Sunday, December 14, 2014

December Edition


Ready to Ring In Hope this New Year’s Eve at the Brambleton Town Center?

The race will be held on December 31st and features a 5K & 10K race and a 1K walk/fun run. The walk kicks off at 9:00 AM, followed by the 5K and 10K race at 10:00 AM and 10:10 AM. Sign up here and choose a race beneficiary:  Loudoun Habitat for Humanity or Volunteers of America Chesapeake (Loudoun Homeless Services Center).  Participants will have access to hors d'oeuvres and post-race massages, as well as free family fun activities to include pony rides, a barrel train ride, face painting, and more!  For more information or to register, visit the website

Where does the empress of interior design choose to call home? 
Brambleton of course!

Raji Radhakrishnan is the founder and principal interior designer behind the seductively sophisticated Raji RM & Associates, an interior design firm working on city and country homes in the Washington, DC and New York areas.


The firm’s work has been published in several publications including Veranda, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Metropolitan Home, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washingtonian and most recently as the cover story in Luxe Interiors + Design.


Whether the design dictum is to create a chic, neo-classical home or modern lair filled with collectible vintage French and other fine European furnishings, clients have come to rely on Raji's vision, expertise and taste to create beautiful and personalized homes.


Raji was gracious enough to sit down for an interview with us, click here to find out what this talented Brambletonian had to say.


Pawsitively Brambleton Dog Calendars now available
The 2015 Pawsitively Brambleton dog calendars are now available. Quantities are limited, so hurry in to get a copy of the 3rd annual calendar featuring 13 of Brambleton’s most adorable Top Dogs as voted on by our Facebook fans! Please consider a donation to Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA), a local no-kill animal shelter, when you pick up your calendar. Items on FOHA’s wish list can be found here. Donations will be collected at the Brambleton Welcome Center through December 22nd. Many thanks to A Dog’s Day Out, Ashburn, our first-ever Pawsitively Brambleton calendar sponsor, for their generous donation to FOHA!


Suzanne Eaton Christmas Tree Sales
Returning to the Brambleton Town Center for its second year, the Suzanne Eaton Christmas Tree Lot is now open in the space adjacent to Capital One Bank along Olympia Drive.  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.

Meet Zarif Sahin, Brambleton Facebook Fan of the Week!
"I love living in the Brambleton area. I am a runner and feel safe running on all the nice paths and trails while enjoying the beautiful scenes in Brambleton. As a Realtor, I have to admit that most of my clients also choose to settle in Brambleton because it is a safe area with awesome schools, and an easy commute. And since I am a people-person, I love the diversity in Brambleton. I love entertainment and socializing and Brambleton provides plenty of events, from races to concerts, for me to have fun!"  Thank you for being a loyal Brambleton fan, Zarif. 

Town Center Tidbits


    • Bella Ballerina is our Spotlight Retailer of the Month. Need an idea for the dancers on your gift list? Stop by or call for suggestions, 703-850-6072.
    • The Brambleton Town Center Associates is pleased to announce that Lost Rhino Retreat will be coming to Brambleton Town Center! They anticipate opening Spring 2015. More details to come soon.
    • Sport&Health – Construction on their expanded Kidz Klub and new Explosive Performance center began Monday, November 24th.  They are very excited for their new space, set to open in Spring 2015!  Other than some loud noises, they do not anticipate the construction to disrupt any workouts.
    • Santa Claus surprised the Local Softball Team with a visit to Nick's Taverna, see the happy faces here!
    • It was a busy day at Go Bananas on Small Business Saturday - check out their 60 second glimpse here on their Facebook Page using a time lapse camera. Thank you so much for shopping small this holiday season in Brambleton!
    • On December 23, 2014 Northern Virginia Orthodontics is hosting the American Red Cross blood mobile at the Brambleton Welcome Center. Consider making an appointment to give blood. Their sponsor code is NV Orthodontics http://www.redcrossblood.org/
    • BloĊ Dental Whitening Fundraiser Was a Success - In October they held a Zoom Whitening Day and the proceeds were donated to The Step Sisters. With the help of their great patients we raised $1,000!! The money helped fund quality of life services (transportation to/from treatment, house cleaning and food delivery, among others) for patients with breast cancer at Inova Loudoun Hospital. Thanks for your support! Check out our Facebook page to see the check presentation photo: https://www.facebook.com/BlooDental .   Don’t forget to “Like” their Facebook page!


