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What’s Trending in Brambleton – May Edition

May 3, 2016 | by brambleton

Brambleton 360

Brambleton is excited to share its FIRST EVER event filmed using 360 technology. Relive the Step Sisters’ Ribbon Run and be a part of the action! To view on your phone, simply move the screen around or use your finger and to view on the computer you can use your mouse. Best viewed at maximum quality on Youtube and on Google Chrome. Created for Brambleton by Brambletonian, Rum Ngo of The View Above VA.  For more information about the Step Sisters Ribbon Run, please go to www.stepsisters.org/ribbon-run/

Loudoun Lyme Race Returns

On May 15 the Brambleton Town Center will host the 6th Annual Loudoun Lyme 5K/10K and 1K Fun Run. This event will drive awareness and raise money to help find a cure for Lyme disease. Come out and explore the marketplace and check out the information fair designed to educate the public about Lyme disease, its causes, symptoms and treatments. Proceeds from this event benefit the National Capital Lyme Disease Association (NatCapLyme).

What? Loudoun Lyme 5K/10K and 1K Fun Run
When? May 15, 2016
Where? Brambleton Town Center
Time? 10K = 8 am; 5K = 8:10am; 1K = 9:30am
Visit www.loudounlyme.org to register or donate

Don’t Miss This Family-Friendly & Fun Event:
• Kick-Off Ceremony Includes Local Politicians
• Timed 5K and 10K
• Untimed 1K Fun Run
• DJ and Music
• Information Fair

Loudoun County Public Library Coming Soon to Brambleton

By now you have heard that a Loudoun County Public Library is coming to the Brambleton Town Center. Designed by award-winning HGA Architects and Engineers, this state-of-the-art library will occupy over 40,000 square feet and span two levels of a new four-level building to be built along Brambleton Plaza. The Brambleton Group and HGA have been working closely with Loudoun County staff to plan a unique community space that will accommodate a kids’ area, teen center, meeting space for groups and lectures and exhibition space for local artists and performers. Additional retail and office use is planned for the remainder of the building’s occupancy. The new library is scheduled to open in January 2018.

The Brambleton Town Center is currently at 100% occupancy. Interested in renting future space? Please contact KLNB.

 

Virginia Is For Lovers LOVEwork Returns to the Town Center

The iconic Virginia LOVEwork will be on display in the Brambleton Town Center May 20-31. These letters travel around the state promoting that “LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation!” We encourage you to take family photos in front of the artwork and then post to Facebook, tagging both Brambleton’s and Virginia is for Lovers’ pages; or on Twitter and Instagram using the special hashtags #LOVEVA, #BRAMBLETON and #BramLife. See www.virginia.org/love for more info.

All Things Brew Fest – May 21st, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Brambleton Town Center

  • Get Your Brew Fest VIP Tickets Now!  VIP ticket includes brunch at Lost Rhino Retreat and a meet and greet with all of the participating breweries, followed by exclusive early admission to Brew Fest from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (that’s right – no lines!), and six 5 oz tastings. VIP tickets are limited, so get yours today!
  • Volunteers Still Needed for 3rd Shift (4:30 – 6:30 PM) and Clean-up Crew:  Volunteers will get free admission to the event, t-shirt, sample glass, six 5 oz samples, and access to the hospitality tent.

Live Music at Bram Brew Fest
Humans of Brambleton: Angela Fuentes

This month we talked to Angela Fuentes, President and Treasurer of Step Sisters, about their Ribbon Run, helping breast cancer patients locally, and neighbors.

Who are the Step Sisters and what is your mission?This month we talked to Angela Fuentes, President and Treasurer of Step Sisters, about their upcoming Ribbon Run, helping breast cancer patients locally, and neighbors.

We’re a group of women who came together many years ago to make an impact on breast cancer. We’ve evolved over time and in 2014 we changed our mission to improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients in the local area. We fund services such as transportation to and from treatment, house cleaning and food delivery through local vendors like Reston Limo and Dulles Taxi for the transportation, Brambleton’s own Regal Maids help with the house cleaning and Washington’s Green Grocer does the food delivery. That local focus is important to us, we’re serving Loudoun County and helping people that you may even know directly.

Read more about Angela here.

