Huge thank you to our neighbors at Loudoun Times Mirror for letting us participate in their Loudoun Homes and Builder Showcase this past weekend. They did a wonderful job honing in on what makes Brambleton such an outstanding place to live. Take a look below to see what our residents think about the community and to learn how the “best is yet to come” here at Brambleton. #BramHomeTour
By Karen Graham of Loudoun Times Mirror
Originally published October 12, 2018
When Jennifer and Josh Mosser purchased a home in Brambleton in 2013, they knew it was the perfect neighborhood for their family to call home.
As teachers at Briar Woods High School which serves the Brambleton community – Jennifer Mosser has since become a realtor with Keller Williams Realty – they wanted to be part of the neighborhood where they taught and worked.
“When I moved to Northern Virginia from a rural area outside Pittsburgh, it was a bit of a culture shock coming from a small town. However, Brambleton has a small town feel with community-based activities, social media forums to connect neighbors and pedestrian living, so we can walk to the town center. To know I’m in a community that has a small town feel in this uber populated county it is really unique. We know we made the right move here,” Mosser said.
Brambleton – the 5,500 residence planned community with 2,500 more homes planned – is the largest master planned community in Loudoun and is celebrating 18 years since it first began.
Developers still have the final phase to complete, with a total of 19 models of homes, according to Kim Adams, marketing director for the Brambleton Group, LLC.
“The best is yet to come,” she said.
Brambleton is home to five schools, including three elementary schools, a middle and high school – with a new high school on the way in 2019.
A brand new 40,000 square foot library will be unveiled in the next couple of months as Loudoun County Public Library opens a branch in Brambleton with many new high tech features.
Amie Otto and her family have lived in Brambleton since 2003 and she currently serves on the board for Friends of Brambleton Library. She is very much looking forward to the library opening and appreciates the fact that her kids will be able to walk there.
Otto loves living in Brambleton and says she enjoys being able to walk her kids to school and the many nice parks and trails in the neighborhood.
“We have a great community and I feel people here are very supportive of one another. It’s a nice mix of outdoor activities, shopping and restaurants,” Otto said.
Brambleton’s chief operating officer Bill Fox said the vision for Brambleton originated from wanting to develop a community where people could not only live, but also enjoy recreational time – which includes a town center with a fitness center, coffee shop, movie theater, restaurants and pet store.
“We are really proud of it,” Fox said.
The Mosser family – along with their 10 year old daughter – often enjoy walking to Brambleton’s restaurants for a night out.
“You always run into someone you know and we don’t really have to make plans with people, it’s just easy, which allows us to have the spontaneity of going out,” she said.
As a realtor, she is always touring new construction homes in Brambleton and she is excited to see different age groups calling the community their home.
She said it is attractive to millennials who enjoy the pedestrian feel without living in the city. Also, builders are starting to respond to an elevated level of style, she said.
In Birchwood, Brambleton’s new neighborhood for ages 55 and over, Mosser said she is excited to see “it finally happening” and she has a lot of clients are looking for this type of lifestyle.
“It’s not a one size fits all community. They have really thought of different options to fit a variety of needs. It’s a great way for grandparents to live closer to their kids but still be able to create a lifestyle for themselves. It’s going to be very popular,” she said.
Birchwood will have trails to connect residents throughout the neighborhood, a community garden, fishing pier, and a 20,000 square foot clubhouse with indoor and outdoor pools, indoor and outdoor kitchens, game rooms, golf simulator, yoga studio, cyber room, arts and crafts room and social space.
Model homes in Birchwood include condos, courtyard or villa style homes by Miller & Smith, Van Metre and Winchester Homes.
Other new areas in Brambleton are “downtown” Brambleton with urban style townhomes by Knutson, Miller & Smith and Van Metre with features like elevators and rooftop terraces, and close proximity to the shops and events at the town center. In addition, Toll Brothers is developing in Brambleton with 39 luxury townhomes.
West Park is another area in progress with single-family homes by Miller & Smith, Van Metre and Winchester, within walking distance to schools, trails, parks and a future pool.
There are many more things to come, according to Adams, who mentions Hanson Regional Park which will have game fields, equestrian trails, hiking trails and more. There is also the Beaverdam Reservoir Park and an old dairy farm which will eventually be developed into a cultural arts center.
“People like to have things at their fingertips and Brambleton offers all of that to our community. There are outdoor concerts, spring and fall festivals, yard sales, kids events and a farmers market every week. There is something for everyone to do,” Adams said.
Brambleton is hosting a model home tour weekend October 13 and 14 and Adams said she hopes people will come out and check out the community. One lucky family will win a four-pack of Electra bikes from Bicycle Outfitters.