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What’s Trending – February Edition

February 27, 2017 | by brambleton

Under Construction:  Brambleton Public Library

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Brambleton Library

Loudoun County dignitaries and VIPs, including Supervisors and Library employees, as well as members of the press, Chesapeake Contracting Group, Inc. and The Brambleton Group L.L.C. were on hand Friday, February 24 for the official ground breaking ceremony for the new Loudoun County Public Library located in the Brambleton Town Center.  Crews have begun site development, and construction will soon follow on the 80,000+ square foot commercial office building that will house the library on the 1st and 2nd floors.  The Brambleton Group hired HGA Architects and has worked closely with Loudoun County Public Library’s staff to design a state-of-the-art facility providing next-generation technology.  General contractor, Chesapeake Contracting Group, Inc., anticipates completion of the building early next year before turning the space over to the library to finalize and open by mid 2018.  The Brambleton Group’s acceleration of this proffered amenity allows the library to open three years earlier.


New MyBramHealth Challenge Focuses on Heart Health

The Quick Cardio Fun Challenge was a 5-day fitness challenge that ended last week; however, you can still get your heart racing by completing Coach Jeff’s workouts found on the community association’s Youtube channel.  We’re partnering with ShareCare to bring you a line up of healthy programs throughout the year, so stay tuned for more fun challenges!  In the meantime, be sure to sign up for MyBramHealth and take steps to become the best version of yourself.

 


Builder Buzz

  • Birchwood – We’re putting the final touches on our temporary sales center for Birchwood, Brambleton’s new 55+ community, and hope to be open to the general public by May.  Be among the first to know by joining our VIP priority list and be notified before we open to the public.
  • Knutson Homes is introducing a new look in Loudoun County, and Posh Seven magazine recently featured their new “Surban” designs which are a big hit in Downtown Brambleton!
  • Brambleton homes hold their value, making Brambleton a good investment! December 2016 stats show the average list price to sales price ratio of Brambleton resales was 99%.

 Single-Family Homes

  • Now Selling: Van Metre Single-Family Homes at West Grove. West Grove at Brambleton features 2 distinct floorplans with 4-6 bedrooms priced from the mid $630s.
  • Coming Soon to the West Park neighborhood – Single family homes by Miller & Smith and Winchester Homes.
  • The average base price of single-families in Brambleton = $686,990*(Feb 2017)
    • This represents a 1.1% increase over last month, and the same percentage increase over this same time last year!
  • 56 single-family homes remain in current inventory (between Van Metre’s Evermont Trace and West Grove Collection).

Town Homes

  • Van Metre Berkshire CollectionNew Model Home Opening March 11th: Van Metre’s Newcastle townhome model, located at 23386 Epperson Square. The Berkshire Collection features 4-level towns with rooftop terraces, priced from the upper $500s.  Contact the Community Sales Manager, Philip Pollard, for more information.
  • Knutson Hard Hat Tours A Success! Knutson Homes offered hard hat tours of their new Yards In The Sky models recently.  Buyers recently showed up to tour their rooftop terrace townhomes, excited for their Yard In The Sky in the heart of downtown Brambleton.  Appetizers and cold beverages were provided by Lost Rhino Retreat, just steps away from the new homes!
  • The average base price of all townhomes in Brambleton = $604,712* (Feb 2017)
    • This represents a 3.9% increase over last month, and a 26% increase over this same time last year!
  • Our builders currently have a total of 108 townhomes in inventory.