Meet Brambleton’s Spotlight Realtor: Kristine Condie

Our Spotlight Realtor of the Month is Kristine Condie. Kristine comes to real estate with an extensive background in consumer service having been the President of her own company.  Kristine works diligently to meet the needs of her clients and is always first concerned with their happiness. As a resident of Northern Virginia since 1993 and a former Loudoun County teacher, Kristine understands the importance of working with families, community leaders, and elected officials to assist in developing the best communities in which to live, work and raise a family. These skills are what make Kristine an effective REALTOR where the clients’ needs are her top priority. So whether in the market to buy or sell you can have faith in Kristine to get the results you desire.  There are thousands of real estate agents from which to choose…Who do you want on your side?

Testimonials

“I wanted to provide feedback on my experience with Kristine as part of my relocation to the area with (my employer). Kristine was absolutely wonderful. She carefully listened to what I wanted both for schools and work location as well as home amenities. Her extensive knowledge was invaluable in helping me to evaluate available homes. I ended up choosing a new Miller and Smith townhome in Brambleton and Kristine was with me every step of the way. She really went above and beyond to ensure that I had all the information I needed; even sharing her personal contacts for painting, drapes, flooring and electrical contractors. As a widow, having another adult voice was a wonderful gift. I consider Kristine a friend now and I would absolutely recommend her to any one of my friends looking to buy a home in the area. She was incredible!” Lorraine Knerr–Brambleton

“As a first time home buyer, I was a complete rookie to the entire buying process. I knew what I was looking for so it was not a matter of searching for the right home, rather my lack of knowledge about how it all goes down. Throughout my bombardment of redundant novice-level questioning, Kristine could not have been more patient and thorough of detailing step-by-step the home buying process, what was needed from me at which date, and set expectations beautifully. I absolutely could not recommend Kristine more for your home buying experience!!!” Ben Davidson–Brambleton

“Kristine is an amazing agent. A year ago my husband and I knew we were going to be relocating to Virginia, and we decided to rent for a year to get to know the area. We contacted Kristine and she was extremely responsive. We scheduled a day to come to town, and she took us to five different homes in that single day, giving us information about the area and never making us feel rushed. Six months later we knew we wanted to start our house hunt, and again Kristine was right there. We were first-time home buyers, so she took her time to explain the process to us and again, she was very responsive to our late night worrying emails. She was quick to get things done when it came to putting in offers, and although we were outbid a few times, she kept our hopes up and stayed patient through the hunt as we changed our minds about what we were looking for. Now we have a fantastic new place in Brambleton to call home! We couldn’t have asked for a better agent. Thanks Kristine!” Fredah Horani–Brambleton

It was all Fun and Games at the Annual Brambleton Spring Realtor Event

Development Construction Update

Creighton Road extension to Evergreen Mills Road, the new Madison’s Trust Elementary school and the new Brambleton Middle School are currently under construction. For more information on our 2020 Vision, please visit our website. The Loudoun County Government handbook on the latest transportation projects can be viewed here. 

Run (or Walk) for a Reason at the 9th Annual Ribbon Run!

Early Saturday morning, on April 16th, runners and walkers gathered at Brambleton Town Center for the 9th Annual Step Sisters’ Ribbon Run. Some ran with strollers, some walked in teams, and others ran or walked alone. The race course was filled with participants wearing everything from tutus to superhero capes. The morning was filled with spirit and support as runners and walkers cheered each other on and spectators waved homemade signs.

The Ribbon Run netted nearly $30k for local patients that are battling breast cancer. Supporting patients at three area hospitals, the Step Sisters provide quality-of-life services including transportation to and from appointments, house cleaning, fresh food delivery and childcare. The organization is made up of breast cancer survivors as well as friends and loved ones who have all been impacted in some way by the disease.

Thirty-three teams participated in the 5k, including Melanie’s Army, which was the event’s top fundraising team. Brambleton Kids Run the Nation won the award for top finishing team. This year 38 survivors participated in the event and were recognized by their pink sashes.

“What a great day of racing,” says Ashley Campolattaro, Vice President of the Step Sisters and organizer of the Ribbon Run. “We have had an amazing amount of support from sponsors, donors and the community to help make this happen.”

Saturday’s event was attended by small kids participating in the Kids’ Fun Run, adults over 70 participating in the 5k and everyone in between. One-hundred and fifty volunteers helped with the Ribbon Run.

Farmers Market Grand Opening by Jennifer Brady, Market Manager

“Thank you to everyone in Brambleton for coming out in the rain and supporting our vendors! We hope you were as excited to see us as we were to see you!

