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One Loudoun Voted “Favorite Place to Meet With Friends”

The 2016 Loudoun Now Favorites of Loudoun County awards confirmed what most One Loudoun visitors are already well aware of; One Loudoun rocks! Readers of Loudoun Now submit nominees for a wide range of categories and then vote on those nominees to determine the winners. One Loudoun, its businesses, and its employees, raked in the awards, with 5 award winners and 7 runner-ups. One Loudoun as a community was the winner for the Favorite Place to Meet with Friends, no surprise giving the wide variety of cuisine, shopping, and activities. This award really speaks to how loved One Loudoun has become, as there were over 40 nominees for this category! One Loudoun was also a runner up for Favorite Date Spot.

The other One Loudoun winners were Atlantic Coast Mortgage for Favorite Mortgage Company, Uncle Julio’s for Favorite Mexican Restaurant, Kristi Hardy of Atlantic Coast Mortgage for Favorite Mortgage Broker, and Chad Parsons of Advanced Corrective Chiropractic for Favorite Chiropractor. There were also three other winners with strong One Loudoun ties: Jason Masi, a regular performer at Acoustic Wednesday who will next be preforming on August 10th, won Favorite Band/Musician, Barnes and Noble, which will soon be opening a location at One Loudoun, won for Favorite Bookstore, and Allen Cochran of Cochran’s Stone Masonry, the builders of the Barn at One Loudoun, was the winner for Favorite Stone Mason.

Our One Loudoun runners up were very impressive as well and easily could have taken home the top prize. In addition to the One Loudoun’s runner up finish in the Favorite Date Spot category, the One Loudoun Farmer’s Market was Runner up for Favorite Farmer’s Market, Alamo Drafthouse was runner up for favorite movie theater, Virginia Tire and Auto was runner up for Favorite Auto Repair Shop, Sport Clips at One Loudoun was runner up for Favorite Barber Shop, State Farm was runner up for Favorite Insurance Company, and Aaron Malofsky of Hail and Hog Kitchen and Tap was runner up for Favorite Bartender. Stop by One Loudoun and check out all these awesome honorees! For a full list of One Loudoun businesses visit our tenant directory.

 

Why LoCo is the Happiest County in the Nation, Again!

“Loudouners” continue to have even more reasons to be proud of where they live, as our very own Loudoun County continues to be recognized for its growth and popularity. For the second year in a row, Loudoun County, VA was ranked the happiest county in the nation!

What do you mean “happiest”?

Every year, SmartAsset uses census data to analyze a mixture of positive and negative factors for counties in the country with a population over 50,000 to find out which ones are the most “happy.” Positive factors consisted of marriage rate, income ratio, life expectancy, and physical activity rate, while negative factors included poverty rate, unemployment rate, divorce rate, and personal bankruptcy rate. After all of these rates are determined for each county in the study, they are weighed and assigned an index where Loudoun County was a 100, therefore placing it at the top of the list!

How Does Loudoun County Compare?

A few factors stick out about Loudoun County when you dive deeper into why we are so happy! Loudoun County’s poverty rate is lower than any county in this particular study, coming in at just 3.8%. In addition to this, the unemployment rate is at 3.2% compared to a national average of 4.9%. Of the almost 1,000 counties included in this study, Loudoun County’s income ratio is the fourth highest at slightly above 2.5, which shows that the median income is over twice the cost of living. All in all, Virginia fared pretty well in this study too, with Fairfax and York both joining Loudoun in the top 25 happiest counties.

So, how can I live in Loudoun County?

Are you interested in living in the happiest county in America? We thought so! As a thriving mixed-use community, One Loudoun, named the Community of the Year at the 2015 Great American Living Awards is where you can live, play, dine, shop, and more, all in one place! Discover the future of living at One Loudoun with brand new homes coming soon from Stanley Martin Homes! These beautiful city style condominiums are NOW SELLING, so visit our website for more information!

Sources: smartasset.com, Washingtonian.com

Loudoun County is the Fastest Growing in Virginia

The “new urbanism” trend that One Loudoun is framed around has resulted in a lot of growth and progress for our amazing community! One Loudoun is already home to extensive dining and retail shops as well as a wide range of offices, including Washington Wealth Advisors, Loudoun Smile Center, Bank of Clarke County, State Farm, and Vinitech IT Solution Strategists, to highlight a few. In addition to plans to continue growing our residential offerings towards the end of 2016, downtown One Loudoun continues to add a multitude of businesses to it’s repertoire. We are very excited to announce that Fortessa Tableware Solutions is bringing their headquarters to One Loudoun!