Brambleton Sales

2017 YTD Sales = 28

  • 2017 Year-to-Date single-family home sales = 8
  • 2017 Year-to-Date townhome sales = 20

PTD Sales = 5,204

  • Project-to-Date single-family home sales = 2,093
  • Project-to-Date townhome sales = 2,2312
  • Project-to-Date condo sales = 799

Helpful Resources


Town Center News

  • beer country is loudoun county virginiaLost Rhino Retreat:
    • Join us for our next new beer release, Shooter McMunn’s Irish Stout and a St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Friday, March 17th! We’ll be hosting a Kegs & Eggs brunch from 10:30 AM – 3 PM and have food specials, giveaways, and fun all day long with live music starting at 7 PM.
    • Peoples Blues of Richmond and Kid Brother are back at Lost Rhino Retreat on Saturday April 1st. Tickets now available, $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
    • Book your private event with us. Our upstairs bar is the perfect space for private parties, corporate events, and other celebrations. You can enjoy your special event with catered food and a private bartender. For more information and to reserve space, email Melissa Kirkpatrick.
  • Go Bananas Toy Store: Shopping in Northern VAGo Bananas attended the 2017 Toy Fair in New York City during February and were powered up to see all of the new toys being introduced for 2017.  Stop in to check out the new items.
  • Through March 21: Crab Cakes and 1/2 Price Wine Bottles are back on Mondays & Tuesdays at Blue Ridge Grill.
  • Catch up on this month’s latest news & events in the February edition of the Brambleton Town Center Newsletter.  Copies are available for pick up in the Welcome Center.
  • Thank you to everyone who showed us some love and submitted photos to our Who’s Your Brambletine? photo contest.  We’d like to congratulate this year’s winner, Jimena Gomez.
  • Vote for your favorite hot spots in the Northern Virginia Magazine’s Best of NoVA 2017 Poll. Voting ends Tuesday, February 28 at 11:45 PM.
  • While you’re still hibernating in your coziest winter sweaters, Brambleton’s style guru and owner of Misguided Angels Boutique, Kim Hutchings, has just returned from the Fashion Market with the latest Spring looks.  Stop by Misguided Angels to rock these new spring styles.

Join Brambleton’s Tenants in Supporting These Charities:

American Heart Association:  Little Smiles & Costa Family Cosmetic Dentistry are celebrating American Heart Month in February by donating $5 to the American Heart Association for EVERY Facebook check-in to their office. Simply check-in and post a message to let your friends know that you’re Checking-In For Charity!

 

:  Animal Medical Centers of Loudoun recently enrolled in the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund, a program of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). The program was created to support veterinarians who provide medical services to the lost, neglected and abused animals that find their way into our hospital. The program also allows us to care for animals in our community when their owners face extraordinary hardships. We invite you to support us in this new endeavor by making a donation to the AVMF to support our charitable work. Online donations can be made at AVMF.org/CARE, then choose the DONATE NOW button. Select “Donate to a Veterinary Practice” and find Animal Medical Centers of Loudoun.

 

 

ArmorUp: Visit Bloo Dental in February for a FREE oral cancer screening and schedule an appointment to make your smile look its best with Zoom In-Office Whitening for only $375. 100% of the cost will go directly to ArmorUp for LIFE to help outfit cancer patients with fitness gear right here in our area.

 

:  Little Smiles & Costa Family Cosmetic Dentistry are gearing up for another successful Caps season with their Costa Cares Program, designed to pay it forward! For every regular season win the Washington Capitals get, Costa Cares will donate $100 to The Step Sisters, an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of those affected by breast cancer.

 


Upcoming Events

Van Metre Run 5-Mile Run: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Van Metre Companies’ Annual 5 Mile Run benefiting Children’s National Health System will celebrate its silver anniversary on Saturday, April 1, in Ashburn, Virginia.  As a spring staple in the Broadlands community, this event has annually seen over 500 participants from across the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, who, in conjunction with numerous race supporters and sponsors alike, have set a goal of over $150,000 in contributions each year.

The 25th Annual 5 Mile Run will follow its classic format, using a ChronoTrack race timing system with a disposable D-tag on a USATF certified course.  Participants will include competitive runners, weekend and occasional joggers, walkers with strollers, and even pets!  New for 2017, the category of “Virtual Runner” will be available for participants who are unable to attend the April 1st event, allowing for individuals to continue their support of Van Metre’s great cause by enabling them to run from any remote location across the world!  Cash & door prizes, face painting and a post-race party will also add to the event’s fun.  Sign up for the race and take advantage of early bird price savings before January 31. Be sure to join us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.


