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What’s Trending in Brambleton – February Edition

February 23, 2016 | by brambleton

Healthy Living in Brambleton

The Brambleton Group wants to make Brambleton the healthiest community in America in 2016!  Recreational amenities, community events and fitness programs have been put in place to promote healthy lifestyles. There are many ways you and your family can get involved this year: join the ArmorUp 30-Day Fitness Challenge, walk your dog along the trails, shop our local Farmers’ Market, or participate in a 5k!  So begin making your healthy choices right here in Brambleton today!  Stay tuned for more healthy living ideas and events throughout the year.

ArmorUp your Business for a Healthy 2016

Just Announced! If you are a business, we want to extend a SPECIAL ArmorUp Challenge sign up donation fee for businesses in our area.

Why not get your office or business involved and sign EVERYONE up for the challenge? FIT Employees make happy, more productive employees! Participation in a TEAM Challenge is a great way to jump start a good competitive spirit and team building among your employees all with ONE MISSION of total body health for your staff. It’s a win-win as you give cancer patients and survivors like me HOPE for a cure!

The donation is just $250 per business to sign up ALL of your employees, and that money goes directly to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Van Metre – 5 Mile Run for Children’s Medical Center

The 24th Annual Van Metre 5-Mile Run and One-Mile Fun Run/Walk benefits Children’s National Medical Center and will be held on Saturday, April 9th. Serious runners, weekend and occasional joggers, walkers, and even strollers (for One-Mile Fun Run/Walk only) of all skill levels are invited to participate. The ChronoTrack race timing system and the disposable D-tag will be used this year.

Virginia is for Lovers LOVE Artwork to return to Brambleton!

We are pleased to announce that the Virginia is for Lovers LOVE artwork will be returning to Brambleton during the 2nd Annual Brambleton BrewFest on May 21st and will be on display through Memorial Day Weekend. If you know someone getting married those weekends, spread the word – the artwork makes a wonderful backdrop to a very special day! As you can see below, we had a wedding party arrive last year impromptu and they turned out great.

 

#Brambletine Photo Contest

Congratulations to the winners of our ‪#‎Brambletine‬ photo contest!
First place goes to Shaelyn & Yonas on their engagement celebration photo, and runners-up include
Shannon and the Tully family. To view all the entries, please click here.

 

Brambleton TV’s Meet the Merchant Commercial Series –
Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Costa Family Dentistry!

The Brambleton Town Center is pleased to debut another Meet the Merchant Brambleton TV Commercial.  Meet the team at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Costa Family Dentistry! They have a unique and fun dental practice here in Brambleton, you’ll sense the easy going energy the moment you walk in. It’s not the dental practice of yesterday, it’s a dental practice of today and for the future. “You are never fully dressed without your, SMILE!”

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. Brambletonians – did you know that the Brambleton TV Channel can now be viewed on your mobile device? Just download the Verizon app today!

Lost Rhino wins Top Spot in Best of Loudoun Poll

The Brambleton Town Center is pleased to announce that Lost Rhino Brewing were named Top Brewery in Loudoun by the readers of the Loudoun Times Mirror!

“We are honored to have been voted #1 LOCO brewery in 2016! Our crew sends a big THANK YOU to our Loudoun family, friends, and fans! We will continue to bring you quality, unique craft beers that are locally inspired from this great county. Come raise a glass and celebrate with us this weekend! Cheers!”

Realtors Save the Date: Brambleton’s Spring Realtor Event, March 29th 12-2PM

SAVE THE DATE! It’s all fun and games at the Brambleton Spring Realtor Event on Tuesday, March 29th from 12-2PM! Prepare to entertain your inner child with our Brambleton-themed games while indulging your taste buds with the crisp taste of Lost Rhino Retreat’s locally-brewed craft beer and food!

Have you heard about Brambleton’s 2016 Healthy Living Initiative?

If you are not yet in our database, please send us your email to brambletoninfo@gmail.com and we will be sure to add you. *realtors only.

