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Dog-Friendly Community Birchwood at Brambleton Serves 55+ Homeowners’ Needs To Prioritize Their Canine Companions

Posted on May 13, 2024 by Miller and Smith Blog Team

With an increase in the demand for 55+ housing in the Northern Virginia Metropolitan area, local homebuilder Miller & Smith has satisfied the unique need both in the variety of home style options in its Ashburn community, Birchwood at Brambleton, but also in the complete mix of amenities offered. As Miller & Smith returns for its final building phase within this nationally acclaimed lifestyle community, the homebuilder brings with them a commitment to enhancing the lives of all Birchwood at Brambleton homeowners, including an often-overlooked requirement, their canine companions.

According to Miller & Smith’s homebuyer surveys, over 70% of older adults say pets are considered before making a homebuying decision. Not only is this already on the minds of the 55+ homebuyers, but numerous studies have highlighted the profound benefits of canine companionship for older adults, including reduced distress, loneliness, and improved overall quality of life. In fact, research has shown that strong attachment to a pet is associated with lower rates of depression among older adults, along with direct health benefits such as decreased blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Birchwood’s dedication to fostering a pet-friendly environment is evident in its array of amenities and offerings. Dogs have ample opportunities to socialize and exercise with over 20 miles of paved walking trails that meander through the community and into neighboring Brambleton. Residents and their four-legged friends can explore the beauty of their surroundings together, whether they’re walking around Lake Birchwood, hiking through Stream Valley Park or venturing into nearby Hal & Berni Hanson Regional Park with its wooded off-leash dog areas and obstacle course. As an added bonus, many residents have made lasting friendships with their neighbors who’ve stopped to greet their pups on the trails!

Located within the Brambleton Town Center, Good Dog Rocky pet store provides residents with access to natural, nutritious, and organic pet food options. Additionally, the store offers grooming and bathing services, including a convenient Self-Wash option, ensuring that furry friends are always looking and feeling their best. The dog-friendly atmosphere extends to select restaurants, such as Blue Ridge Grill, where outdoor seating on the patio welcomes both diners and their canine companions, complete with water bowls and dog treats.

Fellow dog owner, and Miller Smith, Sales Manager Eric Hansen knows the important part dogs play at this stage of life. “Birchwood at Brambleton is more than just a community, it’s a lifestyle that celebrates the bond between residents and their pets,” says Hansen. “We are committed to providing an environment that just makes sense for this 55+ homebuyer, where both residents and their pets can thrive, grow and create lasting memories together.”

Offering a diverse range of housing options, from spacious single-family homes to distinctive courtyard-style designs and elegant elevator brownstones, Miller & Smith caters to a variety of lifestyle preferences. Residents enjoy access to universally appreciated amenities that enhance the entire community, as well as those specifically tailored to active adults. With decades of imagination fueling its success, Brambleton has cultivated a strong sense of community that endures to this day. The community’s commitment to excellence has been recognized with numerous accolades, including the prestigious Best in American Living award at the International Builders’ Show in 2019, reaffirming Brambleton’s status as a leader in innovative and exceptional living experiences.

For more information about Birchwood at Brambleton and its dog-friendly amenities, visit