Tuesday, June 23, 2015

What's Trending in Brambleton - June Edition

Thousands come to D.C. area for World Police and Fire Games
By Kristi King | @KingWTOP

First responders from all over the planet have begun descending into the Metropolitan Washington area for the World Police and Fire Games that begin thisweek.  “These are essentially the Olympics for cops and firefighters around the world,” says World Police and Fire Games Sports Director, Tony Shobe, who is a 2nd Lieutenant with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office.

Ten days of competition from June 26 to July 5 will include athletes from 70 countries participating in 61 different sports. Most are standard Olympic events, while some are what Shobe characterizes as “off the wall sports” such as darts, bowling, orienteering and dodgeball.

Most of the 53 venues will be in Fairfax County, which is hosting the event. But they also extend from Loudoun County to National Harbor in Maryland. The Opening Ceremony Friday, June 26 is at RFK Stadium in D.C., including a parade of athletes and lighting of the torch.  All the events are free. Some, such as the Opening Ceremony will be ticketed because of space limitations.

Opening Ceremony @ Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Date: June 26 @ 6PM (Gates open at 4PM)

Ceremonial events to include: Welcome celebration; parade of athletes; lighting of the torch; Athletes' Oath; and an after ceremony musical concert celebration. Come join us as we celebrate the Opening of the Fairfax 2015 Games and welcome athletes, family and friends from around the world.

The Brambleton Town Center is proud to welcome the world's athletes and wish them all  GOOD LUCK!  Don't forget to check all the deals available to you, your families and the volunteers here.  There will also be a Brambleton Bus available this weekend only from the Ashburn Ice House to the Town Center !

Help Support Insight Eye Optique’s Dr. Sutaria in Her Ride to Conquer Cancer®! 

Dr. Meera Sutaria and her husband, Harsh Sutaria, will be participating in the 2015 Baltimore/DC Ride to Conquer Cancer®, a two-day, 150 mile cycling journey through the Capitol Region to raise funds that will support breakthrough research, exemplary teaching, and compassionate care at Johns Hopkins' Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial and Suburban Hospitals. However, they can’t complete this huge feat without your support! Visit dc15.ridetovictory.org or contact Insight Eye Optique to learn more about the ride and how you can help support their journey! 

Kicking off Summer Fun in Brambleton this Thursday!

Sizzlin’ Summer Concert – June 25th* RESCHEDULED TO AUGUST 27th: The first concert of the season is just around the corner, featuring 80’s night with Toxic Mouse! Join us at the Town Center, dressed in your best “hair band gear.”  

Gates open at 6:00 PM (ID’s will be checked), and the show starts at 7:00 PM. Giveaways to the first 200 kids. Ooh Dat Chicken food truck will be on site. BYOB, chairs, and blankets. No pets allowed.  

Red, White & BRAM- June 27th, from 6PM to 10PM: *RESCHEDULED SUNDAY, JUNE 28th! Save the date for one of Brambleton’s favorite festivals. Enjoy live music (All Natural), dunk tanks, backyard games, dodgeball, knockerball, food trucks, beer/wine, and one of the best fireworks' displays in the area! 

Tickets are available at the gate for $5 per person (2 and under are free).  Blankets, chairs, and coolers are welcome, but no outside alcohol or pets are allowed. Tents are permitted but only along the fence line.  Check out a video of last year's fun here and the Summer Events' Schedule here.

First Brambleton Brew Fest Draws Large Crowd

During the first Brambleton Brew Fest, festivalgoers already were hoping for a similar event next year.  “I hope there’s more events like this because wine and breweries are exploding in this area,” 25-year-old Sarah Francis said. “I was excited for this and can’t wait for next year’s.”

Plenty of breweries, there were 24 in total, ran out of beer during the event that saw 2,500 pack the Brambleton Town Center. 
Photos: https://www.facebook.com/brambletonview
The event exceeded expectations in terms of attendance, Brambleton Community Association Director Beth Huck said.

Seven food trucks also filled the stomachs of patrons, while Lost Rhino celebrated a soft opening of its second location just across the street.

Justin Eggleton hopes next year’s version goes even longer than Saturday afternoon’s five hour event.  “It’s a great event,” Eggleton said. “I think next year they should make it longer. People like to drink.”

Rhino Chasers Run Club
Join the Rhino Chasers every Tuesday at 6pm (weather permitting) June-October at the Lost Rhino Retreat for an organized 1, 3 or 5 mile run through Brambleton. We'll meet back at the Retreat to enjoy drinks, food (fees separate from FREE run) and camaraderie with fellow run and beer enthusiasts. All paces and ages welcome for run! For questions please contact: Kelly Superak at kellysuperak@gmail.com.  

