplaces. The Washingtonian Great Places to Work issue is on newsstands now.


The BTC hosts Briar Woods Homecoming Parade
The Brambleton Town Center hosted Briar Woods High School’s Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 14th. The Parade began at Sport & Health, and then made its way around Legacy Park returning back at the BTC. View more photos & video here: http://is.gd/znmXr1


La Cucina Italiano
They are almost ready to open, in the mean time get a sneak peek at their menu here http://is.gd/p5OGKI. SweetFrog continues to make progress so stay tuned!


New Playgrounds
Three brand new play sets will be installed soon in the Emerald Ridge & Overlook neighborhoods! View more photos here: http://is.gd/EA7P2B


Emerald Ridge Trails
New trails are being constructed in the Emerald Ridge neighborhood. Follow construction progress photos here: http://flic.kr/p/aDow61


Sport & Health Brambleton Member Success: I lost 155 pounds
Ten years ago, Carlene weighed nearly 300 pounds. “I am 38 years old and married with three grown children. I joined Sport&Health with my family, hoping to change the way I felt about fitness and how it would play a role in my success following weight loss surgery. I had lost 90 pounds prior to joining Sport&Health and wanted to become educated and mindful of what exercise could do for me. I wanted to tone and continue towards my goal of losing 155 pounds. My personal trainer has been a rock for me and really helped me learn what I needed to do to make being healthy and fit an every day part of my life. I’ve always been intimidated by health clubs. In the past, I would begin working out and find myself lost with no direction nor support. Sport&Health feels like home and everyone seems to really care about your goals. My total weight loss now is 155 pounds! I’m very thankful for my happy and healthy lifestyle.” Read more here: http://is.gd/jdCNUG


Abbey Mews Hard Hat Tours
Hard hat tours of the Abbey Mews townhomes are now available – contact Ernie for more information 703.554.6954! They anticipate opening their new model on November 30th. 


Verizon Home Monitoring & Control Demos in Brambleton
Brambleton is proud to announce that Verizon Home Monitoring and Control is now available for all homeowners in the community. Brambleton is the first community in the U.S. to offer the service.Read more here: http://is.gd/avhaB2


Briar Woods High School Training Cart
The Brambleton Group donates money for a much needed trainer’s cart for the Briar Woods Athletic Department.


A Brambleton Story – Meet the Powells
We moved to Brambleton because of the amenities, unique home choices and the people. We were already living in the same zip code, but it just didn't have the same vibe as Brambleton--which is like a little city in the suburbs. We've actually met more people in the month since we moved here than the entire two years in our old neighborhood. We moved from a single family into a townhouse located in the Brownstones at Brambleton. Read more of their story here: http://t.co/OJ3yR2r8




Fall in love with Brambleton
An album dedicated to the beautiful colors of Fall – includes our fan photos also. Enjoy! Pictured to the left is the one Virginia’s Official Tourism site selected as one of their Best of Fall 2011. View more photos here: http://is.gd/csfFLd - View Virginia’s Best of Fall Selection: http://is.gd/sEb8RL




Teen Halloween Fun – a howling good time!
The Brambleton Community Center hosted a fun Teen Halloween night! They enjoyed games and trying their hand at karaoke – quite a “howl.” View more photos here: http://is.gd/hV1BJm


The Boulevard at Brambleton Model is now Open
Camberley Homes’ new Lakeshore model is now open! These homes are exclusive to Brambleton and a must-see. View more photos here: http://is.gd/IJL17g


Brambleton’s biggest fan’s latest adventures
Brambleton Barb has enjoyed many activities in Brambleton this fall as you can see from the photo here camping out in Legacy Park at our Community Campout! Recently she took a big step forward to becoming an official Brambletonian by purchasing her first home from Camberley Homes. Follow all her adventures as she begins her new home purchase process and to get the latest Brambleton scoop!
Follow Barb here: www.facebook.com/brambletonbarb, www.twitter.com/brambletonbarb, & www.foursquare.com/brambletonbarb


