Month: December 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”