This weekend, please come out and join us for our Grander Opening as we start our season at our new location at Legacy Park. Celebrate Mother’s Day at the market by spoiling mom with all of her favorites: fancy olive oils, succulent strawberries, decadent pastries, and much more! And, kids, don’t forget to search for our market mascot, the tiger-striped kitty, and win a prize! Just stop by the Market Manager booth for more info!”

Town Center Tidbits

  • Brambleton Town Center’s Spotlight Tenant is our wonderful veterinary office, Animal Medical Centers of Loudoun. Stop by the Welcome Center and find out more about how to keep your pets safe this summer.
  • Job Opportunities at Little Smiles – Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is expanding, and we need to fill multiple positions, including Patient Care Coordinator, Dental Assistant, and Part-time Dental Hygienist. We are searching for awesome people who have a desire to make patients smile (of course!), great communication skills, and an eagerness to learn. Interested applicants, please email denise.frsiby@costasmiles.com.
  • Congratulations to Go Bananas, Northern Virginia Orthodontics and Little Smiles and Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry – Brambleton for their recent recognition in Posh Seven Magazine’s “Best of Suburbia for Kids 2016” survey!
  • Happy 6th Anniversary to Brambleton’s Bloō Dental, a family-friendly practice that’s always on the cutting edge of technology. Follow them on social media for great in-between-check-ups health tips and fun facts!

 

Did you know the Brambleton Town Center is EXPANDING?

Brambleton Sport & Health, Northern Virginia Orthodontics, A&A Music, Little Smiles & Costa Family Dentistry are all expanding.
A&A Music’s expansion is now complete and they are open for business – stop by and check out their new space!
The Brambleton Town Center is currently at 100% occupancy. Interested in renting future space? Please contact KLNB.

Builder Buzz

  • Over 5,000 homes have been sold in Brambleton since the community opened for sales in 2001.  Among our five builders (Camberley, Knutson, Miller& Smith, Van Metre and Winchester) there are 236 homes remaining in inventory in the current phase of development.  For a current list of all the builders’ products and pricing, as well as quick delivery homes, check out the Find Your New Home section on our website.
  • Home of the Week: Winchester Homes The Paxton Model – $589,990*, Homesite 4388.Builder’s Model Home! Architecturally designed, full brick front and stoop, two car garage, low maintenance soffits and fascia, 42” upgraded kitchen cabinets, granite kitchen countertops, Whirlpool appliance package with dishwasher, double wall ovens, 4 burner gas cooktop and side by side refrigerator, hardwood floors in foyer, gas fireplace, deluxe interior molding and trim package, 9-foot ceilings on first floor, upgraded light fixture package, ceramic tile in all bathrooms, lower level 2 piece rough in for future powder room, oak stairs from entry level to first floor, Ply-Gem classic tilt-in low E & argon gas filled windows, low VOC interior paint and adhesives, 65 gallon gas water heater, full pre-settlement demonstration, 10 year limited homeowner’s warranty and manufacturers’ limited warranties.  Winchester Homes is celebrating 30+ years of industry experience.  *New contracts only. Prices, terms, conditions subject to change. Photos for illustrative purposes. Contact Juan Rodriguez at 703.542.7855
  • Now Selling: Van Metre Berkshire Collection! The Berkshire Collection brings the urban lifestyle to Brambleton.  These 4-level townhomes feature an open design and a unique SkyNest terrace on the top floor – affording both view and privacy to enjoy day or evening.  With upscale finishes and first-quality features throughout, the Berkshire Collection is unique to Brambleton, the perfect place to call home!  Priced from the upper $500s.  Contact Brooks Sears for more information, 703-764-5441.
  • Now Debuting: Knutson Homes! Come check out the largest rooftop terraces in all of Loudoun County!  Visit Knutson Homes’ all-new Sales Gallery in the heart of downtown Brambleton, located at 22895 Brambleton Plaza, Suite 104. Join their VIP list today: www.LiveDowntownBrambleton.com.

Builders’ Model Homes Now For Sale:

Miller & Smith Carina model, priced at $645,990* 3 bedrooms  |  3.5 bathrooms  |  3,398 square feet
Van Metre Plan H model, priced at $624,990* 3 bedrooms  |  3.5 bathrooms  |  3,084 square feet
Winchester Homes Paxton model, priced at $589,990* 3 bedrooms  |  3.5 bathrooms  |  3,142 square feet

Single-Family Homes:

  • The average base price of single-families in Brambleton = $690,820*
  • This represents a 0.4% increase from last month, and a 6.3% over the past year (since April ’15).
  • Our two builders (Winchester & Van Metre) currently have 24 single-families in remaining inventory.

