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8 Exciting Events Coming Soon to One Loudoun!

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It should come as no surprise that (once again) there are a number of exciting events on their way to One Loudoun this fall! Read on to learn about a few of the many exciting events at One Loudoun this month:

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Blues & Brews

Thursday October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th starting at 9:00 pm

Bar Louie

If you’re a fan of local blues music, bourbon, scotch and ice cold beer, be sure to stop by Bar Louie for Blues & Brews—Thursdays starting at 9:00 pm! For more on the upcoming events at Bar Louie, check out their calendar online.

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The Ultimate Willy Wonka Party

Friday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Take the family out for an exclusive, action-packed night of fun at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Ultimate Willy Wonka Party! Enjoy the 1970’s classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with members of the original cast and a full Q&A session after the screening! For tickets and additional information, visit the Alamo’s website.

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The Ashburn Farmer’s Market

Saturday October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Savin Hill Drive & Codman Drive

Peruse Loudoun County’s freshest selection of fruits, vegetables, breads and more at the Ashburn Farmer’s Market at One Loudoun!

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Mix Up Your Sunday

Sunday October 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th

Bar Louie

Mix up your sunday routine, and stop by Bar Louie any Sunday this fall to watch the game, and enjoy hand-crafted, fresh everything!

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$5 Burger Night

Tuesday October 6th, 13, 20th & 27th from 5:00 pm to Close

Bar Louie

Be sure to stop by Bar Louie every Tuesday this month for your choice of one of nine signature burgers with a side of delicious tots or fries for only $5!

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Rock the Tot

Thursday, October 8th at 7:00 pm

Bar Louie

Get ready for Bar Louie’s 8th Annual Tater Tot Eating Contest—Rock the Tot! Rock the Tot includes individual and relay-style team events, with the top 5 contenders in the solo category continuing on to compete at Rock the Tot’s National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday October 24th! For additional information and pre-registration details, visit RockTheTot.com.

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Back to the Future II Quote-Along

Monday, October 21st at 7:30 & 8:30 pm 

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Go on a journey through time at the Alamo, with the second of the Back to the Future Trilogy—as Marty and Doc journey forward in time to October 21st, 2015! Enjoy a unique, interactive viewing experience, and exclusive Back to the Future II pint glasses, only available at the screening. For tickets and additional information, visit the Alamo’s website.

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Ghosts, Goblins & Ghouls Spooktacular 5K

Saturday, October 31st at 4:00 pm

The Barn at One Loudoun

The Ghosts, Goblins & Ghouls Spooktacular 5K is sure to impress once again this year—with our 6th annual 5k, Scarecrow Spirit Fun Run, costume contest, trick-or-treating, halloween-themed entertainment and more! For more, visit Ghost5K.com.

Sources: barlouieamerica.comghost5k.comdrafthouse.com

Downtown Dining at One Loudoun

One Loudoun is a mixed-use community that prides itself on providing everything for its residents. It offers unique amenities within walking distance of residences. One thing that we want to highlight are all of the dining options that we have in the area. One Loudoun offers a wide variety of options if you’re looking to dine out, from a quick meal for yourself to fine dining. Here’s a few highlights of the various cuisine that is offered within the community.

If you’re looking for a quick dining option, there’s plenty to offer. Elevation Burger offers 100% USDA-certified, organic, grass-fed beef and vegetarian options for a top-quality burger experience. Not a burger fan? No problem! SpinFire pizza offers made-to-order pizza with custom ingredients cooked in just 90 seconds. You can also go to Nandos Peri Peri and get some Peruvian style chicken that’ll satisfy anyone’s taste buds.

One Loudoun has plenty of restaurant options that are top-quality and family friendly. Uncle Julio’s offers mexican-style cuisine that comes from over 100 years of tradition on the ranches of Texas. With a foundation of fresh ingredients, there’s something that anyone will love here. Don’t forget to try the swirled margaritas!

If you’re looking for a more traditional dining experience, Family Meal has what you’re looking for. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner, they offer reasonably priced comfort food with a unique twist. Whether you’re craving pancakes, meatloaf or fried chicken, they have what you’re looking for.

Finally, they have options for people looking to have a nice evening on the town. Okada offers authentic Japanese cuisine and fresh sushi complemented with unique cocktail options. There’s also Pind Indian Cuisine, which has vegetarian, seafood and traditional Indian food options.