Loudoun County is situated in the heart of Northern Virginia, one of the most economically vibrant areas in the country. According to a recent article from wtop.com, Northern Virginia is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the state, despite federal spending cuts seen over the past few years. From 2010 to 2015, the population of this metropolitan area increased by 8.7%, creating a total of 2,909,438 residents at the end of 2015. Population estimates from 2015 estimate that Loudoun County is the fastest growing county in Northern Virginia! In the past five years, Loudoun County has seen an astounding population growth of nearly 20%, compared to Falls Church’s 15% growth and Alexandria’s 14% growth in the same period.

Unsurprisingly, not only is Loudoun County the fastest growing county in Northern Virginia, but according to the U.S. Census Bureau, it is also the fastest growing county in the entire state of Virginia! At an impressive nationwide ranking of 15th for county growth between 2010 and 2015, Loudoun County’s 20% growth rate saw an increase of about 63,293 people. Furthermore, Forbes estimated Loudoun County to have a median household income of $119,525 in 2014, making Loudoun one of the wealthiest counties in America and an enticing location for businesses to set up offices.

What this means for One Loudoun is that we can continue to keep growing with Loudoun County and continue to establish our community as Loudoun’s New Downtown! One Loudoun was recently named Great American Living Awards Community of the Year for 2015 and has won numerous awards from GALA for the sleek and innovative designs of its building. Be sure to stop by and visit one of our many  businessesrestaurantsshops, or even take a stroll in the park next time you pass by One Loudoun! If you’re interested in leasing office space visit our website to learn more information and get in touch with someone who can help your business make One Loudoun its new home.

Sources: wtop.com, patch.com

Experience One Loudoun: Matchbox Edition

On an early spring day, the weather was great and the downtown was hopping, so we took a stroll around The Plaza. The Plaza at One Loudoun is at the center of the downtown area with spots to sit and enjoy the nice weather. It is also where the community holds many events like Acoustic Wednesdays, Downtown Fest, and Farmers Markets.

Each street in Downtown One Loudoun is lined with amazing dining options for any sort of palate. Naturally, it is difficult to choose somewhere to eat with all of the amazing options right in front of you. On this specific day, we chose to eat at Matchbox — a place we knew would not disappoint. The look and feel of Matchbox definitely mimics that of it’s name; warm, but boxy. The atmosphere creates a contemporary feel with warm woods, metal, and red accents. 

As we walked up, the outdoor patio was crowded, but the hostess kindly showed us that the outside bar area was seat yourself, so we got a seat right away. When it’s nice outside, the inside bar opens up to the patio area for a refreshing indoor/outdoor feel. The server immediately came over, introduced himself, and asked if we had any questions, prompting us on what the restaurant is known for. He talked about the pizzas, which we had already heard great things about, and that they are known for their draft wine.

We started out with a few drinks, including a Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA beer on tap, a jalapeño cucumber margarita on the rocks (highly recommended by our server, and for good reason), and the seasonal sangria. Although we did not get the draft wine that Matchbox is known for, guests can order it by the glass, half bottle, or full bottle.

For appetizers, we tried a few different options, including the spicy tuna tartare tacos, hot artichoke + smashed garlic dip, and the crab + avo. The spicy tuna tartare tacos were decidedly the group favorite, as the creamy goodness of the tuna and avocado, mixed with the crunch of the wonton shell was out of this world. The crab + avo(cado), was a refreshing twist on chips and guac as it is served with sea salt flatbread instead of chips. The hot artichoke + smashed garlic dip was a nice change from the other apps, with more hearty flavors such as roasted red peppers and mozzarella.

When it came time for our entrees, we tried our best to get different items, but for some reason, everyone wanted pizza! We met in the middle by getting a few different types of pizza, the crab cake sammich (yes that’s spelled right), and the steak + greens salad.  

Baked in brick ovens, Matchbox has perfected the crispy, yet thin, deliciousness that is their classic and artisanal pizza selection. If you like spicy, we recommend the fire + smoke pizza, and if you’re more of a simpleton pizza lover, we suggest getting either the white pizza or the holy grail margherita (we did half and half as recommended by our server).

As for the other items we had ordered, the steak + greens salad was another recommendation from our server, who was right on the money. The pepper-crusted filet was outstanding, and one more thing: homemade tater tots. The crab cake sammich was a great choice, up there with some of the best crab cakes, as decided by our Annapolitan of the group. The pairing of the crab cake, avocado-chili aioli, and pancetta, was a great twist on a classic Maryland favorite.

Next time you’re deciding where to eat at One Loudoun, consider going to Matchbox for a bite, or slice, of absolute food heaven. For more info on the options at Matchbox One Loudoun, you can check out the menu here and be sure to follow along with our Facebook page for updates on other great restaurants coming soon to One Loudoun!

