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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Brambleton's Biggest Fan - Meet Barb!

Here is our exclusive interview with our biggest fan!  You can find this and more wonderful stories in our Bramble10 Commemorative Magazine - pick up your copy at the Brambleton Welcome Center today.

What’s it like being Brambleton’s biggest fan?
It’s a really great honor. After many visits to my brother Bob’s home, I knew this would be the place for me. I spend my days taking advantage of this fantastic community, and of course I adore the people here. I wouldn’t get to be Brambleton’s biggest fan without all of my friends showing me the ropes.

We just moved into the neighborhood. What is there to do?
The options are endless. I recommend spending the last days of summer at the Beacon Crest pool. Because it’s heated, it remains open past Labor Day, and its outdoor kitchen makes it a great venue for a back-to-school cookout. As the weather gets cooler, head on over to the Brambleton Town Center to take in a movie, shopping or dinner at any of the fabulous restaurants.

Other than shopping and restaurants, how do you keep busy?
Brambleton is always hosting special events for the community from charity runs to concerts and festivals there’s never a dull moment. And now we’re just days away from this community’s biggest party of the decade: the Bramble10 Bash to celebrate the 10-year Anniversary! The Homeowner's Association has a wonderful group that helps organize community events and they are always looking for volunteers, so give them a call at 703.542.6263. Plus, you can always volunteer at one of the top-rated neighborhood schools.

How can I find out the latest news, events and contests in the community?
If there’s one thing I know about Brambleton, it’s that Brambleton is great at spreading the word. You can always refer to Brambleton’s website (www.Brambleton.com) for all things community related. Also “Like” Brambleton on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/BrambletonView) and follow Brambleton on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/Brambleton) for the latest news, events and contests. Plus, I do my best to be your resource as well. You can find me on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/BrambletonBarb), follow me on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/BrambletonBarb) or check me out on Foursquare (www.foursquare.com/brambletonbarb). It’s easy to stay in the know when there are so many resources at your fingertips.

Are you ever moving out of Bob’s house?
I love staying with Bob, but I’m ready to finally have a place to call my own and make myself an official Brambleton homeowner. Brambleton has the most amazing selection of Beazer, Camberley, Miller & Smith, Pulte, Van Metre and Winchester Homes! It’s going to be a tough decision to choose just one. I may be asking for help from my fans and current residents as I continue my journey to becoming a first time homeowner.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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 382 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?

Beginnings
It all started in 2001 with a group of green-roofed trailers at the corner of Ryan and Belmont Ridge Roads. One hundred homes sold before the first model opened. Those who stepped up to become Brambleton’s pioneer residents had faith the vision presented of a dynamic multi-faceted community would eventually become reality.

“It was flat emptiness, with no model homes,” said David Pavlik, whose wife was expecting their second son at the time. On December 31, 2002, the Pavliks joined twenty other pioneer families outside on a muddy street to herald the New Year. Many of those first-comers, including the Pavliks, are still Brambletonians.

As the community began taking shape, dirt wasn’t hauled away, but was put to good use forming berms to provide pleasing elevation changes to the landscape. Bye-bye flat emptiness!

Michele Kontaxes Naurock recalls her first days, “I was basically surrounded by a big construction zone. I had just turned 30 and purchased my townhouse as a birthday gift to myself. I envisioned the Town Center and daily conveniences, as well as a ten minute commute to my job at AOL. It was amazing to watch the development and eagerly anticipate the next shop or restaurant opening.”

Her original goal was to stay for five years, then move. “Brambleton has really become my home and I can’t imagine leaving now. I got married last year and my husband and I are buying our first single family home . . . in Brambleton!”

Location
Location, location, location. Residents of the community come from all over, eventually settling in Brambleton because of its proximity to everything the metro area has to offer.

Thirty-two miles west of Washington D.C., Brambleton is right in the midst of eastern Loudoun County’s high-tech corridor. Additionally, the close proximity to nature, cultural sites and good schools is a major draw. Within minutes of Brambleton, residents can be dining in fine restaurants, exploring boutiques and big box stores, or catching flights from Dulles International Airport.

Amenities
Brambleton has many of its own perks within. “We’re almost like a country club without the gates,” said Stephanie Lee, Marketing Coordinator for the Brambleton Group. “We’re all about fun.”

