Monday, November 17, 2014

November Edition

Giving Back this Holiday Season in Brambleton

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill

Looking to give back this holiday season?  Brambleton has many different options from which you can choose.  Below is a current list of what is available now:
  • Brambleton Presbyterian Church, Supported by Alif to Zee Academy is Hosting our Third Stop Hunger Now on Sunday November 23rd – SHN is a relief organization that distributes food around the world. Our hope is to unite 400 people to pack 60,000 meals that will impact 240,000 people around the globe.  How can you help?  Become a corporate sponsor! We can help arrange any level of support. Your donation is fully tax deductible. Second, we invite you to help pack meals. For more information visit the website or contact Elizabeth. Thanks in advance for supporting this worthy cause.  
  • Community Coat Drive – The Brambleton Group is teaming up with Brambleton Kids Care to sponsor a community coat drive for Mobile Hope Loudoun. Drop off your donations of coats and other cold weather items (i.e., gloves, scarves, hats) at the Brambleton Welcome Center between November 1 and December 7, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Mobile Hope will provide the coats to children in need right here in Loudoun County. We kindly ask that you please launder any used donations.
  • Sponsor an Angel from the Salvation Army, and help make the holidays merry for a child in need. A tree has been set up in the Welcome Center. The program aims to provide two or three gift items per Angel, plus an outfit.  You are welcome to combine with friends & neighbors to sponsor an angel. Gifts must be returned to the Welcome Center by December 10th. Please leave gifts unwrapped, and attach your tag to the gifts. Multiple gifts can be combined in a shopping bag or trash bag with the tag attached out the outside.
  • Macy's Make-A-Wish letters to Santa can be dropped off at the Brambleton Welcome Center through December 5th.
  • Enter to win a $1,000 Holiday Shopping Spree at the Brambleton Town Center and a matching donation will go to a local school of your choice.  Details at all Town Center merchants and the Brambleton Welcome Center.
  • Animal Medical Centers and the Humane Society of Loudoun County have teamed up to “Feed Hungry Pets” this holiday season.  Let’s fill up our lobby with pet food donations for the Loudoun Pet Pantry. Where is your pet’s next meal coming from? All it takes for a family pet to be hungry or surrendered to a shelter/ rescue is for their family to have an unexpected medical bill or a job loss. This is an all too common story. Many families who were once financially secure now choose between buying food for their children or paying the rent and feeding the family pet.  Your support enables them to be committed to assuring family pets are provided food and help the family keep their beloved furry family members.  The Pet Pantry is in need of dry and canned cat and dog food.  Bring your donation to The Animal Medical Centers of Loudoun.  They are located behind Subway in the Brambleton Town Center. If you have any questions, give them a call at 703-327-8471. 
  • Fire/Rescue Raffle.  Did you know that there are 19 fire stations in Loudoun County with multiple trucks in each station, but there are only 10 pet oxygen masks in the county?  The Animal Medical Centers of Loudoun want to change that startling fact and they need your help.  They are raffling off a $100 gift certificate to The Red Fox Inn in Middleburg, VA on December 16th.  100% of the proceeds will go to buying pet oxygen masks for our fire/rescue houses. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  Please stop by the Animal Medical Centers of Loudoun to purchase your tickets.
  • Be the CHANGE – Mathias, a 13 year old patient at Northern Virginia Orthodontics was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in July of 2012.  Dr. Casagrande and Team NVO won’t let Mathias and his family fight alone.  They are giving away a brand new 2015 Jeep Wrangler. Every entry requires $100 where 100% will be donated to help cure childhood cancer. Click here to purchase your tickets and help NVO BE THE CHANGE that these children, who are fighting for their lives, desperately need.  Patients can receive an extra ticket by creating/submitting a video on how their NVO smile changed their life.
  • Suzanne Eaton Christmas Trees - Returning to the Brambleton Town Center for the second year, the Suzanne Eaton Christmas Tree Lot will operate Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas Eve.  Sales of all trees and wreaths will benefit the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation, a local non-profit which focuses on the detection, treatment, education and elimination of breast cancer! 
  • The 2015 Pawsitively Brambleton Dog Calendar, featuring 13 of Brambleton’s most adorable Top Dogs as voted on by our Facebook fans, will be available by early December.  This is our 3rd annual calendar, and each year it is a great fundraiser for a local no-kill animal shelter, Friends of Homeless Animals.  In return for a copy of the calendar, the Brambleton Group will accept donations to FoHA (we will have FoHA’s “wish list” available on Facebook soon). Calendars will be available on a first-come, first-served basis the Brambleton Welcome Center located at 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 100.
Lace Up for Learning Brings Together Community to Support Schools

