Monday, February 25, 2013

Meet the Builder - Tracy Lamb from Miller & Smith



Anyone who has ever worked with Tracy Lamb, Miller & Smith Sales Manager at Brambleton, knows that she has a genuine passion for her job and a special place in her heart for Miller & Smith.
Tracy isn’t just a Miller & Smith Sales Manager; she’s a Miller & Smith homeowner. So she knows first hand what makes a Miller & Smith home special.
We recently asked Tracy to share her thoughts on Brambleton, her award-winning Rosemoor model, and why she thinks this Ashburn, Virginia community is such a desirable place to live.
What is your favorite feature about your model home?
My favorite feature of the Rosemoor has to be the patio off of the morning room/great room that features our double-sided  fireplace. It makes an awesome entertaining space and adding that outdoor fireplace is the icing on the cake! It connects the different areas and your guests can flow so easily from inside to outside.
What is your best memory of the home you grew up in?
The best memory for me would have to be my high school graduation party. Our house had a huge deck and I got have a DJ on the deck while people danced below on our patio. My Mom had strung white lights all through our fence and on the trees in our yard. The party went well into the evening and it looked totally cool!  We all danced, ate tons of good food and celebrated a milestone. All of my friends said it was the best graduation party they had been to and everyone talked about it all summer.
If you were given an extra $10,000 for a home improvement, how would you spend it?
I recently purchased a Miller & Smith home (which I absolutely love!) so I would use that money to build a deck on the back of my new home. My husband and I love to grill out and relax outdoors in the warm weather.
What’s your favorite restaurant in Brambleton and why?
My favorite restaurant would have to be Nick’s Mediterranean Grill. I love Greek food! The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the service is top notch. Their food is authentically Mediterranean and everything on the menu is delicious. They have a dish called Shrimp Ala Nick’s with shrimp, feta cheese, and spinach over pasta. I could literally eat it every day.
Why do you think The Rosemoor model won a GALA award for best architecture and design?
Because the Rosemoor combines old English charm on the outside with a contemporary modern floor plan inside. The Rosemoor is open and inviting. The kitchen, morning room and great room all connect, so you won’t miss a minute with the family. Upstairs offers the choice of a loft or additional bedroom, which can suit many different lifestyles and uses. Our distinctive exteriors with arched entryways, front porches, and cedar shake siding all prove that the devil really is in the details.
Explain your most memorable connection or moment with a homebuyer?
A few years ago a young couple purchased one of the townhomes I was selling. The man came into the model by himself one day and said he had to ask me a really big favor. He wanted to ask his girlfriend to marry him and he wanted to do it in their soon to be new home. His plan was to bring her to take a look at the progress and then get down on one knee and pop the question. He and his friend made a huge banner that said “Will you marry me?” and we hung it on the inside of the garage. He asked if I would help him and record the moment on his phone. On the big day I took them into the house to take a peek. He opened the garage door and dropped to one knee. She started crying when she saw the banner and knew what was happening. She said YES ! A few neighbors were outside and when they realized what had just happened they all started clapping. What a great way to begin a new life together!
Why do you think Brambleton is one of the top selling communities in the entire nation?
Brambleton is a community like no other you’ve seen before. There is truly something for everyone here. It is set on 2,300 acres but still has that small town feel. There is a town center with a large movie theater, restaurants, and shops. There are pools, parks, a dog park, tot lots, amazing paved walking/biking trails and now community garden plots to rent during the growing season. Brambleton has the most up to date technology services available. It’s also unique in the fact that mostly all of the amenities are within walking distance. Anything and everything you need is right inside your own community! The community social calendar is second to none and is loaded with great ways for residents to get involved.
If Brambleton sounds like the kind of place you’d like to call home, stop by and say hi to Tracy today. For more photos and directions to Miller & Smith’s Rosemoor model, click here.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

February 2013 Edition



Brambleton, Northern Virginia Community College in talks for Loudoun campus - The owner of Loudoun County's Brambleton community is in talks with Northern Virginia Community College to establish a campus on the project's 2,000 acres.

