Year: 2014

Place-Making at One Loudoun

In November, Multi-Housing News published an article titled, Healthy Urbanism: A New Foundation for Place-Making.  The article details the many ways New Urban communities promote healthier lifestyles, and how this new concept is taking hold in the entire place-making industry.

Healthy Urbanism is described as using strategies to influence urbanism in ways that traditional suburbs can’t; mainly by “putting people first by emphasizing the health aspects of urban planning and design.”  When this concept is at the forefront of community design, the end product is one that “enlivens both retail and the residential character of streets and neighborhoods,” much like One Loudoun.

According to Multi-Housing News, there are several strategies that help to bring Healthy/New Urbanism to life in a new community:

Site Planning: The Geometry of Feel-Good Spaces

  • Planning a space where residents want to spend time takes countless hours of thought, engineering and design.  And, the efforts of a thought-out design are certainly evident in our own mixed-use community! Our residential, recreational and retail spaces meld together perfectly, creating a walkable and convenient development.

Outdoor Rooms: Porches, Yards & Beyond

  • With more homeowners understanding the value of green space, it has become increasingly important to include it in new home developments.  These ‘outdoor rooms’, like porches and parks, are abundantly available at One Loudoun, starting with our Central Park.  Getting outside to enjoy a beautiful day is even more enjoyable when a space has been designated for exactly that!

Parks Where ‘Dog-People’ Meet

  • Central Park at One Loudoun also provides a place for dog-people to meet, but you don’t need to have a dog to reap the benefits of this concept! Communities like One Loudoun also bring families and neighbors together, joining them by their shared interests for the New Urban lifestyle.

At One Loudoun, we include these strategies and more to create a living experience that benefits homeowners in the best ways possible.  And, like we’ve said countless times before, this type of community is ideal for both Millennials and Baby Boomers. These demographics in particular continue to choose vibrant communities that are pedestrian-oriented, making One Loudoun the ideal choice.  Best of all, our single-family home models by Miller & Smith and Camberley Homes provide a beautiful selection of innovative home designs for any family!

Source: Multi-Housing News

The Social and Economic Benefits of Mixed-Use Development

Many Americans are dependent on their cars to get them from home to work, shopping, dining and entertainment options, but mixed-use developments aim to change this dynamic.

Mixed-use developments place residential, recreational and commercial spaces all within close proximity. Consumers can walk, cycle, or use public transportation to travel wherever they need to go – shifting the focus of urban design away from cars and towards people. A recent article from online magazine Eco-Business states that the key of sustainable urban design is this people-centered approach that can be achieved through mixed-use developments, and here at One Loudoun, we have to agree!

Creating communities, such as One Loudoun, where people can work, shop, dine and live in one area not only offers convenience but also social and economic benefits, a point highlighted in the Eco-Business article. One social benefit of mixed-use areas is the decreased dependency on cars, which can lead to less traffic congestion and lower greenhouse gas emissions. This is not only beneficial for the environment, but a more pleasant experience overall for everyone involved!

Another social benefit of mixed-use communities is the focus on shared community space, such as parks and plazas. These shared spaces allow for more interaction among residents, strengthening social ties throughout the community. In One Loudoun, our very own “Central Park” and a plaza with outdoor seating and fountain are just a few of the spaces where our residents can gather for fun and catching up with neighbors!

Economic benefits from mixed-use communities are two-fold, benefitting both residents and businesses. Living in a mixed-use community can translate to monthly savings on gas and other transportation costs for residents when they depend less on their cars and opt for other modes of transportation, such as walking or public transportation.

Businesses in mixed-use developments also benefit  – more walking means more foot traffic to stores in the development. According to Eco-Business, one study found that pedestrians spend up to 60% more at businesses monthly when compared to those traveling by car – while still spending less on transportation!

At One Loudoun, we’re proud to offer an incredible combination of homesrestaurantsshopping options, businesses and entertainment venues within proximity of one another. And our beautiful single-family homes mean that One Loudoun residents can take advantage of the benefits of a mixed-use community while living in luxury. Take our single-family homes from Miller & Smith, for example – our new Downtown Collection home designs are unlike anything else you’ve seen, with up to 3,800 square feet of space, grand kitchens, and available lofts, sleeping porches and studios, these homes may just be the best part about living in One Loudoun!

SOURCE: Eco-Business.com

Celebrating the Holidays at One Loudoun

If you were able to attend our 2nd Annual Tree Lighting event, then you know exactly how festive and magical spending your holidays with One Loudoun can be – it is the most ONE-derful time of year, after all!

This year’s Tree Lighting was another success, with an incredible turnout despite the rainy weather. You can find pictures of the event, the fireworks and attendees on our Facebook page.  Who else is already counting down until next year?

Where can you find more holiday cheer at One Loudoun this season?  Take a look!

Holiday Shopping

Being a mixed-use community, One Loudoun takes pride in providing residents with the full New Urban experience.  This means our shops, restaurants, and other attractions that make holiday shopping easier.  Gift cards to favorite eateries or salons are perfect stocking stuffers!

