mixed-use communiity

One Loudoun Named GALA’s 2015 Community of the Year

One Loudoun is thrilled to announce that our community received five awards at the Great American Living Awards this year—including the prestigious Community of the Year award! The Great American Living Awards (also known as GALA), honor the best and brightest of the building industry—from new home builders, architects and developers, to interior designers, sales professionals and marketers. The Great American Living Awards has been, without a doubt, the most prestigious awards program in Washington DC’s metropolitan market, celebrating the stars of the new home industry for over 50 years!

The GALA awards ceremony is presented by the Washington Metropolitan Sales & Marketing Council (WMSMC), Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), and Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA), after winners have been determined by a panel of distinguished building industry professionals, with expertise in building, community design, new home design, interior design, merchandising, marketing and sales.

According to the Great American Living Awards, Community of the Year is awarded to the community with the ideal “relationship among different land uses, special features, street network, landscaping, home/building orientation to streets, amenities and open space.” Judges also look at the community’s relevant advertising, website design, marketing and merchandising to determine which community best embodies the “high standards that represent the best qualities of our industry”.

In addition to winning Community of the Year, One Loudoun also received an award for Best Integrated Marketing Campaign of a Master-Planned / Mixed-Use Community for the third year in a row, along with an award for Best Social Media, and awards of merit for the Club’s Design and Architecture, in addition to an award of merit for our clubhouse’s Interior Merchandising.

Over the past few years, One Loudoun has become somewhat of a seasoned veteran of the GALA Awards. In fact, we have received a wide variety of awards and accolades for our one-of-a-kind, mixed-use community here at One Loudoun! With limited homesites remaining, now is your last chance to purchase a new single family home at One Loudoun, so be sure to check out our stunning selection of new homes today, and start planning your move to GALA’s 2015 Community of the Year tomorrow!

Sourcegreatamericanlivingawards.com

Thriving in a Mixed-Use Community

A recent article about mixed-use communities has been making waves throughout the industry, touting developments like One Loudoun the “holy grail” of community design.  Titled Walkable Communities Can Help Old & Young Thrive, this article falls right in line with the lifestyle we embody at One Loudoun: communities like ours do more and offer more for their residents, making it an extremely beneficial place to live for people of all ages.

An expertly planned mixed-use community entails beautifully crafted new homes along with shops, offices and everything in between, providing a quality of life that is unmatched in traditional suburbs.  It’s this all-encompassing nature that makes One Loudoun the place to be.  In our community, stunning new homes by Camberley Homes and Miller & Smith provide a unique take on conventional dwellings, giving families the room they need to grow in a setting centered around New Urbanism.

In essence, this article describes how residents tend to be more active on a daily basis when it’s a side effect of living in a “walk-friendly, bike-friendly, out-and-about” community like One Loudoun.  And, according to executive director of TransitCenter, David Bragdon, “creating such communities changes family life.” He continues, “It makes all generations healthier, communities become more vibrant – and as a bonus, it sets parents free from the drudgery of endless chauffeuring.”

New residents at One Loudoun are pleasantly surprised when they discover how simple life becomes when living in a walkable community.  Running daily errands, heading to a friends house for a dinner party, or catching the latest One Loudoun event on the Downtown Plaza are all activities that can be done on foot, with designated walking paths to lead the way.  Not only are residents no longer dependent on their cars, they’re saving money on fuel and doing more for their health and well-being at the same time!

Here at One Loudoun, we can’t help but share the excitement so many of our residents feel.  It’s so easy for all generations to fall in love with One Loudoun and all that is has to offer, as well as its promising future.  This year has already been such a wonderful time to be part of the One Loudoun community, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.  Take a look at our new homes available or visit Experience One Loudoun and you too could be thriving in our mixed-use community!

Source: Deseret News

Understanding the Importance of Walkability

Here at One Loudoun, we understand the importance of walkability in a community. It’s one of the main assets you’ll notice in our mixed-use community – the ability to walk from your newly built home to shopping and dining options, opportunities for recreation and entertainment, and even office spaces. More and more developments around the nation are being built with “walkable urbanism” in mind to integrate living, working, shopping and dining into one accessible community.

The trend towards mixed-use, walkable communities continues to grow in popularity, with walkable neighborhoods growing more than twice as fast as the overall market, according to an article from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). And there’s good reason for this increase in popularity – walkable, integrated communities have a lot of benefits that homeowners increasingly want for their lifestyle. To understand the importance of walkability in communities for today’s consumers, consider the following:

Health benefits.

