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6 Ways Living in a Mixed-Use Community Will Change Your Life

One Loudoun is rapidly growing as Loudoun County’s premier mixed-use community and we are now offering even more new home options for you and your family. If you are looking to purchase a new home at One Loudoun, not only will current residents tell you how great it is, but also how living here will change your life! Check out the list below for the 6 ways living in a mixed-use community will change your life.

1.    A healthier lifestyle: As a mixed-use community, One Loudoun offers plenty of opportunities to get outside and be active. Features like community walkability, our very own Central Park, and even The Fitness Equation fitness center promote a healthy lifestyle in a convenient way. 

2.    Space to relax: There are many possibilities when you are looking to find your favorite place for some R&R at One Loudoun, even if it’s in your own home. Pick a favorite corner at the bar at World of Beer, discover that nice shady bench in the park, or make visiting the pool a weekly routine to get some sun. However you choose to unwind, the options are endless!

3.    Community becomes family: At One Loudoun, you are a part of the One Loudoun family! On any given day you will find neighborhood children playing in the fountain on The Plaza together or neighbors enjoying a meal at one of our amazing restaurants. With a full calendar of events at One Loudoun, including exclusive events for residents and events open to the public, there is never a shortage of places to meet your neighbors and make lifelong friends.

4.    More job opportunities: With the current and future expansion of our retail and office spaces, there are constantly new opportunities for our residents to work in their own community! One Loudoun is a mixed-use community meant to have residents live, work, dine, and play in one convenient location.

5.    Accessibility is unparalleled: Access to all of the goods and services you need on a regular basis is just steps away from your home. Imagine walking out the front door and heading straight over to Fresh Market for groceries or Flow Blow Dry and Beauty Bar for a hair styling session – all of that and more is possible here at One Loudoun! Additionally, One Loudoun is close to major roads and Dulles International airport for easy travel access anywhere. 

6.    A sense of security: Everyone knows that safety and security are both main priorities in close-knit neighborhoods such as One Loudoun. The Neighborhood Association at One Loudoun ensures that you have access to all of the necessary resources to live safely, including the Loudoun County Sheriff Station, which will soon be located right here at One Loudoun.

Needless to say all of these factors put together will bring a better quality of life for your and your family! For more information on how you can own a brand new home at One Loudoun, visit http://www.oneloudoun.com/living-at-one-loudoun/.

Source: https://www.hoppler.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

One Loudoun is Located in the Best Small City in VA!

Here at One Loudoun, we pride ourselves on our beautiful mixed-use community where residents can live, work, dine, shop, and more, all in one place! Not only does our community provide all types of amenities and services for it’s residents, but we are conveniently located in the surrounding metro Washington D.C. area in Ashburn, VA. WalletHub recently named our hometown of Ashburn the Best Small City in Virginia and 13th Best Small City in America!

In order to rank 1,286 small cities in the U.S. between 25,000 and 100,000 residents, the analysts at WalletHub used a detailed methodology including 22 different metrics. The four categories of metrics were affordability, economic health, education/health, and quality of life. The scores of each category were determined and then each city was given an overall score, where Ashburn, VA ranked #13 on the list. In addition to a rank of #13 overall, Ashburn is #2 in the Economic Health category and the #1 small city in Virginia. Take a look at what our community in Ashburn, VA has to offer:

Homes

Our beautiful single-family homes by Miller and Smith will blow you away with their Chicago-inspired exteriors and state of the art interior features! Each new home comes with amazing features to accommodate any family, such as, an open floor plan, 2-car garage, sleeper porch, loft, and 4 bedrooms. With a limited quantity of homesites remaining, you will not want to miss the chance to live in a brand new home in One Loudoun!

Downtown

One Loudoun thrives off of the idea of “new urbanism”, which is the idea of having everything you need all in the same place that you live. The walkability of our community has a lot to do with the downtown area of One Loudoun, which contains an assortment of restaurants, stores, services, entertainment, and more! One Loudoun is constantly adding new and exciting things to our community and you can check out what is new on our blog.