You can now follow Lost Rhino Retreat's live news on their new Facebook page here and check out their menu on their website here.

Make-Over Contest Winner – Eclips Salon by Stephanie Dillenseger

As part of their generous sponsorship to the Bram Brew Fest, Eclips Day Spa and Salon chose one lucky winner to receive a full make-over at their salon.  The first of their Brambleton Summer Makeover Series was lucky winner, Helen!

Helen entered because she wanted something new and easy to manage, as well as something that would impress her husband. She had the same style for the last twenty years, and being a busy working mom - not much time for herself. Helen was absolutely open for anything and super excited. She wanted something easy to take care of. Robin cut over 6 inches off her hair and drastically changed her color to a rich chocolate brown. Yer applied her makeup and finished her new look. After the team was done she was very pleased with the result! Helen was great to work with and she looked beautiful.

Meet Brambleton Town Center Tenant, Dr. Rahim

The word blue is not one most people associate with dentistry. When you think blue, you may think of the ocean, which is exactly what Dr. Rahim had in mind when he opened up Bloo Dental five years ago in Brambleton Town Center. “It was always my dream to open a modern dental practice like Bloo DentalBlue is my favorite color and the ocean is my favorite place. It brings me peace and tranquility, and that’s what I hope to bring to my patients, neighbors and friends at Brambleton.” Says Dr. Rahim. 

At Bloo Dental, their team will make sure you understand every part of your visit and how your dental health is related to  your overall well-being. Bloo Dental has won many awards, and they were chosen to be on the cover of the book “Doctor’s Practices” that features 60 dental and medical offices around the world. Dr. Rahim has also been featured on CNN, Fox and News Channel 8.

All new Brambleton website debuting soon! www.brambleton.com 

We LOVE To Run In Virginia! By Deb Runs

"Virginia is for Lovers; and runners.  The iconic Virginia L O V E letters are currently on display in a nearby neighborhood until June 1.  These letters travel around our beautiful commonwealth, and we are lucky enough to have them visiting our area for ten days!
As soon as I learned that LOVEworks would be on display nearby, I set up a LOVE run for our MRTT chapter.  We met at 5:30 this morning for a run around a new-to-us neighborhood.  We didn’t have a route pre-planned so we made a big loop around the main town-center."

Thank  you Deb for creating this wonderful blog about Virginia's LOVEworks - we LOVED the LOVE jump and selfies.  To view the rest of this blog, please click here and to view Brambleton's LOVE album, just click here!

Save the date for the Brambleton Grand Prix - Sunday, July 12th!

Looking for some local excitement, then come out to Brambleton and watch this exciting bike race! The 6-corner, 1-km course was a great success as an inaugural event last year. The course is smooth, short and smoking fast.

Evolution Cycling p/b Long & Foster is proud to announce that the RGS Title / Prosperity Home Mortgage Brambleton Town Center Grand Prix will be held on Sunday, July 12, 2015. 

There will also be kids' bike races at 11:30AM - 2 classes:  4 to 6 year olds and 7 to 9 year olds. Helmets are required. Parents can register their children for the kids' races at the event on the day at the Long & Foster tents in front of the theater.  More info can be found here

