Yes, You Can.

If you’re a renter in the Washington DC Metro area, you’re no stranger to extreme rental prices. But buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your lifetime and for many people, it takes lots of coaxing, convincing, research and good old-fashioned arm twisting. Good news is, now is the perfect time. Don’t take our word for it. According to Zillow Real Estate Research, buying a home remains more affordable today than it was in the pre-bubble period. While rental prices also are on the rise, Zillow reports that people can expect to pay as much as 30% of their total income on their rental home.

There are so many benefits to owning. Say goodbye to those annual rent increases for one. When you have a fixed rate mortgage, there is no question how much you’ll be paying towards principal and interest month after month. Let’s not forget the equity you will build over time, too. When the inevitable tax time comes, you’re sure to reap the tax benefits of home ownership over renting. And, of course, there’s the freedom you’re awarded by making your own decorating or home improvement decisions for your own living space. Gone will be the days of landlord approval for such decorating demands as painting, hanging pictures or upgrading fixtures. 

Miller & Smith is making home ownership even more of a possibility with our 100% Wow, 100% available financing available at three communities: Brambleton, Poplar Run and Gallery Park. Don’t forget to check back often for even more incentives offered by one of the Washington region’s most design forward, award-winning homebuilders.

As even American author Laura Ingalls Wilder put it over a century ago, “Home is the nicest word there is.” Some things never change and we couldn’t have said it any better. Discover it for yourself because yes, you can. 

Washington Post: Grand views inside and out at Victory Lakes on the highest ground in Bristow, Va.

A great article was featured in The Washington Post last week, showcasing the Miller and Smith new home community at Victory Lakes in Bristow, VA: 

January 16, 2015| by Audrey Hoffer| The Washington Post

The Victory Lakes development sits at the highest point of Bristow, Va., offering residents of the townhouses and single-family houses sweeping views of lakes and green space framed by a thick border of trees.

“We based the layout of our streets and homes on the natural occurring local creeks in the topography, and we placed our three ponds so that the creeks flow into them,” said Steve Aylor, vice president of the development company Miller & Smith.

The community is in the final phase of development. Miller & Smith bought the 580-acre property in Prince William County in August 2000 and built a neighborhood of 1,296 homes — 687 single-family houses and 609 townhouses in multiple phases…

To read the remainder of the article, click here.

It’s All In the Details.

It’s easy to be impressed the moment you walk into the model home at Marbury. The sheer size alone, with over 5,000 square feet of living space, easily up the “Wow” factor at first glance. Simply put, this home is big. With opportunities for up to 6 bedrooms and 6 full baths, these new single family homes are the ideal for growing families.

 It’s fresh design interpretation give way to a more functional and livable home with a good balance of both casual and formal spaces. Of course there’s the kitchen, known as an epicurean’s dream. And for good reason, too. It’s got a huge center island that can be fitted with the latest in Top Chef appliances and cabinetry. A luxurious master suite, complete with a free-standing tub and an expansive lower level with modern rec room, make the obvious statement. This house has it all.

 With every walk through of this home, you’ll find something else to catch your eye. It’s the details, big and small, that make this home so unique. From the fixtures, to the appliances, to the custom built-ins, the design of everyday things are exquisite. Don’t just take our word for it. Let these photos, these details, tell a story of the much bigger picture.

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For more information about the stunning Kerridge model home at Marbury, click here!

 

Two Minutes Can Change Everything.

Finding that perfect online chemistry. Whether it’s when looking for a new puppy to join your family, a completely compatible soul mate or even the perfect black cocktail dress. It’s become a way of life. Now when looking for the ideal new home, online chemistry takes on a whole new importance. Take for instance this two-minute tour of The Aurora model at Brambleton in Ashburn, VA. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this video my friend is worth so very much more. With aesthetics that wow and details that make living easier than ever, this 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome is designed to please.

Take the next two minutes and you’ll see why. Don’t be surprised if this is one of those “go with your gut” kind of scenarios. With an open floor plan flanked by a bright and airy wall of windows, a Top Chef kitchen, an extraordinary master suite and finished lower level, no one will blame you. It’s no wonder this new luxury townhome was a 2014 GALA award winner for the best in design and architecture. Take the time. This is two minutes of chemistry you’ll be glad you witnessed.