Humans of Brambleton

This month we discovered a hip-hop artist living right here in Brambleton!  In fact, you can catch him in concert at the Tally Ho Theater in Leesburg, VA on Friday, March 10!  Tickets are $10 in advance / $15 at the door.

Yonas originates from New York City but moved to Brambleton 5 years ago.  Yonas is one of hip-hop’s most-hyped emerging artists.  Known for his incredibly unique style, the 30-year old makes it known that he is unlike anyone else in the game.  Fusing thought-provoking content and infectious melodies with crossover music production, Yonas has begun changing the face of music.  In just the past three years, Yonas has independently sold 100,000+ songs, 15,000+ albums, and has accumulated over 70 million streams digitally.  His albums have consistently reached Top 5 on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts, Top 25 on the overall iTunes Albums Charts, and Top 50 on the Billboard Hip-Hop charts.  The buzz generated from Yonas’ movement has also captured the attention of Mainstream Culture.  His song “Fall Back” was featured in the major motion picture The Place Beyond The Pines, leading to similar song placements in major campaigns with Warrior Sports, Pepsi, and Fuse TV.

We caught up with Yonas for an interview before heading out on his nationwide tour which ends at the Tally Ho Theater in Leesburg, VA on Friday, March 10!

 


February Spotlight Realtor

 

My name is Jin Chen, and my partner and I formed Community Real Estate Group, a part of Pearson Smith Realty.  Having lived in Brambleton for 11 years, I specialize in Brambleton and am the local area expert!  I am familiar with the community, the events, the amenities in Brambleton, and what’s available in new construction and the process involved, as well as market trends for resales to get your house sold!

I am passionate about both real estate and helping people.  Whether it is buying, selling, or investing, I will help you through the entire real estate life cycle.  I am a hard-working, detail-oriented, responsive, and enthusiastic real estate agent who cares about my clients and the service I provide.  My ability to understand and work well with people helps me successfully collaborate and mediate various real estate situations.  I approach my real estate clients and transactions with care and detail.

I am also a life-long Northern Virginian.  Having resided in numerous cities across Northern Virginia throughout my life, I have firsthand and unique knowledge as a local.  I am familiar with the neighborhoods, the culture, and the nuances of the area which will be a huge asset to my buyers and sellers.  I attended Chantilly High School and got my Bachelor’s from the University of Virginia, and my Master’s from Virginia Commonwealth University.

My primary goal is to bring exceptional customer service to all my clients through my diligence, effective communication, and warm personality.  Please visit my website at www.brambletonhomes.com and contact me at 703-625-4779 or jinchen@gmail.com.


School News

The brand new Brambleton Middle School was the first of its design in the LCPS system.
Brambleton Middle School
Time to Name 4 New Public Schools

The Loudoun County School Board is seeking name suggestions for four new schools—one elementary school, one middle school, and two high schools. One of the high schools (HS-11) will open fall 2019 on a site adjacent to Brambleton Middle School. School Board members are in the process of appointing residents to four naming committees. The committees will consider geographic and historic names, as well as names of deceased individuals who significantly contributed to improving life in Loudoun County, in Virginia, or the U.S.

School name suggestions should be sent to Loudoun County Public Schools Department of Planning Services, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA 20148 or emailed to lcpsplan@lcps.org by March 6. Citizens suggesting a school name are requested to provide background information to aid in the selection process.


Around Brambleton

Supervisor Tony Buffington’s Blue Ridge District newsletter
Stay updated on road improvements and other enhancements in Brambleton and beyond in Supervisor Buffington’s Winter 2017 Quarterly Newsletter.
Metro Silver Line Progress Continues
The February 2017 Metrorail On Track newsletter is now available for you to keep up with the latest Silver Line Phase 2 developments.

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