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News & Events Around Ashburn, October Edition
October 19, 2017 | by brambleton
2017 Great American Living Award Winners Announced
Congratulations to our award-winning builders and builder sales representatives who were recently honored at this year’s Northern Virginia Building Industry Association’s Great American Living Awards on October 5 at the McLean Hilton. The GALA program is the most prestigious residential design, sales, and marketing competition in the metropolitan Washington market. Builders, developers, architects, sales, marketing, merchandising, and advertising professionals have judged these awards for more than 50 years and to win a GALA is considered the “Best of the Best.” Brambleton stand-outs include:
Hall of Fame 2017 recipient – Don Knutson, President of Knutson Companies
Sales Achievement Awards – Eric Hansen and Catherine Taylor, Miller & Smith; Ann Carroll, Ernie Kyger, Phil Pollard, Nikkea Spots and David Yockers, Van Metre Homes
Exceptional Sales Effort – David Yockers, Van Metre Homes
Outstanding Sales Person – Eric Hansen, Miller & Smith
Outstanding General Sales Manager – Tracy Lamb, Miller & Smith
Outstanding Marketing Manager – Evelyn Austin, Van Metre Homes
Best Online Ad – Downtown Bram, Knutson Companies
Best Interior Merchandising TH ($600-700k) – Newcastle at Berkshire at Brambleton, Van Metre Homes
Best Interior Merchandising TH ($700-850k) – Luna, Knuston Companies
Best Design & Architecture TH ($500-600k) – Hillwood at Evermont Trace, Miller & Smith (Award of Merit)
Best Design & Architecture TH ($500-600k) – Foxton at Brambleton Evermont Trace, Miller & Smith
Best Design & Architecture TH ($600-700k) – Luna at Downtown Brambleton, Knutson Companies
Best Design & Architecture TH (over $850k) – Sol at Downtown Brambleton, Knutson Companies (Award of Merit)
New Builder Product
Knutson Companies – Introducing Brambleton Town Center South, Knutson’snewest neighborhood of Alfresco Terrace & Rooftop Terrace Towns. These townhomes showcase good design from the inside out, as each space is carefully crafted to live in perfect harmony. Conveniently located within steps – not miles – of 40 shops and restaurants as well as Legacy Park and nature trails. Now selling from the upper $400s. Join their priority list and be among the first to view floorplans. Learn more at the Luna model located at 42389 Willow Creek Way, or contact Deborah & Joanne at 571-367-4778.
Want a sneak peek?You’re invited for a VIP lookat this new neighborhood on Saturday, October 21, from 12-2 PM. Enjoy light fare provided by new local restaurant AhSowhile you experience the Knutson difference. RSVP today!
Van Metre Tea Garden Model Now Open – Sky deck party anyone?
Van Metre’s new Teagarden model has opened in Downtown Brambleton, and the finishing touches are being put on two additional models opening later this fall, the Ellington and Parker. These contemporary townhomes feature brick and concrete exteriors. Dramatic, industrial-inspired windows set the scene for elegant, open interiors. Close proximity to the shops and restaurants of Brambleton Town Center allow you to leave your car in the garage, and step out. Walk to great parks, coffee shops, the movies, or the neighborhood gym. Then come home to your private rooftop terrace, or your relaxing view of the lake. At Downtown Brambleton, you’ll never run out of things to do.
Take advantage of special pre-model pricing with modern, 4-story townhomes priced from the upper $500s. Tour the Teagarden through these fabulous photos, or better yet, make plans to visit the model located at 42369 Chapel Gate Terrace. Call Ernie & Grace to learn more, 703-764-5415.
You May Be Eligible for a Free 1-Year Membership to OneLife Fitness!
If you purchased a brand new home from a Brambleton builder within the past year, hurry in to OneLife Fitness to activate the FREE membership (your builder has already paid for it)! Call the club for details, 703-774-9500. *Please note: free membership must be activated within one year of your settlement date. Free memberships are non-transferable and not applicable to Brambleton resales.
Birchwood – News Of Our Progress!
The Loudoun County Parkway is open and the developer of Birchwood has received the necessary approvals to begin site development work. There is a tremendous amount of activity happening on the site! Crews are busy moving dirt, building roads, creating home sites and collaborating with the utility companies for timely installation of electric and gas. Given the large area under construction, the first phase of the lot development activity will take several months to complete as we enter into the fall and winter months. Our builders are ready to start construction just as soon as the Developer completes the infrastructure.
Final design touches have been made by our builders on their new home designs, and they are beautiful!
Miller & Smith: Miller and Smith will open their Encore Collection for sale this fall. Catherine Taylor will be the sales manager and is looking forward to sharing their floor plans as soon as they are released. Catherine will have a sales office located in an existing Miller & Smith model in Brambleton (located on Shreveport Drive) until their model in Birchwood is constructed. Once the sales office is complete, Miller and Smith will be sending out an announcement to their VIP list announcing their opening schedule.
