Fall Fun with Miller & Smith

The Fall season is officially upon us! The leaves are changing, Halloween is right around the corner, and the pumpkin spice craze is in full effect. We know that there’s so much to do during this time of year, so to help you out, we created the ultimate Miller and Smith guide to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the Fall activities near our Maryland and Virginia new home communities.

Manassas, VA

Manassas has a ton of fun Fall activities to keep our residents going this season! Whether you’re living at the beautiful Cayden Ridge single family home community or plan to buy your brand new garage townhome at our future Signal Hill Crossing community, you won’t want to miss out on these exciting events:

  • Manassas Holiday Crafts, Desserts & Sweets: Head to the Manassas Museum Lawn on October 26, from 12-5 pm, to enjoy Manassas, Virginia’s first-ever crafts and dessert fair! This exciting event offers a handful of games and activities including pumpkin decorating, moon bounces, and so much more. Don’t forget to dress the kids in their Halloween costumes for the kid costume parade. Who knows, maybe they’ll walk away with the best costume prize!
  • Hastings Marketplace Fall Festival: On Saturday, October 12, from 12-2pm, join in on a day full of games, balloon art, face painting, live music, pumpkin decorating, and more at the Hastings Marketplace Fall Festival! Will your pumpkin be the grand prize winner of the pumpkin decorating contest? There’s only one way to find out!

Ashburn, VA

For residents living at our Brambleton and One Loudoun new home communities, be sure to take a break from decorating your new single family home or townhome to check out all the wonderful Fall activities going on in and around Ashburn, VA:

  • Virginia Wine Festival: Starting October 19, visit One Loudoun for a two-day wine tasting event! Taste over 200+ wines from some of the top Virginia wineries and enjoy delicious cuisine from Ashburn, VA’s popular food trucks. If you taste a wine you absolutely love, why not purchase a bottle (or case) to take home for later?
  • Pumpkin Village Fall Fest: Through November 3, celebrate all things Fall by visiting the Leesburg Animal Farm for the Pumpkin Village Fall Fest! With a hay maze, pony rides, hayrides, bouncy houses, face painting, pumpkin picking, live entertainment, and even a petting zoo, the Pumpkin Village Fall Fest has everything you need to have a fun Fall weekend.
  • Shocktober Haunted House: For those looking for a little more Halloween fun, head over to the Carlheim Manor any weekend from now until November 2 to be spooked in the 5th scariest haunted house in the U.S. Nothing will scare you more than this amazing haunted house, which has been magically transformed into Camp Carlheim, a haunted camp.

Stafford, VA

Our Embrey Mill residents are in store for some exciting events this Fall! Within the new home community, throughout Stafford, VA and in nearby cities like Fredericksburg, VA, it’s clear Embrey Mill knows how to enjoy autumn:

  • Fall Brew Fest: On Saturday, October 12, from 11am to 5pm, indulge in refreshing craft beer from some of Virginia’s award-winning brewers at the Fall Brew Fest! While you sip, enjoy delicious food, some live music, and more. Local wineries and distilleries will also be present offering samples of wine or whiskey.
  • Braehead Farm Festival: From hayrides and pumpkin picking, to a sunflower walk and scavenger hunt, the Braehead Farm Festival is the perfect place to celebrate the Fall season with the friends and family. Visit the farm any day of the week!
  • Stafford County Farmers’ Market: There’s nothing better than visiting the local farmers market during the Fall season! Enjoy seasonal food and drinks from local vendors and pick up a special trinket or two for a loved one.

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New Market, MD \ Frederick, MD

Fall has arrived for our Aspen North and Tallyn Ridge residents! To keep up, New Market, MD, Frederick, MD and surrounding cities have plenty of events in store to start up the season:

  • Fall Festival: On October 20, from 1-6 pm, the Mount Airy Fair Grounds is hosting a Fall Festival with FREE entry. Play some games, spend time in the bouncy house, listen to the music, have the kids get their face painted, pick some pumpkins, and take in that cool autumn breeze.
  • Trail of Jack-O-Lanterns: Enjoy an evening full of family fun at the third annual Trail of Jack-O-Lanterns event! Walk the trail lit up by Jack-O-Lanterns, check out the animal barn, and sit by the fire pit to roast some s’mores. This event is happening every weekend from October 11 to October 26 at the Green Meadows Farm.
  • Fall Festiv-All at Adventure Park USA: Embrace Fall favorites such as a pumpkin patch, pillow jump, straw maze, barnyard, hayrides, zip-lining, pumpkin bowling, and much more at Adventure Park USA’s Fall themed park.
  • Summer’s Farm: Home to an Apollo 11 themed corn maze, Summers Farm is sure to provide the perfect mix of enjoyment and challenge! Find your way through the corn maze, snack on some food by the campfire, watch the fireworks, and enjoy different attractions and live entertainment each weekend at this farm.

