Don’t Tour an Active-Adult Community if it Doesn’t Have These 5 Things

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All over the region, builders and land developers are creating resort-style communities designed with builders over the age of 55 in mind. Commonly called “active-adult” or “active lifestyle” communities, these neighborhoods are filled with people just like you — active, energetic, young at heart and ready to make the most of a beautiful new home.

As you search for one of these communities yourself, you’ll be presented with a nearly limitless number of options to choose from. But before you ever set foot in one of these sought-after communities for a tour, there are a few things we think you should look for first:

Exceptional Amenities
Without a wide array of amenities, it’s not an active-adult community, so the best ones are filled with everything from swimming pools and walking trails to sports courts and golf courses.

If you can’t live without a fitness center, make sure the communities you’re looking at have the right equipment and space for you. If a lot of golf is in your future, do your due diligence to make sure the community golf course is up to par. Every community will offer something a little bit different, so you just need to decide what’s most important to you.

A Truly Active Community
They’re called “active-adult” communities for a reason, and the amenities available at the community only tell part of the story. The ideal 55+ community is going to have an active social scene of neighbors. It should be thriving with activities, clubs and events.

Although you’ll probably need to take a tour of the community to get a true feel of just how “active” it really is, take a closer look at its Facebook page, Instagram profile, website and online reviews ahead of time. This is the best way to get an early sense of whether or not a community’s energy level matches your own.

Proximity to Everything You Want
Just because you’ll be living in a community gives you access to great amenities, it doesn’t mean that you won’t ever want to leave to visit friends, family members, your favorite shops or venues.

Be cognizant of what’s around the community you’re looking at and think about how living there would affect your lifestyle. If you’re still commuting to work, this is an obvious one, but if you’re interested in going to the beach or being close to shopping or entertainment centers, take a closer look at how far away everything is from what might be your new home.

High-Quality Home Design
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice a long-lasting, high-quality home in favor of the active-adult lifestyle. Your home should come with all the promises and benefits of a new home, plus the perks of living in a resort-style community.

When searching for an active-adult community, be sure to do some research about the builders actually building homes there. You’ll want to get a sense of what their building practices are in regard to energy efficiency, home warranties, innovative features and high-quality materials.

Flexible Living Options
In addition to a high-quality home, be sure to look for builders who offer a breadth of flexible living options such as single-level living, optional guest suites, open floorplans and more. As you look, think about convenience in everyday living and what features would appeal to visiting friends and family. The top builders and communities will offer a vast array of options and features to pick from.

Community Update – November 2018

Community Update

As Birchwood’s pioneer residents begin to settle into their new homes, construction activity is well underway. Crews have been busy installing signage, bus shelters, landscaping, trails and a pier around the lake. The impressive 20,000 square foot Clubhouse is under construction with an anticipated opening date of summer ‘19. The Clubhouse will feature indoor and outdoor pools, game rooms, social spaces and more.

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The Lifts Models Open

Van Metre has opened their Lifts models — totally unique to the area and each four story home comes with a standard elevator. See them today!


Upcoming Events

The Brambleton Library will open its doors to the public Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 PM with a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration. Hope to see you there!

Plan Your visit

Our pop-up information center and builders’ models are open daily, 11am – 5pm. New for spring 2019, we are considering offering guided bus tours of Birchwood. If interested, please e-mail

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Birchwood at Brambleton is Abuzz with Development Activity

  Community monumentation is starting to go up all over Birchwood and construction of the Clubhouse has begun, including the pouring of both pool foundations.
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HOME BUILDERSVan Metre is excited to announce their first ever Lifts “Dusty Boots Tour” is this Saturday from 12-4pm, and construction of their Flats is well underway with an anticipated opening of early 2019. Miller & Smith and Winchester Homes now have their furnished models open with new sections under development. Those new lots are anticipated to be released this Fall.
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Birchwood at Brambleton – Are You Old Enough?

Imagine yourself taking a stroll around our serene walking trail or relaxing with a day of fishing at our catch-and-release pond. Then envision capping your day off swimming in either of our outdoor or indoor pools, taking a yoga class, or taking advantage of the demonstration kitchen at our exclusive clubhouse.

With a planned town center and central park, Birchwood at Brambleton will become a bustling, modern, walkable community offering the quality of life you desire.

This is what will make Birchwood the most sought-after active adult community in Ashburn, Virginia.

And its convenient location offers easy access to the some of the best local shopping and entertainment options in Loudoun County.

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Here is a sampling of what surrounds our new 55+ neighborhood:

Shopping and entertainment
Just a few minutes away, Brambleton Town Center gives residents a host of dining and entertainment choices throughout the year. Brambleton Town Center is home to a Harris Teeter grocery store, a variety of restaurants, Onelife Fitness gym, and Regal Fox Stadium 16, which boasts 16 screens (including IMAX), beer and wine, and stadium seating.

