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What’s Trending in Brambleton – October Edition
October 23, 2015 | by brambleton
Local building projects and building professionals were recognized by the Loudoun County government for achieving the highest standards of performance for the preservation of the county’s natural resources through erosion and sediment control, according to a Loudoun County Government announcement.
Van Metre Companies for the Estates at Overlook Ridge (Award accepted by Brian Davidson, Executive Vice President of Construction; Candy McCracken, Vice President of Operations; Derek Didonato, Director of Engineering; and Tom Marable, Vice President of Land Acquisition)
Chris Sorensen, Van Metre Companies for the Estates at Overlook Ridge
Dennis McIlwee, Total Development Solutions, L.L.C. for the Brambleton Community
Paul Duffy, Total Development Solutions, L.L.C. for the Brambleton Community
Brambleton Town Center’s Annual Holiday Shopping Spree Kicks off November 11th!
Enter to win a $1,000 shopping spree and a $1,000 donation will also go to a local school of your choice
3rd Annual Lace Up for Learning on November 14th!
Be sure to register ASAP for the 3rd Annual Lace Up for Learning 5k & Mascot Mini Mile on Saturday, November 14th – save $3 with coupon code BRAMTREND by October 31st! 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. Choose which school to support when you register. Online registration closes on November 10th. www.LaceUpforLearning.com
Brambleton TV launches new Meet the Merchant Commercial Series
With the help of two talented Brambletonians, Loriana Hernandez Aldama (former Fox Channel reporter), and Rum Ngo from The View Above VA, the Brambleton Town Center is pleased to announce a new Brambleton TV Series. This new series will allow you to get to know the merchants here at the BTC and what they offer.
Next stop… Bicycle Outfitters. If you are a family looking for some fun out on the trails or a serious cyclist, this is the place to be. Loriana Hernandez talks to store manager Jason Borland and loyal Bicycle Outfitters’ customers about what it means to have a community bike shop right here in the neighborhood.
Did you know that they offer a trade-in program? Trade-in and trade-up and you will get a discount on it too. As your kid grows out of his or her bike, trade it in and get money towards the next size up… you can’t beat that!
Like many before them, Deborah and Carmelo McCutcheon are products of “The Brambleton Effect!” What’s that, you ask? It’s the 4-step process to calling Brambleton “home.”
First, you decide it’s time to make a move – most often it’s from a suburb east of Loudoun County! Second, you convince yourself RENTING is the best option – that way you have a fallback if things don’t work out! Third, you can’t help but fall in love with Brambleton once you’re here, so you spend countless weekends model home shopping and riding out your lease agreement, waiting to purchase and settle into your new Brambleton home. And finally, once the urge strikes to move AGAIN, you wouldn’t dream of living anywhere else but here!
“On some level, I might consider myself a thrill seeker. I live to build things, make things grow, inspire and motivate the people around me. I never completely knew where those traits would take me in terms of a career, so in 1996 when I first got my real estate license it wasn’t because I had a clear and carefully planned path in mind for myself. I sort of stumbled across this “job” which turned out to be exactly the life I was made for. Thinking back on it now, it feels a little like I won a game or hit a jackpot. Real estate turned out to be the perfect setting for my passion for people to blossom. After 17 years of experience in the industry I wake up every morning excited to go to work, because I’m helping my team, our clients, and my community grow, be better, and reach goals.
Today, I am the founder and operator of Ask Gina and Company under Keller Williams, and my team and I work to build something incredible every day. I do everything I can, and take on every project I can get my hands on, and as a result my company and my family have become active travellers, board members for non profits, and avid participants in the community. In 2004 I was diagnosed with MS, which forced me into a wheelchair for about a year in 2011. As backwards as it sounds, I am thankful for my illness. I spent that year fighting harder than I ever have to take back control of my body, to find a way out of, over, under, or around this road block. When I could finally stand on my own and trash the wheelchair, I was a fully committed vegan, and I had earned an appreciation for life like never before. My identity, my health, and my passion for life, people, and growth is now mixed with a pledge to clean eating, paying it forward, a lust for adventure, and a promise to be entirely present for every person and moment in my life.”