While these are just a few ways to enjoy the season, it’s surely a good start to everything Fall. Sip on your pumpkin spice latte, breathe in the crisp air and enjoy the Fall season before Winter arrives.

Ashburn, VA Named the 30th Best Place to Live in the U.S. for 2017

In partnership with Realtor.com, Time Money has released the Best Places to Live in 2017, and on this list is Ashburn, VA, ranked at #30! Why does this pertain to us at Miller & Smith, you might ask? Well, it just so happens that we currently have 4 new home communities and an active adult community coming soon in the city of Ashburn! Time has ranked Ashburn on the list of top places to live for “its community amenities, low crime, and strong economy,” but we would also add that there are many opportunities to purchase the perfect home for your family.

 

Ashburn’s unique location northwest of D.C. makes it one of the most sought after places to live for people working in the Dulles Technology Corridor, a number of surrounding universities and medical centers, or for those who work in the city but don’t want to live there. Time reports that according to Moody’s Analytics, Ashburn is also predicted to see nearly 15% job growth between 2016 and 2021, which is also great news for anyone looking to move to the area, or those who may be looking for a new opportunity over the next few years.

 

In Time’s excerpt from the Best Places to Live in 2017 list, they mention one of our communities, One Loudoun, by name, highlighting the amazing community involvement and amenities that it offers. In addition to the “outdoor concerts, 5K races, a farmers’ markets, and other events”, this unique community continues to add exceptional restaurant options, has a gym, is home to The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and the soon to open Barnes & Noble.

 

In addition, the Brambleton community has established its roots in Ashburn for over 15 years, and they aren’t stopping now! This repeat “community of the year” winner continues to grow and evolve by adding even more homes to its repertoire. On top of that, this community also boasts its own town center, multiple community centers, trails, amenities, and 3 brand new schools.

 

Many families are choosing this flourishing town as the location for their new Miller & Smith home, so let us run through the different options that we provide and what makes each community so unique!

 

NOW OPEN

  • West Park is our brand new best-selling single-family home community in Brambleton! This neighborhood is ideal for families with young children as it is just steps from 3 brand new schools. Our Aria model home is open now!
  • Evermont Trace is selling quickly and there are only a select number of new homes left in this community at Brambleton. These modern townhomes are made just for the way families live today, with 3 finished levels, open spaces, designer kitchens and more. Our Hillwood and Foxton model homes are open now!
  • Our Garden District townhomes highlight 6 unique home designs that are located steps from all of the conveniences of the Brambleton Town Center. Each of our 5 model homes, open now, showcase private outdoor spaces and rooms meant for entertaining.
  • Upper West at One Loudoun has just opened to rave reviews and is unlike anything else around. Our Next Level townhomes offer a lifestyle similar to single-family homes, but are located just steps to shopping, dining, entertainment, and more, with rooftop pied-a-terres that will blow you away! Our 1L and 1LX model homes are open now!

COMING SOON

  • Birchwood at Brambleton is the community where life refreshes at 55! This modern amenity-filled community has everything you need to enjoy each day, with conveniences close by so you don’t have to waste time getting from point A to point B. Visit brambletonbirchwood.com to sign up for our VIP list!

 

If you’re looking for a spectacular new home in one of the best places to live in the country, look no further than Ashburn! Learn more about all of our homes and communities in this growing Northern VA town at millerandsmith.com.

 

Source: time.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.

The Ingredients for Your Perfect Neighborhood [Infographic]

Realtor.com recently published a list of the ingredients that make a neighborhood great according to a handful of experienced realtors. Below, check out which Miller & Smith communities have these neighborhood features nearby.

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Why Homebuyers Love Communities With a City Feel

You may have heard it before: you can’t have open space and live in a city, it’s just unrealistic. While this may be true for some, you can have open space and live in a new home community with a city feel. In fact, Miller & Smith will soon be introducing new homes in two mixed-use communities that can give you that living-in-a-city feeling: Brambleton and One Loudoun in Ashburn, VA! Why do homebuyers love communities with a city feel so much? Take a look at just some of the reasons below!

Away from the hustle and bustle 

Cities can be noisy and crowded, which is frustrating when your home is in the middle of it all. Communities like Brambleton and One Loudoun, known as mixed-use communities, have pockets of neighborhoods surrounding the center of the community where things like restaurants, shops, and services are located. These neighborhoods are far enough from the center to feel like a suburb, but close enough to have city-like features and convenience.

Community involvement

Living in a mixed-use community offers events, entertainment, restaurants, and other activities that create a social atmosphere for all types of families. The best part is, you can be as involved or uninvolved as you want on any given day, because sometimes we just want to retreat to our couches and watch some TV.