Sources: Wallethub.com

A Look Inside: The Clubhouse

One Loudoun’s Clubhouse, also known as “The Club”, is the uncontested focal point of One Loudoun’s residential community—offering residents of our award-winning community a variety of world-class community amenities, meeting spaces and more—all under one roof!

Located along Russel Branch Parkway directly across from the Barn at One Loudoun, this three-level, 16,000+ square foot clubhouse boasts a distinct, modern design all it’s own. In fact, the Club’s distinct architecture and interior design was recently honored at the 2015 GALA Awards,  with two awards of merit for Design and Architecture of a Free-Standing Clubhouse, and Interior Merchandising within a Free-Standing Clubhouse over 6,000 square feet. Let’s take a closer look at this award-winning amenity:

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Inside The Club

Inside the Club at One Loudoun, you’ll find a magnificent great room, an expansive meeting/banquet room, spacious conference rooms, a variety of glamorous entertaining spaces, management offices and a snack shack. The Club’s interior boats a chic, modern design, evident in the architecture and decor—making the Club the ideal location for the occasional community happy hour or club meeting.

Additionally, the Club is also home to a variety of fitness-focused amenities including a world-class fitness center, state-of-the-art dance studio and an indoor basketball court and more. Whether you’re looking to focus on your fitness with in a quick work out in the fitness center, join your neighbors for an afternoon yoga class in the dance studio, play a pickup game of basketball with a few friends or catch up with friends—the Club is the place to be!

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The Pool

The Club’s outdoor pool facility is truly state of the art—with an expansive, resort-style pool, separate toddler pool, sundeck and snack bar! We think you’ll agree—the Club’s resort-style pool facility offers homeowners at One Loudoun the perfect place to unwind!

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The Tennis Courts

The Club’s outdoor amenities expand beyond the resort-style pool—with a number of outdoor recreational courts, including two state-of-the-art tennis courts, along with a volleyball court and multi-purpose court.

Whether you’re looking to fit in a quick workout, hone your tennis skills or relax poolside—you can do it all at the Club at One Loudoun! For more on the Club at One Loudoun, check out this stunning bird’s eye view of the Club at One Loudoun on YouTube! To learn more about the unique perks of living at One Loudoun, browse our stunning collection of new homes at One Loudoun today.

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5 Bars, Bistros & Taverns Coming Soon to One Loudoun

There are a number of new restaurants on their way to our vibrant mixed-use community, in addition to the already extensive list of retail stores at One Loudoun. With construction underway and the community already abuzz—we simply cannot wait for these new additions to the One Loudoun family! Read on to learn a little about a few of the bars, bistros and taverns making their way to One Loudoun over the next year:

Copperwood Tavern: Copperwood Tavern is a cabin-style farm to table restaurant, with a delicious menu full of dishes with only the best fresh, local ingredients. There’s no question that Copperwood Tavern’s Oyster Hour, which features $1 oysters (every Monday-Friday from 4:00pm-7:00pm) is nothing short of legendary. This local legend was recently featured on Northern Virginia Magazine’s list of the Best 50 Restaurant of 2014, and we cannot wait for them to join the One Loudoun family! For more, check out Copperwood Tavern on Facebook or visit their website.

Matchbox Restaurant: Matchbox Restaurant is a casual American bistro restaurant, known for their award-winning fire brick oven pizza and American Bistro-Inspired Menu. The weekend brunches at Matchbox are always packed, and their weekday happy hours (Monday-Friday, 3:00pm-6:00pm) are always a crowd favorite, with Happy Hour Menu a featuring $5 drafts, $6 wine and $7 cocktails. Matchbox’s Drink Menu features a rotating selection of craft beers and an eclectic, value-driven wine list you’re sure to love! For more on Matchbox, visit their website, or check them out on Facebook.