Brambleton Town Center Trick or Treat “Happy Snoween”
Our brave Trick or Treaters weathered Snowtober and made it out to the Brambleton Town Center Trick or Treat! Snowtober Photos: http://is.gd/l4bMnt - Trick or Treater Photos: http://is.gd/AY9KCw


Bella Ballerina is now open
On October 17th Bella Ballerina opened its doors for the first time to little dancers in the Brambleton Town Center. They are a specialty dance school and offer everything from Mommy and Me classes up through age 8 with ballet, jazz & tap classes. View more Opening Day photos here : http://is.gd/iAYWf0


Where We Live: Walkable Brambleton offers convenience, community
By Ann Cameron Siegal, Washington Post
The original vision for the planned community of Brambleton, near Ashburn, was to create a place with “connectivity,” where residents could be a part of something more than just a place to live. From the pioneers who flocked to green-roofed sales trailers in 2001 , purchasing homes sight unseen, to the buyers of the 587 homes sold since this past January, residents laud Brambleton’s small-town atmosphere. Read more here: http://is.gd/CfGRNf


Brambleton Kids Run the Nation Debuts
Brambleton Kids Run the Nation was a huge success this Fall. With nearly 80 registrants, the program clearly met a need for a co-ed non-competitive youth running program in our area. Kids Run the Nation is a running program available through the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). The 8-week program focused on a variety of topics including pacing, nutrition, and goal setting, among others. Kids from first through 8th grade participated in weekly group runs, gradually increasing their distance over the course of the program. More than 10 volunteer coaches and many parents also joined the weekly runs. For many kids, this was their first introduction to running, while others were working on increasing their distance and pace. The program culminated with group participation in a local 5k and fun run for the younger kids. “It was amazing seeing the kids’ progress over the course of the 8 weeks. But, most importantly, the kids seemed to be really enjoying themselves,” said Coach Dario Campolattaro. The program will be held again in the Spring. If you’re interested in registering, join the Facebook group, “Brambleton Kids Run the Nation.”


Falcons Fly Into Field Hockey
This year a new field hockey club was introduced to Briar Woods High School. The team started with only 12 players, but has now grown to be the biggest team in the area and consists of a total of 27 players. Briar Woods Football and Cheer Team win the District title again – B-what, B-woods! Read more here: http://is.gd/mcTL8V


Facebook Photo Albums worth a look
Facebook Fan of the Week: http://is.gd/U8j1F9
Meet the Team: http://is.gd/lASe11
Caption That: http://is.gd/hbmOEN
Family Portrait Album: http://ht.ly/6KYea
Our Wonderful Weather Album: http://is.gd/CNhYt4


Upcoming Events
November – La Cucina/SweetFrog anticipated opening
November – December – Holiday Shopping Spree
November 26th – Holiday Event (tree lighting & carriage rides)
December 4th – Santa Holiday Coalition Run*
December 11th – Holiday Open House*
December 31st – Ringing In Hope Charity Walk, Run & Fun
*residents only
BCA’s November Newsletter: http://is.gd/WcacBL


Brambleton wins Green Business Award
The Brambleton Community Association and the Brambleton Group were proud to participate in Loudoun County’s Green Business Challenge! The Green Business Challenge (GBC) is a friendly points-based competition and certification process that challenges your business to reach for more efficient and sustainable practices in their operations. They were honored to accept the Gold Green Business Award on October 27 at the Annual Green Gala at the National Conference Center. Read more here: http://is.gd/1H71vt


Dulles Metro: Superstructures Soar, Tysons Tunnels Almost Done
Construction Surpasses the 50 Percent Mark and 'Stations Start to Look Like Stations'
Construction of Phase 1 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project has passed the 50 percent mark, progress that has brought cheers from project support.
Latest News here: http://is.gd/ewvOw7
Anticipated Travel Time for the Silver Line: http://is.gd/dYkpQc

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Brambleton Story - Meet Joey, Chad & Reese

In late 2010, we unexpectedly stumbled upon the Beazer model home while looking to buy a home. After a truly informative meeting with the Beazer Sales Representative, Karen, we knew we had found our soon-to-be-built home. Karen was instrumental by being the most courteous and friendly sales rep we had encountered, giving Beazer a step up above other builders. The Site Superintendant, Jason, guided us through the construction process with various milestone meetings and always answered my inquiring emails. Whenever we would walk through the unfinished unit, we noticed Jason’s green spray paint pointing out to the contractors any defects that needed to be addressed. We met with Steven at the Beazer Design Studio Center during early construction phase. He guided us in selecting the best finishing touches to transform the house into our home.