Walk or bike everywhere, safely

Walking or biking through a city is a normal occurrence until the crowds close in and you can’t get to where you are going without bumping into someone. Mixed-use communities like Brambleton and One Loudoun are planned with sidewalks, pathways, parks, and open spaces so you can get everywhere quickly and safely.

Save time and gas money

In mixed-use communities, everything is in one place, so you can walk from your home to the store, to the dentist, and to get groceries. Less time driving in your car means more time to do other things and more money to spend doing them.

Something for everyone

Mixed-use communities are perfect for every type of family! They are close to great schools for families with children, they offer culture and recreation, they incorporate trendy businesses for the younger set, and are in convenient locations for everyone. 

For more information on Miller & Smith’s communities coming soon to Brambleton and One Loudoun, be sure to sign up for our VIP lists!

Source: https://www.newhomesource.com/

How To Throw an Amazing Fall Housewarming Party

Congratulations! You just bought a new Miller and Smith home in a great location with features that have exceeded your expectations. Now what? It is time to throw a housewarming party to show off your new digs and meet the neighbors! Miller and Smith wants to bring you all of the tools that you need in order to celebrate and get acquainted with your new home, so here is a step-by-step guide on how to throw a housewarming party this fall!

Step 1: Choose when the party will be

After just moving into your new home, planning a party won’t be the first thing on your mind. The truth is, your home does not have to be perfectly decorated and photo-ready before you host a housewarming party. The whole point of the party is for your guests to get a good look at the house and socialize with you and your family! If you can’t help but incorporate fall decor for a little something extra, check out our Pinterest for some great ideas!

Step 2: Choose whom to invite

When you are creating a guest list for these parties, there really is no rule of thumb. Housewarmings are usually very casual and a “come-and-go as you please” type of ordeal. Invite friends, family, new neighbors, your realtor, or anyone else who comes to mind! Since the holiday season is quickly approaching, your guests are going to appreciate a nice break from their own party planning!

Step 3: Pick out food and drinks

Again, housewarming parties are supposed to be casual, so pick easy to make and easy to eat foods. Focus on finger foods and small refreshments that people can easily pick up and carry around the house while they mingle with other guests. Food can be a great conversation starter, and it always brings people together! To incorporate some classic tastes and smells of fall, you can prepare a warm drink, create mini cups of soup, or light some candles for a relaxing atmosphere.

Step 4: Prepare for tours

It may get repetitive, but everyone is going to want a tour of the house when they arrive. Since most likely people will arrive at different times, be prepared to give a few separate tours. There is no need to rehearse anything for the tours, just be yourself and highlight your favorite aspects of your new home. A great way to bond with new neighbors is to tell them funny stories about a piece of furniture or how you let the kids pick their atrocious bedroom paint colors.

Step 5: Remember to socialize

It is easy to fall into the habit of talking to people that you already know at a party, so make sure you take the time to talk to everyone. The relationships you will start to build with your neighbors during the party could possibly last a lifetime, so put yourself out there! Of course, make sure to thank everyone for coming and for any housewarming gifts they brought!

Source: thenest.com

Ashburn Ranked the Best Small City in Virginia

With many communities throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area, Miller and Smith chooses only the most ideal locations to build our one of a kind homes. In Ashburn, Virginia, you will find two beautiful communities that have so much to offer! Recently, Ashburn was named the 13th Best small city (out of 1,268 small cities in the U.S.) on WalletHub’s list of the 2015’s Best & Worst Small Cities in America.

The analysts at WalletHub used a detailed methodology including 22 different metrics in order to rank the small cities in the U.S. between 25,000 and 100,000 residents. The four main categories of metrics were affordability, economic health, education/health, and quality of life. After these individual scores were determined, each city was given an overall score, where Ashburn, VA ranked number 13 on the list. Additionally impressive findings about Ashburn from the data concluded that the city is #2 in the Economic Health category and the #1 small city in Virginia. According to WalletHub, living in a small city is attractive to due to factors such as “cheaper cost of living” and “tighter communities”. Take a look at both of our Miller and Smith communities that exemplify all of the benefits of small city living:

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Brambleton

This is a one-of-a-kind mixed-use community with everything residents need just minutes from their home! The beautiful new townhomes come in two different collections with options for any family. But, you’ll need to hurry because limited homesites remain!

The amazing features include open floor plans and Top Chef kitchens that are great for entertaining, in addition to 3 bedrooms and a 2-car garage for growing families.

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One Loudoun

Talk about a community that has it all! One Loudoun is a master planned community that thrives off of the idea of “new urbanism”. In addition to the beautiful single-family Miller & Smith homes for sale, the community offers walkability to dining, shopping, recreation, entertainment, and more! Time is of the essence, however, because only 1 home remains!

Miller and Smith offers many options for a new home in Virginia’s best small city of Ashburn! Make an appointment at either of our communities in Ashburn to discover the amazing location, amenities, residents, and more!

Sources: Wallethub.com