Walkability is important from a health standpoint. The NAR article states that people living in “sprawling” non-walkable areas are more likely to be obese and suffer from associated illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Living in a mixed-use community, with the option to walk to all necessities, complements a healthy, active lifestyle.

Environmentally friendly.

The ability to walk within a community or development is also important from an environmental perspective. When destinations such as work, home, shopping, restaurants and transit are within a quarter-mile to half-mile of each other, consumers are more likely to walk instead of drive, according to information from the Urban Land Institute. Less air pollution from less driving is not only correlated with cleaner air to breathe in, but also a healthier environment.

Time and cost efficient.

Residents of mixed-use, walkable communities spend less time commuting to the shopping, dining, recreation, entertainment and even work destinations when they have the option of walking wherever they need to go. According to the NAR article, this can also lead to cost-efficiency – even if homes in walkable communities are more expensive, the lower costs of transportation means that the combined cost of living is about the same as living in a lower-priced “sprawl” area with longer commutes and higher transportation costs.

Diversity.

Mixed-use communities tend to include a mix of generations, incomes and housing types, leading to a more interesting area with character and charm.

Compatible with current trends.

According to the NAR article, the idea of walkability is compatible with current trends in today’s society. The article states that miles driven per person has been flat or dropping since the early 2000s, and the baby boomer generation is starting to phase out of their peak driving years. In addition, milennials – who are entering or in their peak driving years – are driving about one third less than baby boomers did at their age, according to NAR. With less interest in owning and driving cars, it’s easy to see why walkable communities have become so popular.

According to Kelly Morphy, executive director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, the research is in and the conclusion is that Americans increasingly want to live somewhere where they don’t need to use their cars to access the necessities of life. In addition to having walkability as a key factor in our community, we also boast an excellent location in Loudoun County, the fastest growing county in Virginia and the wealthiest in the nation. Everything you want in a community, all within walking distance of your incredible newly built home, located in the heart of one of Virginia’s most desirable counties – what more could you want in a walkable community?

SOURCE: National Association of Realtors, The Business Journals, Urban Land Institute

Features Millennials & Boomers Want in a New Home

Generational differences play a big role when it comes to home shopping.  Baby Boomers may seek certain home features that Millennials wouldn’t consider, and vice versa.  At the same time, while the two are still a generation apart, many of their preferences are actually quite similar.

AOL Real Estate spells out these preferences that Millennials and Boomers want to see in their next home, and despite it all, it comes as no surprise that One Loudoun caters to both!

Location

We’ve heard it before – location is everything!  And luckily, One Loudoun couldn’t be located in a better area.  In the ‘heart of Loudoun County’, our community sits perfectly at Route 7 and the Loudoun County Parkway.  With one of the most affluent counties in the nation, an abundance of employment opportunities, excellent schools and Washington D.C. just minutes away, this area truly has it all.

AOL Real Estate also concluded that both Boomers and Millennials are flocking to metropolitan areas where they can find “theater, arts, cultures and fine dining.”  At One Loudoun, our residents can have a little bit, or a lot, of everything!  Our mixed-use community provides a taste of culture, entertainment, diversity and of course, a variety of restaurants.

Style

Maybe one of the biggest differences in preference between the two generations has to do with the appearance and style of a home.  Millennials are more likely to find a space that’s casual and practical.  Boomers prefer a place that acts more as a retreat, with luxury features and plenty of room.

With the various single-family home models available at One Loudoun, both Millennials and Boomers will find a home they love.  Our homes, brought to us by Miller & Smith, provide plenty of square footage with upscale features, but are still practical with a grocery store, shops and restaurants just steps away.

Amenities

Community amenities are also equally as important to Boomers and Millennials, as is accessibility and walkability.  While preferred activities may differ, the bottom line remains: both want to live in an amenitized community that offers more.

Here at One Loudoun, we strive to provide our residents with everything they need to have fun.  With an events calendar packed full of things to do, the Downtown Plaza with fountain and interactive entertainment, a community recreation center with pools and fields, an amphitheater, central park and so much more, you won’t believe all that you can have access to when you live at One Loudoun.

Boomers and Millennials may be a generation apart, but their tastes in home location, style and amenities are more alike than different.  Whether a Boomer or Millennial, anyone can find all they’re looking for in a new home and community at One Loudoun.  Our new single-family homes are selling fast – this is an incredible opportunity to move into a one-of-a-kind community!

Source: AOL Real Estate