There are many dining options available to you at One Loudoun with many more coming down the line. Along with the many other amenities, this makes One Loudoun a very attractive place to live. Find out more about this new mixed-use community from our website.

One Loudoun’s Bill May mentioned in LoudounTimes.com Editorial

Editorial | Wednesday, Jul. 30

EDITORIAL: The Loudoun we want to be

Creativity is about connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it. They just saw something that seemed obvious. That’s because they were able to connect experiences and synthesize new things.

Sharon Virts founded a consulting business in her brother’s basement in Lucketts. Fci Federal became a $100 million company with 1,400 employees – 85 percent who are women — that provides services for the government.

Bill May had a vision for “the hole in the doughnut:” fallow farmland between Washington and Leesburg. He’s currently developing that vision at One Loudoun, a new concept for an urban downtown in the exurbs with homes, parks, offices, shops and entertainment…

To read the entire article, please click here- http://www.loudountimes.com/news/opinions

One Loudoun To Host Loudoun YouthFest 2014

Ashburn, Virginia – One Loudoun Holdings, LLC, a joint venture of Miller and Smith and NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH), announced today that One Loudoun will host Loudoun YouthFest on Saturday, June 21, 2014 in their neighborhood amphitheater. Loudoun Youth Inc. and Loudoun County Parks, Recreation, and Community Services produce the event.   

Now in its ninth year, Loudoun YouthFest draws thousands of attendees for a day of teen-centered concerts.  Local youth band winners of the countywide Battle of the Bands series serve as opening acts, followed by a major headliner taking the stage at the end of the night.  

“We are thrilled to host Loudoun YouthFest at One Loudoun, after being a sponsor for many years,” said Bill May, Vice President of Miller and Smith. “Not only will it be a great use for our new amphitheater, but it allows us to support the youth of Loudoun County, which has been one of our goals since the creation of One Loudoun.”

The move to One Loudoun, located at the corner of Route 7 and Loudoun County Parkway, comes after Loudoun YouthFest was previously held in southern Ashburn. 

Carol Kost, Founder of Loudoun Youth, Inc. said, “Loudoun YouthFest continues to grow and expand thanks to our past success.  One Loudoun is a great location for this Loudoun County tradition.  There will be more exciting details to come soon.”  Details on bands, including the headliner, and ticket sales will be coming in the next few months, according to Kost. 

For more information on Loudoun YouthFest visit www.loudounyouth.org.  Local teen bands interested in performing, please visit www.loudounteens.org.   For more information about One Loudoun, please visit www.oneloudoun.com or call Experience One Loudoun at 703.724.1111. 

About One Loudoun: 

One Loudoun is a premier 358-acre omni-use, master-planned community in Loudoun County, Virginia, that will feature 1,040 homes, 702,000 square feet of retail including fine dining, upscale shopping and movie theater, a luxury hotel, three million square feet of office space, a clubhouse with pool and an amphitheater – all surrounded by approximately 150 acres of public land with miles of walking trails.  One Loudoun’s mixed-use Downtown district opened in Spring 2013 and continues to add new tenants. One Loudoun Holdings, LLC is one of NASH’s consolidated subsidiaries in the US. Visit www.oneloudoun.com to learn more, or follow the community on Facebook and Twitter.

Things to Ask Before Moving Into a Mixed-Used Development

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When moving your office, your store, or even your home, there are many questions to be asked, as well as answered. And with so much to consider, home shoppers feel more pressure than ever to make the right choice. Here are three questions you should ask yourself before moving into a mixed-use community, and why One Loudoun could be the perfect fit for you:

Does it have everything I need?

Need a gallon of milk? The Fresh Market will soon be open right around the corner. Need a new sweater for fall? The downtown shopping scene will be humming with new shops and boutiques in no time at all. Feel like dining out? New restaurants in One Loudoun offer all types of cuisines for all tastes. You get the point; convenience is one of our main focuses at One Loudoun. Every homeowner should experience what it’s like to have everything they need right down the street. In our community, we’ve provided entertainment, dining, a grocery store, new homes, and room to run and play, all for the convenience of our home and business owners.

Is the location right for me and my family?