Van Metre: Great news! Van Metre Homes’ Grand Villas are under construction, just off Creighton Road. These homes provide the perfect choice for active adults looking to downsize while retaining luxury and loads of amenities. The Grand Villas’ decorated model home will open in early January along with an onsite sales center. Modern architectural details and carefully designed color palettes are the hallmark of these eye-catching and spacious homes. Stay tuned because Van Metre’s condominiums and back-to-back homes are also coming soon. Contact Van Metre Sales Manager, Grace Strother, to become part of their VIP group and receive additional information and updates on the Grand Villas when available.
Winchester: Winchester Homes will be hosting a VIP event at their current single family model in Brambleton and will be sending out details as the event gets closer. In the meantime, floor plans are available on our website and they have an existing model located at Two Rivers in Odenton, Maryland that will be similar to the homes they will build in Brambleton.
Birchwood Homeowner’s Association News
The Birchwood Community Association has been formed and the Board of Directors will hold its organizational meeting in October. Once the budget has been approved and the HOA fees have been set, this information can be shared. Stephanie Lee, our community liaison is available to share with you news as it becomes available on this new community. We are extremely excited and can’t wait to meet our first contract purchasers.
We continue to welcome your visit to our pop-up Information Center, 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 100, Brambleton, VA 20148. Many of you have shared your interests with Stephanie to help us better plan future events and we encourage you to continue to send your suggestions to her. We do sincerely appreciate your patience and look forward to sharing more progress with you as it becomes available.
Washington, DC Area Earns Top 10 Ranking on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Places To Retire” List
U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, unveiled the 2018 Best Places to Retire in the United States, with Washington, DC ranking #10 on the list. The new rankings offer a comprehensive evaluation of the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas based on how well they meet Americans’ expectations for retirement, with measures including housing affordability, healthcare and overall happiness. View the complete list of all 100 top places to retire.
Meet The Wicker Homes Group
The Wicker Homes Group has been recognized by industry news outlet, REAL Trends, as America’s Best Real Estate Agents in Virginia. In addition, they have consistently ranked as one of the highest producing teams in Loudoun County across all real estate companies.
Debbie Wicker has been helping clients successfully buy and sell homes in Northern Virginia for over 30 years. During that time she has helped her clients navigate a wide variety of challenging issues and market conditions.
Debbie believes in the importance of education to help her clients avoid the pitfalls and take advantage of cutting edge tools and practices. She takes great pride in helping her clients understand the process and the psychology of real estate so that they can make the right decisions to achieve their real estate goals.
A native of Northern Virginia, Debbie and her family have lived in Ashburn for over 18 years. In addition to spending time with her family, Debbie loves to bake, travel, learn about wine and visit wineries. She also enjoys photography as a way to capture and celebrate family memories.
Debbie supports two children’s charities that hold a special place in her heart: Children’s Miracle Network, which funds children’s hospitals throughout the U.S. and Smile Train, which provides cleft palate surgeries for impoverished children worldwide.
Eclips’ October Pink Promotion – During the month of October, take 20% off all pink products at Eclips Salon. Additional “pink” promos include pink tape in hair extensions for $15; PLUS, Eclips will donate a percentage of their monthly totals to the Step Sisters.
Lost Rhino Retreat – Experience “Sunday Funday Yoga” at Lost Rhino Retreat on Sunday, October 22nd from 10:30-11:30 AM. Ticketsare $15 and include vinyasa yoga led by a local community member, Monica Hoybach, RYT-200, and one drink token. Space is limited to 20 people so purchase your ticket early to guarantee your spot. Walk-ins welcome if space is available.
Little Smiles & Costa Family Dentistry
Congratulations Dr. Konz – We are pleased to announce Dr. Konz is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the organization’s highest distinction. He successfully completed a written and oral examination designed to continually validate the knowledge, skills, and experience needed for quality patient care.
Candy Buy Back Program– November 1 – 17, Little Smilesand Costa Family Dentistry will buy your Halloween candy for $1 per pound, up to 10 pounds. All donations will be provided to troops via Operation Gratitude.
Giving Back Around the Community: Dentistry From The Heart – Last month the dental professionals from Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Northern Virginia Orthodontics, as well as many other area dentists volunteered their services for the local Dentistry From The Heart (DFTH) event here at the Brambleton Town Center. DFTH is a worldwide nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free dental care to those in need. Take a look at the video they created to memorialize this special event!
Brambleton Town Center Trick-or-Treating: Sunday, October 29, 12-2 PM
Bring your little ghosts and goblins over to the Brambleton Town Center and Welcome Center for special Halloween treats (while supplies last) on October 29 from 12-2 PM. There will also be a free craft station, balloon artist and free Hay Rides. This event is free and open to the public.