Below is a local story of one of Gina’s clients who moved up in Brambleton!
The Brambleton Community Association’s annual Fall Festival was held on Saturday, October 10th. This is Brambleton’s largest event of the year and brings in folks from around Loudoun County and the entire region! The festival took place in front of the Brambleton Town Center and along Olympia Dr. There was something for the whole family to do including rides, moon bounces, train rides, hay maze, food vendors, beer, wine, chili-cook off, cornhole challenge, live music, and more! This year there was even a zip-line. Did you catch a glimpse of Bruno, Brambleton’s very own blue bird mascot? Check out all the Fall Fest fun hereand short video here!
New underpasses at Creighton Road and Northstar, Creighton Road extension to Evergreen Mills Road, new elementary school site, and the Dairy Barn renovation. For more information on our 2020 Vision, please visit our website here. The Loudoun County Government recently uploaded a very informative handbook on the latest transportation projects, you can view it here. For more construction photos, please go to our album on Facebook!
Spotlight Tenant – Hair Cuttery is this month’s Spotlight Tenant! Stop by the Welcome Center and enter your name in their drawing to win one of 6 free services. Fall in love with a “new do” just in time for Thanksgiving! Did you now their District Manager, Shamikia, is also a Brambletonian? Meet her here in our video shout out.
“Treats 4 Our Troops” – Join Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Costa Family Dentistry in their 3rd annual “Treats 4 Our Troops” candy buy-back. Bring your Halloween candy to the Little Smiles office and we’ll give you $1 for each pound of candy! Dr. Costa and his team will then send all of the treats overseas for “Operation Gratitude” to the deserving men and women who serve our country. Candy drop-off dates are November 2nd – 6th. Don’t forget to bring your candy in to us, and we’ll be sure to give you treats for your sweets!
Little Smiles Toy Drive – Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is once again partnering up with local superstar, Grayson Hall, to collect toys for children at INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Little Smiles will be collecting the following items at their office until November 5th: small stuffed animals, coloring books, activity books, Barbies, matchbox cars, play dough, and Lego sets. Items must be new, with tags. Please help them show Grayson that, like a great smile, giving is infectious.
Trick or Retreat atLost Rhino Retreat – Carve a pumpkin and win a $100 Lost Rhino gift card! Drop your creation off at Lost Rhino Retreat to display anytime during business hours Oct. 25 through Oct. 30. Winner will be announced on Halloween!
Join Us If You Dare! Nick’s Taverna is throwing a Halloween party. Come Join in on the fun dressed in your best Halloween costume on Oct. 31st from 8pm until you are spooked out! There will be a costume contest, prizes and a DJ! Don’t miss out on all the fun; for more information visit them on facebook!
Bloo DentalWill Give a Veteran His or Her Smile Back! – This November, Bloo Dental would like to thank a veteran. If you are a veteran and are unhappy with the way your smile looks, please enter our contest. We will be taking submissions from now until November 10th and will announce the winner on Veteran’s Day, November 11th. Please email email@example.com with your name, rank, service branch, number of years served, and what you would like to change about your smile. Thank you for your service!
This week we shine the spotlight on Winchester Homes’ Paxton Model – $494,900*, Homesite 4587, 23679 Sailfish Square, November Move-In! Large 3,098 sq ft home on 3 finished levels; 2-car front load garage; 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths; Large owners bath with 2 person shower. Gourmet kitchen with all stainless steel appliances; oak stairs on all levels; master suite tray ceiling; gas fireplace in lower level and upgraded flooring throughout. Photo for illustrative purposes. Contact Juan Rodriguez at 703.542.7855.
Realtor Birthday Bash Thank you to our realtor community who came out to Lost Rhino Retreat to enjoy some refreshments, hear our latest news and to celebrate Brambleton’s 14th Birthday on September 22nd! We hope you enjoyed a little taste of #retreatlife here in #Brambleton.
How Does Investing in Brambleton Compare to Loudoun County?