Meet Brambleton’s Spotlight Realtor of the Month, Sarah King Taylor

This month’s Brambleton Spotlight Realtor  is Sarah King Taylor, Co-Founder of JS Realty, operating at Samson Properties. Sarah has a passion for helping people, and for making dreams come true through the ownership of real estate. She also has a deep appreciation for both residential and commercial architecture which led her to the Real Estate industry. She’s committed to educating, guiding, and empowering individuals and families to own a piece of the world.

Sarah is married to Jeff Taylor and have 2 adorable dogs, Sudley and Bebe. They have lived in Brambleton since 2005 in their Christopher and Co. home. She has listed, helped buyers buy, rented, and property managed all over Brambleton for over 11 years. She has even been lucky enough to have listed and sold 3 homes on her own street.

Sarah’s # 1 favorite thing about Brambleton is her awesome neighbors, who have also become friends over the years! She also loves all of the walking trails, the local Farmers’ Market and all the beautiful landscaping. They can easily walk or bike to the Brambleton Town Center in just minutes.

Sarah just published this fun video with her team: JS Realty Team – Not So Secret Agents!

Brambleton Bullseye of Blizzard 2016

“It’s official, Loudoun County was the “bullseye” of the storm and received the highest snow totals in the entire Washington Metro Area.”
Phyllis Randall, Loudoun County Government BOS Chair

The Blizzard of 2016 definitely made history when it landed in Brambleton on January 22nd. We have collected all the snowy pictures you shared through social media and created an album here. The album includes incredible aerial photography also taken the day after!

Blizzard 2016 Likely Broke Snowfall Record, Report by LoudounNow

 

Development Construction Update

New underpasses at Creighton Road and Northstar are NOW OPEN! Creighton Road extension to Evergreen Mills Road, future tennis courts and the new Madison’s Trust Elementary school are still under construction. 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. Madison’s Trust Elementary boundary information can be found here.

 

Town Center Tidbits
  • This Month’s Spotlight Tenant: Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Costa Family and Cosmetic DentistryStop by the Welcome Center and enter to win a gift certificate to the Salamander Resort.
  • Best Of The Best Right Here In Brambleton Calling all Brambletonians to vote, vote, vote!  Posh7 Magazine will be releasing “Best of Suburbia 2016” in April, and now is the time to cast your votes. Make sure all Brambleton businesses make it to the final round by completing The Best of Suburbia 2016 survey today!
  • Valentine’s Day Special at NVO – Northern Virginia Orthodontics is celebrating Valentine’s Day by offering a free Zoom! professional teeth whitening certificate (an $880 value) to anyone that starts treatment between February 8th – 29th. This offer is for new patients only, and the certificate can be gifted! Come see why Dr. Casagrande, Dr. Nelson, and Dr. Barcoma are consistently named Top Orthodontists in the DC area! Call us today for details at 703-327-1718. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions.
  • A&A Music will be relocating to a new location at the Brambleton Town Center soon and is currently running a few specials – all guitars are 15% off (from lowest) and music accessories are 10% off! 
  • Have a home-based business? The UPS Store can help! – Give your business a professional makeover with a mailbox from The UPS Store. You’ll get your very own street address, and they’ll even text you when your packages arrive. Stop in and ask how new box holders can get three months for free.
  • Sport&Health – Starting March 1st, the ArmorUp Fitness Challenge!  Visit www.armorupcampaign.com to learn how your fitness challenge will benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
  • Lost Rhino Retreat Monday Specials – Stop by The Lost Rhino Retreat every Monday and fill up your growler for 1/2 off! Follow all the latest from The Lost Rhino on their Facebook page! SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, April 23, from 7-10 p.m. Lost Rhino Retreat will be hosting a “Countdown to Summer”, beach themed party to raise funds for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and to help Patty reach her goal of raising $100,000.00 in 10 weeks!
  • Hot off the Press’ : The Brambleton Town Center’s February Newsletter is now available! Read up on all the latest things happening here in the Town Center! Plus get tips from the doctors at Animal Medical Centers of Loudoun on how to show your pet you love them! Pick up your copy today at the Brambleton Welcome Center or view the digital copy here.