Brambleton’s developer, Soave Enterprises, places a high priority on pedestrian-friendly living. A well-planned network of sidewalks and trails enhances the small town atmosphere and makes many day-to-day destinations easily accessible.

While most planned communities wait until 50 percent of housing units are sold to commence with retail construction, Brambleton Town Center began flourishing within four years of the first home sales.

With Harris Teeter, the 38,000 square-foot Sport & Health Club, dining establishments, a 16-screen movie theater (with IMAX on the way) and specialty shops, a true gathering place atmosphere exists. Here is where key celebrations and festivals are held. It’s an old-fashioned village square setting where teens can feel as comfortable as stroller-pushing parents, where retirees can enjoy casual camaraderie and where busy office workers can savor a momentary pause in their day.

Kelly Fallon, a resident since 2005, listed several of the Town Center’s casual restaurants among her favorite places, saying “Yes, it’s true, sometimes you want to go where everyone knows your name.”

Maria and Matthew Hughes moved into their condo four years ago. “I love the walkability of the community,” Maria says. “We can go to Caribou in the morning for coffee, to dinner and a movie in the evening, and to the farmers’ market on Sunday.” She said that the ease of meeting other residents is part of Brambleton’s charm. “Suddenly it becomes so much more than just a place to live.”

Outdoor enthusiasts connect through community garden plots, pools, tennis courts, multi-purpose courts and tot lots sprinkled throughout the community. “Children are always playing outside,” said Dr. Haress Rahim, a resident whose family dental practice is in the Town Center. “It’s a true community.”

And of course, family involvement thrives at each of the three county schools within Brambleton – Legacy Elementary, Creighton’s Corner Elementary and Briar Woods High.

Open space
Brambleton’s developer understood from the beginning that the key to an attractive, welcoming community was restraint – leaving abundant greenery and undeveloped areas where sights and sounds beckon residents to step out and explore.

Take a walk and you’ll invariably come across the soothing sound of water cascading over artfully placed rocks with several water features peppering the landscape. Community ponds offer catch-and-release fishing and attract a variety of wildlife including blue herons. Some areas seem crafted for those who want a slower pace, where shaded meandering paths dotted with benches provide serene contemplative settings. The community’s Legacy Park has a variety of amenities for all ages and is the setting for Brambleton’s annual fall family campout.

As the southern part of Brambleton is developed, additional green space will wind through residential areas, enticing residents to come out and play.

Housing
Traditional colonials, cute European-inspired Tudor cottages, spacious condos and contemporary townhouses are among the wide array of housing available in Brambleton. Six different builders, each with their own architectural styles, combine to ensure a pleasing visual result rather than a cookie-cutter appearance.

Exteriors tout stone, brick, siding, or some combination thereof. Interior styles are tweaked as popular tastes change. Currently, the trend is away from formal living areas toward more open and casual floorplans. Front porches are an integral part of Brambleton’s design – intended to foster neighborliness between residents.

Brambleton offers residents options for upgrading or downsizing as their family grows or needs change, allowing residents to stay within the community and to maintain established relationships while growing new ones

Resident involvement
Karla and Peter Etten moved to Brambleton five years ago because of its “all-in-one” inclusive atmosphere. As parents of a four-year-old, they’ve formed numerous friendships through Bramble Babies – a support group comprised of about 45 families.

Karla says, “The developer is very accommodating and willing to listen. They keep nature front and center.”

As a former master gardener in Fairfax County, Karla puts her talents to work volunteering with Brambleton’s Grounds Committee and bluebird trail started by resident John White several years ago.

White’s family of five, which now includes two teens, moved to Brambleton seven years ago. As an avid gardener, John began posting inquiries on the community’s message board, asking where to buy plants, mulch, etc. That was the beginning of Brambleton’s Garden Club which now hosts several projects a year. They’ve reined in Japanese beetles, started community garden plots, and now oversee activity in 20 bluebird boxes.

Often resident-generated and volunteer-run, Brambleton’s traditions enrich community interaction. An annual community campout brings residents together to share s’mores, entertainment and good conversation under the stars. A July 4th celebration finds the whole community swathed in red, white and blue – enjoying a down home parade, challenging contests, outdoor games, bountiful food and of course, spectacular fireworks. The Youth Fest brings young enthusiasts to the Town Center.