Plan B Burger: Plan B Burger is a new-American restaurant, proudly offering the Washington D.C. area “Good Booze and Great Burgers”. Plan B Burger offers quality beer, burgers, bourbon and beer, without compromising on style and fun—just check out their Happy Hour Menu and you’ll surely agree! Plan B’s weekday happy hour specials (Monday-Friday, 3:00pm-6:00 pm) always feature a bourbon nip of the week, along with an array of house wines, mini burgers, southern sliders and more! To learn more about this delicious, one-of-a-kind restaurant, visit their website, check them out on Facebook and follow Plan B Burger on Twitter to keep up on the latest specials offered in DC!

Pho Royal: Pho Royal is a Vietnamese noodle restaurant, offering a wide variety of delicious, authentic Vietnamese cuisine in a warm, contemporary atmosphere. Pho Royal offers the best Vietnamese noodles in the Leesburg, VA area—and we can’t wait for them to join us here at One Loudoun! For more about Pho Royal, check out their menu, or visit their website.

World of Beer: World of Beer (WOB) truly lives up to their name—offering over 500 varieties of beer, and an additional 50 craft beers on tap! World of Beer’s infamous collection of microbrew and craft beers pair perfectly with their delicious selection of tavern-style dishes and late night snacks to create the ultimate craft tavern experience. In addition to their trademark BEERunch, World of Beer also offer a number of happy hour specials, including:

  • Sunday (All Day): $3 Mimosas & 1/2 off all wine and champagne bottles
  • Monday (3-7pm): $1 off all drafts & 1/2 off all wine and champagne bottles
  • Tuesday (3-9pm): $1 off all drafts (3-7pm) & $1 off all Dog-Related Beers (6-9pm)
  • Wednesday (3-9pm): $1 off all drafts (3-7pm) & 25% off all Drafts for “WOB U” (7-9pm)
  • Thursday (3-9pm): $1 off all drafts (3-7pm) & Ladies Night—25% off all Drafts, Wines & Siders (7-9pm)
  • Friday (5-7pm): $1 off all drafts

We think you’ll agree, World of Beer is sure to be a hit here at One Loudoun! For more on World of Beer, visit World of Beer on Facebook and check the Find a Beer page of the World of Beer website to discover WOB’s extensive selection of microbrew and craft beers.

Happy Hour Hot Spots of One Loudoun

It’s no secret that One Loudoun’s vibrant, mixed-use community is Loudoun’s New Downtown with our wide selection of retailers—from restaurants, taverns and bistros, to a variety of retail shops, a dry cleaners and more! The restaurants here at One Loudoun offer a variety of happy hour deals and specials you won’t want to miss. Read on to learn about a few of the happy hour specials and afternoon hot spots currently underway at  One Loudoun:

Bar Louie

Happy Hours: Monday-Friday, 4:00pm-7:00pm

Bar Louie is an eclectic, urban bar, best-known for their dynamic beer selection, signature martinis and cocktails, and infamous Blues & Brews (every Thursday, 5:00pm-close) and $5 Burger Night (every Tuesday, 5:00pm-close). Bar Louie’s extensive Drink Menu is chock full of  martinis, cocktails, mocktails, margaritas, mojitos, wine and more! To learn more about one of One Loudoun’s hallmark watering holes, check out Bar Louie on Facebook, or visit their website.

Family Meal

Happy Hours: Monday-Friday, 3:00pm-6:00pm

Bryan Voltaggio’s modern take on the classic diner features a number of delicious dishes, with an extensive drink menu. Family Meal’s weekday happy hour specials include $6 cocktails, $5-$6 wine and all draft beers for $5/ glass and $15/pitcher! For more, check out Family Meal on Facebook, or visit their website.

Glass Half Full Taproom

Happy Hours: Periodic All-Day Happy Hours and Specials

Glass Half Full at the Alamo is a neighborhood bar built by beer lovers, for beer lovers. Glass Half Full offers the finest microbrew and craft beers around, in addition to a truly exceptional selection of handcrafted, classic and one-of-a-kind custom cocktails—found on their drink menu. For more on Glass Half Full, visit their website or check them out on Facebook.