Sources: matchboxrestaurants.com

Groundbreaking of Ashburn Sheriff’s Office Substation at One Loudoun

On April 25th, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Ashburn Substation located in One Loudoun! The station will be located at the intersection of Russell Branch Parkway and Savin Hill Drive. For more information on the groundbreaking and plans for the station, check out the links below. (Photo via LoudounNow.com)

 

“Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman was joined by members of the Board of Supervisors and his top administrators Monday morning to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Ashburn substation at One Loudoun.” – Loudoun Now

To see the full article from Loudoun Now, visit http://loudounnow.com/

Photo via Patch.com

Photo via Patch.com

“The Ashburn Station represents the final steps by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in the implementation of the station concept. “The station concept enables deputies and detectives assigned to these stations to utilize problem solving to resolve issues within the communities they serve,” said Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman.” – Patch.com

To see the full article from Patch.com, visit http://patch.com/virginia/ashburn

Press Release: Annual Racing Event Kicks Off Memorial Day at One Loudoun

We are so excited for “Ringing In Hope: A Salute to Our Troops” to return to One Loudoun for the third year in a row! The 10K/5K Races and 1K Fun Run/Walk events will take place on Monday, May 30th, 2016 (Memorial Day). Throughout the event, there will also be activities such as music, face painting, food, and more fun for the whole family! Take a look at the original press release below and visit www.ringinginhope.com to register today!

 


 

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kathy Hatem
(703) 244-8248

ANNUAL RACING EVENT KICKS OFF MEMORIAL DAY AT ONE LOUDOUN

Event Pays Tribute to Service Men and Women
April 18, 2016 – Ashburn, VA – Ringing In Hope announces the return of “Ringing In Hope: A Salute to Our Troops” (a 5K & 10K Race, and 1K Fun Run/Walk) on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) at One Loudoun. The 5K race kicks off at 8 am, followed by the 10K at 8:10 am, and the 1K Fun Run/Walk at 9:30 am.

This event returns for the third year straight to One Loudoun, and will feature fun for all ages. Races are open to those of all ability levels (joggers, walkers and experienced runners). Throughout the race, family fun activities will be available, including music, a bounce house, team challenges, kids art, face painting, massages at the finish line, a splash pad and more! Short-sleeved performance t-shirts will be provided to those in the 5K and 10K events and are guaranteed to all who register by May 12, 2016. Those participating in the 1K Fun Run/Walk will also receive a race shirt, courtesy of Apt Orthodontics. Registration is available online at www.ringinginhope.com.

Following the race, Ringing In Hope participants will also receive food at the finish line provided by Firehouse Subs, as well as a free 5 oz. pour of beer from World of Beer (must be 21). At the completion of each event, prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female overall winners in each race, as well as the top three male and female finishers in the following age groups: 11 and under, 12-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, and 80 & over.

Proceeds from this race will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, a retreat for America’s seriously wounded warriors and their families to reconnect and recover. One hundred percent of all funds raised will go directly to Boulder Crest Retreat. Items are also being collected leading up to the event on behalf of Boulder Crest Retreat. For a list of these items, please visit the race website.

Vendor space is also available for anyone wishing to have a display, however, space is limited. Volunteers are also needed to help accommodate growing crowds and assist with the race course duties as well as family-fun activities. The 2015 Memorial Day event drew in more than 1,300 participants, and race organizers expect large crowds again for this year’s event. Volunteers are eligible to receive high school service credit hours. If interested in a vendor space or serving as volunteer, please contact: info@ringinginhope.com.

This festive event is made possible thanks so the generosity of Ringing In Hope sponsors, including (presenting sponsor) One Loudoun, (title sponsors) Miller and Smith and Firehouse Subs, and the following sponsors: Lauer Commercial Real Estate, Harris Teeter, World of Beer, Potomac River Running, The Fitness Equation, Apt Orthodontics, Virginia Tire and Auto, Top Golf, Water To Go, Meadows Farms, Loudoun Times-Mirror, Loudoun Now, INOVA, Mpowered Massage, A McAnn Photography, Glory Days Grill, Kidz Art, Amusement of Bouncers, Legal Shield, Five Star Septic, Dulles Golf Center and Sports Park, Learning Rx, NOVEC, The Joint Team, The Fresh Market, Blue Ridge Leader, Kickers Martial Arts, Sam’s Club, and Wegmans.

Ringing In Hope ▪ PO Box 2953▪ Leesburg, VA 20177

Loudoun County Ranked #1 County in the Nation

Here at One Loudoun, we already know that Loudoun County is the greatest county in the nation – but it doesn’t hurt to get some extra recognition! Popular real estate website Movoto recently ranked Loudoun County the number one county in America, adding to Loudon’s already extensive list of national accolades.

Movoto used the following criteria when deciding how to rank the best counties in the country: median household income, median rent and home price, high school graduation rate, percent of families below the poverty line, and unemployment rate.

It was clear by the rankings that Loudoun County was a “pretty obvious” winner, according to Movoto. Loudoun County ranked first on Movoto’s list for highest median rent, and ranked in the top 25 for median home price – both indicators of the desirability of the area.