Brambleton is a giving community as evidenced each year by the tens of thousands of dollars raised for local schools and a variety of other worthy charities.

In September 2010, the night before school started, parents wrote supportive messages such as “Have a great year!” in chalk on sidewalks leading to each school. There were smiles from all sides on that first morning’s walk. Sounds like a tradition in the making.

As the banner outside Brambleton’s Welcome Center says, “If you like it dull, you’ll hate it here.”

Technology
Fifty percent of the world’s Internet traffic comes through Loudoun County, so Brambleton – the first community in the nation to include Verizon FiOS TV and Internet as part of its HOA fees – is ideally situated to harness new technologies as they develop. Coming soon is the option of Verizon’s new Home Monitoring and Control program.

Keeping residents abreast of community events is always a challenge to any large community, but Brambleton ensures efficient communication via heavy use of social media. An active community Facebook page provides notices of upcoming activities, new development and projects under consideration.

Posted Friday Flashback photos bring back fond memories for long-time residents while pulling newcomers into the fold on Brambleton’s history, and giggles arise with weekly photo caption contests. Prospective residents can also check out the Facebook page to see what current residents love best about the community.

A password-protected community Intranet spurs communication between residents seeking contractor recommendations, baby-sitting or pet care assistance, or just sharing family news.

Future
What lies ahead for this well landscaped, vibrant, 2,300-acre unincorporated community – now over one-third complete? There are nearly 6,000 housing units still to come, but Soave Real Estate has thought through to the end product, adjusting plans along the way so the solid foundation and embracing atmosphere now present will continue with future development.

“Green Community” status is being sought and a wetlands protection program is underway.

The eventual arrival of Metrorail’s Silver Line to the area will offer a key commuting option. For now, residents have multiple routes to choose from, including Routes 50, 7 and the Dulles Greenway.

Nikki and Josh Flory originally moved to Brambleton in 2003. Friendships and foundations were laid as their family grew, so when a move to Texas was necessary in 2009, the Florys rented their house just in case they decided to return. While in Texas, their children kept asking, “When are we going home?”

Now, the homeschooling family of six is back in Brambleton. Nikki says, “This neighborhood is absolutely perfect for where we are in our lives and, I believe, as we grow and change.”

Michele Kontaxes Naurock says, “I think future growth will only encourage more and more people to move to Brambleton. It’s really beautifully landscaped, all conveniences are at your fingertips and it has a wonderful sense of community! People seem to be flocking to this neighborhood.”

As Brambleton’s motto says, “The only thing missing is you!”

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Brambleton Sells 377 Homes in Just Over 9 Months in 2011 -- Milestone Marks a New Sales Record for the Community

Brambleton announces today that the community has sold 377 homes in just over 9 months, surpassing its 2010 record-breaking year of 352 homes. Total net sales as of September 25, 2011 include 175 single-family homes and 202 townhomes.

Encompassing nearly 2,000 acres of single-family homes, townhomes, and condominiums, Brambleton features eight homebuilders including Beazer Homes, Camberley Homes, Gulick Group, Miller & Smith, Pulte Homes, Stanley Martin Homes, Van Metre Homes and Winchester Homes.

"We congratulate our homebuilders on such a successful quarter. As we approach our 10-Year Anniversary, we look forward to celebrating this success with our growing community," remarks Kim Adams, Director of Marketing for Brambleton. According to RCLCO, a leading independent real estate advisory firm, Brambleton is the 8th top-selling community in the US.

Brambleton is currently celebrating its 10-Year Anniversary with a series of marketing campaigns and events to highlight the unique benefits of homeownership at Brambleton. Prospective residents are invited to stop by the Welcome Center located at 42395 Ryan Road in the Brambleton Town Center to learn more about the different homebuilders and the community.

Brambleton is owned and operated by Soave Real Estate. For more information call (703) 722-2864 or visit www.brambleton.com. Follow Brambleton on Facebook and Twitter.

About Soave Enterprises:
Brambleton is a development of Soave Enterprises, LLC, www.soave.com. 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 in the real estate, automotive retailing, scrap metal, and industrial services industries, among others. Recently, Forbes Magazine ranked Soave Enterprises as the 251st largest privately held companies in the United States.