Today, we are almost completely settled-in and enjoying our new home. Verizon FiOS offers blazing internet speeds and an amazing selection of HD content, all included as part of our Brambleton HOA. Our small backyard requires maintenance but it is a tremendous benefit to have an HOA that maintains our lawn care. The Brambleton Town Center has so many amenities that we find we need to travel elsewhere less often. The movie theater is even within walking distance!

Between the beautifully built house and the conveniences offered by Brambleton, we couldn’t be happier! Thank you Beazer and Brambleton!

Happy Homeowners,
Joey, Chad, and Reese

Brambleton wins Award for Community Land Planning at the 2011 Gala Awards


Brambleton is proud to announce today their win in the category of Community Land Planning at the 2011 Great American Living Awards (GALA) ceremony held on October 27, 2011 at the Sheraton Premiere in McLean, Virginia.

In addition to Brambleton’s individual award, builders, sales agentsand designers within the Brambleton community including Pulte Group, Miller & Smith, Gulick Group, Van Metre and Carlyn and Company Interiors + Design received a total of 80 honors and awards of merit in nearly all categories.

“We are thrilled to be honored with the award of best Community Land Planning and congratulate all our business partners on their wins. It is the collaborative efforts of everyone involved with Brambleton that make it such a wonderful and successful community,” said Kim Adams, Director of Marketing for Brambleton.

Brambleton was also announced as a winner of the Loudoun County Green Business Challenge at Loudoun County’s Green Gala at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA.

About Brambleton:

Brambleton is an award-winning master-planned community located in Loudoun County, Virginia. Brambleton encompasses nearly 2,000 acres and 8,181 single-family homes, townhomes, and condominiums.Brambleton is owned and operated by Soave Real Estate.  For information about the community, please call (703) 722-2864 or visit www.brambleton.com.  Follow Brambleton on Facebook and Twitter.

About Soave Enterprises:

Soave Enterprises is a diversified management and investment company founded by Detroit businessman Anthony L. Soave. Soave Enterprises provides strategic planning, financial and other management resources to its affiliated business ventures.  Recently, Forbes Magazine ranked Soave Enterprises as the 251st largest privately held company in the United States. For more information visit www.soave.com.

Verizon Home Monitoring and Control Available at Brambleton

Brambleton, an award-winning master community located in Loudoun County, announces today that Verizon Home Monitoring and Control is now available for all homeowners in the community. Brambleton is the first community in the U.S. to offer the service.

Verizon Home Monitoring and Control allows homeowners to monitor areas inside and outside the home and automate or control select devices in their homes from almost anywhere using their smartphones, PCs, TVs and tablets. Customers can use the service to access and control doors, thermostats, appliances and monitor home energy use.

"We are always looking for ways to make the lives of our residents better and the benefits of this service are immeasurable," stated Kim Adams, Director of Marketing at Brambleton. "Not only will homeowners be able to lower energy bills and save time, but the ability to keep an eye on their home offers peace of mind."

The service is available to all Brambleton homeowners and will be built into all new homes in the community. Customers will pay a monthly fee of $9.99. To see a Verizon Home Monitoring and Control demo, visit the Brambleton sales office at 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 100, Brambleton, VA 20148 (703.542.2925).

About Brambleton:

Brambleton is an award-winning master-planned community located in Loudoun County, Virginia. Brambleton encompasses nearly 2,000 acres and 8,181 single-family homes, townhomes, and condominiums. Brambleton is owned and operated by Soave Real Estate. For information about the community, please call (703) 722-2864 or visit www.brambleton.com. Follow Brambleton on Facebook and Twitter.