    Builder Buzz
    www.brambleton.com
    Click here for the full article & tour online here.
    • New Homes Guide Building Leaders 2015, is proud to showcase three builders at the forefront of the homebuilding industry.  At a Miller and Smith community, One Visit Can Change Everything. Homes are their original designs and community land plans are very different from other communities found in this area.
    • Van Metre Clover Hill, Townsend Collection, has added a Plan F.X with 3,170 sq ft and starting at $522,990*.  Take a tour here of thess beautiful model homes!
    • Beazer West Park has sold their Dartmouth model; however, they will be renting back through May 2015.
    • Beazer Emerald Ridge SF & Pulte Trent Grove towns and villas are now SOLD OUT
    • 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
    • Average Base Price of a Single-Family home in Brambleton = $695,954*
    • Average Base Price of a Townhome in Brambleton = $478,318*
    • 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: www.issuu.com/brambleton
    Model Home Map: www.issuu.com/brambleton


    It's beginning to look a lot like...
    Click here to view the Holidays at Brambleton photo album
    How does investing in Brambleton compare to Loudoun County?
    Brambleton Investment Comparison: www.issuu.com/brambleton

                                                      Brambleton All of Loudoun
    Average Sold Price                 $536,504         $473,219
    Average Days on Market       45                      55
    List Price/Sale Price               97.7%               96.8%

    RE/MAX Gateway Brambleton
    42365 Soave Drive, Suite 200 - Brambleton, VA 20148
    www.gateway2realestate.com

    Brambleton Community Association News
    December 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 christine.elansary@brambleton.org - view the Media Guide here.  

    Download the New Brambleton Mobile App – The app has been developed to further support and enhance the connection between the Association and its residents and includes a variety of useful features including the ability to submit a concern with a photo, get news about the Association and access the community calendar for events, programs and meetings.  Download now in the app store by searching for Brambleton.  

    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.


    Brambleton's First Snow at Thanksgiving - "Snowgiving"
    Click here to view The Snowgiving photo album
    UPCOMING EVENTS:
    www.brambleton.com

    December 31st - Ringing in Hope NYE Charity Run/Walk
    *Residents Only

    The Brambleton 2015 Calendar of Events is now available, click here to view all the exciting events planned for the new year including our first Brewfest!



    Brambleton Brew Fest – Save the Date – May 30th from 2:00 - 6:00 PM. Brambleton will be holding its first Brew Fest and we want you to be as excited as we are! We will have local craft beers and their representatives here for you to sample plus live music and yummy food! Keep a look out for early bird special tickets.  More information to come soon! 


    Brambleton Development Proposals Find Support At Public Hearing

    Following a public hearing Wednesday night, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors sent applications for additions to Brambleton to its land use committee for further review.

    The panel will meet in mid-January to consider the requests, which include plans for 506 more homes, a library, a performing arts center and land for two new schools.

    More than 8,500 homes are already approved for Brambleton, and the developers want to build 48 more townhouses in the Brambleton Town Center as well as 458 more homes in another part of the 2,800-acre development. Under the proposal, the developer also would provide sites for a middle school and a high school, build the library and convert a former dairy barn into a performing arts center.
    Click here for more photos.

    Brambleton Safety Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    Members of the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management and Loudoun County Government held a ribbon cutting dedication at the new Brambleton Public Safety Center today. What a great addition to our community to have firefighters from both the county and Arcola Volunteer Fire Department so close to home! Did you know this building also serves as the headquarters of the Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office? 

    Loudoun County nabs national wine tourism conference
    The national Wine Tourism Conference will make its East Coast debut in Leesburg in 2015.
    The four-year-old Wine Tourism Conference is expected to bring approximately 200 tourism and wine industry officials to the Lansdowne Resort and Conference Center in November of next year, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Visit Loudoun, the county's tourism arm.


    Bringing the conference to Loudoun County will require "monetary and in-kind investments" from Visit Loudoun, the Virginia Tourism Corp., and the Virginia Wine Board's marketing office. The total amount of money Virginia will put up for the conference is "to be determined," according to a Loudoun spokesperson.


    Survey: Silver Line Station Names Should Be ‘Ashburn,’ ‘Broad Run’
    The results are in, and the preferred names for the future Rt. 772 and Rt. 606 Silver Line Metro stations are “Ashburn” and “Broad Run.”
    Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors in October approved a list of potential station names, and then a survey was conducted to see which monikers the public liked best.