  • Eclips Salon and Day Spa of Ashburn is this month's Spotlight Retailer. Stop by the Welcome Center during the month of June to enter for a chance to win a hair color & cut service as well as a "TRY ME" product basket!
  • Need to Cool Off? - Be sure to stop by Froots two hours before or during any of Brambleton’s Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts to receive 20% off any smoothie, shake, wrap, griller, or salad! 
  • Hot off the Press!  The Brambleton Town Center is debuting a brand new newsletter to help keep you up to date with all the downtown happenings! Feel free to stop by the Brambleton Welcome Center to pick up your copy today or you can view online here.
  • Summer Sale at Bicycle Outfitters - All road bikes are 20% off for the rest of June!  Offer is good at Brambleton location only and applies only to in-stock bikes.  Cannot be combined with any other coupons or offers.  Click here or call 703-327-3222   for more information. 
  • Barre X hosted by Tan Organiq! - Join your favorite Barre Yo instructors at Tan Organiq on Sunday, 6/28 at 6:30 - 7:30 PM. It's barre class mixed with run intervals around the Town Center, and a raffle at the end. Please bring light weights, a mat, and sneakers for our workout party. $15/person to drop in. Childcare is provided for $2/child. For more info, like Barre Yo on Facebook! 
  • Barre Yo Presents T-barre for Teens - Join us at the Brambleton Amphitheater, located at Emberbrook Circle, for a special barre class aimed at girls between ages 12-17. Ivivva, Lulu Lemon’s junior brand, will be on hand doing a mini trunk show. We are looking for cheerleaders, drill teams, dance teams, ice skaters, and any girls interested in getting a fun workout while outside! Meet Thursday, July 16th from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Please bring light weights and a mat. Fee is $10 at the door. For more information, like Barre Yo on Facebook or contact Jennifer Wysocki
  • Summer is Right Around the Corner and it's the Perfect Time to Get the Whole Family in for a Dental Check-up! - Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry has extended summer hours.  Now is the time to get your smile summer ready. Little Smiles is a proud sponsor for Red, White and Bram. Be sure to stop by and see us. We'll have lots of fun activities planned for both kids and adults.  Call (703) 542-7000 for more information.
  • Bloo Dental Offers Oral Surgery - We are excited  to announce the addition of Dr. Sanjeev Bhatia to our practice.  Dr. Bhatia is a board certified Oral Surgeon with years of training at leading centers in the world.  He completed his residency training and fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the Brooklyn Hospital Center and associated Cornell School of Medical Sciences.  He is offering oral surgery services for all ages in our office, including wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement.  If you would like to make an appointment with him, please call our office at 703-327-5533.
  • Come Try Bella Ballerina's Popular Barre Classes!  A new session of Barre starts soon. Register online or click for a special Groupon deal.
  • Decisions, decisions! Which movie will you see today at the kick-off of the Summer Movie Express at Regal Fox Stadium 16 & IMAX - "Annie" or "The Nut Job?"  No worries, just come back tomorrow at 10 AM to catch the other one!  Movie line up can be found here.
Builder Buzz
  • Brambleton's Home of the Week is Miller & Smith's Quick Delivery Home the "Orion" Homesite #4024 for $603,350*- July Delivery! Elevation 2 Orion, 2-car garage, 3 finished levels, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, sought-after walkout lot with fenced backyard, rear screened-in porch, contemporary gray shaker kitchen cabinets with Corian counters, cararra ceramic tile backsplash, stainless steel chimney hood, floor-to-ceiling stacked stone fireplace in Great Room, 5" plank hardwood floors on main level, walk to the pool! Contact Debbie Paschal at 703.327.0736. Also, check out about their Blue Sky Bonus here!
  • Help Wanted   - Winchester Homes at Glenmere is searching for a Model Home Administrative Assistant. This is a full time job with benefits, and your work week would run Thursday - Monday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Great organizational and computer skills required. Contact and send resume to Juan Rodriguez
            Single Family Homes:

            • Only one Van Metre Northstar Collection home remains – The Portsmouth model home, priced at $899,000*
            • Average Base Price of a Brambleton Single-Family Home = $657,381*
              • Represents a slight increase (0.3%) over last month (May 2015)
                • This is because the lower priced homes in the Northstar Collection are no longer available.
              • Represents a 2% decrease from a year ago (June 2014)
            • June 2015 Average SOLD Price for Brambleton Single-Family Homes = $730,634*

            Town Homes:
              • Towns and Villas are both priced from the low $400s
              • Miller & Smith South Lawn increased the base price of their Tremont by $5k (approx. 1%)
              • Van Metre Devonshire Collection (Sect 24 villas) has decreased nearly 3% – now starting at $422,290*
              • Van Metre increased the base prices of their Townsend Collection (Sect 33) by $5k (approx. 1%)
              • Van Metre Brixton Collection’s Plan L (Sect 33) is no longer available 
              • Average Base Price of a Brambleton Townhome = $472,624*
                • Represents a less than 0.1% decrease over last month’s numbers (May 2015)
                • Represents a 2.5% decrease from a year ago (June 2014)
              • June 2015 Average SOLD Price for Brambleton Townhomes = $515,843*
              Brambleton Sales
              Project to Date Sales = 4,731 (opened Sept. ‘01)

              • SF Homes = 1,986
              • Town Homes = 1,946
              • Condos = 799

              2015 Year to Date Sales = 200
              • SF Homes = 61
              • Town Homes = 139

              *Prices, terms, conditions subject to change
              New Home Information Packet: www.issuu.com/brambleton
              Model Home Map: www.issuu.com/brambleton

              Brambleton's Builder Model Home Video Tours Now Available!  You can check out our Model Home Playlist on Youtube here.
                  Need a new home now?  
                  View a list of Brambleton's Quick Delivery homes here.