Town Homes:

  • The average base price of all townhomes in Brambleton = $494,837*
  • This represents a 3.5% increase from last month, and 4.6% increase over this same time last year (April ’15).
  • Our builders currently have a total of 195 townhomes in inventory.

Brambleton Sales

2016 YTD Sales = 112

  • 2016 Year-to-Date single-family home sales = 23
  • 2016 Year-to-Date townhome sales = 89

PTD Sales = 5,010

  • Project-to-Date single-family home sales = 2,041
  • Project-to-Date townhome sales = 2,170
  • Project-to-Date condo sales = 799


New Home Information Packet: www.issuu.com/brambleton
Model Home Map: www.issuu.com/brambleton
Brambleton’s Builder Model Home Video Tours can be viewed on our Youtube Playlist here.
Need a new home now? View a list of Brambleton’s Quick Delivery homes here.

Brambleton Community Association News

BCA Community 2016 Newsletter – The latest monthly community news from the Brambleton Community Association can be found here on their website. If you are a new resident to Brambleton, click here to view their New Resident Handbook (iPad friendly). You can also follow their latest news LIVE on Facebook.

Advertising with BCA – If you are a business owner in or near Brambleton and would like to grow your business by getting your name in front of more than 4,500 subscribers, please contact Sonya Farrell to inquire about ad space availability in our monthly newsletter and New Resident Handbook. For the first time in years, a full-page space has become available in the Newsletter.  Please contact us today with any questions or to secure your space while it’s still available.

A Resident’s Perspective: Love Where You Live

pamela keegan loves where she lives with brambleton in ashburn vaWhat I continue to appreciate most about Brambleton is the very thing that captured my attention the first time I visited here over 10 years ago: its serene landscape and plentiful and varied vegetation that not only attracts wildlife in the appropriate places, but places boundaries from the hustle and bustle of vehicular traffic.
Hardly a day goes by that I don’t consciously marvel over the beauty of my surroundings or watch animals like our resident Blue Heron in flight, and that brings me joy. Residents pride themselves on making their mark with exquisite new additions, remodeling, and “master gardener” like retreats, echoing the foundations of our developer’s vision to make Brambleton more than just a place, but a home to so many. Brambleton is quiet, safe, and clean, which gives us that “small town in a big city” feel my family adores.
 
The creation of a mini city is no small feat; Brambleton is a still considered a relatively new neighborhood, with so many families who are transplants from other cities, states, and countries, which often makes it easier for an “outsider” to move in and acclimate. Within 10 minutes in several directions is a wide variety of shopping and entertainment, sports and outdoor recreation. Being near the outskirts of Washington DC also puts us within easy driving range of both larger and smaller towns alike that have their own unique character. Brambleton has become more centralized, thus enabling closeness to all of these exciting places.
For this seven-year resident Brambletonian, the future looks bright. The cohesiveness of our community continues to strengthen and grow, fostering a closeness among neighbors where help and care are our signature strengths and are evident to all who live and visit here.
Love where you live… Brambleton!-Pamela Keegan, Brambleton Community Association Covenants Committee Member

Bram Bus Spring/Summer Schedule – Let someone else do the driving, and take the Bram bus to some of the most exciting events and venues in the area, including Gold Cup (only 2 seats left!), Dave Matthews Band concert, winery/brewery/distillery tours, and more!  Check out our line-up and get your seat today!

Upcoming Events

May 1 – Brambleton Farmers’ Market, 9am – 1pm, Brambleton Town Center
May 1 – Brambleton Healthy Living Expo, 10am – 2pm, Brambleton Town Center
May 7 – Gold Cup Experience*
May 8 – Brambleton Farmers’ Market, 9am – 1pm, Legacy Park
May 14 – 6th Annual Loudoun Lyme 5K/10K and 1K Fun Run
May 15 – Brambleton Farmers’ Market, 9am – 1pm, Legacy Park
May 17 – Young Adult Book Club, 6:30pm, Peet’s Coffee
May 21 – Brambleton Brew Fest, 12-6pm, Brambleton Town Center
May 22 – Brambleton Farmers’ Market, 9am – 1pm, Legacy Park
May 29 – Brambleton Farmers’ Market, 9am – 1pm, Legacy Park

*residents only

BRAMBLETON’s HEALTHY LIVING EXPO RESCHEDULED

**Due to last Sunday’s weather forecast for rain and thunderstorms, we decided to RE-SCHEDULE the Brambleton Healthy Living Expo. We apologize for this inconvenience but will definitely be rescheduling soon.**  Stay tuned

Young Adult Book Club: May 17th @ Peet’s Coffee

The Young Adult Book Club meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Peet’s Coffee in the Brambleton Town Center.  Sponsored by Loudoun County Public Library, this meeting is for teens and adults. Pick up a copy of the book at any of the local library branches or the Brambleton HOA office. On May 17th we will meet to discuss Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson.