    About 2,500 people participated in the survey, and 75 percent of respondents chose the name “Ashburn” over “Loudoun” and “Loudoun Gateway West” for the Rt. 772 station.

    Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    Where does the empress of interior design choose to call home?

    Where does the empress of interior design choose to call home?  Brambleton of course!

    Raji Radhakrishnan is the founder and principal interior designer behind the seductively sophisticated Raji RM & Associates, an interior design firm working on city and country homes in the Washington, DC and New York areas. 

    The firm’s work has been published in several publications including Veranda, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Metropolitan Home, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washingtonian and most recently as the cover story in Luxe Interiors + Design.

    Whether the design dictum is to create a chic, neo-classical home or modern lair filled with collectible vintage French and other fine European furnishings, clients have come to rely on Raji's vision, expertise and taste to create beautiful and personalized homes.

    Raji was gracious enough to sit down for an interview with us, and here is what this talented Brambletonian had to say:  

    Q: As an artist and a professional, what drew you to the Brambleton neighborhood? Does living in Brambleton inspire your work in any way?

    A: My work requires quite a bit of travel and quick access to the airport is key, but I also needed a place to recharge without the hustle and bustle of life in the city. We bought our home over 12 years ago when Brambleton was just starting and I wanted to create a home that was not only a calling card for my work but also one that really suits our family and where we can create our own history. A move to the city has always been tempting but over the years the neighborhood has grown with us, and after a long day turning around the corner to Brambleton does still put a smile on my face. It's home sweet home.

    Q: What is your favorite style of interior decorating to see within the Brambleton community?  How does the community culture influence this style?

    A: The community is very youthful but you often see generations of people coming together and I think a mix of traditional and modern certainly suits the lifestyle here. That means taking the best of history and tradition and blending it with our modern life. Brambleton also has a great mix of people from all over the world with different heritage which should translate to a very interesting mix of a global and well-traveled style too.


    Q: What do you enjoy most about living in Brambleton?

    A: I absolutely enjoy the walks we take here. The neighborhood is maintained very well and I enjoy seeing the abundance of trees, seasonal plants and flowers in full bloom during our walks. Friendly and caring neighbors can make all the difference. The community events and activities especially for children are also wonderful. It's a great place to raise a family!

    Q: Can you tell us about how you have decorated your own Brambleton home and why?

    A: I recently remodeled our home which is now about twelve years old. I've made the interior architecture more classical with a lot of millwork and 14" thick walls in some rooms. These additions and alterations are more in keeping with the exterior Georgian Manor style of our home. As for decorating, it's a mix of styles particularly French Modern from the 1940s-1970s all set against a classical backdrop with large historical murals and modern art.
     
    Q: Anything else you would like to share about your experience living and working in the Brambleton community? Do you have any tips for our Brambleton residents to decorate their homes?

    A: When you move into a new home, it's very tempting to rush to a store nearby and fill your home with furniture. However, I think the best way to decorate your home is to first take the time to understand your home and how you really want to live in it. Where do you want to - read the newspaper, work, hang out with family and friends, do your crossword puzzle, how do you want a room to feel, etc.

    Think about art, think about different styles of decorating that you like, about things that make you happy. Come up with a holistic and cohesive plan to furnish the rooms, a plan that is unique and fits your personal style and only then buy what you really love.

    There are so many wonderful resources for home owners these days but the key is to have the vision, come up with a realistic plan that not only addresses all your needs and functions but actually feels good and then see it all through.

    Q: Do you have any tips for residents looking to decorate for the holiday season?

    A: Whether you are going for one big tree or several smaller ones spread across the home, it's good to pick two to three colors for each year or for each room so that each has its own vibe and mood. Don't forget to check your own yard for interesting things including beautiful fall leaves you can preserve, acorns and pine cones. You can simply collect them in different trays or bowls to add color and texture. And if you have a Magnolia tree, the leaves can make stunning garlands and wreaths!

    What better place for this design visionary to call home than Brambleton – where homes reflect those integral tenets of visual stimulation, composition of space, and integrity of functional design. 

    We are honored and proud that this talented Brambletonian calls us home!

    For more information visit www.rajirm.com.


    Photo Credit: photos of Raji Radhakrishnan’s home provided by Raji RM & Associates with credit to Rikki Snyder for the photography.