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.
“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.
With 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!