BrambletonAll of Loudoun Average Sold Price $565,680 $531,528 Average Days on Market 38 35 List Price/Sale Price 98.2% 98%
RE/MAX Gateway Brambleton 42365 Soave Drive, Suite 200 – Brambleton, VA 20148 No other season has its own styles and flavors quite like fall As the leaves change, Brambleton comes to life with seasonal events and all kinds of opportunities to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. Here are some of our top picks to enjoy the fall flavors, fitness, fashion and FUN: Fall Guide. Brambleton’s beautiful fall colors have been captured in our photo album here!
October 2015 Newsletter – This is the latest monthly community news from the Brambleton Community Association. Click here to view the October 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 formhere.
Brambleton Celebrates Turning 14 on Brambleton Day, September 24th
Congratulations to our cake contest winner Anu – her “4 Season in Brambleton” cake took first place honors!
Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. The Loudoun Soccer 2001 Boys Red Team is thankful for all that they have and want to give back to the greater Loudoun community! The Team, on behalf of Loudoun Interfaith Relief Inc, will conduct a Thanksgiving Food Drive through Monday, November 2nd. Please consider filling a grocery bag with stuffing, boxed potatoes, canned goods, gravy, cranberry sauce, and a grocery store gift card and dropping that bag off at the Brambleton Welcome Center or BCA Management office at the Brambleton Town Center. All donated goods will be collected by the Team and delivered to Loudoun Interfaith Relief in time to be distributed for Thanksgiving.
Arcola Volunteer Fire Department Open House October 25th, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
October is Fire Prevention Month in Loudoun County, and the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department is opening its doors. Bring the kids for an afternoon of station tours, safety demos, pumpkin painting, and a visit by Smokey the Bear. For more information, visit www.arcolavfd.org.
The parts of the county that are seeing homes sell the fastest may surprise you. Sterling, Aldie, Broadlands and Brambleton have been the most sought-after areas for buyers in the past couple of months, according to recent Real Estate Business Intelligence’s report commissioned by Dulles Area Association of REALTORS.
“With the Silver Line coming, now is the time to buy here,” she said. “People are on to it now, and the prices are really going to go up.”
An Update on Transportation Projects in Loudoun County
Transportation is one of the most important services provided by government – it’s what links people to their jobs, schools, recreation, and shopping.
Ensuring efficient transportation in a rapidly growing community like Loudoun County, however, presents challenges. In a survey of residents last year, more than one third said traffic was the biggest problem facing the county. Easing these concerns is why Loudoun County is committed to developing an effective transportation network.
As of July 1, 2015, more than one billion dollars is allocated for active transportation projects in Loudoun – the most money at any one time in the county’s history. Dozens of projects are in various stages of planning, development, design and construction. Over the next year, it is almost certain that all of us will encounter road construction as we move about the county. This publication contains helpful information about current road projects in Loudoun County and resources to keep you and your family up to date.
The Town of Leesburg, nestled in Loudoun County, is known for its charming historic downtown. But a growing entrepreneurial community and a laundry list of current and proposed projects could dramatically change the sleepy bedroom community.
The 258-year-old town has seen an influx of tech startups, small government contractors, and new restaurants and retail shops in the last year, along with two large companies building new, expanded HQs and several mixed-use projects attracting more residents and businesses. The woman behind some of the changes is Leesburg Economic Development director Marantha Edwards, snapped yesterday in her downtown Leesburg office. Her goal is to make Leesburg as relevant and spirited as Loudoun County, which is going through its own transformation. Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/
StoneSprings Hospital Center Community Open House Fall Festival
The new StoneSprings Hospital Center Community Open House Fall Festival is Saturday, November 14th. There will be fun fall activities, including: Hot Coffee & Cider Bar, Pumpkin Decorating Station, Behind-the-Scenes Hospital Tours, WINC FM Live Remote Broadcast, Teddy Bear Clinic, Ambulance & Fire Truck Tours and lots more! Don’t miss this free event that’s fun for the whole family! Go to StoneSprings Hospital Center’s new website, www.stonespringshospital.com, for all the latest news and click hereto view more development photos.
Silver Line Project Update
One of the most important developments in our area’s transportation plans is the extension of Metrorail’s Silver Line into Loudoun County. About one-third of Loudoun residents say they use public transportation – nearly 50 percent have taken advantage of bus services and 75 percent have used Metrorail (www.loudoun.gov/survey).
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