About Soave Enterprises:

Soave Enterprises is a diversified management and investment company founded by Detroit businessman Anthony L. Soave. Soave Enterprises provides strategic planning, financial and other management resources to its affiliated business ventures. Recently, Forbes Magazine ranked Soave Enterprises as the 251st largest privately held company in the United States. For more information visit www.soave.com.

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Brambleton Story - Meet the Copelands

We were relocating from South Florida to Virginia and were looking for a great place to call home for our family of four. With two small children we wanted a place that would give us instant community and offer a lot for our children as well as us adults (we need fun too)!! Quickly we heard that Loudoun county, and Brambleton specifically, was so wonderful to live in.

After hearing the same community name many times over, we began our home search and purchased a Van Metre home. Our service with Van Metre both before and after the sale was outstanding. The Brambleton office was helpful as well giving us guidance to all the local attractions.

Since moving in we could not be happier! We love our home and this community where everyone welcomed us. We use the local parks and the Town Center frequently - the summer concerts and constant events are so much fun!

We are thrilled with our decision.

The Copeland Family
submitted by Danielle B. Copeland

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Brambleton Story - Meet the Ludowigs

Approximately one year ago, my husband got word that he was being transferred from New Jersey to Virginia. In January 2011, we started our house hunting trip. We spent three days looking at pre-existing houses, but couldn't find exactly what we were looking for. Even though I was sure at that time I did not want to build a home, our realtor brought us to several different model homes. When we walked in the Winchester model we fell in love with it. It was absolutely beautiful. It had everything we were looking for. Plus, the Danfield Model has a "Your Home. Your Way" motto so you can build it exactly how you want it.

I was very concerned about building a house in Virginia while still living in NJ. I thought there were so many decisions, so many forms, so many things to do. I wondered how we could do this long distance.... and that's when I met Debby Palladino. She is the Community Sales Manager at Winchester’s Danfield model. She made us feel so comfortable with our decision. She made everything easy for us. Between FedEx, faxes, email and phones we made it work. We did it all in three quick visits to Virginia. She really kept me sane through the whole process. She assured me on a daily basis that everything would work out, and it did!!

We moved into our Winchester home in early August and we LOVE everything about it! Thank you Winchester staff for making this a dream come true!! We love living in Brambleton. We enjoy the community pools and the Town Center!

Ken, Kathy, Michael, Emily & Rebecca Ludowig

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Brambleton Story - Meet the Powells

We moved to Brambleton because of the amenities, unique home choices and the people. We were already living in the same zip code, but it just didn't have the same vibe as Brambleton--which is like a little city in the suburbs. We've actually met more people in the month since we moved here than the entire two years in our old neighborhood. We moved from a single family into a townhouse located in the Brownstones at Brambleton. In our old home we had so much unused space like a formal living and dining room and a finished basement. We chose the Miller and Smith Brownstones because they have a great layout, exactly the space we need and extras like as a rooftop terrace with an outdoor fireplace. We can walk to shops, restaurants and Sport and Health Club, and the best part is we don't even have to mow the lawn anymore.

What I like about Miller and Smith is that they take risks and constantly improve their product. The sales people are also homeowners, and they have a vested interest in the homes and the community. During construction of our new home, the superintendent replaced several things that were already installed because the color wasn't quite right or they found a better product. In fact, even after we moved into our home, Miller and Smith came back and changed some additional things because it was better for both the homeowner and the appearance of the neighborhood. Most builders wouldn't have done that.

We have moved around a lot and bought a few new homes, but we are making Brambleton our permanent home. When we think about all the places we could go, we can't imagine living anywhere else.

