A Walkthrough of the Hillwood at Evermont Trace at Brambleton

Welcome to our newest neighborhood in Northern Virginia: Evermont Trace at Brambleton! This new townhome community is located just minutes from the Brambleton Town Center and a world of community amenities including pools, parks, and trails. With two beautiful townhome models to choose from, Evermont Trace might be the perfect place for you and your family! Let us walk you through each detail of The Hillwood at Evermont Trace – just one of the two brand new townhome models!

The first level of the Hillwood is where the Recreation room is located, with the options for an additional bedroom and/or additional bath.

The Rec Room in the Hillwood

The recreation room is perfect for an office space or a playroom for the kids, with direct access to the 2-car garage and backyard. The walkout sliding doors in the rec room lead to the rear yard, where you have the option for a patio.

After walking up the stairs to the second level of this home, you are facing the spacious kitchen. This kitchen features our signature Infinity island with granite countertops and plenty of room for seating.

The Kitchen in the Hillwood

The Kitchen in the Hillwood

To the left of the kitchen, you will find the gorgeous dining room with large windows for plenty of natural light and an optional tray ceiling for an elegant effect! The powder room is located adjacent to the dining room but discretely tucked away.

The Dining Room in the Hillwood

The Dining Room in the Hillwood

On the other side of the home, the kitchen leads into the great room featuring an optional gas fireplace. The sliding glass doors lead out onto second-level outdoor space, which gives the option for a full open deck, half deck / half screened porch, or full screened porch.

The Great Room in the Hillwood

The Great Room in the Hillwood

The third level of this townhome model features a large owner’s suite complete with a walk-in closet and owner’s bath. The owner’s suite offers the option for a tray ceiling or deluxe owner’s bath with both a shower and bathtub.

The Owner's Suite in the Hillwood

The Owner’s Suite in the Hillwood

In addition to the luxurious owner’s suite of this home, there are two additional bedrooms that are larger than most secondary townhome bedrooms!

For more information about the Hillwood townhome model at Evermont Trace at Brambleton, visit millerandsmith.com!

New Year, New Miller & Smith Home

We don’t know about you, but we are definitely looking forward to the New Year in 2017! While some resolutions are made to be broken, there’s one that you won’t regret: purchasing a new Miller & Smith home! With brand new homes and communities throughout Virginia and Maryland, there is certain to be a place you will love calling home in 2017. Check out more about some of our favorite features and communities, plus a sneak peek at what’s coming next year for Miller & Smith.

Open floor plans

If you’re looking forward to hosting more parties and gatherings in 2017, then a Miller & Smith home is perfect for you! Our open floor plans, such as the Silverton at Aspen North, allow for a seamless flow from room to room, and tons of space for hosting friends and family. You can be organizing food and drinks in the kitchen while keeping up with the conversation in the family room. In addition to a beautiful home at Aspen North, you will also have the benefit of resort style living just minutes from I-70 and downtown Frederick.

The Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

The Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

Family time

Family is important to us at Miller & Smith, and we know it is to you too! Our homes at Embrey Mill in Stafford, Virginia are the perfect place for you and your family. With spacious homes and private yards, there’s plenty of room to run around with the kids. In the Embrey Mill community, there are even specific play areas for kids, like Racetrack Park, Tot Lots, and more! In addition to single-family homes designed with family in mind, we are now selling our brand new townhomes in a brand new section of this growing community!

The Hartwood at Embrey Mill

The Hartwood at Embrey Mill

Convenience

Miller & Smith homes are crafted with your ease and comfort in mind. Our townhomes at Signal Hill Station in Manassas, Virginia have all of the standard features expected in a Miller & Smith home, such as gourmet kitchens, walk-in closets, and even 2 car garages. These townhomes are the perfect retreat from your busy life, while still conveniently located minutes from Rt 28, the Manassas Park VRE, Signal Hill Park, and all that Manassas has to offer.

Next Level Homes at Upper West at One Loudoun

Next Level Homes at Upper West at One Loudoun

Coming Soon in 2017

In 2017, expect even more beautiful homes and amazing communities to choose from for your family’s new Miller & Smith home! Whether it’s a Next Level Home in the highly sought after Upper West at One Loudoun community, or the Frederick County home of your dreams at Tallyn Ridge at Pinecliff Park, the possibilities are endless! More communities coming in 2017 include Birchwood at Brambleton, Garden District at Brambleton, Cayden Ridge in Manassas, VA, and Courthouse Manor in Stafford, VA.

Keep up with everything happening here at Miller & Smith by signing up for our community updates here: https://www.millerandsmith.com/! We look forward to having your family become a part of the Miller & Smith family in 2017!