Okada Japanese Restaurant & Bar

Happy Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 3:30pm-6:30pm

Okada offers happy hour specials on their martinis, cocktails and a variety of domestic, draft and import beers—along with their delicious selection of fresh sushi, Hibachi-style entrees and authentic Japanese culinary specialties. For more, visit their website or check out their Facebook page.

5ence of Thai

Happy Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 4:00pm -7:00pm & 10:00 pm-Midnight; Friday & Saturday, 10:00pm-2:00am

5ense of Thai offers happy hour specials every day of the week, with a special Happy Hour Menu that is sure to impress. 5ence of Thai’s Drink Menu includes a wide selection of alcoholic beverages including: Cocktails, Mocktails, Draft Beers, Wine, Whiskey and even Sake and Soju! Be sure to stop by 5ence of Thai every Monday for half priced bottles of wine as well. For more on 5ence of Thai, visit their website and be sure to check them out on Facebook!

Trending Now: Millennial Homebuyers Seek Suburbs with Walkability

As all of the residents of One Loudoun know, one of the greatest things about this community is the close proximity to so many things! Shopping, dining, entertaining, working, and exercising are just some of the everyday activities that are available all in one place! New urbanism combines convenience and sophistication to bring people the benefits of a mixed-use community. This kind of lifestyle is attracting to many demographics, but more recently, millennial homebuyers have been at the forefront.

Surveys have shown that although millennials gravitate towards city atmospheres, they prefer to buy homes in suburban areas. They like the space and privacy that the suburbs have to offer, but still want to be able to walk to the restaurant down the street. One Loudoun is a great example of a suburban area that has the walkability and convenience of an urban area.

According to Dallas Culture Map, at 32%, millennials currently make up the largest group of homebuyers in the United States. The website states, “Even though these millennials said they want a suburban lifestyle, they want urban amenities, like the ability to walk to parks, grocery stores, schools and work.” Another feature that this age bracket looks for when they are considering buying a home is outdoor space. Dallas Culture Map says, “Millennials cite a lot of the traditional reasons to buy a house, such as financial investment. But the “desire to have outdoor space” is the most important reason they want to purchase a home.”

With all things considered – walkability, outdoor space, and the suburbs – millennials ultimately crave mixed-use communities when considering buying a home. Whether you are a millennial or not, the benefits of living in a community like One Loudoun are endless.

Sources: oneloudoun.comdallas.culturemap.com 

One Loudoun’s Role in a Greener Loudoun County

Here at One Loudoun, we couldn’t be happier to be located in vibrant Loudoun County. As the premier mixed-use development in the area, we’re keenly aware of our responsibility to help make Loudoun County the very best it can be. Our responsibility includes helping to make Loudoun County a greener space – benefitting both the environment and the local residents – and we’re committed to contributing to a sustainable local environment.

One Loudoun plays a strong role in a greener Loudoun County, and the following are the initiatives we’ve taken to promote a more sustainable area:

Conservation

Various aspects of One Loudoun incorporate a strong emphasis on conservation. One such aspect is our beautiful Central Park area, which totals over 100 acres and is designated as a tree save area. The overall development of the community incorporates conservation with a focus on smart growth designation and mixed-use buildings in our downtown area. Other efforts toward conservation in One Loudoun include water conservation in our buildings and a multi-purpose plaza in our downtown area.

Materials

Materials used in One Loudoun’s Central Park, downtown area and buildings all help to make the area greener. For example, trails in Central Park are made from recycled materials, and we have pervious paving and pervious turf grass in the downtown area. Buildings are made from low-emitting materials, and include green roofs.

Landscaping

The landscaping we’ve implemented in One Loudoun is an integral aspect to what makes our mixed-use community so eco-friendly! In Central Park and our downtown areas, we’ve incorporated indigenous plant materials and developed the area by making use of existing materials. Our downtown area also features a water cistern for irrigation purposes, and runoff from the roofs of our buildings lead to this cistern.