John & Annissa Powell

Friday, October 14, 2011

Brambleton's Latest News - October 2011

The Bramble10 Bash Rescheduled for November 5th
Great News - our Bramble10 Bash/Fall Festival has been rescheduled for NOVEMBER 5th. We will be adjusting the schedule to accommodate for the loss of daylight and will send out a new Bramble10 Bash schedule soon! The cost for admission is: Children (3 & up) - $10/rides wristband; Adults - $5/entrance; Ages 2 & under- free, and $30 max per family (a family = 2 adults and their children)! View all the details here: http://goo.gl/2oY30

The BTC hosts Briar Woods Homecoming Parade Friday!
Come out to support Briar Woods High School Friday, October 14th. We are making their Homecoming Parade a community affair, as we support Briar Woods students and staff. Festivities, including a moon bounce, games, popcorn and cotton candy start at the Brambleton Town Center at 4:30pm. The Parade begins at 5pm – be sure to look for our Bramble10 Anniversary float! B-what, B-woods.

Brambleton Town Center Announces New Tenants
Brambleton is happy to announce today four new retail tenants at Brambleton Town Center. Bella Ballerina, Sweet Frog and La Cucina will all open in October and Johnny Rockets has expanded into an additional storefront. Read more here: http://is.gd/FE9pnK

Brambleton Public Safety Center Ground Breaking Ceremony
Fire-rescue and county officials gathered on Thursday, September 29th, to celebrate the first step in construction for the long-awaited Brambleton Public Safety Center, which will be a combination volunteer- and career-staffed station and the county's Fire Marshal's Office. The center also marks one of the county's most energy conscious and efficient projects. In addition to being a LEED certified Silver building, the center will have radiant heating in the bays, a geothermal system, waterless and low-flow plumbing and underground cisterns, to name a few. Read more here: http://t.co/D7ThIjoo

Brambleton Sells 377 Homes in Just Over 9 Months in 2011 -- Milestone Marks a New Sales Record for the Community
Brambleton announced October 3rd that we have sold 377 homes in just over 9 months, surpassing our 2010 record-breaking year of 352 homes. Total YTD net sales include 175 single-family homes and 202 townhomes. Read more here: http://is.gd/saeZPr

At Home in Brambleton:
BRAMBLETON IS ON A ROLL By Ann Cameron Siegal
In 2010 it was the eighth fastest-growing planned community in the U.S. So far this year, bucking current housing trends, over 350 new homes have sold. As Brambleton celebrates its 10th Anniversary, it’s a good time to pause and reflect. What brings people here? More importantly, what keeps them here? And, what is ahead for this award-winning community? Read more here: http://is.gd/dNGw7z

Bramble10 Commemorative Magazine has arrived!
Our Bramble10 Commemorative Magazine was months in the making and it has finally arrived - pick up your copy at the Brambleton Welcome Center (42395 Ryan Road, Suite 100, Brambleton, VA 20148). For the past 10 years, residents have counted on Brambleton to offer them the best that Northern Virginia has to offer. Here’s a look at how Brambleton became the community it is today. Commemorative Magazine Digital Copy here: http://is.gd/mD154y

A Brambleton Story
Meet the Ladner/Cleveland Family: "We are very excited to be a part of the Brambleton community. We were very familiar with Brambleton, especially with the Town Center, as we lived down the road in the Broadlands for the past six years. The Broadlands is a great community, but with the birth of our second child we were in need of more space. So began our search for a single family home. We visited most of the new developments between Ashburn and Frederick, MD, where I commute three days a week. We saw many nice houses, but for one reason or another most were not a good fit for us. Truth be told, we were not expecting much the first time we entered the Pulte Homes model that would eventually be our home. However, the interior blew us away as it had everything that we had been looking for with an upstairs layout that is hands-down the best (for us!) that we had seen. Most importantly, for the first time we were not just visiting a nice house but rather a place where we could envision raising our family and making memories...a home.” Read more here: http://t.co/OJ3yR2r8

Reds & Threads
On Friday, September 30th, the Virginia Wine Factory’s Official Grand Opening and Misguided Angels’ one year anniversary celebration was combined into one fantastic event! There was live music by the 3MTs, prizes, promotions, and a fashion show featuring many of Brambleton's own residents AND it was emcee'd by NBC Washington's fashion and style expert, Leigh Macdonald!
View all the photos & videos here: http://is.gd/SnmTwY
View Ashburn Patch’s Article here: http://is.gd/ZqcHr0

