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What’s Trending in Brambleton – November Edition

November 24, 2015 | by brambleton

Brambleton Public Safety Center Wins National Design Award

Brambleton Public Safety CenterBrambleton Fire & Rescue station in Loudoun County, located in Ashburn, was among the top winners in Firehouse Magazine’s second annual Station Design Awards program, which recognizes outstanding architecture and design from fire departments nationwide.

Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were distributed across five categories: Career departments, Satellite stations, Volunteer/Combination departments, Shared facilities and Renovated fire stations.

Brambleton Public Safety Center won the Bronze Award for Shared Facilities Design. Annapolis, MD-based Bignell Watkins Hasser Architects designed the state-of-the-art facility.  Located at 23675 Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn, the Brambleton Public Safety Center opened in December 2014. It houses an engine company, advanced-life support ambulance and other essential emergency response units.

Brambleton Library Update

The new library in the Brambleton Town Center has been accelerated from 2021 to 2017.

Dulles Direct Newsletter

Give Back To Others As You Get In The Holiday Spirit This Year!

The Salvation Army Angel Tree returns to Brambleton, as well as food drives, Suzanne Eaton Christmas Trees/Brambleton, cards for our military men and women, and the Arcola Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. Santa Holiday Coalition Run!

 

3rd Annual Lace Up for Learning Raises $10K For Local Schools!

Approx. 1,000 registered for the Brambleton Race Series – Lace Up for Learning Annual 5k and Mascot Mini Mile, with 200 volunteers supporting the race and nearly $10,000 going to the schools. Legacy Elementary won the Spirit Award with 1/3 of their school’s enrollment participating!  You could feel the incredible community spirit at this very special race, photos of the event can be found on our album.

This family-oriented “fun-racing” event is designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle and engage local communities in support of our participating schools: Briar Woods, Creighton’s Corner, Legacy, Moorefield Station, Rock Ridge, Stone Hill, St. Theresa and Virginia Academy.

Brambleton TV’s New Meet the Merchant Commercial Series – Go Bananas!

The Brambleton Town Center is pleased to debut another Meet the Merchant Brambleton TV Commercial. Our next stop, moms and dads, don’t let your kids go crazy for the latest games and toys – let them Go Bananas!

This new Brambleton TV series has been created by Brambletonians, Loriana Hernandez Aldama (former Fox Channel reporter), and Rum Ngo from The View Above VA, Please go to our Talk of the Town Playlist on Youtube to view all the commercials, or you can view them on Verizon FiOS Channel 42.

Humans of Brambleton: Karla Etten

Did you know Brambleton has a bluebird trail? Thanks to the efforts of Brambletonian Karla Etten, the Brambleton Bluebird and Garden Club (BBGC) has dedicated volunteers who monitor the Eastern Bluebirds throughout our community in over 40 nest boxes along the neighborhood trails. (And they’ve discovered that other species, including chickadees, tree swallows and wrens, also have successful fledge rates from these boxes)! The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and Virginia Bluebird Society has noted that Brambleton had the 2nd largest monitoring program in Loudoun County last year, with over 1,000 bluebirds being successfully fledged countywide!

This month’s Human of Brambleton, Karla Etten, is putting Brambleton on the map with her passion for gardening and nature! View Karla’s story here.

Meet Brambleton’s Spotlight Realtor of the Month, Joe Doman

Joe Doman grew up in McLean, Virginia attending local elementary, junior high and high schools.  After receiving his Bachelor of Science through UMass & Widener he returned to Ashburn, VA.  He & his team are actively involved with several local charities such as Children’s Miracle Network, Champion Way Foundation, Wings Of Hope Melanoma, Declan’s Journey, The IIIB’s Foundation & Rally For Ryan. Joe is also a Brambletonian!

Joe speaks with Pat Cunningham of Home Savings and Trust Mortgage about current lending trends in the video below.

Development Construction Update

New underpasses at Creighton Road and Northstar, Creighton Road extension to Evergreen Mills Road, new Madison’s Trust Elementary school site, and the Dairy Barn renovation. For more information on our 2020 Vision, please visit our website here and for more construction photos, please go to our album on Facebook. The Loudoun County Government handbook on the latest transportation projects can be viewed here