The campus would be one of several proposed changes for Brambleton, a master-planned community of 3,800 homes anchored by a town center — with thousands more residences and millions of square feet of commercial space still to be built. Washington Business Journal article: http://ht.ly/hErGq


Meet Brambleton's Official Photographer 
Suzanne Robertson was very excited to find out she had been selected as the photographer for the Brambleton Community. This opportunity is right in line with what she loves to photograph: families having fun as well as interacting with others.  Suzanne has had a camera in her hands for as long as she can remember, starting with a 35mm Nikon and a Yashica mat 124g medium format. Today she photographs with all digital, but just as with film, she waits to capture the right moment and creates images that will be cherished for a lifetime.  Suzanne's style is photojournalist, capturing families in natural interactions in environments where they feel most comfortable.  Her first official event to cover will be the Valentine's Date Night at the Brambleton Town Center!  View Suzanne's website, click here: http://www.smrpics.com/

Have You “Liked” Brambleton on Facebook?
The Brambleton Group recently surpassed 5,000 fans on Facebook! Thank you to all our loyal fans who helped us achieve this milestone. If you’re not a fan of ours, why not? “Like” us today at www.brambleton.com/BrambletonView to keep up with the latest development news and for your chance to win prizes such as bikes, t-shirts, movie tickets, chocolate covered strawberries, Town Center restaurant gift cards and more!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Brambleton Town Center 

Make the Brambleton Town Center your destination for the most romantic date night of the year: Valentine's Day, February 14th! And this year the Chorus of the Old Dominion, Loudoun County's all-male a cappella chorus, returns to the Town Center to delight with their barbershop and doo-wop tunes. You'll find them strolling throughout the shops and restaurants and along Brambleton Plaza from 6-9 PM. Remember, you can find all your Valentine’s Day gift essentials – chocolates, cards, flowers, desserts and jewelry – right here in the Brambleton Town Center!

Running in Brambleton  Last summer, Road Runners Club of America, the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States, selected Brambleton as a 2012 Runner Friendly Community. 

Beautiful streetscapes, trails along parks and common areas, luscious landscape and waterfalls are just a few features that make running in Brambleton enjoyable. As the community continues to grow, the addition of more trail systems and scenic streets will further enhance the community’s running experience. This spring, the Developer will install 20 exercise stations along the new trails, starting on the west side of Northstar Blvd.

Annual Brambleton Realtor Tour in March
Realtors are invited to Brambleton's Annual Realtor Tour on Tuesday, March 19th from 12-3pm.  Come hear the latest development news, view brand new models, enjoy free Verizon Home Monitoring & Control demos, enjoy a delicious lunch and have the opportunity to win many giveaways!  Please RSVP here:  http://brambletonrealtorevent.eventbrite.com/

Meet Tracy Lamb from Miller & Smith 
Anyone who has ever worked with Tracy Lamb, Miller & Smith Sales Manager at Brambleton, knows that she has a genuine passion for her job and a special place in her heart for Miller & Smith. Tracy isn’t just a Miller & Smith Sales Manager; she’s a Miller & Smith homeowner. So she knows first hand what makes a Miller & Smith home special. We recently asked Tracy to share her thoughts on Brambleton, her award-winning Rosemoor model, and why she thinks this Ashburn, Virginia community is such a desirable place to live. http://www.millerandsmith.com/blog/?p=723