Did you know?

Brambleton Sport & Health, Northern Virginia Orthodontics, A&A Music, Little Smiles & Costa Family Dentistry are all expanding!
Sport & Health just opened a new section that is located upstairs – stop by and check it out.
Mid March they will have all new equipment arriving and Mid May new Zone 4 Group Training Studio and Program!

Builder Buzz

  • Home of the Week: Miller and Smith’s Delancy – $491,630*, Homesite 3957, 42276 Palladian Blue Terrace, Brambleton, VA 20148*.  Move in this month into this stunning townhome! The loft-inspired main level features a spacious dining room and a high-style kitchen that is complete with espresso cabinets, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen flows into the spacious great room with a sliding glass door that fills the main level with natural light. Just off the great room is a fabulous rooftop terrace with outdoor gas fireplace that overlooks the open space park. The upper level has an impressive master suite that features a box bay window and tray ceiling. The upper level also has two additional bedrooms. The lower level features an additional full bath, a spacious rec room, and an additional bedroom with double French doors that could be used as a study. Don’t wait – this is one of our final Delancy homesites! Contact Debora Flora at 703.327.0736
  • Coming Soon: The Berkshire Collection at Brambleton by Van Metre Homes at 23517 Epperson Square, Brambleton, VA 20148. The Berkshire collection at Brambleton feature 4-level townhomes with 4,000+ square feet of living space, roof top terraces and optional elevators. Modern brick façades give way to light-filled, open spaces and upscale finishes.  The Berkshire Townhomes live like a single-family home but feature a low-maintenance lifestyle providing more free time to take advantage of the incredible amenities, community events and sense of camaraderie that are all just steps from the front door. Contact Brooks Sears for more information at bsears@vanmetrehomes.com.
  • Experience downtown living with Knutson‘s new townhomes in Brambleton, coming this Spring. Join their VIP list today:

Single-Family Homes:

  • The average base price of single-families in Brambleton = $688,320* (0.4% increase from last month)
  • The average price of single-family homes has increased 4.5% over the past year (since February ’15).
  • Our two builders (Winchester & Van Metre) currently have 41 single-families in remaining inventory.

Town Homes:

  • The average base price of all townhomes in Brambleton = $483,314*
  • This represents a 0.2% decrease from last month, and 2.4% increase over this same time last year (February ’15).
  • Our builders currently have a total of 206 townhomes in inventory.

Brambleton Sales

2016 YTD Sales = 36

  • 2016 Year-to-Date single-family home sales = 6
  • 2016 Year-to-Date townhome sales = 30

PTD Sales = 4,934

  • Project-to-Date single-family home sales = 2,024
  • Project-to-Date townhome sales = 2,111
  • 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 here.

Brambleton Community Association News

February Community 2016 Newsletter – This is the latest monthly community news from the Brambleton Community Association. Click here to view the February Newsletter and click here to view the 2016 New Resident Handbook (iPad friendly). You can also follow their latest news LIVE on Facebook

A Roving Success

Brambletonians enjoyed a special evening roving from home to home, meeting new friends and finished off the evening dancing the night away at the Brambleton Corner Pool Clubhouse on Saturday, February 6th. Here is a little taste of all the fun!

 

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.

Got books? Our Little Free Library program has proven to be so popular that we need new books to replenish the various stations. If you’re thinking of getting rid of any books that your kids (or you) have outgrown, we’d be happy to help free up some space on your shelves. Stop by the BCA office anytime during normal business hours to drop off your books, or email programs@brambleton.org for more information. Thank you!

Upcoming 2016 Calendar of Events

March 1st        ArmorUp 30-Day Challenge
March 12th     Comedy Night*
March 29th     Spring Realtor Event
April 2nd         Bunny Trail*
April 16th        Brambleton Ribbon Run
April 23rd       Lost Rhino Retreat’s Countdown to Summer Beach Party for LLS
April 23rd        Spring Yard Sale
April 23rd        Health Expo/Community Shred

Brambleton’s 2016 event calendar can be found here.

