8 amazing treehouses

Every eight year-old boy or girl who ever nailed a sheet of plywood to a tree knows this unassailable truth: a fort on the ground is cool; a fort up in a tree is magical. There’s something about climbing a rope or ladder to get a squirrel’s-eye-view of the world that makes a treehouse the ultimate escape. As builders, we’re fans of all kinds of architecture. As former eight year old boys and girls ourselves, we’re crazy about these wonders of the woods. Enjoy the view of these amazing treehouses located all over the world. And if you’re really smitten, click here to learn how you could book a night in one of these amazing treehouses via airbnb.com (source for all images: airbnb.com)

Come meet Carol D’Arezzo. Then say hello to Chef Mo.

<p><a href=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Screen-shot-2012-11-20-at-9.56.26-AM.png”><img title=”Screen shot 2012-11-20 at 9.56.26 AM” alt=”” src=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Screen-shot-2012-11-20-at-9.56.26-AM.png” /></a>Carol is the Miller &amp; Smith Sales Manager at Madison Crescent, a fabulous live/work/play community conveniently located just minutes from I-66 in Gainesville, VA. It’s an exciting time for Carol because she only has a few homes left to sell in Madison Crescent, including her award-winning Sydney model.<a href=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Screen-shot-2012-11-20-at-9.53.57-AM.png”><img title=”Screen shot 2012-11-20 at 9.53.57 AM” alt=”” src=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Screen-shot-2012-11-20-at-9.53.57-AM.png” /></a><a href=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Screen-shot-2012-11-20-at-9.54.16-AM.png”><img title=”Screen shot 2012-11-20 at 9.54.16 AM” alt=”” src=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Screen-shot-2012-11-20-at-9.54.16-AM.png” /></a><a href=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Screen-shot-2012-11-20-at-9.54.07-AM.png”><img title=”Screen shot 2012-11-20 at 9.54.07 AM” alt=”” src=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Screen-shot-2012-11-20-at-9.54.07-AM.png” /></a>We recently caught up with Carol for our latest installment of 7Qs. Here’s what she had to say about her models, her own home, and her favorite neighborhood sushi chef‚</p><p>1<strong>. What is your favorite feature about your model home?</strong></p><blockquote><p>My favorite feature of both models is the great room concept ‚ the combination kitchen, dining area, and family room. This open floorplan allows for an easy flow of traffic to the most important areas of the house. Families can be together, but still be involved in individual pursuits ‚ whether it’s watching TV, playing games, or doing homework.</p></blockquote><p><strong>2. What is the best memory of the house you grew up in?</strong></p><blockquote><p>I grew up in a large colonial house in Alexandria. My best memory is the sounds of activity, especially on weekends, as six people prepared to begin their day. Breakfast smells wafted up from the kitchen; my dad would be discussing his latest project (he would always say, I can fix anything but a broken heart.); and my brothers and sister, when not squabbling, would get ready for two days of school-free fun. After I first left home and lived on my own, these sounds and the sense of family, were one of the things I missed the most.</p></blockquote><p><strong>3. What is the best part about being less than a mile from Wegmans and walking distance to Harris Teeter?</strong></p><blockquote><p>In a word‚ sushi! Both stores offer an incredible array of products ‚ everything from natural and organic foods to hot meals to take home. Wegmans in particular offers a grocery shopping experience second to none. And if you like sushi‚ the sushi chefs at Wegmans will dazzle you with a selection to fit any palette, while Chef Mo at Harris Teeter makes the freshest avocado roll around.</p></blockquote><p><strong>4. In your own home, what is the room you spend the most time in?</strong></p><blockquote><p>When the weather permits, it would have to be the screened porch off my kitchen. I’m a mosquito magnet, so the only way I realized I could enjoy the outdoors was to surround myself in screen! All my houseplants live out there in the summer. I’m a sucker for solar lights, so I have a frog with a dragonfly on his tongue that glows in the dark and solar lights tucked in all my plants. It’s a great place to unwind, listen to the birds, and watch the sun go down in the evening.</p></blockquote><p><strong>5. What makes the design of the Manor Homes so flexible and how are your buyers configuring their floorplans?</strong></p><blockquote><p>The concept of flexible space makes the Manor Homes especially appealing to many homebuyers. Both the Alexandra and the Sydney have flex rooms. Since no two families live the same, there is no better way to really make a house a home than to be able to use rooms in a way to suit one’s lifestyle. The Alexandra has a flex room in the front of the house that works well as an office, library, living room, or even a playroom. The Sydney has the Owner’s Choice on the main level that can be turned into anything from an office to a parent’s bedroom. The Sydney also has an option for a main level full bath with a door leading into the owner’s choice bedroom. Buyers with parents living with them or those who often host long-term visitors love this option.</p></blockquote><p><strong>6</strong>.<strong>What do commuters find so appealing about Madison Crescent’s location?</strong></p><blockquote><p>Where else can you be at the junction of two main thoroughfares, both of which lead conveniently to I-66? Madison Crescent is located at the corner of Routes 29 and 15, which lead to Exits 43 and 40 respectively. If driving isn’t an option, then a 20-minute commute will take one to the VRE station in Manassas for a stress-free ride to points east.</p></blockquote><p><strong>7. Explain your most memorable connection or moment with a homebuyer</strong>.</p><blockquote><p>Sometimes it’s easy to forget what a stressful job it is to purchase a home, especially for those who are relocating from another state, and even more agonizing, trying to make these decisions without the benefit of a spouse who might still be back at home. One of my most memorable moments came as a manager when I had to speak to a young man relocating to the Northern Virginia area to take a job with Homeland Security. He was here without his wife and trying to decide if he should purchase the first house in a new subdivision. He wanted some assurance that the house would appraise, since there had been no previous sales. He was afraid that any glitches in the transaction could have an effect on his clearance and ultimately his new job. As I sat and talked to him, I mentioned how tough this must be to be doing this without his family. He said that it certainly was and to make matters worse, their pet-sitter had killed his dog. I said Oh, no! And then this big, burly Homeland Security man began to cry, wiping his eyes on his T-shirt like a little kid. He couldn’t even talk about his dog, let alone the house. That moment really drove home for me what a momentous process homebuying is.</p></blockquote><p>To learn more about Madison Crescent, stop by and see Carol today. For more photos and directions to the community, please <a href=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/?community=madison-crescent”>click here.</a></p>