The 2nd annual Lace Up for Learning 5k & Mascot Mini Mile was a huge success! Nearly 1,000 race participants laced up to “fun-race” for their schools on an unseasonably chilly November 15th morning at Brambleton Town Center. 

This family-oriented event included a USATF certified 5k course and a kids’ fun run. Designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle and engage local communities in support of their schools, the event exceeded expectations in its second year. 

Mascots were on hand to cheer the youngest participants in at the finish of the Mascot Mini Mile (Kids’ Fun Run). Bruno, Brambleton’s blue bird mascot, was a huge hit with the kids!

Registrants designated their preferred beneficiary school during the registration process, which directed funds to their school. A strong turnout and generous sponsorship support from the business community allowed a total of $10,338 to benefit Brambleton’s schools:

1- Legacy Elementary PTO – 29%
2 -
Creighton's Corner PTA - 20%
3 -
St. Theresa School in Ashburn, Virginia – 18%
4 -
Moorefield Station Elementary School - 8.2%
5 -
Stone Hill Middle School - 8.1%
6 -
Rock Ridge High School PTSO - 7%
7 -
Briar Woods High School- 4%
8 -
The Boyd School - 2%

Only 6% of the registrations did not designate a beneficiary school.

As a condition of receiving event funds, beneficiary schools were required to provide volunteer support in addition to registrants. Nearly 200 volunteers braved the cold and supported the event including Briar Woods High School Key Club members and Cub Scout Pack 1500.  

Nearly 100 Brambleton Kids Run the Nation kids and their families participated in the race as the culminating event of the fall season. Other teams included Girls On the Run and Dulles South Cross Country. The #1 team was Brambleton Kids Run the Nation for the second year in a row!

The School Spirit Award was presented to the school providing the most volunteer support and registered participants (combined total as a percentage of the school’s total 2014 enrollment).  St. Theresa School took home the win and received a $500 bonus as well as a trophy to keep until next year’s event! They had an impressive 42% represented! 

Major sponsors included: The Brambleton Group, Kelly Insurance Agency, Brambleton Kids Run the Nation, Northern Virginia Orthodontics, Little Smies Family Dentistry, Huntington Learning Center, Joe Knows Real Estate – Powered by REMAX Gateway, Mainstreet Mailboxes and More, Bloo Dental, Northern Virginia Sports Academy, PolarisSmart, and SpiderSmart, among many others. 

The event was organized by Brambleton resident Ashley Campolattaro through her business, Families in Training, which also coordinates the popular Brambleton Kids Run the Nation youth running program.  For more event details, including a link to race results, visit:


Model Tours 
Brambleton, Virginia introduces new collections from nationally-recognized builders exclusive to the community. Brambleton experienced a record month of sales in August 2014 with 44 homes sold and is pleased to offer all-new collections from Van Metre Homes, Miller & Smith, Winchester Homes and Camberley Homes in 2014. Brambleton wins Best Residential Community by Posh Seven Readers.

“With our recent record month in sales, we’re thrilled to offer exclusive, all-new collections from these renowned builders,” remarks Kim Adams, Director of Marketing for Brambleton. Adding, “The newly opened Silver Line means residents can enjoy all the community has to offer with easy access to work and play in the DC area.”

In addition to its record sales month, Brambleton was recently named Best Residential Community in Posh Seven’s “Best of Suburbia” reader-submitted awards.  