Why we love Loudoun County by Loudoun Times Mirror

It happens several times a year. Loudoun, the statistics and surveys tell us, is the best county in America to live. We’re the happiest place in the U.S. The richest. The fastest-growing. The most romantic.

It’s not that we disagree. It’s just our profession dictates that we take these listicles with a grain of salt.

We in the modern news business know these surveys make for irresistible clickbait – for fun, rapid-speed blurbs. Sure, we’ll report on them. We’ll underscore them. Because, hey, the methodology is interesting, and who doesn’t revel in knowing “their town is No. 1?”

As we embark on a new Times-Mirror, with a major shift in format and a slight shift in focus, we reflect on why we love this community. We invite you to do the same. How do you kill an afternoon in Loudoun? What is your hidden gem? Share it with someone. Share it with us.

View the full article here.

Getting started as Blue Ridge District Supervisor by Tony Buffington

“First, I’d like to thank my predecessor Supervisor Janet Clarke for her dedicated, faithful and effective service to the community! With that said, I want to thank you for putting your trust in me as your next Blue Ridge District Supervisor. Having taken office on January 1st, I’m honored for the opportunity to represent your best interest and have already begun working hard to do so!

In order to keep you updated, my office will be sending out quarterly “Newsletter” emails regarding what we are doing here at the Blue Ridge District office. Additionally, you’ll receive “Newsflash” and “Mark Your Calendar” emails as needed.

While I’ve only been in office for a month, we’ve included several important updates to keep you informed. This includes transportation projects within our district, the upcoming budget process, coming events, my recent Board and Regional Committee assignments and other useful information.”

Subscribe to News from Blue Ridge District Supervisor Tony Buffington here.

Loudoun is the fastest-growing county in Virginia … again

Surprised? Didn’t think so.  Loudoun County is again the fastest-growing in Virginia, according to research released today from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

Loudoun was home to 374,471 residents as of July 2015, UVA’s research states. That figure is up nearly 20 percent from the 2010 census that counted the population at 312,311. Read more here.

StoneSprings Hospital Center welcomed the first baby of the new year

A baby girl was born at 8:50am on January 1, 2016. She was delivered by Dr. Ayoub, weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and is 19 inches long.

 

Silver Line Scenario Planning Update

The findings and recommendations from the scenario study were presented to the Board of Supervisors on January 21st. You can download and view the final report at www.loudoun.gov/silverlinecpam. At the meeting, the Board voted to further discuss development of a Small Area Plan in the Transportation and Land Use Committee (TLUC).

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is expected to consider the Transportation and Land Use Committee’s recommendation on Thursday, March 17, 2016. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m., in the Board Room on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center. 1 Harrison Street, S.E., in Leesburg. The meeting will be televised on Comcast Government Channel 23, Open Band Channel 40, and Verizon FiOS Channel 40. It will also be available for viewing through the Loudoun County webcast system.

The Board Item will be posted here once final.

 

Construction of Phase 2 of the Silver Line from Reston to Ashburn has hit the 30 percent mark

“We have continued to build momentum through good weather prior to the recent snow storm, and work is continuing,” said Kevin Volbrecht, Project Director for Phase 2, Package A. “The storm didn’t impact the critical underground hand-mining for future utilities in the Dulles airport highway corridor.” Hand mining is required because of vast amounts of below-grade granite in the corridor.

Crews working on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project successfully completed a significant operation on Jan. 8, by pouring 473 cubic yards of concrete needed to construct a large “straddle bent” over the Dulles International Airport Access Highway.  A straddle bent supports a structure that spans a particularly wide area where piers cannot be used directly beneath the span.

As the project continues, it will require seven additional large straddle bents on or near airport property, including two more over the eastbound Access Highway lanes and one over the westbound lanes. This work is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of 2016. Work on the four remaining straddle bents over the eastbound lanes of the Dulles Greenway is projected to begin in late 2016. Read the full Dulles Metro February Update 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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