For residents looking to spend a day out on the links, our active adult community is just a stone’s throw away from four quality golf courses. Topgolf is a great choice for those looking to work on their swing but don’t have time for 18 holes.

Want to treat the grandkids to a day of fun? Monkey Joe’s Dulles is just around the corner and offers an interactive playhouse perfect for kids birthday parties.

With more than 40 local wineries and vineyards to choose from, Birchwood residents can experience a taste of Loudoun County at their leisure.

Residents who want to unwind with a cold beverage, live music, and special events will enjoy a number of craft breweries just minutes from our 55+ community.

Parks and recreation
Nature enthusiasts will fall in love with the on-site Stream Valley Trail Park with biking/walking trails and a fishing pier, adding even more high-quality amenities to active adult living. Less than 15 minutes away, the 156-acre Gilbert’s Corner Regional Park offers hiking trails, Civil War history, and a beautiful view of the Bull Run Mountains. Birchwood is also within 20 minutes of many sports and recreation parks.

The new StoneSprings Hospital Center offers a state-of-the-art medical complex with a wide range of healthcare services and provides the peace of mind of being only three miles away.

Located just 10 minutes from Dulles Airport and Metro’s Ashburn Silver Line Station (slated to open in 2020), residents are conveniently close to a relaxing vacation or exciting day trip to complement all the modern necessities of active adult living.

Interested in a future at Birchwood? Life refreshes at 55! Are you old enough?

Opening Sales Dates Announced

Thank you for your patience for what is expected to be the premiere Active Adult community in the Washington, DC market.

We wanted you to be the first to know that our homebuilders have finalized their plans and pricing, and have announced the dates they will open for sales to the public.


Model Now Open
42803 Cumulus Terrace, Brambleton


Courtyard Homes
Sales Office Location
42311 Fern Croft Terrace, Brambleton


Sales Office Location
23033 Canyon Oak Court, Brambleton


Elevator Condominiums
Sales Office Location
42803 Cumulus Terrace, Brambleton


Back-to-Back Condominiums
Sales Office Location
42803 Cumulus Terrace, Brambleton

So mark your calendars and get ready to be swept off your feet with never-before-seen homes designed and built – just for you!

Please note: Most addresses listed above are TEMPORARY sales locations in other neighborhoods throughout Brambleton. The Van Metre Grand Villas is the only model home now open in Birchwood.

The Birchwood at Brambleton Information Center is open daily from 11am – 6pm. Call us at 703.844.2247 for specific builder directions and hours open. We hope to see you soon!

Community Update


It is with great excitement that we share with you news of our progress!

The Loudoun County Parkway is open and the developer of Birchwood has received the necessary approvals to begin site developmont work. There is a tremendous amount of activity happening on the site! Crews are busy moving dirt, building roads, creating home sites and collaborating with the utility companies for timely installation of electric and gas. Given the large area under construction, the first phase of the lot development activity will take several months to complete as we enter into the fall and winter months. Our builders are ready to start construction just as soon as the Developer completes the infrastructure.

Final design touches have been made by our builders on their new home designs and they are beautiful!

Great news! Van Metre Homes Grand Villas are under construction, just off of Creighton Road. These homes provide the perfect choice for active adults looking to downsize while retaining luxury and loads of amenities. The Grand Villas decorated model home will open in early January along with an on-site sales center. Modern architectural details and carefully designed color palettes are the hallmark of these eye-catching and spacious homes. Stayed tuned because Van Metre’s condominiums and back-to-back homes are also coming soon. Contact Van Metre Sales Manager, Grace Strother (, to become part of their VIP group and receive additional information and updates on the Grand Villas when available.

Miller and Smith will open their Encore Collection for sale this fall. Catherine Taylor ( will be the sales manager and is looking forward to sharing their floor plans as soon as they are released. Catherine will have a sales office located in an existing Miler & Smith model in Brambleton (located on Shreveport Drive) until their model in Birchwood is constructed. Once the sales office is complete, Miller and Smith will be sending out an announcement to their VIP list announcing their opening schedule.

Winchester Homes will be hosting a VIP event at their current single family model in Brambleton and will be sending out details as the event gets closer. In the meantime, floor plans are available on our website and they have an existing model located at Two Rivers in Odenton, Maryland that will be similar to the homes they will build in Brambleton.

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Homeowner’s Association News

The Birchwood Community Association has been formed and the Board of Directors will hold its organizational meeting in October. Once the budget has been approved and the HOA fees have been set, this information can be shared.

Stephanie Lee, our community liaison is available to share with you news as it becomes available on this new community. We are extremely excited and can’t wait to meet our first contract purchasers.

We continue to welcome your visit at our pop up Welcome Center, 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 100, Brambleton, VA 20148. Many of you have shared your interests with Stephanie Lee to help us better plan future events and we encourage you to continue to send your suggestions to her at

We do sincerely appreciate your patience and look forward to sharing more progress with you as it becomes available.

Kind Regards,
Kim Adams
Marketing Director