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/

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:



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