This club is FREE for all ages who enjoy young adult books. The discussion, led by a member of the Loudoun County Library, will always start with the book but almost always reaches into our real world allowing members to relate the novel back to them.  There is no sign-up, you just have to show up. We look forward to seeing you there!

MS-9 Has a Name: Brambleton Middle School

A months-long debate over what to name Loudoun County’s next middle school is finally settled. In a split vote the School Board agreed to call it Brambleton Middle School.

The board initially voted last June to name the school after former Virginia House of Delegates Speaker John F. Ryan, following the recommendation of a naming committee. It later reversed its decision after community members brought to light that Ryan might have ushered in racial segregation laws. Their alternate choice, naming the school after Mathias Giordano, a Leesburg student who died of bone cancer in December 2014, was also rejected. The board had concerns about honoring one student but leaving out so many others who have died young.

The naming committee was asked to go back to the drawing board, and seven months later, its members put forward Brambleton Middle School as its final recommendation.  Read more here.

Chesterbrook Academy Preschool of Brambleton – Now Enrolling! 

A new daycare facility is currently being built near the intersection of Northstar Blvd and Shreveport Drive.  The Chesterbrook Academy Preschool of Brambleton plans to open this summer to provide a safe, nurturing environment where children learn, grow and thrive.  Make plans to attend an upcoming Open House on Tuesday, May 10th from 5:00 PM -7:00 PM at their sister school located at 22695 Cotton Grass Way in Brambleton.  This new school is currently accepting enrollments, so call today to save your spot: 877-959-3746.

Exclusive: Microsoft, local developer partner to create $500M ‘smart city’ in Ashburn

Minh Le is a self-described technologist, a former managing director with Accenture who has branched out into predictive data analytics, big data management and software development through a variety of acquired companies. Next stop, real estate.

Le and his company, 22 Capital Partners, are proposing to build Gramercy District, a 2.5 million-square-foot, $500 million development on 16 acres fronting the north side of the Dulles Greenway, adjacent to the planned Ashburn Metro station on the Silver Line. Le has landed a Fortune 50 partner in Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) as a co-investor that will bring its expertise, its people and its capital to bear. Read more here.

StoneSprings Hospital Accepts Donation from Girl Scout Troup

StoneSprings Hospital Center would like to thank Chloe from Girl Scout Troop 2652, for donating 25 fleece blankets to their pediatric patients! As part of her Silver Project, she spent over 50 hours researching how to make the blankets, collecting donations to purchase the materials and making the blankets herself. These blankets will bring so much comfort to their littlest patients. They can’t thank you enough!

Major Work at Dulles Airport and All Stations Intensifying

The pace of construction of Phase 2 of the Silver Line, which will eventually connect Loudoun County, Dulles Airport, Reston and Herndon with downtown D.C. and the rest of the existing Metrorail System, is headed into a bustling construction period, according to Charles Stark, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s executive director of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project (a.k.a the Silver Line).

“This is the biggest year so far for construction all along the Phase 2 alignment from Reston west to Ashburn,” said Stark.The coming construction season is critical, he said. “There is a lot of work to be done.”

All six stations – Reston Town Center, Herndon, Innovation Center, Dulles Airport, Loudoun Gateway and Ashburn – are currently in some stage of construction. In fact, Metrorail’s distinctive exterior facade is already being installed at the Innovation Center Station. “You can easily tell that it is a station,” project officials report. Read more here.

 

The county continues to prepare for the arrival of rail service and the opening of two Loudoun County Metro stations, Loudoun Gateway (formerly known as Route 606) and Ashburn (formerly known as Route 772).  Service to the Loudoun Gateway and Ashburn Stations is expected to begin in 2020. To keep up to date on the project, visit: www.loudoun.gov/dullesrail. Learn more about the Silver Line: www.dullesmetro.com

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