One of the greatest things about living in One Loudoun is that residents can work and live in one community. With thousands of square footage of office space minutes away, daily commutes are a breeze. Aside from commutes, One Loudoun is located in one of the best counties, as well as states, to live in. Loudoun County has been recognized as one of the wealthiest in the nation and one of the best places to work. Virginia has also been praised for its promising environment for business. No matter your profession, living and working in One Loudoun is one of the best features of our community!

Will I feel at home here?

In One Loudoun, you have the opportunity to make your new home unique to you. Homes are spacious, accommodating, and newly built. With your furniture, your color choices, and your family, it won’t be long before your new house feels like home. You will quickly fall into the routine as your kids make friends, you meet new neighbors, and your family effortlessly adapts to the One Loudoun lifestyle. The nearby Central Park and Plaza Fountains will always be a fun favorite among kids, and with so much to do, they’ll never have a dull day again. Between the new elementary school, community recreation center, and much more, families will continue to be happy and grow in One Loudoun!

One Loudoun Receives 4 Awards at 2013 GALA

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On October 3rd One Loudoun attended the Great American Living Awards (GALA) 2013, an annual event which recognizes the best in the Building Industry for 43 residential design, sales, and marketing categories. One Loudoun is honored to have received four incredible awards at this prestigious event, presented by the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association:

  • Innovative Land Planning, Mixed Use Community Winner 
  • Website, Mixed Use Community Winner  
  • Print Advertising, Ad Campaign Winner 
  • Integrated Marketing Campaign, Mixed Use Community Winner

It’s also worth mentioning that Miller & Smith won these two awards for their One Loudoun Models!

  • Design & Architecture, Detached Home (lots ,7,000 s.f.), $600K-$700K Winner – Tribeca at One Loudoun
  • Design & Architecture, Detached Home (lots <7,000 s.f.), $600K-4700K Award of Merit Winner – Greenwich at One Loudoun.

One Loudoun strives to bring sophisticated culture and urban-inspired architecture together in one community. Located in the heart of Loudoun County, our community embodies everything that makes living in a mixed-use development so special. Expertly planned for the most convenient of lifestyles, One Loudoun is Northern Virginia’s hottest new community!

Buyers Can Afford More House, Courtesy of Lower Operating Costs

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently released a new study which found that new home owners are able to purchase homes more on the expensive side, due to the decreased cost in maintaining newer homes. The study compared and analyzed the costs of utility, maintenance, property tax and insurance costs for new versus older homes.

It revealed that home buyers can afford to spend 23% more for a new home versus one built before 1960, while still maintaining the same amount of annual costs the first year. While mortgage payments will be more with a new, higher priced home, home owners will have annual costs about the same as if they’d purchased an older home with smaller mortgage payments and higher operating costs.

As NAHB Chairman Rick Judson pointed out, “Home buyers need to look beyond the initial sales price when considering whether to buy new construction or an existing home.They [home buyers] will find that with the higher costs of operating an older home, they can often afford to spend more to buy a new home and still have annual operating costs that fit their budget.”

The NAHB found that homes built prior to 1960 yield maintenance costs of $564 per year. Homes built after 2008 averaged $241. This is good news for new home buyers in Loudoun County—especially residents and home owners at One Loudoun! The study also found that operating costs averaged 3% of the home’s value for post-2008 homes, versus those built pre-1960 which yielded operating costs of nearly 5% the home’s value.

Source: National Association of Home Builders

Reasons To Consider a New Home For Sale Versus an Existing Home

The decision to build, remodel or buy is always a tough decision for potential home buyers, but not for One Loudoun residents!

At one point, One Loudoun home buyers considered whether to purchase new or purchase an existing home elsewhere. There are a variety of reasons to consider a new home versus an existing, and a decrease in existing inventory has certainly made One Loudoun an excellent choice for both new and established families.

According to the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, permits for single-family homes in the metropolitan Washington area increased from 8,251 in 2011 to 10,748 last year, revealing that many people are choosing to build new homes and forgo the pre-existing house hunt.

New families are often under the perception that it’s better to buy something now and renovate over time. Unfortunately, out-of-pocket expenses to renovate or replace appliances or flooring can cost just the same if not more than a new home.