Weekly Trail Runs & Bike Rides
Tuesdays: Rhino Chasers Run Club, 6 PM
Meet at Lost Rhino Retreat every Tuesday at 6 PM (weather permitting). Go for an organized run, then meet back at the Retreat for drinks, food, and camaraderie with fellow run and beer enthusiasts. All paces and ages welcome for the run.
Wednesdays: Rhino Rides, 6:30 PM
Join us every Wednesday for Lost Rhino’s bike & brew ride with Bicycle Outfitters! Meet at Bicycle Outfitters in Brambleton Town Center at 6:20 pm for a fun 1-hour bike ride led by staff through Brambleton and finish up at Lost Rhino Retreat for brews! Average speed 12 mph, approx. 10 miles. Helmets are required. Bikes must have working lights on front & back of bikes. Cyclists ride at their own risk. For more information, call Bicycle Outfitters at 703-327-3222.
Bella Ballerina– One Day Mini Holiday Nutcracker Camps are Back! Choose your date (Dec 27-29, Jan 3-5) and register online at www.bellaballerinanova.com. Limited space available. These adorable Nutcracker-themed camps are from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM and are $40. We will be doing Nutcracker-themed crafts, costuming, dancing and even provide parents with a special recorded performance of an end-of-the-day show!
Community News – Giving Back!
Kids Care Coat Drive – Through October 20th!
Brambleton Kids Care is hosting a coat drive for Mobile Hope. If you have any gently used coats to donate, you can drop them off at the Welcome Center in the Town Center. Mobile Hope is in need of all sizes (biggest need: ages 2 – 8 years old).
Step Up and Support Local Breast Cancer Patients
The Step Sisters’ are currently accepting donations of gently worn, used and new shoes. Drop them off in the pass through of the Welcome Center, which is open daily, 9 AM – 10 PM.
Two by Four Race Against Childhood & Canine Cancers: 5K For Humans & 1 Mile Dog Jog/Fun Run
More than 350 two and four legged athletes raced to crush cancer in the first annual Two By Four Race Against Childhood & Canine Canceron Sunday, October 1st in the Brambleton Town Center. Presented as a demonstration of what’s possible through collaboration, the Canines-N-Kids Foundation partnered with our friends at the Smashing Walnuts Foundation (childhood brain cancer) to hold this unique 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run and Dog Jog. With only 2 1/2 months to plan the race this year, the fantastic Two By Four Steering Committee worked tirelessly. We are thrilled to report that thanks to their efforts, and the generosity of our sponsors, contributors and athletes, we not only significantly raised awareness of the shared unmet need that is cancer for kids and pet dogs, but we raised more than $16,000! We will continue to build on this success as a means to fund transformative comparative cancer research, and thank everyone for their involvement. Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 29, 2018 for the 2nd Annual #2x4Race!
Upcoming Race Brambleton Events
Zombie Run, October 28th
Brambleton Community Association presents the Brambleton Zombie Run 5K on Saturday, October 28th at 5:30 PM in the Brambleton Town Center. Will you survive a run through our trail system while being chased by zombies who want to eat your brains? Or are you a hungry zombie who is in search of brains? This 5K race will lead you through Brambleton’s certified 5K course along the trail system and through the underground tunnels. Zombies could be anywhere along this course just waiting to take your life. Register to
Registration is now open for the Lace Up For Learning 5K & Mascot Mini Mile on Saturday, November 11 in the Brambleton Town Center. This family-oriented fundraising 5k event was designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle and engage local communities in support of our schools. Each school will raise money based on their participation in the race – the more who run for a school, the more money the school gets! Be sure to designate your school in the registration process.
StoneSprings Hospital Center
StoneSprings Hospital Center has been awarded a 3 year term of accreditation in ultrasound by the American College of Radiology! The ACR Gold Seal represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. This achievement marks the 4th ACR accreditation the hospital has received.
Dulles Metro News
Installation of Pedestrian Bridge at Future Herndon Metro Station
by RestonNow.com — September 21, 2017
As work on Phase 2 of Metro’s Silver Line project continues, a pedestrian walkway was recently set over the bus loop at the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride facility.
The walkway, which will provide access to the Silver Line’s future Herndon Station from the south side of the Dulles Toll Road, will be integrated with existing and future infrastructure at the park and ride, according to information provided by the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.
The pedestrian bridge from the north side of the Dulles Toll Road (westbound lanes) is scheduled to be installed this weekend.
Construction work on Phase 2 of the Silver Line, which will extend the Metrorail from Reston to Ashburn, was reported in July to be more than 60 percent done. The line is expected to be opened to the public in 2020.