Community Cheer

What better holiday tradition to start than to drive around and see all the stunning light displays on neighbors’ homes? Pack your favorite seasonal treats, tune in to the local holiday radio station, and pile into the car for an easy holiday adventure that will quickly become tradition. Sparkling lights and festive wreaths only look better when on a beautiful, newly built home by Miller & Smith or Camberley Homes!

Dining Out

For many people, the holidays are synonymous with family. And with a full house, it’s easy to want the night off from cooking dinner – we don’t blame you!  Lucky for residents at One Loudoun, we have an impressive and ever-growing list of popular restaurants all just steps away.  From sit-down establishments to carryout options, we’ve got selections for even the pickiest of eaters.

Spend the Holidays with Alamo Drafthouse

Throughout the entire month of December, the Alamo Drafthouse will be hosting events like “Home Alone Quote-Along Pizza Party” and “Cartoon Cereal Party: Christmas Edition” for everyone to enjoy.  This theatre definitely has it all – adding interesting and unique holiday events to its repertoire! Take a look at all that’s lined up for this month here.

No matter which holidays you’ll be celebrating this season, you’ll find all the cheer and festivity you can imagine here at One Loudoun!

Mixed-Use Communities Attract Luxury Retail

According to an article published on ICSC.ORG, “More luxury retailers are moving into mixed-use projects in a push to reach the small percentile of consumers with the highest disposal incomes.” It’s no wonder then that the mixed-use community of One Loudoun is welcoming more and more luxury retailers into its 700,000 square feet of retail and office space in the Downtown area of the development.

Not only is One Loudoun situated in the wealthiest and one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, but with over 1000 new homes all within walking distance of the Downtown, opening a shop at One Loudoun means a steady stream of sophisticated, well-educated, and well-connected customers.  Mixed-use developments that integrate the live-work-play aspect, like One Loudoun, attract luxury retailers because they provide not only the convenience factor but also the opportunity to further grow sales and expand one’s business. The ICSC article quoted Howard Davidowitz, chairman of a retail consulting and investment banking firm in New York City, saying: “If you speak to luxury retailers, their number-one priority by far is going to be downtown…This issue of convenience is very important.”

For luxury retailers coming to Loudoun County, convenience, clientele, and community are important – which is why so many are choosing to set up shop at One Loudoun. With nearly 80,000 cars passing by it every day, new homes, shops, restaurants and businesses all within a mixed-use walkable community setting, One Loudoun is a retail destination dream!

To read the full article mentioned above, click here.

SOURCE: ICSC.ORG – “More mixed-use centers attracting luxury retail”

How Mixed-Use Communities Benefit Families

In a recent blog post, we detailed the many reasons One Loudoun is loved by Millennials and Baby Boomers alike.  Walkable communities provide families with excellent health benefits while offering plenty to do, making them possibly one of the best places to raise a family.

Here are just a few ways living in a mixed-use community, like our own, can benefit you and your family:

Quality Time Together – When you spend less time driving to and from work, thanks to the class-A office space right here at One Loudoun and the various transportation options available, you’ll find yourself with much needed extra time to spend with your family.  This additional time, a couple more minutes at the table for breakfast or getting home in time to help out with homework, certainly adds up and makes an impact.

Instilling Healthy Habits – Just by living in our community, children can grow up with an appreciation for an active and healthful lifestyle.  Dining on fresh produce from the local farmer’s market or The Fresh Market, playing catch in Central Park with neighbors, and walking or biking anywhere they go helps to instill these wonderful habits in their lives early in their lives!

Plenty of Family Things To Do – There’s no denying that One Loudoun is a social community – there always seems to be something fun going on that the whole family can enjoy!  From seasonal events and block parties on the Plaza, to outdoor concerts or the latest blockbuster at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (however, some age restrictions apply!), there’s never a dull day at One Loudoun.

Here at One Loudoun, we take great pride in providing homeowners with the best possible community in which to raise their families.  Everything needed to live a fulfilling, eventful and healthy lifestyle is all right here in one community, One Loudoun. Our new single-family homes available, by both Miller & Smith and Camberley Homes, are ideal dwellings for those who seek an urban life with traditional neighborhood influences, as well as plenty of room to grow.  When raising a family at One Loudoun, it’s the best of both worlds!

New Homes in Loudoun County

Many homebuyers in Northern Virginia strive to own a home in Loudoun County, and for good reason!  Northern Virginia has been repeatedly lauded for its affluence, thriving local economies, and various benefits to its residents.  With a long list of accolades for this county alone, there’s no question as to why more are moving their families to communities like One Loudoun, which exemplify the lifestyle available in this region.
Recently, news sources have been voicing their concerns about the estimated development costs that might accompany the new homes built in Loudoun County.  Thankfully, the Washington Business Journal helps to quell any doubts.  In fact, it’s been reported that building new homes in Loudoun County might cost much less than others have previously stated.
Originally, sources cited that for “every $1 in tax revenue generated in Loudoun County, residential development costs the county $1.62,” when in fact this number is much lower. The Economic Development Commission’s Policy and Implementation Committee (PIC) analyzed numbers and found that the revised residential figure, which was determined to be just $1.20 for every $1 in tax revenue generated, is much closer to the national average of $1.18.
This is certainly great news for those hoping to buy a new home in Loudoun County – especially at One Loudoun!  Our single-family homes, by both Miller & Smith and Camberley  couldn’t be a better representation of the quality and standard of new homes available at One Loudoun.  Spacious within a New Urban setting, luxury designs with the opportunity for customizations, and stunning exteriors help to make our community the sought-after one it is today.
 