                  How Does Investing in Brambleton Compare to Loudoun County?
                  Brambleton Investment Comparison: www.issuu.com/brambleton

                                                                    Brambleton All of Loudoun

                  Average Sold Price                 $583,358         $596,284
                  Average Days on Market       38                      45
                  List Price/Sale Price               97.8%               98%

                  RE/MAX Gateway Brambleton

                  42365 Soave Drive, Suite 200 - Brambleton, VA 20148

                  Brambleton Community Association News
                  June 2015 Newsletter - This is the latest monthly community news from the Brambleton Community Association. Click here to view the June 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 communications@brambleton.org.  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.

                  Development Update
                  Construction begins for new underpasses & new schools at Creighton & Northstar

                  UPCOMING EVENTS:

                  June 23rd - Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express begins, 10AM
                  June 25th - Sizzlin' Summer Concert, 7-9:30PM
                  June 26th - July 5th - Fairfax World Police & Fire Games
                  June 28th - Red, White & BRAM, 2-6PM
                  July 9th - Sizzlin' Summer Concert, 7-9:30PM
                  July 12th - Brambleton Grand Prix Bike Race, 8AM-4PM/Kids Bike Race 11:30AM
                  July 17th - Float 'n Flicks, Dusk-11PM*
                  July 23rd - Sizzlin' Summer Concert, 7-9:30PM

                  *Residents Only

                  Briar Woods graduate to play in FIFA Women's World Cup

                  Briar Woods graduate Lina Granados is World-Cup bound after being added to Colombia’s roster last week.

                  The 21-year-old Granados joined the team after another Colombian player, Melissa Ortiz, was injured. Granados, who was born in Bogota, Columbia, is a former member of Colombia’s U-20 National Team and was in the senior women’s national team pool.

                  Colombia begins play in the 2015 FIFA World Cup Tuesday against Mexico followed by a match Saturday against France and then a final first-round game against England June 17.

                  Granados, who plays college soccer at Vanderbilt, was a four-year starter at Briar Woods.

                  Loudoun Youth Commission Chair Enters School Board Race

                  Former early childhood educator Beth Huck has entered the race for the Loudoun County School Board’s At-Large seat.  She faces former Loudoun school administrator Stephan F. Knobloch in the race. Thomas E. Reed, who’s held the seat for 16 years, is not seeking re-election.

                  Huck said she’s eager to represent her stakeholders—the kids of Loudoun—on the School Board and bring with her what she’s learned as an early childhood educator and a parent of two Loudoun County Public Schools students. She’s also served as the chairwoman of the Loudoun County Youth Advisory Commission for the last three years.

                  Huck, 37, and her husband Aaron live in Brambleton and have two children: Caleb, a rising freshman at Rock Ridge High School, and Ella, a rising seventh-grader at Stone Hill Middle School.

                  Home sales jump 19% to highest May level in over a decade 

                  The Loudoun County housing market continued to soar in May, continuing the strong sales gains seen through the first four months of 2015. Closed sales reached the highest May-level since 2005, increasing 18.7 percent from last year, the biggest year-over-year gain for any month since late 2013. New pending also reached the highest May level in the last decade, jumping 19.2 percent compared to last May. 

                  Active inventory, which ended April 32 percent above 2014 level is now only 12.5 percent higher than at the same point last year. This is due not only to the rapid contracts and sales pace, but the fact that new listing activity in May unexpectedly dropped 6.4 percent compared to last year, the first decrease in sellers entering the market since Q4 2014. 

                  Should this trend of new listings missing the previous year’s levels while sales activity continues to exceed the previous year, then a scarcity in supply could begin driving up pricing pressure in the latter part of the year. As it stands now, the year-to-date median sales price is only slightly higher, gaining just over one percent from the same period last year. Half the homes sold in May were on market less than three weeks, so sellers are continuing to have offers in a remarkably short amount of time. 

                  Metro's 7000 series cars carry their first passengers, 
                  in pictures by Kelli Raboy   

                  The first train of Metro's new 7000 series cars is in service and carrying passengers.

                  WMATA placed its initial order for the new set of railcars back in 2010. So far, WMATA has ordered 528 new railcars and may exercise an option to add 220 more. The first 64 cars will add capacity for the Silver Line, while the next 300 will replace the aging 1000 series, which the NTSB deemed structurally deficient, by 2017. The rest of the cars will replace Metro's 4000 series, which are susceptible to breakdowns, and help add capacity when Phase II of the Silver Line opens in 2018.

                  StoneSprings Hospital Center -  Coming December 2015
                  Silver Line Ashburn Station - Coming 2020 

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