Loudoun County also ranked first for household income rank, had the fourth lowest unemployment rate, and had the third lowest percentage of families living below the poverty line out of all the counties listed. These rankings reflect the incredibly high quality of life that Loudoun County residents enjoy!

And Loudoun County is great for families with school-aged children, with a high school graduation of over 93%, coming in at number 37 on the rankings. Clearly, Loudoun County has a well-educated, affluent, sophisticated population, all factors that help make it the best county in the country!

These rankings certainly paint an accurate picture of how great it is to be a Loudoun County resident, but living here is the only way to really appreciate how wonderful it truly is – just ask our One Loudoun residents! Living in our mixed-use community means enjoying the very best that incredible Loudoun County has to offer. Our luxurious single-family homes, incredible dining and shopping options, and exciting entertainment destinations are all within walking distance of each other, so our residents can take full advantage of our community amenities without ever having to use their cars! There’s a reason that walkable communities and new urbanism have become so popular in recent years, and it only takes one visit to Loudoun County to see why. Having everything you need outside your front door in the hottest mixed-use community in the best county in the nation – what could be better than that?

SOURCE: Movoto

Loudoun County One of the Fastest Growing in U.S.

Our One Loudoun community is certainly growing quickly, and according to Forbes.com, so is our entire county!  A recently published article highlighted 10 different counties that are the fastest growing in America. Loudoun County ranks second, posting a 7.87 percent population growth rate from 2010 to 2012. Additionally, the number of jobs has grown 83 percent over the past decade alone.  Also a notable mention, the article points out that Loudoun County is “one of the nation’s wealthiest counties.” 

One Loudoun is a great example of the healthy growth in our county.  We expertly utilize the land to incorporate everything our residents might ever need or want: a range of restaurants, a variety of retail shops, thousands of square footage of available office space, an elementary school, a grocery store, all types of entertainment, newly built homes, and so much more.  Smart-growth communities are also praised for the environmentally friendly design, conveniently planned neighborhoods, and happy and healthy residents. 

When compared to the mundane lifestyle of outdated neighborhoods, One Loudoun stands out exceptionally. With new restaurants opening soon, as well as growing anticipation for our new buildings, One Loudoun has already made name for itself in Northern Virginia as one of the best places to live.  

With our state being ranked as the best for business, and Loudoun County being recognized as one of the fastest growing in the nation, One Loudoun is a prime location for restaurateurs and retailers alike.  When organizations as reputable and respected as Forbes take notice of your region, you know it’s going to be a hot place to open a new store or restaurant.  It won’t be long before shoppers and diners take notice!

Smart-growth is the answer for people in metro areas like Washington D.C., where residents want to live in a community, but maintain a city feel and an active lifestyle.  At One Loudoun, we effortlessly keep up with our residents without losing touch with our values.  As Loudoun County continues to be praised for its achievements, the residents in One Loudoun continue to be proud of their new home! 

Source: Forbes.com

Loudoun County Reports Incredbile Fiscal Year

You already know that Loudoun County is one of the most affluent counties in the entire United States, but did you know that it continues to improve year after year?  The Loudoun County Department of Economic Development recently released their annual report for fiscal year 2013.  And it’s good news for current and future business owners in the new mixed-use community of One Loudoun.

The Department of Development reports that there were 56 ‘wins’ within its target cluster last fiscal year.  A ‘win’ describes a business that moved to Loudoun, stayed in Loudoun, or expanded in Loudoun.  The new number of 56 is a 47 percent increase from the previous year. This amazing improvement is heavily because of new stores, as well as other retail and commercial developments like One Loudoun.

All of these new businesses invested nearly $466.9 million and added 1,645 new jobs in Loudoun County alone. They also occupied or added 2.6 million square feet of commercial real estate. Commercial retail and office space, including buildings in One Loudoun, have been popping up all over the County. In fact, One Loudoun was even mentioned by the Loudoun Times as one of the primary commercial office space providers. 

These statistics just further prove that Loudoun County is where storeowners want to be and know is the best place for their business. Buddy Rizer, the Department of Development Acting Director says, “I think generally the marketplace is pretty encouraging right now.”

And we agree! The marketplace is looking very optimistic in Loudoun County, which makes it an excellent time to open a new shop or store in One Loudoun. The fact that Loudoun County has had proven success is even better. With a constant customer base from the surrounding neighborhood and a huge draw for outside visitors, One Loudoun is the best place in the county to open up shop. Prospective storeowners can move into our community with the confidence that their business will do well and find success every year. 

With the accomplishments that our county has seen this past year, we can expect the next year to be equally as or more prosperous. Our economy is in the perfect position for new businesses and allows for plenty of room for growth. Storeowners in One Loudoun can rest assured that their business will do exceptionally well in our wonderful, new downtown.

Source: The Loudoun Times