People Are Talking About Birchwood, See What Resident Sandy Has To Say!

Clarke Family Birchwood at Brambleton

Birchwood at Brambleton is well beyond what Sandy and Chris envisioned for a 55 and older community when they relocated here from their townhome in Brambleton where they had lived for six years.

“We wanted a neighborhood with residents at similar points in their lives,” says Sandy, noting that their former home was located in an area with young families in a different stage of their lives.

Grandparents to three active young boys, ages 9, 5, and 1, Sandy and Chris are both still leading busy professional lives. Sandy, who commutes to Tysons and works part of the week from home, has been in the finance industry for 30 years. Chris is a teacher and enjoys his profession at a nearby Loudoun County high school.

Now in a Winchester Homes’ single-family-attached home, Sandy and Chris are enjoying being involved in the Resident Ambassador program where they are meeting new and prospective Birchwood residents. Sandy notes that some prospective residents have expressed hesitancy since they are not retired, but she and Chris have been able to talk about their situation and answer questions, putting them at ease.

Their lifestyle shows new residents that there are many facets to enjoying making a new home in Birchwood. “We have met some wonderful people here,” she adds.

Birchwood at Brambleton Residents Sandy and Chris Clarke

A serious runner, Sandy runs marathons and stays very active keeping physically fit and running about 30 miles a week. She has qualified for the Boston Marathon and is looking forward to this challenge.

“We love the community center, the potluck dinners, the gym, the pool and parties,” says Sandy who also enjoys taking their dog for outings on the path around the lake and heading out to the walking trails.

Trails in Birchwood at Brambleton

Besides entertaining her grandchildren with activities outside and at the community center, Sandy adds that her mother likes to visit from Pennsylvania and that she “fits right in” with their lifestyle in Birchwood.

“There’s no pressure here and you can be as involved in community activities as much as you want to be,” says Sandy.

“Birchwood is well beyond our expectations for an active 55 community,” Sandy says, noting that she and Chris moved here because of the house and found it a bonus to have all the amenities that they currently enjoy.


People are talking about Birchwood, read what resident Fred has to say!

Meet Fred S. Van Metre Birchwood Resident If you see Fred at the Birchwood clubhouse, you might ask if he’s seen Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, or Martin Sheen lately.

Fred and his wife, Catherine, live at “The Townes” built by Van Metre in Birchwood, that is when he’s not on a movie or commercial set somewhere between Baltimore and Richmond. As a longtime extra, Fred occasionally rubs elbows with Hollywood’s elite. But he’ll tell you that they are “just people after all.”

Moving to Loudoun County from Springfield after 30 years, Fred and Catherine are now enjoying first floor living after selecting Birchwood and moving in last fall to their two-level townhome. “The Townes” offer residents low maintenance living within close proximity to amenities and retail. Featuring a wide range of floor plans, these models feature three-and-four bedroom options, as well as patios and balconies.

van metre townes collection

“A lot of things led us here,” Fred says, noting that their new home and community in Birchwood met everything on their list including the location, quality of the homes and the neighborhood. Probably tops on that checklist is the fact that their daughter and her family, including grandchildren ages 1, 6 and 8, live in Brambleton. Frequent babysitting is something the couple enjoys when they are not traveling, working on their new home, or when Fred is “on location.”

Birchwood Residents Cookie Decorating with Grandkids

Catherine, a special education teacher, is now partly retired, but still working as a consultant. Working to create positive environments within schools, she can be found traveling to various cities where she trains teachers and administrators. Fred retired 10 years ago after 36 years working at the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Highway Administration, finding the time for his extra roles when he could break away from the office. “Retirement fills up your day,” he says with a laugh. “There are so many things to do and it frees you up to do spur of the moment things…your day is easily filled.”

Fred is used to short notice as a call to take an extras part from the Screen Actors Guild never provides much time to make a decision to accept the role. He has enjoyed the work for years and doesn’t mind the long hours involved. “Sometimes it’s a 16-hour day for two minutes of film time,” he adds.

Shwaery couple Birchwood at Brambleton residents

A new member of the Birchwood Resident Ambassador program, Fred says he won’t have any problems introducing new residents to the community and its focal point community center. “The staff is very helpful and friendly and all the amenities at the center are very high end,” he says, “they have really thought of everything.” As an example, he points to the multiple ports for charging cell phones and the top grade utensils and party ware in the center’s demonstration kitchen.

He’s a frequent visitor to the center, as the grandchildren love the pool, the art room and fishing at the lake. “They think it’s a resort,” he adds with a laugh.

Birchwood 55+ Luxury Clubhouse


People are talking about Birchwood, read what resident Robin F. has to say!

Robin has likely never met a stranger. This vivacious Birchwood resident bubbles over when she talks about her new home in the emerging 55-plus active lifestyle community within the master-planned, award-winning community of Brambleton in Ashburn.

