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Back Again. One Homebuyer’s Journey Back Home to Birchwood at Brambleton

Posted on April 27, 2023 by Miller and Smith Blog Team

As seen in the Washington Post – New Home Guide


We’ve all heard the saying. It is overused and oversimplified and yet, whether you’re on the homebuilder or buyer side, it somehow gets built right into our process. Location, location, location. But what happens when even the perfect location takes a back seat to something else. To the home, to the buying process and to the peace of mind that lasts far beyond move in day. For one local homebuyer, her plans to downsize after retirement had to align with one important factor, Miller & Smith.

Debbie Mellis is no stranger to building brand-new. She has experienced building a home from the ground up, with three different builders in Northern Virginia. One, in particular, was the true standout.  


“Miller & Smith got all the details right the first time,” says Debbie. “And while that sounds like something you should expect, it is extremely difficult. That just doesn’t happen.” 


So, after numerous calls to Miller & Smith, to gain as much intel on their next 55+ project, Debbie Mellis had the beginnings of her retirement plan in place. Lucky for the Mellises, Miller & Smith’s return to 55+ community Birchwood at Brambleton was going to be even better than the best made plans.  


“It is time for us to downsize and we are looking for not just a home, but a community,” says Debbie. “Birchwood has a long list of amazing amenities and also as odd as it sounds, we want the ability to see the sky and the community has that, too.” 


For the homebuilder’s fourth project in Brambleton in over twenty years, they are bringing four distinctive home types to the community to satisfy a variety of 55+ homebuyer needs. From elevator townhomes and elevator single-family homes, as well as courtyard homes, each one considers the specific needs that put this buyer’s future forward, keeping them connected to home even longer.  


“The difference with Miller & Smith’s homes is their attention to detail that exceeds other builders’, as well as the more custom look in the way their selections are organized and offered,” says Debbie. “Miller & Smith is one of the few builders in a 55+ community that is offering a home in a considerable size, which is important to us.” 


Birchwood also offers world-class amenities with two active adult clubhouses, each one with its own activity mix specific to this stage and style of life. With opportunities to stay active in the health and wellness center, pickleball courts and the indoor golf simulator. There are ways to kick back and relax in the indoor and outdoor pools, in the gourmet demonstration kitchen and the theater room. Plenty of creative ways will keep life colorful from the art studio to the greenhouse and garden area. And yet this is just a sampling of what keeps life refreshed after 55 here.  


These are the last homes to be built by Miller & Smith in Birchwood at Brambleton, so there is no better time to consider a community and a builder who pulls together both life and style in perfect balance. Continuing its 60-year legacy of building homes and communities that defy convention to create a life that never grows old. Take advantage of the best pre-model pricing, while it is still available. 


“The team at Miller & Smith feels like your partners, says Debbie. “They seem to be truly interested in how buyers feel about the experience, and I’m excited to work with Miller & Smith all over again.”