Town Center Tidbits

  • This Month’s Spotlight Tenant: Go Bananas! – Come by the Welcome Center now through the end of the month to enter your name in a free drawing to win a $50 Gift Card to Go Bananas!  We had a chance to chat with new owners, Dana and Anna, about all the new features of the store, including a new tween section!  Be sure to make your way to Go Bananas for all your holiday gifts!
  • Northern Virginia Magazine’s 2015 Top Dentists Announced! Please join The Brambleton Town Center Associates in congratulating Dentists Dr. Costa of Costa Family Dentistry and Dr. Casagrande of Northern Virginia Orthodontics for recently being named Top Dentist in the Northern Virginia Magazine. To compile the Top Dentist listing, they sent surveys to all Northern Virginia dentists asking them to recommend other dentists to whom they would refer friends and family. Those on the listing received the most nominations and are in good standing with the Virginia Department of Health Professions. View all the winners here.
  • What’s New at Fox Cinemas – Now Hiring! Enjoy benefits such as free movies and discount concession items when you become a member of our team. Applications are online at REGmovies.com, or stop by to fill one out.  Coming Soon:  November 18th – Double Feature, showing Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 (two days early).  AND…Star Wars Tickets are on Sale! Buy tickets now and check for all show times on www.REGmovies.com.
  • Bloo Dental Announces “Give a Veteran Their Smile Back” WinnerBloo Dental would like to say thank you to all the men and women who put their lives on the line for our great country. We appreciate all who have and are still serving in our military. It was hard to pick just one winner, but we have chosen Shara Scott, retired Air Force SSgt. Congratulations! We can’t wait to share the before and after photos. If you are looking for a dentist, Bloo Dental is accepting appointments for children and adults.  Please call 703-327-5533.
  • Introducing the Costa Cares Program – Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry recently created The Costa Cares Program, designed to allow the practice to pay it forward.  For every regular season win the Washington Capitals get, Costa Cares donates $100 to a local charity. Last month, they donated to two local breast cancer charities (Step Sisters and Tigerlily Foundation).  This month, the money will go to Movember, an organization focused on men’s health. In December, they will give to local food banks and toy drives.  If you are interested in submitting an idea for a group to donate to, let them know at your next appointment!  Call 703-542-7000.
  • Bicycle Outfitters Launches Tech Talk – Do you want to know the basics when it comes to bicycle repairs and cycling knowledge? Well, look no further. Starting Monday, November 23rd, Bicycle Oufitters presents Tech Talk with Kevin & Connor!  Drop by Bicycle Outfitters every Monday from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM  to hear inside knowledge from the pros! This Monday, November, 23rd:  Flat Tire Repair.  Visit Bicycle Outfitters to see all the latest news and list of classes. Feel free to bring your bike with you!
  • Lost Rhino Retreat’s Holiday Events: Dec. 17 Star Wars Night – Stop by before the movie. Wear your Star Wars gear and we will have a gift for you; Dec. 19, 4:00 p.m. Lost Rhino Retreat’s 2015 Holiday Jamboree Live Music Event featuring: Covered with Jam, Magnolia Blue, Bobby Thompson Project & Tired Strings.  Special guests, Hellbender Brewing and Adroit Brewing will be on site.  Bring a canned food donation benefiting Loudoun Interfaith Relief and receive a raffle ticket. Lots of great prizes will be raffled off!
  • Sport&Health Thanksgiving Hours – November 26th, 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Kidz Klub 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM).  Black Friday Promotions will be released Wednesday, Nov 25th! Call 703.774.9500 to save on new memberships, personal training, swim lessons, pilates, kids programs, and more!
  • Ringing In Hope: A New Year’s Eve Celebration is Back – December 31st.  The 1K Fun Run/Walk kicks off at 12:00 PM, the 5K at 1:00 PM, and the 10K at 1:15 PM! This is an event for the entire family! Participants can enjoy treats from Chick-fil-A and Lost Rhino Retreat (while supplies last), post-race massages, and activities for the whole family. Nearly $5,000 in awards and prizes will be given out during the event!  Register here by December 13th to be guaranteed an official performance race shirt.  See you at the races!
  • The November edition of the Brambleton Town Center Newsletter is now available online here or in print at the Brambleton Welcome Center.

Where will you show your love when you ‪#‎ShopSmall‬ on ‪#‎SmallBizSat‬ at the Brambleton Town Center?

 

Builder Buzz

  • Model home for sale in Brambleton! Our Home of the Week is Van Metre Homes‘ Plan D model with over 2,100 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a linear fireplace, rear garage, deck and more! Please contact Mike Holland at (703) 764-5426 or mholland@vanmetrehomes.com for more information.
  • Experience downtown living with Knutsons new townhomes in Brambleton, coming this winter! Join their VIP list today: www.DowntownBram.com.
  • Van Metre Expands Northern Virginia Foothold, Aquires Arcadia – Van Metre Companies completed the transaction on Oct. 20 and acquired about 1,500 lots and land within 10 communities in the Washington D.C. metro area, primarily in Loudoun County, Va. and also eastern West Virginia and Frederick County, Va. Acadia homes run from the $200,00’s in West Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley to the $800,000’s in the Willowsford master-planned community in Ashburn, Va.

Single Family Homes:

  • The average base price of single-families in Brambleton = $683,320* (represents no change from last month)
  • The average price of single-family homes has decreased 0.72% over the past year (since November ’14), which is roughly $5,000.  However, when comparing only what is currently selling (i.e., VM & Winchester) with their prices from a year ago, you’ll notice a 3% price increase (an average increase of $21,250).
  • Between our two builders (Winchester & Van Metre), there are 56 single-families in remaining inventory.