Birchwood at Brambleton Couple at Holiday party

“I am busy all the time and I love it,” says the retired real estate agent who notes she has not missed her former career in the least. An active member of Birchwood’s Resident Ambassador program, Robin takes delight in meeting and greeting new residents and introducing them to the many ways to become involved in activities at Birchwood. Robin ticked off a myriad of events that rotate continually including barbecues, football parties, progressive and pot luck dinners, lunch groups, card games, wine and cheese and beer tastings—to name but a few. “You can stay as busy as you want to be,” she notes with a laugh.

Birchwood residents dancingWith their daughter and son grown and living on their own, Robin and her husband, Bob, decided it was time for a lifestyle change. They searched for a large community that would offer a clubhouse and numerous activities and events. After selling real estate for 17 years, Robin had an idea of what they were looking for in a new home and after searching for some time, it was Birchwood and Brambleton that perfectly fit the bill.

Birchwood at Brambleton 55+ community in ashburn, virginia

Their neighborhood is in close proximity to Bob’s work in Middleburg and within easy access to Dulles International Airport as he sometimes travels for his job. And, as Robin says, their Miller & Smith patio home has “the perfect floor plan” for the couple. She adds that she and Bob enjoy first floor living coupled with a loft area bed and bath if additional space is ever needed beyond their spacious first floor. And, with Robin’s mother making her home at Ashby Ponds in Ashburn, she felt Birchwood was within easy driving distance.

miller and smith allegro exterior

The couple’s checklist for their new residence is not unlike what many aging, but still quite active, Americans are seeking. The National Institute on Aging notes that as people are socially and emotionally vital later in life, they are attracted to living accommodations that provide a sense of community. With its fresh urban architecture, a new and attractive 20,000-square-foot clubhouse in the heart of the community, single-family, townhomes and condos, Birchwood offers the attractive amenities that appeal to active adults.

Birchwood residents at clubhouse

As an early member of Birchwood’s Resident Ambassador program, Robin finds herself right at home introducing newcomers to the community she loves. Robin enjoys organizing the Bocce ball league and working alongside her neighbors scheduling upcoming events at the clubhouse.

Birchwood Residents bocce club

A dog lover, Robin recently began volunteering at Aldie’s Friends of the Homeless Animals shelter where she will begin walking dogs. She understands how important it is for dogs to find a good home and she plans to invite a friend from Birchwood to join in and perhaps help there as well.

As one Birchwood resident jokingly said of the effervescent Robin, “don’t make eye contact with her, she will make you do something!

Birchwood residents at holiday party


Birchwood at Brambleton Attends The Ideal Living Resort & Retirement Show

We had a wonderful time at the  Ideal Living Resort & Retirement DC Show this past weekend at the The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner!

Take a look at our display below. Did you attend? We loved meeting potential new homebuyers at the show and explaining everything that Birchwood has to offer! One of our home builders, Van Metre homes, was also in attendance and we had a great time hanging out with the Birchwood team.

Birchwood at Brambleton 55+ Living Community in Ashburn, VA

Many of the attendees were our neighbors from nearby counties such as Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax and they were pleasantly surprised to learn that Birchwood at Brambleton was just down the road.  Future residents were glad to learn about our 55+ community that was close to “home” which allows for the ability still live near their adult children and grandchildren. Did you know that Virginia also has some of the lowest tax rates on the East Coast? One of the best parts of choosing to retire in Virginia is that you definitely don’t have to worry about any alligators in your backyard either! #VirginiaIsForLovers

People were impressed with the images on display of our 20,000 sq ft clubhouse (under construction now) and excited to learn that it is projected to open later this Summer. Birchwood’s clubhouse will offer amenities such as an indoor and outdoor pool, game room, indoor golf simulator, meeting area, demonstration kitchen, arts & crafts room, yoga and fitness area and overlooks a lake with a fishing pier and is connected to a large network of walking trails to additional amenities such as Pickle Ball and Bocce courts.

Are YOU old enough? We have Condos, Townhomes and Single Family Detached product available. If you’d like to learn more about your options at Birchwood, please call our information center (open daily 11am – 5pm) at 703-722-2427.


The new clubhouse will be the heart of the Birchwood at Brambleton community

A Picture's Worth 1,000 words at Birchwood

Beautiful stone exteriors and modern interior features and finishes don’t begin to describe the beauty and function of our new 20,000 sq.ft. clubhouse under construction at Birchwood at Brambleton.

Brimming with amenities and awe-inspiring views over the lake, the new clubhouse will feature indoor and outdoor pools, game rooms, a wellness/fitness area, yoga studio, a demonstration/catering kitchen, arts and crafts room, indoor and outdoor bars and social spaces. The new clubhouse will be the heart of the community. Completion is anticipated for late summer of this year.