Month: March 2014

Mixed-Use Communities Continue to Grow in Popularity

As little as ten years ago, many people wouldn’t have known what a mixed-use community was, or even how it could benefit them or their respective economies.  Today, we see mixed-use and smart-growth developments moving into the spotlight and popping up all over the country.  It’s simple; these are the types of communities that people want to live in, not just own a home in.

A mixed-use development refers to a development that brings “residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, and where appropriate, industrial uses” together in one place.  In any of these communities, you can find a larger variety of home options, shorter travel times between work and home environments, a strong community atmosphere, and pedestrian friendly, ‘green’ lifestyles.

At One Loudoun, our mixed-use development goes one step further by following the ten principles of New Urbanism.  The ten qualities that every New Urbanist community includes are Walkability, Connectivity, Mixed-Use & Diversity, Mixed Housing, Quality Architecture & Urban Design, Traditional Neighborhood Structure, Increased Density, Green Transportation, Sustainability, and lastly, Quality of Life.  These virtues all work together to make living at One Loudoun as convenient and fulfilling as possible.  It’s no wonder our community has been so popular!

It’s easy to see why so many people enjoy living at One Loudoun.  With the immense growth in our community – the opening of new shops and restaurants, along with a record number of new residents just last year – One Loudoun has even more plans for the future.  Our community already has everything a family needs, but with even more stores, restaurants and community features coming, living at One Loudoun will just get better and better!

Why not join one of the hottest and fastest growing mixed-use communities in Northern Virginia?  Life just seems easier at One Loudoun, with every aspect of the development working together in complete harmony.  These types of communities may just now be gaining widespread recognition, but residents at One Loudoun know our community is ahead of the curve!

Source: American Planning Association

 

Ashburn on “Best Places for Homeownership” List

NerdWallet.com, a website that provides information to help consumers better manage their money, recently published an article outlining the absolute best places for homeownership in Virginia.  Using existing data and reports, NerdWallet.com answered three main questions about each major location: Are homes available? Can you afford to live there? And, is the area growing? 

Ashburn, home to One Loudoun, ranked on the top 20 list, posting impressive numbers across the board.  The homeownership rate in Ashburn was an incredible 75%, with the median monthly household income among the highest.  Maybe most encouraging was the amount of population growth, nearly 6% from 2010-2012.

So, are there homes available in Ashburn?  Absolutely!  At One Loudoun, we have various single-family and townhome models built by renowned builders, Miller & Smith, NVHomes and Camberley Homes.  But our community is more than beautiful new homes – our expertly planned mixed-use development means life at One Loudoun is incredibly convenient.  Everything from The Fresh Market to various shops, restaurants and entertainment venues are all a short walk from your front door.  There’s also available class A office space, meaning you could live and work at One Loudoun.  Getting the most out of your everyday life has never been more accessible!

Loudoun County has also been widely known as one of the most affluent counties in the nation.  Its proximity to the nation’s capital, along with the valuable homes and job opportunities, have made this a sought-after area for homeownership.  And, there’s certainly no doubt that Ashburn has grown immensely in recent years.  At One Loudoun alone, a record number of homes were sold in 2013, even earning us a spot on the “Top 50 Master-Planned Communities” list.  Our innovative, smart-growth community has attracted all types of families, and is ideal for first-time and veteran homebuyers alike.  With this incredible momentum pushing us forward, we’re excited to see even more growth in 2014!

To learn more about owning a home at One Loudoun, stop by our Experience One Loudoun welcome center, or visit the homes page of our website.  You, too, could be apart of this incredible new community!

Source: NerdWallet.com 

 

Miller And Smith Wins 2014 Community Leadership Award

Ashburn, Virginia, 3/3/14The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce honored Miller and Smith with the prestigious 2014 Community Leadership Award in the Large Organization category for their work on the One Loudoun development. The awards ceremony was held on February 27, 2014, at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Virginia.

The Community Leadership Awards were created to honor members of the Loudoun business community, both organizations and individuals that have demonstrated exemplary leadership and community engagement to positively impact the quality of life in Loudoun County and to serve the needs of its citizens.

“It is an honor to receive this significant award,” said Bill May, Vice President of Miller & Smith and Managing Director of One Loudoun. “We not only strive to build great buildings, but also great communities. Serving the Loudoun community and its residents has been a goal of One Loudoun since its inception and we look forward to continuing our community leadership in the years to come.”

One Loudoun provides Loudoun County, Virginia with a sophisticated mixed-use environment, including residential, commercial and retail space.  With more than 1,040 homes, three million square feet of Class A planned office space, and 702,000 square feet of retail space, One Loudoun provides a walkable new urban design with spaces for community gatherings and recreation.

“Miller and Smith earned this prestigious Community Leadership Award because the company has consistently and overwhelmingly demonstrated that they are committed, through the investment of resources and manpower, to the strength of our Loudoun community,” said Tony Howard, President & CEO, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, “This is evident in the world class quality of life that Miller and Smith is creating for residents, businesses and visitors at One Loudoun. It also is clearly evident in the company’s support for programs supporting the youth and economic vitality of our community.”

The winners of the 2014 Community Leadership Awards in each category have the opportunity to select one non-profit organization that will be the beneficiary of a $1,000 grant, courtesy of the Piedmont Community Foundation. This year, One Loudoun selected Loudoun Youth Inc. as the beneficiary of their $1,000 grant.

About One Loudoun: 

One Loudoun is a premier 358-acre omni-use, masterplanned 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, nearly 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. Visit www.oneloudoun.com to learn more, or follow the community on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOUDOUN YOUTHFEST 2014 HEADLINER BAND ANNOUNCED

Ashburn, Virginia – One Loudoun Holdings, LLC, welcomes The Mowgli’s to The Barn at One Loudoun for their headlining performance at Loudoun YouthFest 2014 on June 21.  Loudoun Youth Inc. and Loudoun County Parks, Recreation, and Community Services (PRCS) jointly produce Loudoun YouthFest.  

Formed as five California childhood friends and three Midwestern transplants, The Mowgli’s blend San Francisco charm, Los Angeles grind and Big Sur Coast serenity, spanning rock ‘n roll to indie folk dance. Their 2013 debut album, Waiting For The Dawn, released the single “San Francisco,” which made it to number 11 on the Billboard’s alternative chart. 

“Over the years we’ve been able to bring special up-and-coming performers to the YouthFest stage,” said Carol Kost, Founder of Loudoun Youth, Inc., “The Mowgli’s will continue the tradition, bringing their unique sound to an already exciting day of local youth bands and performers.”

Now in its ninth year, Loudoun YouthFest draws fans for a day of teen-centered concerts and activities. Local youth band winners of the countywide Battle of the Bands series perform as opening acts, followed by a major headliner band. “Serving as a tournament for local bands, YouthFest and the Battles provide a showcase for local talent that we proudly provide for the community,” stated Dave Carver, Division Manager, Sports & Youth Services at PRCS. 

“The Loudoun YouthFest headliner band is key for drawing attendees to the concert,” said Bill May, Vice President of Miller and Smith and Board member of Loudoun Youth, Inc. “We look forward to hosting The Mowgli’s and their fans at One Loudoun this summer.” 

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. Visit www.oneloudoun.com to learn more, or follow the community on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact: Julie Dillon | Miller & Smith | 703.821.2500, ext. 190 |  jdillon@millerandsmith.com