You can view Brambleton from a different angle on our Youtube Channel here, filmed exclusively by Brambletonian, Rum Ngo, of The View Above VA.

Cities on the Rise in Virginia
From military bases in the north to agriculture in the south and computer chip manufacturing in between, Virginia is a state with a lively, diverse economy. The birthplace of the first American colony is home to a thriving economy that is No. 9 among states in its contribution to the nation’s GDP, according to a report by the U.S. Commerce Department.

If you’re looking for a place that is growing in a state where geography has a direct influence on the health of regional economies, it pays to know where to move. NerdWallet crunched the data to help you find the cities and communities that are growing the fastest. Their series has analyzed states across America to determine which cities are “on the rise” based on growth of the working-age population, employment and income.  Brambleton made the list, more details can be found here.

Town Center Tidbits
    • The Brambleton Town Center is pleased to announce that Insight Eye Optique is our Tenant of the Month. Please stop by the Welcome Center and check out their table to enter a fun raffle and see the exciting activities they have planned for the month! 
    • Brambleton's very own My Thai Place opens a second location in Fairfax County. Owner Aranee Heanchayati tells Eater the new location is at 14245 N. Centreville Square.  The menu is the same as the original location but the decor is different. There will still be splashes of white and a chandelier but she went for an "antique but modern hip vibe" for the second location. 
    • Pet Pantry – Animal Medical Centers and the Humane Society of Loudoun County have teamed up to “Feed Hungry Pets” this holiday season. Let’s fill up their lobby with pet food donations for the Loudoun Pet Pantry who are in need of dry and canned cat and dog food.  Bring your donation to The Animal Medical Centers of Loudoun (behind Subway in the Town Center).  If you have any questions, call 703-327-8471.  Thank you for your generous donations.
    • Papa Tony's Trattoria – Kids can make their own pizza every Monday Night from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Each class begins every 30 minutes and may have up to 6 children at a time. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 703-327-8600.  They just launched their Happy Hour menu available every Monday-Friday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, as well as Martini Night every Wednesday evening!
    • Be the CHANGEMathias, a 13 year old patient at Northern Virginia Orthodontics was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in July of 2012.  Dr. Casagrande and Team NVO won’t let Mathias and his family fight alone.  They are giving away a brand new 2015 Jeep Wrangler. Every entry requires $100 where 100% will be donated to help cure childhood cancer. Click here to purchase your tickets and help NVO BE THE CHANGE that these children, who are fighting for their lives, desperately need.  Patients can receive an extra ticket by creating/submitting a video on how their NVO smile changed their life.
    • Attention Runners If you looking for ways to improve your running, check out YOGA FOR RUNNERS. With a few simple yoga poses you can increase your flexibility, release muscle tension and prevent injury. Two opportunities to attend this clinic:  Saturday, November 15 @ 11:00 - 12:15 PM & Wednesday, November 19 @ 7:00 - 8:15 PM.  Members: $20; Non Members: $35.  Barre method classes now offered at Sport & Health - Tuesday 5:30 PM; Wed/Fri 8:30AM.  Introductory Special - Package of 10 classes for $120.  Contact Juli Presley for more information.
    • Have you taken a tour of Brambleton's Model Homes yet? Now LIVE on our Youtube and TV Channel are video tours of our builders' beautiful new models.  Feel free to take a tour here then come on out to see the real thing this weekend!
      Model Tours
    • Beazer Homes closing out of their current sections at West Park and Emerald Ridge. Their Lexington Model is open by appointment only, please call 703.327.3369.
    • Need a new home now?  View a list of Brambleton's Quick Delivery homes here.
    • Van Metre Edgewood (Hemsworth Collection) – all base prices have increased by $5k
    • Camberley Homes – all base prices were decreased $30K in September
    • Pulte has 1 Hathaway TH remaining, (their Grand Villas are sold out)!
    • Van Metre Southbend Devonshire Collection – incentives have decreased to $25K towards options (was up to $50K)
    • Van Metre Southbend Hillcrest Collection – all base prices have increased by $3k
    • Average Base Price of a Single-Family home in Brambleton = $692,445*
    • Average Base Price of a Townhome in Brambleton = $473,481*
    • Single-Family Homes = priced from the upper $500s to upper $700s*
    • Townhomes = priced from the lower $400s to mid $500s*
    *Prices, terms, conditions subject to change
    New Home Information Packet:
    Model Home Map:

