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Starting a Family? What You Should Look for in a New Home Community

Posted on February 26, 2017 by Miller and Smith Blog Team

Until now, you’ve only had to worry about the things that you wanted in a new community, but soon you will have a few more factors to consider. If you’re planning to grow your family, and are unsure where to start looking for your new home, let us guide you with a few helpful hints. Check out some of the important things you should look for in a community below:



A close-knit network

When you have a family, you don’t just want neighbors who live next door, you want neighbors who you can trust to recommend a pediatrician, the best local restaurant or show you around the community. Starting a family changes your lifestyle, and you will want to be among other homeowners, who share the same interests. Whether it’s yoga on the lawn at Embrey Mill, or a summer festival at Brambleton, there are always events happening in our new home communities to foster close relationships with your neighbors.

Great schools

Ensuring that your children receive a quality education is a large factor in deciding where to purchase a new home. In order to afford them the best opportunities later in life, and for further education, choosing a new home in a great school district is necessary. According to, all of our new home communities are located in top-ranked school districts, so when it comes time to choose one, there is no compromising a quality education for your kids.

2017 School District Rankings from

Loudoun County Public Schools: A+

Prince William County Public Schools: A-

Stafford County Public Schools: A-

Frederick County Public Schools: A

Outdoor community spaces

At Miller & Smith, open spaces are a priority when we are looking for locations to build our new homes. You will always find a variety of parks, playgrounds, and other unique outdoor amenities at any of our new home communities, so there will never be a shortage of space to picnic or teach your kids how to play soccer. Open spaces, like the ones pictured below, ensure that your children have room to play, exercise, and explore, which are all essential parts of a healthy lifestyle for your brood.

Baseball field at Signal Hill Park – Signal Hill Station and Cayden Ridge


Beach at Lake Linganore – Aspen North at Lake Linganore


In addition to open spaces for your family to enjoy the great outdoors, it is also important to have safe spaces to get around your community. Sidewalks are there so that you and your family can get from point A to point B safe and sound, without having to worry about the danger of moving vehicles around you. You will find this in many of our new home communities!

Whether you are looking into purchasing a brand new townhome, or a stunning single-family home, each of Miller & Smith’s unique neighborhoods are perfect for raising a family! Visit our website and Facebook page to learn more about our new homes and communities!