Town Homes:

  • The average base price of all townhomes in Brambleton = $476,236*
  • This represents a 0.9% increase from last month, or an average of $4,143.
  • In comparison to this time last year, our townhomes are selling for an average of 0.3% less, or an average of $1,319.
  • Camberley raised all of their base prices by $3,000 this month (which is a 0.6% increase).
  • Miller & Smith has sold 3 of their 4 models (The Carina, The Aurora & The Tremont).  Keith will be working from the Carina model through the end of January.  By that time they hope to be sold out (or nearly sold out).
  • The Van Metre Hillcrest collection is down to their last home (Homesite 4343, Plan C, priced at $439,990*, November delivery)
  • Our builders currently have a total of 235 townhomes in inventory.

Brambleton Sales

2015 YTD Sales = 306

  • 2015 Year-to-Date single-family home sales = 85
  • 2015 Year-to-Date townhome sales = 238

PTD Sales = 4,837

  • Project-to-Date single-family home sales = 2,010
  • Project-to-Date townhome sales = 2,046
  • Project-to-Date condo sales = 799

*New contracts only, 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 can be viewed on our Youtube Playlist here.
Need a new home now? View a list of Brambleton’s Quick Delivery homes 

Brambleton Community Association News

November Community 2015 Newsletter – This is the latest monthly community news from the Brambleton Community Association. Click here to view the November 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.

Annual Meeting Recap

Congrats to Brian Viola on his re-election, and to Ram Venkat on his election to the BCA Board of Directors!  Brian and Ram will serve the community as Directors of the Brambleton Community Association Board for the next three years.  Director Tony Buffington closed out his term as the Association’s Vice President at the meeting.  However, Tony will continue to serve Brambleton and the entire Blue Ridge District as the County Supervisor when he takes office this coming January.

The Association also honored two residents with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award, which was presented to Ashley Campolattaro for her extraordinary efforts with the Step Sisters, Ribbon Run, Lace Up For Learning, and overall dedication to the community, and to Abel Sussman for his efforts in establishing the Little Free Library program in Brambleton.  Residents such as Ashley and Abel make Brambleton the great community it is today!

BCA presented its annual report at the meeting on video.  It can be viewed by all residents here.

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

McAuliffe emphasizes importance of STEM education at Loudoun schools’ challenge

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said he wants Virginia to be the cyber capital of the world in his keynote speech at the Loudoun County Public Schools Challenge Thursday at the National Conference Center in Leesburg. He told the Times-Mirror that STEM education is the key.

Virginia possesses a number of federal assets within cybersecurity realm. The FBI cyber headquarters is in Virginia, the state has 27 military installations, the largest Naval base in the world, the Pentagon, the CIA headquarters and Quantico, the governor said. The commonwealth also hosts more data centers than any other state in the county.

“There’s already a lot of cyber related activities happening right here. We have a real opportunity to be the cyber capital,” McAuliffe said in an interview.

In order to do that there needs to be a strong workforce and credentialing students and apprenticeships are the key.

“We have to re-think how we do our education system,” McAuliffe said.

Beaverdam Reservoir Update

New hiking trail markers to the Brambleton Community Park & Golf Course now set up by NOVA Parks.
Open through 2016, for more info go to: Beaverdam Creek & Reservoir & for more photos click here.

 

StoneSprings Hospital Center Scheduled to Open December 7th

Loudoun County’s newest hospital is nearing the end of construction and gearing up for its opening day. The new 234,000 square foot, 124-bed facility will open its doors on December 7. StoneSprings Hospital Center will increase access to high-quality healthcare for Loudoun County residents, improve the county’s emergency preparedness capabilities and provide new jobs and tax revenue to fund important community services.

Located at 24440 Stone Springs Blvd, near the intersection of Route 50 and Gum Spring Road, StoneSprings Hospital Center will provide a comprehensive range of medical services, including a full-service, 24/7 ER, medical, surgical, labor and delivery, pediatric and intensive care services, a cutting-edge cardiac catheterization lab, and state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and interventional equipment.

Go to StoneSprings Hospital Center’s new website, www.stonespringshospital.com, for all the latest news and click here to view photos from their Open House taken Saturday, November 14th.

What’s Happening at Dulles Metro Phase 2 Stations 

Reston Town Center Station: The installation of support of excavation and bearing piles will begin in December and continue into the winter months.

Herndon Station: Excavation of the site has begun, and 6,000 cubic yards of dirt of have been removed to make room for the station. A tower crane will be erected in early December for the construction of the station foundation.

Innovation Center Station: To date, 1,902 cubic yards of concrete have been placed for the footings and track wall. Crews will be erecting 170 structural and architectural precast concrete elements and continue the installation through the winter. Structural steel erection is scheduled to begin in February.

Dulles Airport Station: Excavation of the station is nearly complete, with more than 35,000 cubic yards of soil and rock removed to date. By late November, excavation of the Elevator Machine Room, which is the deepest part of the station at nearly 40 feet below Saarinen Circle, will be complete. Cast-in-place concrete operations will then begin and continue for approximately nine months.

The November Dulles Metro Newsletter can be viewed 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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