Talk about instant gratification: Immediate Deliveries from M&S

<p>Sure, anticipation is sweet and all, but in today’s time-starved, on-demand world, nothing is sweeter than getting a brand new Miller &amp; Smith home without the wait. Miller &amp; Smith is pleased to announce that it has several amazing homes available for Immediate Delivery.</p><p><strong>BRAMBLETON, ASHBURN, VA </strong>Check out our incredible award-winning Sienna model, which is loaded with upgrades and is now available for sale. Click for details on this <a href=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/?page_id=9″>Immediate Delivery</a> home.<a href=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Screen-shot-2012-10-30-at-2.17.59-PM.png”><img title=”Screen shot 2012-10-30 at 2.17.59 PM” alt=”” src=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Screen-shot-2012-10-30-at-2.17.59-PM.png” /></a> </p><p><strong>GALLERY PARK, CLARKSBURG, MD </strong>Why rent when you can own a brand new home just minutes from I-270 in this fabulous new townhome community. Click for details on this georgous Immediate Delivery home.<a href=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Screen-shot-2012-10-30-at-2.16.22-PM.png”><img title=”Screen shot 2012-10-30 at 2.16.22 PM” alt=”” src=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Screen-shot-2012-10-30-at-2.16.22-PM.png” /></a></p><p><strong>MAPLE LAWN, FULTON, MD </strong>See why our City Lights Collection represents the best new single family values in Howard County. Click for details on the beautiful 5-bedroom <a href=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/?page_id=9″>Immediate Delivery</a> home. <a href=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Screen-shot-2012-10-30-at-2.17.17-PM.png”><img title=”Screen shot 2012-10-30 at 2.17.17 PM” alt=”” src=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Screen-shot-2012-10-30-at-2.17.17-PM.png” /></a></p><p><strong>THE PENINSULA, MILLSBORO, DE </strong>With winter fast approaching, now is a great time to start thinking about the beach. Whether you’re ready for year-round living at the shore or just want a great family getaway, The Peninsula may be the perfect beach community for you. Check out these stunning Single Family Villas available for <a href=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/?page_id=9″>Immediate Delivery</a>.<a href=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Screen-shot-2012-10-30-at-2.19.08-PM.png”><img title=”Screen shot 2012-10-30 at 2.19.08 PM” alt=”” src=”https://www.millerandsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Screen-shot-2012-10-30-at-2.19.08-PM.png” /></a>Why wait months for your home to be constructed when you could cap off 2012 with the new Miller &amp; Smith home you’ve always imagined?</p>

Buying Vs. Renting: Why Trulia says it’s no contest

Naturally, you would expect a homebuilder to have a bias towards buying, so we’re taking our opinion out of the equation. Forget what we think for a minute and consider this analysis by Trulia, a real estate site that promotes both homes for sale and homes for rent.

According to Jed Kolko, the Chief Economist at Trulia, If you plan on staying in your home for 7 years, which is the average time that Americans traditionally live in a home before moving again, it is more affordable to buy than to rent in ALL of the 100 largest metros in the US.

In fact, Trulia has determined that in today’s market with today’s interest rates,buying a home is 45% cheaper than renting. Of course, that’s the national average. What really matters to anyone reading this blog is a comparison right here in the Washington region.

We pulled these screen captures from the analysis to show you just how much cheaper owning is versus renting in the Washington region. As you’ll see, the degree to which buying is cheaper than renting depends on the mortgage rate you get, your income tax bracket (and whether you itemize deductions), and the number of years you plan to stay in your home.

Click here to change the assumptions and see how your savings would be affected. Then check out the article on Forbes.com that outlines the entire analysis.Source: TruliaSource: TruliaSource:  Trulia

If you decide that buying makes the most sense for you, the next questions are when and where, to which we would unabashedly answer Now and Gallery Park.

With 4-Level Townhomes selling from $289,990, Gallery Park is easily one of the best values in all of Montgomery County, Maryland. Plus, right now homebuyers can get a Free Dream Kitchen included with the purchase of a new home at Gallery Park.

Click here to learn more and see a Sales Manager for complete details. For more photos and directions to the community, please click here.