Coming Soon! A NEIGHBORHOOD CRAFT BEER CULTURE

When you walk into World of Beer…it’s important to us that you to feel at home. It’s about the complete experience. Find great conversation, drink the best craft beers, over 50 on tap and 525 plus craft beers from all over the world, fine wines and craft spirits, including great local representation, hear good music, enjoy great tavern fare for lunch, dinner and all day long and cheer on your favorite sports team. It’s where nothing but good things happen. This place is your neighborhood, and we’re happy to bring so many great people together, day after day. So kick back, get comfortable and enjoy your favorite brew. Everyone’s welcome…and you never know who you might meet!

Visit www.worldofbeer.com for more information.

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

Mixed-Use Communities & Your Health

Mixed-use communities, like One Loudoun, are popping up in places all over the United States.  Communities like these are widely considered the newfound answer to urban sprawl, providing convenient lifestyles to a wide range of homeowners.  Better yet, these master-planned developments are made even more desirable when they utilize the 10 Principles of New Urbanism.

While seemingly complex, navigating a mixed-use community is quite simple.  At One Loudoun, we have miles of paved walkways throughout the entire community.  This provides residents easy access to anywhere they need to go; their office, a friend’s house, the grocery store, the Plaza and more!

And without a doubt, living in and strolling about a mixed-use community is bound to have a positive impact on one’s health.  In an article by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mixed-use communities are praised for their accommodating sidewalks, making it easy for residents to include exercise in their daily lives.

At One Loudoun, we have even more ways for residents to stay fit and enjoy healthy lifestyles.  Our Central Park provides plenty of green space to explore, picnic with the family, or play a pick-up game of Frisbee.  A community Recreation Center will also give families access to a pool, fitness center, courts and playing fields.  And, the Fresh Market prides itself on providing local and fresh produce to those it serves.  With a strong focus on organic and natural products, this grocery store can provide families at One Loudoun all they need to maintain their fit lifestyles!

But physical health isn’t the only benefit of a community like One Loudoun.  When you live, work and complete your daily “to-do’s” all within the same community, your mental health might get a boost as well.  With everything you need close by, you could find yourself with extra time to do the leisurely activities you enjoy.  For many, this acts as a major stress reliever and improves quality of life.

Enjoying a healthier lifestyle is so easy to do when living in our mixed-use community.  Living in a beautiful, newly built home is just the cherry on top!  Our homes, built by Miller & Smith and Camberley Homes  provide families room to grow in a growing community.  One Loudoun is already one of the hottest communities in Northern Virginia, and we’ve only just begun!  For more information on One Loudoun and the benefits of living in a community like ours, visit Experience One Loudoun.

Our Single-Family Homes at One Loudoun!

Northern Virginia is known for its ideal location, beautiful homes, thriving communities and fruitful businesses. All of these factors make it a popular choice for all kinds of homebuyers, from young professionals with families to retiring Baby Boomers.

At One Loudoun, our community can offer even more to those interested in living in the Northern Virginia region.  Newly built single-family homes by both Miller & Smith and Camberley Homes provide homeowners with several incredible options when choosing to live in our mixed-use community.

Miller & Smith takes pride in building homes for those who “demand something different.” Their incredible attention to detail, focus on beautiful planning and design, and flawless integration with the One Loudoun community make their homes a wonderful choice for all.  At One Loudoun, Miller & Smith’s brand new “Downtown Collection” is certainly garnering praise.  ‘Must see’ kitchens, porches and studios, 4 bedrooms with the option for additional loft, 2.5 bathrooms and a 2-car garage provide an expansive dwelling, ideal for a growing family.

The luxury division at Winchester Homes, Camberley Homes, is known for bringing an innovative and personal design process to their home building.  And at One Loudoun, they bring all this and more!  Nationally recognized for “architectural excellence, design innovation and supreme craftsmanship,” their collaborative design methods cater directly to the homebuyer.  You’ll find exactly what you’re looking for with Camberley Homes!

Set in a mixed-use, masterfully planned development, all new single-family homes at One Loudoun bring with them the advantages of living in a wonderful community.  Our expertly designed community makes the conveniences of everyday life, well, even more convenient!  Paved walking paths can be found throughout One Loudoun, providing easy access for residents.  With The Fresh Market, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, great restaurants, Central Park, the Plaza, future shops and so much more all just steps away from beautiful newly built homes, our community perfectly blends today’s lifestyles with traditional design.

Here at One Loudoun, we are so thrilled to see more and more families choosing our community for their new home. We can’t help but get excited to welcome the newest homeowners to the neighborhood, so consider living in a mixed-use community like ours and take a look at the new homes available at One Loudoun!