Transportation

As a mixed-use community, One Loudoun has a commitment to implementing transportation options that have a low impact on the environment. To that end, we’ve developed our community to be multi-modal, meaning that it can be easily accessed and enjoyed by bike, walking, bus or car. Our pedestrian-friendly downtown area features interconnected networks of trails and sidewalks, and also features designated parking for fuel efficient vehicles as well as electric car charging spaces.

Energy

Energy use is another important aspect of the eco-friendliness of an area, and at One Loudoun, we’ve taken various measures to use energy efficiently. LEED-certified buildings, wind and solar light fixtures and energy efficient building systems are all part of our efforts to be an energy-conscious community, benefitting a greener Loudoun County overall.

Is Living in a Mixed-Use Community Right For You?

With all the buzz surrounding mixed-use communities and New Urbanist lifestyles, you might wonder to yourself, “is it right for me?”

If you’re not sure, try asking yourself these questions to find out!:

Do you enjoy sitting in traffic?

If you answered ‘Yes’, then a mixed-use community might not be for you.  In communities like One Loudoun, office space is cleverly built adjacent to homes.  This means employees who live and work in the community have a pleasantly short commute – they can even walk or bike – to work in the morning.

Does your family look forward to outdoor community events?

If you’d prefer to stay indoors on a beautiful day over heading to the downtown Plaza for live music and entertainment, then living in a community like One Loudoun might not be your cup of tea!  All throughout the year, we host a diverse line up of events, from the Tree Lighting in the winter to children’s concerts and block parties in the warmer months.

Is home design a top priority?

Those who invest in their new homes care about quality home design and innovative floor plans – and lucky for them, that’s exactly what they’ll find at One Loudoun. With stunning single-family homes by both Miller & Smith and Camberley Homes, homeowners can have it all in one home and community.

Do you like having an abundance of dining options just steps away?

Foodies rejoice! One Loudoun is home to a long, growing list of the latest eateries to hit Loudoun County.  Places like Elevation Burger, Bar Louie, and Family Meal are just a few of many hot restaurants in our community.

Do you want to do more to promote a healthy lifestyle for you and your family?

Here at One Loudoun, our residents are encouraged to walk and stroll around the community, with miles of paved walkways making it all possible. These sidewalks guide the way to offices, shops, restaurants, Central Park and other community features. This promotes both a ‘greener’ lifestyle and a healthier one!

For countless families, living in a mixed-use community like One Loudoun just makes sense. Take a look at our new single-family homes by Miller & Smith and Camberley Homes, and read up on all we have going on at One Loudoun. You can make our community your new home in 2015!

New Year Sees Drop In Mortgage Rates

The new year is already ushering in good news for potential homebuyers looking to purchase a new home in the Ashburn, VA area.

According to an online article recently published from the Washington Business Journal, those looking to buy new homes for sale in 2015 will get to enjoy a drop in mortgage rates. Jeff Clabaugh, Broadcast/Web Reporter for the Washington Business Journal, reports that an average 30-year mortgage rate is currently the lowest it has been since May 2013: 

The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage for borrowers with excellent credit fell to just 3.73 percent in the week ending Jan. 8, down from 3.87 percent last week,” writes Clabaugh, “A year ago, 30-year rates averaged 4.51 percent.” 

A one-year adjustable-rate mortgage, as well as a 15-year fix, also fell this week to 2.39 percent and 3.05 percent, respectively. The article additionally stated that some Fed watchers are not expecting to see rates increase until late this year.

For homebuyers, the decrease in mortgage rates presents the perfect opportunity to buy that dream home they have been searching for! And, one doesn’t have to look for long. One Loudoun offers beautiful and luxurious single family homes for sale by both Miller & Smith and Camberley Homes, as well as providing a walkable, mixed-use community with amenities that are unlike anything seen so far in the DC metro area. So what is there to wait for? Discover your new dream home, here at One Loudoun!

Source: Washington Business Journal