    How does investing in Brambleton compare to Loudoun County?
    Brambleton Investment Comparison:

                                                      Brambleton All of Loudoun
    Average Sold Price                 $547.200         $452,230
    Average Days on Market       35                      48
    List Price/Sale Price               98.3%               96.7%

    RE/MAX Gateway Brambleton
    42365 Soave Drive, Suite 200 - Brambleton, VA 20148

    Brambleton Community Association News
    November 2014 Newsletter - This is the latest monthly community news from the Brambleton Community Association. Click here to view the November Newsletter and click here to view the New Resident Handbook (iPad friendly). You can also follow their latest news LIVE on Facebook.  If you would like to advertise in their monthly newsletter, please email - view the Media Guide here.

    Sponsorship Opportunities - The Brambleton Community Association is always looking for area businesses who would like some exposure and advertising.  A great way to do this is through Brambleton event sponsorship.  There are a lot of options available, including customizing packages to make them work best for your business. Download the sponsorship form here.


    November 12th - December 12th - Brambleton Town Center Shopping Spree
    November 15th - Lace Up for Learning 5K for Schools
    November 15th & 16th - Pictures with Santa*
    November 27th - Happy Thanksgiving
    November 29th - Small Biz Saturday
    December 6th - Holiday Open House*
    December 7th - Santa's Holiday Coalition Run*
    December 31st - Ringing in Hope NYE Charity Run/Walk
    *Residents Only

    Take a Trip to a Mystical Place, Found Inside of a Wardrobe – Adventure, compassion, laughter, and amazement all in one.  TICKETS ON SALE for Rock Ridge HS performance of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Tickets are available online or at the door! Rated G - For all ages.

    November 13 - 15th, 21st, 22nd, 7:00 PM; 
    November 22nd, 2:00 PM

    TEA with Tumnus: 
    $5 + Regular Price Ticket - Limited Availability

    November 14th, 21st, 6:00 PM
    November 22nd, 1:00 PM

    For more information or purchase tickets, visit Rock Ridge Drama's Facebook page or website.

    Creighton's Corner Playground Dedication
    Creighton's Corner students spoke at a recent playground dedication ceremony. Brambleton was proud to provide support for CCES and congratulates the school and community on their Dannon’s Nationwide Rally for Recess Contest win. 

    RagingWire Expands Ashburn, Virginia 
    RagingWire Data Centers, the nation's premier data center provider and an NTT
    Communications group company, announced it will begin construction on a 140,000 sq. ft. data center facility with 14MW of highly available power as part of its Ashburn, Virginia campus. This two-story building, known as VA2, nearly doubles the size of RagingWire's Ashburn, Virginia campus to 290,000 sq. ft., reflecting the robust demand for RagingWire's 100% available, high-density power colocation solutions and strong data center absorption rates in Northern Virginia. First customer installations are planned for the end of 2015.

    Dulles Metro Silver Line Phase 2 Fall News
    Phase 2 rail construction crews are making significant progress, primarily at Dulles Airport.
    Trees have been removed along Autopilot Drive (near the car rental agencies) to clear the way for the aerial guideway that will carry the overhead tracks. Trees along Saarinen Circle have been relocated in preparation for construction of the Dulles Airport Station in front of Parking Garage 1. And, utilities relocations are well underway. 

    Dulles Airport Station: Crews are preparing to realign Saarinen Circle, near Parking Garage 1, to make room for the start of mass excavation for the Dulles Airport Station. In addition, work on water and sewer lines for the station require the temporary relocation of Shuttle Bus stops in front of the garage. The underground walkway that connects Parking Garage 1 to the terminal will remain open for business while this work is underway.

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