A Special Homecoming Makeover at Annalee’s Formals
On Saturday, October 1st, NBC Washington's fashion and style expert Leigh Macdonald stopped by Annalee’s Formals at the Brambleton Town Center to offer free style advice and to do a Homecoming Makeover for a very special young lady who has achieved so much despite many life challenges. Meet Nailah Phillips, a sophomore at Heritage High School and the winner of this year's Homecoming Makeover giveaway. Nailah’s homecoming transformation was aired on NBC Washington's News4 Midday Report on Monday, October 3rd.
View Nailah’s story on NBC Washington’s Midday Report here : http://is.gd/ZB0i2z
Read more here: http://niceshoesnodrama.com/
View more photos here: http://is.gd/XqBy7X

Brambleton’s Biggest Fan
Have you met Barb? If not, check out Brambleton’s biggest fan’s exclusive interview published recently in our Bramble10 Commemorative Magazine! Here is a picture of Barb in her birthday outfit from Misguided Angels and her new hairdo from Eclips Salon & Day Spa taken at the Brambleton Town Center. Follow her journey as she gets ready to buy her first home in Brambleton!
Read her exclusive interview here: http://goo.gl/f0njs
Follow Barb here: www.facebook.com/brambletonbarb, www.twitter.com/brambletonbarb, & www.foursquare.com/brambletonbarb

2nd Annual Cacher’s Corner a hit
On Saturday, September 24th, you may have noticed some people looking around Brambleton for something…well, it was for 4 caches that we had hidden throughout the neighborhood for our 2nd Annual Cacher’s Corner Multi-Cache Event! After the hunt, Cachers enjoyed refreshments, swapped stories and traded coins at the Brambleton Welcome Center. Cacher’s Corner Event Comments & Photos here: http://is.gd/JYdAwr

Camberley Homes “Boulevard at Brambleton”
Camberley Homes new model the “Lakeshore” is coming along and close to opening. If you would like a sneak peek, please call Mike at 703.327.1182! View more photos here: http://is.gd/qbG4w8

Van Metre Homes “The Ponds” Grand Opening
Van Metre Homes is pleased to announce the official Grand Opening of their Sheffield model is this Saturday, October 15th . Please stop by for free family & pet photos, food & Games from 3-6pm – 42440 Great Heron Square, Brambleton, VA 20148, 703.764.5426. Check out their video tour here: http://is.gd/iHM2VR

Builders in the news -
Great Model Home Design at the Brownstones of Brambleton
Jennifer Sergent, native Washingtonian, former editor at Washington Spaces magazine and HGTV recently blogged about Miller & Smith’s Brownstones. “WOW, model homes in large developments are getting really hot these days — developers are hiring savvy designers to decorate their models to be idea factories for really cool interior design.” Read the full blog here: http://t.co/WispzMFu

Bella Ballerina opening October 17th
Beginning October 17th Bella Ballerina will be open in the Brambleton Town Center. They are a specialty dance school and offer everything from Mommy and Me classes up through age 8 with ballet, jazz & tap classes. We look forward to sharing photos in our next update of our little dancers in their tutus! More Information: www.brambleton.com/towncenter

The Brambleton Community Association helps keep Loudoun Beautiful
Keep Loudoun Beautiful, a local non-profit organization with its name bound to its mission, partnered with Loudoun County, Tarara Winery, the Brambleton Community Association, and 60 volunteers recently to remove litter from the banks, shores and shallows of the Potomac River along the Loudoun County border. Read more here: http://is.gd/fD8QlJ

Job Opportunites at the Brambleton Town Center
The following BTC tenants are hiring so if you know someone looking for employment here are is the contact information - La Cucina Italiano, email jec0929@msn.com or call 703-869-9544 & Sweetfrog At Brambleton, email sweetfrogdg@verizon.net! Construction of both new tenants is going well and hope to open this Fall.