 

Looking Ahead at the Housing Market in 2017

As we quickly approach a new year, predictions are rolling in on how the housing market is going to look in 2017. At Miller & Smith, we want you to be informed so that our current homeowners and prospective homebuyers know what to expect from the market in the year ahead. Whether you are looking to purchase a new home, or just want to be in the know, we have rounded up a few predictions for the 2017 housing market according to industry experts!

 

Millennials are going to buy

As many know, Millennials already make up a significant part of homebuyers, and in 2017, this is not going to change. Realtor.com predicts that Millennials will make up about 33% of total homebuyers over the next year, with many of them purchasing homes for the first time.

Millennials are currently between the ages of 18-34, and while it may seem late for some of them to be buying a first home, turns in the economy throughout their adolescence has deterred home buying until recently. In many cases, they are more prepared to purchase a home because they have rented or lived at home longer after college than previous generations, leaving plenty of time to save money.

 

Surban is the new thing

‘Surban’ is a combination of suburban and urban, where benefits of both are combined into one community. According to Marketwatch, ‘surban’ is more than a mixed-use community, where these suburban communities are more inclusive and continue to add urban-like amenities to their repertoire. Communities are also building new homes that are affordable for all types of families, where townhomes and single-family homes are mixed together.

Miller & Smith continues to follow this trend in a number of different communities like Embrey Mill, where we offer both new townhomes and new single-family homes, and One Loudoun, where urban amenities are a plenty and our Next Level Homes are coming soon!

 

Interest rates may increase slightly

If you are considering purchasing a new home, now is the time to do it to get the best mortgage rates available! Although interest rates are relatively low when compared to the past few decades, we are seeing slow increases at the end of 2016. According to the Washington Post, rates are not predicted to surpass 4.3% on the 30-year fixed rate and there is still a positive outlook on the housing market from industry experts and homebuyers alike.

 

Gen Z is on the cusp of home buying

You’ve heard about how the Millennial generation will rule the home buying market in 2017, but homebuilders like us also have to start thinking about Gen Z. This generation is just on the cusp of the age where they think about purchasing a home, but it is important to understand that they are already putting strong value on homeownership.

Unlike the Millennials who came of age during the recession, housing market downturn, and stock market crash, Gen Z is slated to experience better job prospects and higher wages than that of Millennials. These conditions will better prepare them for the burden of student loans and is predicted to push them into the housing market sooner than Millennials.

 

Access to mortgages will improve

Unlike previous years, where getting a mortgage was difficult for many who wished to purchase a home, there are new programs in effect that will help make it easier for many to obtain loans. Both national and regional lenders are letting up on strict terms for obtaining a mortgage by lowering down payment requirements, stretching the definitions of “income”, raising the debt-to-income ratio requirement, and more.

Last year our blog post, Home Buying Made Easier With New Mortgage Program from Fannie Mae, described what was just the beginning of these new programs being put in place. Now, there are even more lenders participating in programs like this one!

 

New communities and more options

Many of our new communities will continue to grow over the next year, and we will be introducing a number of new communities in some of the most sought after locations in Virginia and Maryland! As we continue to build new homes with the latest building trends and technological innovations to suit the needs of the modern homebuyer, you can be sure that for Miller & Smith, 2017 will be one of the best years yet!

 

For more information on all of our brand new homes and communities, explore our website at www.millerandsmith.com!

Sources: marketwatch.com, realtor.com, www.washingtonpost.com

 

 

HOMEBUILDING IN 2017: TRENDS TO WATCH OUT FOR

With 2017 on the horizon, Miller & Smith has compiled our annual list of new ideas and trends that will dramatically change the ways we occupy our living spaces over the next year. We expect 2017 to be full of incredible innovations — from technology that once felt like science fiction, to creative new ways to bring the great outdoors – in. Simply put, there’s a lot to look forward to. Here are a few trends that have particularly piqued our interest.

 

1) Touring Homes, Virtually

Virtual reality tends to be associated with gaming and popular culture, but it is also an ideal platform for the real estate industry. For homebuyers, instead of spending in-person time at unappealing properties, they now have the option to take 360-degree tours of the property, all from the comfort of their own homes. Properties listed on Miller & Smith’s website make these virtual tours available for many of their model homes. This technology is completely transforming the process of touring and shopping for homes, and we see the trend evolving and expanding well into 2017.

 

2) Embracing the Outdoors            

Although many homebuyers have begun looking for “urban-suburban” locales san the maintenance of a backyard, many still crave a personal piece of nature. Homebuilders are addressing this challenge with new homes that seamlessly fuse the outside and indoors, through the use of spacious rooftops, creative interior design, patios and courtyards. Several Miller & Smith homes, including Upper West and Brambleton’s Garden District in Ashburn, Virginia, bring the outside in with features such as open-air architecture, walls of glass and floor-to-ceiling windows.