Town Center Tidbits
www.brambleton.com/towncenter
  • Northern Virginia Orthodontics and Dr. Zach Casagrande celebrate 5 fantastic years in Brambleton!  To mark this special occasion, they're offering $555.00 off for new patients who start full treatment in February.  *This special discount cannot be combined with any other promotion or insurance discount and is for new patients only.  Valid February 1, 2013 - February 28, 2013.
  • Chinese Lunar New Year Feb 9 – Feb 16: Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese Holidays, and 2013 is the Year of the Snake. From February 9th to February 16th, Asian Spice Cafe will be celebrating Chinese New Year and Valentine with special dishes including: Peking Style Pork Spare Ribs, Sweet Heart Roll and Valentine's Roll. For more information please visit us at www.AsianSpiceCafe.com
  • Unlimited Months for FREE!  Members visit www.sportandhealth.com/sharethelove for more details.  Program registration is open for our next 6-week session of swim, Pilates and kids programs. www.sportandhealth.com/programs
  • The Virginia ABC Store is now open - www.brambleton.com/towncenter for more information.
  • The Brambleton Town Center Cinema Clips Coupon Magazine is now available on Brambleton's online library, simply click here to view for their latest specials: http://ht.ly/hEu0T  
  • Bloo Dental is offering a whitening promotion for the Month of February: $250- take home whitening with custom trays and gel, $350- in-office whitening with custom trays and gel to use at home

Builder Buzz – Hurry, pricing is on the rise! 
http://www.brambleton.com/your-home/modelhomes 
  • Miller & Smith makes National news - ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, The "American Comeback" segment spotlighted Miller and Smith and included a nice screenshot of their Noble Pointe Collection which is located right here in Brambleton! Check out the news segment: http://tinyurl.com/a644keh
  • Pulte Homes Grand Villas Grand Opening event is Saturday, February 23rd from 1-3pm. All three of their beautiful models will feature custom food stations with a variety of hand-selected toppings!  For more details call 703.327.7583.
  •     Beazer SF Beazer is almost sold out of their townhome section with only 6 remaining!  Their lovely Lexington model home is under construction in the single family home section which is expected to open in April.  Information is now on their website for their brand new lots opening soon for sale in the Emerald Ridge neighborhood; please go to http://ht.ly/hClx8
Why Brambleton? http://ht.ly/fchkn
New Home Information Packet: http://ht.ly/ccg85
Model Home Map: http://ht.ly/gYthY      

UPCOMING EVENTS

2/14 - Barbershop Quartet Date Night 6-9pm

3/19 – Annual Brambleton Realtor Event 12-3pm
4/13 – Brambleton Ribbon Run 7am-1pm
4/27 – Community Shred 8:30-11:30am
4/27&28 - NVBIA Parade of Homes 11am-6pm
5/27 – Memorial Day Charity Run/Walk 8am-12pm
6/20 – Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series begins 6:30-9:30pm
6/15 – YouthFest 
6/27 - Sizzlin' Summer Concert 6:30-9:30pm
6/29 – Red, White and BRAM 4-10pm

Full 2013 Calendarhttp://issuu.com/brambleton/docs/2013events


Brambleton Community Association’s February 2013 Newsletter  This is the latest monthly community news from the Brambleton Community Association.  Click here to view the February Newsletter (iPad friendly).  You can also follow their latest news on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brambletoncommunityassociation.

Students to Celebrate Grand Opening of Chesterbrook Academy in Brambleton Chesterbrook Academy will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 11:30 AM at 22695 Cotton Grass Way in Ashburn to honor the grand opening of its newest location. The event will provide an opportunity for families to meet the school principal and teachers, explore classrooms and learn more about Chesterbrook Academy’s signature Links to Learning Curriculum. Links to Learning is a preschool-specific curriculum complete with monthly developmental skill summaries that closely involve parents. Tours of the school will be available beginning at 12:30 PM.

StoneSpring Emergency Center Breaks Ground  The StoneSpring Emergency Center at the corner of Gum Spring Road and Route 50 has broken ground and is slated to open this fall.  StoneSpring will have 12 private rooms, a full-service laboratory, a CT scanner and other important technologies.  It will operate as a department of Reston Hospital Center and similar to a hospital ER, it will operate 24 hours a day.  The center will be built on the same 50-acre property where HCA Virginia’s StoneSpring Medical Campus will open in December 2015.  According to John Deardorff, president and CEO of HCA Virginia Health System’s Reston Hospital Center, “StoneSpring Emergency Center will provide vital medical services to residents along the Route 50 corridor.  We’re delighted to be one step closer to making this facility a reality for Loudoun County.” HCA Website: http://ht.ly/hmxAH