Who Let the Dogs Out?
We had a fantastic turn out at the Doggone Wild Pool Party on Sunday, September 18th – from little to large, fun was had by all! We also captured some great videos so be sure to check them out as well. View more photos here: http://is.gd/TjFhQB

Practice makes perfect for Briar Woods
“Our practice field was a mud bath but we told our guys listen, ‘I don’t care how it is, it’s like old style football we just have to prepare.’ We had our best Thursday practice out in the mud,” Pierce said. “We had one dropped ball and we did all of our assignments right. That told me something there ... the guys stayed focused.” Briar Woods - who has outscored its four district opponents by a combined 192-9 this season - will host Heritage Oct. 14. Read more here: http://is.gd/mnqaVu

Our Wonderful Weather
We have collected some awesome sunset photos recently that we added to our Wonderful Weather album from our fans! One even made it on the front page of the Washington Post titled “Stunning September sunset in Washington, D.C.”. Washington Post Article: http://is.gd/kzXFfg & View Our Weather Album here: http://is.gd/9BSa9F

Photo albums worth a look
Facebook Fan of the Week: http://is.gd/U8j1F9
Meet the Team: http://is.gd/lASe11
Caption That: http://is.gd/hbmOEN
Family Portrait Album: http://ht.ly/6KYea
Our Wonderful Weather Album: http://is.gd/CNhYt4

Get Lost in Loudoun Debuts
During two jampacked weeks in June, five out-of-state visitors participated in a series of challenges and adventures that took them from one end of Loudoun County to another. After Visit Loudoun won an Emmy Award in 2009 for a series of 50 episodes promoting Loudoun tourism, the organization was eager to “come up with the next great way to get our message out”. View the series on http://www.getlostinloudoun.com/! Read more in the Washington Post here: http://is.gd/eZpOcX

Upcoming Events
October – La Cucina/SweetFrog anticipated opening
October 14th – Briar Woods Homecoming Parade
October 15th – Neighborhood Camp-Out
October 17th – Bella Ballerina anticipated opening
October 27th – Great American Living Awards
October 29th – Teen Halloween Night & Blood Drive (Brambleton Community Center)
October 29th – BTC Trick or Treat
November 5th – Bramble10 Bash “the only thing missing is you”
November 26th – Holiday Event (tree lighting & carriage rides)
December 31st – Ringing In Hope Charity Walk, Run & Fun
*residents only
Must Read: BCA’s October Newsletter: http://is.gd/cie1pq

Brambleton takes on a Green Business Challenge
The Brambleton Community Association and the Brambleton Group are proud to be participating in Loudoun County’s Green Business Challenge! The Green Business Challenge (GBC) is a friendly points-based competition and certification process that challenges your business to reach for more efficient and sustainable practices in their operations. The winner will be announced October 27 at the Annual Green Gala at the National Conference Center. Read more here: http://is.gd/9QjXoo

Loudoun County is #3 on the list of the Nation's brainiest.
Loudoun County and Alexandria round out the top five, with Montgomery and Fairfax counties also ranking in the top 10 -- in other words, six of the 10 highest-educated local jurisdictions are in the Washington area. Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://is.gd/5hiflG

Dulles Corridor Metrorail project at Tysons Corner
The first phase of the Dulles rail project — extending Metrorail service to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County — is scheduled for completion in December 2013. An important part of the project is underway in the Tysons Corner area. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D) are among those who have visited Tysons Corner recently to check on the progress.
Read more here: http://is.gd/WMd7Nq
Latest News here: http://is.gd/ewvOw7
Anticipated Travel Time for the Silver Line: http://is.gd/dYkpQc

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Brambleton Town Center Announces New Tenants

Brambleton is happy to announce today four new retail tenants at Brambleton Town Center. Bella Ballerina, Sweet Frog and La Cucina will all open in October and Johnny Rockets has expanded into an additional storefront.