“A big advantage of a new home for many people is that you can pick everything yourself, from granite counters to flooring, and you won’t have to paint for years,” said Dave Jones, a real estate agent at Long and Foster in Ashburn. (1)

Eric Murtagh, a realty agent at Evers & Co. in Washington points out that, “some buyers have very specific reasons to buy a new home . . . People who have allergies or have kids with allergies want a super-clean, tighter environment with special filters.”

Specific details such as flooring or even air quality filters have led potential buyers flocking to One Loudoun! According to Murtagh, some buyers want features such as elevators, special wiring or even oversized garage units, which can be difficult to retrofit in a resale home.

Other potential buyers have fallen in love with One Loudoun for reasons aside from home design details.

“We’re about to be empty nesters, and we wanted a walkable community in Loudoun County,” said Bruce Gatti, a recent homebuyer in One Loudoun. “We looked at various used and new homes in Loudoun County, but we couldn’t find the package of a community where we could walk to a grocery store, a movie theater until we found One Loudoun.”

Some home buyers may be less concerned with details such as granite countertops, but be more interested in the carbon footprint of their home. New homes are most often more energy efficient due to home construction advancements in window techniques, appliances and heating and cooling air systems.

(1) Lerner, Michele (2013, March 22). House hunters caught between new and existing homes. The Washington Post. Retrieved fromhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/house-hunters-caught-between-new-and-existing-homes/2013/03/21/ea304dd0-883c-11e2-999e-5f8e0410cb9d_print.html

Stay Connected With One Loudoun on Social Media!

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Here at OneLoudoun, we really strive to create a unique and sophisticated neighborhood for our residents where you’re encouraged to live, work and play. What kind of community would we be if we didn’t allow you to connect with us using your favorite means of play?

Some are impressed to know that we not only provide you a blog, but we share news and happenings with you via your favorite social media outlets. Are you a Pinterest fan, addicted to YouTube or a tweet-a-holic? Good, because you can find us there too.

These days you’re either online or you’re offline and those who are online have a preferred means of staying connected to others. Feel free to friend us, fan us, tweet us or re-pin with us. It’s the best way of mending the gap between living and playing and it ensures you’ll always know what’s going on in your home community.

YouTube:

Check out some of the videos detailing our latest retail spaces and phases of construction. It’s amazing to watch what your final OneLoudoun community will entail.

Flickr:

Our Flickr page provides you with some amazing photographs of our finished homes, rooms and spaces. Check out our blueprint renderings, maps and event signage.

GooglePlus:

Are you on Google too? Add us to your Google+ circle and start following our latest updates and blog postings. Maybe create a circle specifically for OneLoudoun to add your favorite neighbors and Loudoun City friends!

Pinterest:

Who doesn’t love Pinterest? Well aside from those not pinning, of course. We just couldn’t resist sharing some of our favorite pins with you! We post everything from our construction progress to community renderings to retail images. It’s the perfect way to brag about your amazing home and the new OneLoudoun community.

Twitter:

If you’re interested in the stats for our county or latest Ashburn, Virginia news and shopping deals, then definitely follow us on Twitter.

Facebook:

How could we not be on Facebook? This is your one-stop-shop for photos, news and community conversations.

Tumblr: 

This custom blog offers a fun and easy way to read our articles, see new photos, watch our videos, and  get an overall sense of everything that is going on in our community.

WebCam:

Did you know you can view our jobsite, live from your computer? How cool is it to watch the construction of your community, right from the comfort of your home or office!

Loudoun County Ranked Second Healthiest in Virginia

This week the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its annual rankings report for the healthiest counties in each state.

Loudoun County residents should take pride knowing that their county is #2 in the state of Virginia! Fairfax County came in first, with Arlington behind at #3.

Since 2010 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has published its County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report. For the last three years Loudoun County has ranked third in the state. Arlington, who has held strong as the second healthiest county since 2010, slipped down to third this year moving Loudoun County one step closer to becoming the healthiest county in Virginia.

The Rankings are compiled using county-level statistics from various state and national data sources. They are calculated based on a variety of factors such as health behaviors, social and economic factors, and physical environment. Loudoun County came in second overall for healthy outcomes and health factors, having the lowest mortality rate in the state—measured as deaths before age 75.

The county also ranked first for social and economic factors, covering such details as community safety, education, employment, family and social support and income. Further good news for Loudoun—the county boasts a high school graduation rate of 95%, and 83% of its residents have some college education, which is 13% above the national average and 16% above the state.