 

3) One Home, Connected

Say goodbye to missing remote controls and a basket full of electronics. The integration of smart technology into new homes is becoming a top priority for many homebuyers. The most innovative homes on the market now focus on having one central operating system — controlled through one remote — that cohesively coordinates and connects an entire home’s technology. These homes, like Upper West at One Loudoun include built-in, high-tech features such as a top-of-the-line home network that connects to WiFi as painlessly as possible, and smart locks for keyless entry. For homeowners, this means easier, streamlined living, which is why this trend will only continue to gain popularity into 2017.

 

The coming year could be an excellent time to buy a brand new home, complete with sleek, tech-centric features that make living and connecting that much easier. To see these trends in action, take a look at Miller & Smith’s available new homes in Maryland and Virginia.

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Holiday Home Safety Tips

By now, you may have started your holiday shopping, or decorated your home for the season of lights! It is easy to get distracted by what can be an overwhelming holiday season with guests to host and events to plan. Make it a point this year to keep your home and family safe with some quick tips and reminders from Miller & Smith!

Climb safely: If you plan to use a ladder to hang decorations up in your home, make sure to inspect the ladder first! This may seem like an unnecessary step, but if your ladder is old, or doesn’t follow the applicable safety guidelines, then there is a chance it is unsteady. Additionally, if you are using a straight or extension ladder, it is a good idea to have someone hold the bottom of the ladder for you.

Double check alarms: If you didn’t remember to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors during Daylight Savings (tisk, tisk), make sure to test them out and replace batteries before putting up all of your holiday décor.

Assess all string lights: When you are unpacking boxes of lights from last year, inspect each string for cracked bulbs, loose connections, and frayed cords. Any faulty lights can be a fire hazard, so double-check everything!

Isolate candles: While candles are a great way to add festive scents to your home during the holiday season, any open flame can be hazardous, especially if you have children or pets. Make sure candles are not too close to the ground, plants, or any other flammable objects. Keep candles contained and up on higher surfaces, and don’t forget to blow them out before you go to bed!

Time your lights: If you tend to be forgetful with turning exterior and interior lights on and off, hook up a few light timers to each outlet. This will reduce your energy costs and make sure all of your lights turn on and off at the right time each day. It is also important to unplug everything if you leave your home at any time.

Safety is such an important part of being able to enjoy the holidays, so make sure to take all of the necessary precautions for a safe holiday season in your new Miller & Smith home!

Source: www.parents.com

 

 

 

 

 

MILLER & SMITH INTRODUCES UPPER WEST, NEXT LEVEL LIVING AT ONE LOUDOUN

Urbanfront and Parkfront Homes Designed from the Views In and the Rooftop Down

Ashburn, VA, (December 7, 2016) — Miller & Smith, an award-winning homebuilder and real estate development company, is pleased to introduce Upper West, Next Level Homes offered exclusively at One Loudoun.

A neighborhood of 69 new homes, Upper West is a first-of-its-kind concept for Loudoun County that offers homebuyers a next-level living experience with cutting-edge architecture featuring luxurious interior finishes, top-of-the-line appliances, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, in-home elevators, and smart home features including keyless entries and a central operating system.

The four-level homes from Miller & Smith offer over 4,345 square feet of open-air living space highlighted by natural light, sustainability, and a powerful sense of place. A 400 square-foot rooftop pied-à-terre sits atop each Upper West home, seamlessly merging indoor and outdoor living with unparalleled views that overlook the 85-acre Central Park and the Blue Ridge mountains.

Upper West is located in the heart of Downtown One Loudoun, where residents are steps away from shopping, dining, entertainment and local community events. Additionally, the close proximity to Route 7, the Dulles Greenway and Loudoun County Parkway, provides residents with easy access to Washington, D.C. and Washington Dulles International Airport.

“Our vision for Upper West was to blend the elements of classic elegance and contemporary lines,” said Dale Hall, vice president of operations at Miller & Smith. “The community’s unique attributes—an urban downtown blended in with a strong suburban area overlooking the Blue Ridge mountains—is unlike anything we’ve seen before in this market.”

The Grand Reveal of Next Level Homes at Upper West at One Loudoun will be in early January 2017 with the opening of the Next Level Experience Center in Downtown One Loudoun. These luxury homes will start in the mid-$800s. For more information on Upper West, click here or follow Miller & Smith on Facebook and Twitter.