New Loudoun Pro Soccer Team to be Called Virginia Cavalry FC


The new name, but not the logo, of the new minor league soccer team in Ashburn, to begin play next year. Actual location of games TBD. (Virginia Cavalry FC - VCFC)
The pro soccer team that is planning to begin play in Ashburn next year announced Wednesday that it would be called Virginia Cavalry FC. The decision came from Bob Farren’s VIP Sports and Entertainment, the same folks who hope to bring you the Loudoun Hounds baseball team and a new stadium for both teams to play in. Much more on that down the road.  Washington Post article: http://ht.ly/hykDG  
USGBC Releases 2012 List of Top 10 States for LEED  The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual list of the top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012, highlighting those regions that are transforming buildings and communities across the country. Once again, the District of Columbia tops the ranking, with 36.97 square feet of LEED space certified per resident in 2012. Meanwhile, Virginia moved into the position as the top state, with 3.71 square feet certified per resident in 2012, overtaking Colorado, with 2.10 square feet certified per person. USBGC Article: http://ht.ly/hyAa9


Dulles Metro February Update  Pedestrian Bridge Completed Across Route 123. Bridges in place at all Phase 1 stations; roadwork along Route 7 continues. Bridges to provide future rail users access across busy streets to the five Silver Line Metrorail stations are in place across Routes 7 and 123 and the Dulles Toll Road/Dulles Airport Access Highway.

Dulles Metro Fact Sheet  http://ht.ly/gCfv0
20 Questions About Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project: http://ht.ly/g5eSE Go to www.dullesmetro.com for more information.




Saturday, February 2, 2013

Don't let the cold weather get you down


Check Out These Great Events in Loudoun County!


Brambleton Town Center has everything you need to get you through the cold weather! Escape from the cold and enjoy a movie at Regal Cinemas or work up a sweat at Sport and Health Club. You can always grab a hot coffee from Caribou Coffee or pamper yourself at Eclips Salon & Day Spa. Whatever you need the Brambleton Town Center has you covered! 

Leesburg Winter Farmers Market
Come to the Leesburg Winter Farmers Market to get the best in local produce and products. The Loudoun Valley HomeGrown Markets Cooperative, Inc. has been bringing fresh produce and products to Loudoun County since 1994. Shopping at the Farmers Market gives you the opportunity to buy directly from the farmers and producers and know exactly where your food comes from! Some of the products you can expect to find include: beef, pork, chicken, lamb, free range eggs, gourmet cheeses and yogurt, salsas, breads, pies, honey and local Loudoun wine. Turn your ordinary grocery shopping into a fun experience to share with the family this year at the Farmers Market!

Date: Every Saturday through April 30th, 9am – 12pm
Location: Virginia Village Shopping Center on Catoctin Circle, SE Leesburg, VA
Phone: 540-454-8089

Bluemont Vineyard – Yoga on the Wine Trail
Bluemont Vineyard is hosting Yoga on the Wine Trail to celebrate Heart Health Month! The day will start with an all-level flowing yoga session on the beautiful Bluemont Vineyard wine trail. After starting the morning with a rejuvenating yoga practice, take time to join in the fireside, mountain top meditation. Then an expert winemaker will lead you on a tour of the barrel room followed by a light lunch and a delectable wine tasting.

Date: Saturday, February 9th, 9:15am – 12:30pm
Location: Bluemont Vineyard
Phone: 540-554-8439
Price: $59


Winter Wine Night
Enjoy an evening out at the Lost Creek Winery! During the winter weekends escape to Lost Creek Winery for a night of food, wine and live music. Enjoy Asian cuisine, which includes your choice of grilled Thai-style chicken or salmon teriyaki. Let the experts recommend the best wine pairing to compliment your meal while enjoying the featured performer of the night, Peter James.

Date: Saturday, February 23rd, 4pm – 7pm
Location: Lost Creek Winery
Phone: 703-443-9836
Price: $25; Advanced Purchase Necessary. Please call for reservations,


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