Bella Ballerina is a specialty dance school offering Mommy and Me classes and ballet, jazz and tap classes through age eight. http://www.bellaballerina.com

Sweet Frog is a natural self-serve yogurt chain that offers unique flavors such as Cake Batter, NY Cheesecake, Red Velvet, or Georgia Peach as well as a toppings bar that lets you do-it-yourself. http://sweetfrogyogurt.com

Johnny Rockets is an international restaurant chain that provides food, fun and friendliness reminiscent of feel-good Americana. Every original Johnny Rockets boasts a menu of favorites including juicy hamburgers, classic sandwiches and hand-dipped shakes and malts. http://www.johnnyrockets.com

La Cucina Italiano is an elegant yet casual Italian eatery with brick oven pizza and traditional Italian fare. For information call: (703) 869-9544

“As we begin our 10th year as a community we are thrilled to welcome these new tenants to Brambleton Town Center,” said Kim Adams, Director of Marketing for Brambleton. “We are proud to offer new options to our residents and the community as we continue to grow.”

Brambleton will be celebrating their 10-Year Anniversary with family-friendly events at Brambleton Town Center on Saturday, November 5th. For details visit Brambleton on Facebook.

About Brambleton Town Center:
Brambleton Town Center is a state of the art mixed-use development in Ashburn, VA consisting of more than 50 specialty stores, services and restaurants, as well as Harris Teeter and Regal Fox 16 Cinemas.

About Brambleton:
Brambleton is an award-winning master-planned community located in Loudoun County, Virginia. Brambleton encompasses nearly 2,000 acres and 8,181 single-family homes, townhomes, and condominiums, Brambleton is owned and operated by Soave Real Estate. For information about the community, please call (703) 722-2864 or visit www.brambleton.com. Follow Brambleton on Facebook and Twitter.

About Soave Enterprises:
Soave Enterprises is a diversified management and investment company founded by Detroit businessman Anthony L. Soave. Soave Enterprises provides strategic planning, financial and other management resources to its affiliated business ventures. Recently, Forbes Magazine ranked Soave Enterprises as the 251st largest privately held company in the United States. For more information visit www.soave.com.

Brambleton to reschedule 10-Year Anniversary Events

Brambleton announces today their 10-Year Anniversary celebration has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 5th. The public is invited to join Loudoun County’s resolution celebrating Brambleton’s 10 Year Anniversary with a day of family-friendly events at Brambleton Town Center. The event is open to the public and will have live music, food, comedians, kids’ entertainment and a special guest appearance from Mix 107.3’s DJ Carson. Event details are as follows:

Event: Bramble10 Bash
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2011, 12-8pm
Location: Brambleton Town Center, 42395 Ryan Road, Brambleton, VA

Schedule:
12:00 – 7:00 – Rides and Amusements
12:00 – 6:00 - Face Painters and Balloon Twisters
12:00 – 6:00 - Vendor Marketplace
1:00 – 5:00 – Petting Zoo and Pony Rides

Concerts:
12:00 – 1:30 – Rock Shop
2:00 – 3:30 – Chris Collat
4:00 – 5:30 – Kings Park
6:00 – 6:45 – Mark Matusof, comedian
6:45 – 8:30 – Dragonfly
8:30 – Fireworks

Cost:
Children (3 and up): $10 with rides wristband; ages 2 and under FREE
Adults: $5/Person
$30/Family* maximum

Parking: On-site parking available
More Info: http://www.brambleton.com/towncenter or Facebook and Twitter.
Contact: (703) 542-6263 or beth.huck@brambleton.org

*A family consists of 2 adults (max) and their children

About Brambleton Town Center:
Brambleton Town Center is a state of the art mixed-use development in Ashburn, VA consisting of more than 50 specialty stores, services and restaurants, as well as Harris Teeter and Regal Fox 16 Cinemas.

About Brambleton:
Brambleton is an award-winning master-planned community located in Loudoun County, Virginia. Brambleton encompasses nearly 2,000 acres and 8,181 single-family homes, townhomes, and condominiums, Brambleton is owned and operated by Soave Real Estate. For information about the community, please call (703) 722-2864 or visit www.brambleton.com. Follow Brambleton on Facebook and Twitter.

About Soave Enterprises:
Soave Enterprises is a diversified management and investment company founded by Detroit businessman Anthony L. Soave. Soave Enterprises provides strategic planning, financial and other management resources to its affiliated business ventures. Recently, Forbes Magazine ranked Soave Enterprises as the 251st largest privately held company in the United States. For more information visit www.soave.com.