Month: October 2015

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!

Thrive Senior Living Announces the Ground Breaking of an Innovative New Senior Living Community in Loudoun County, Virginia

Atlanta-based Thrive Senior Living has announced this week that it will be breaking ground on an innovative new Senior Living Community in Loudoun County, Virginia, just outside of Washington DC.

The Tribute at One Loudoun in Ashburn, VA, will focus on resident engagement and connectivity in a very unique, resort-like environment. Using a blend of technology and an innovative approach to providing care when it’s needed, The Tribute at One Loudoun will offer a distinctive experience for a new generation of seniors. Walkable to all of the amenities of One Loudoun, residents of the Tribute will be able to shop at Fresh Market, or get a frozen custard at The Meadows, and return through a beautiful park to join friends for a pre-dinner drink at the Tribute’s bar and lounge…

To read the full article, click here.

The Rising Demand for Multi-Generation Homes

In recent years, many families have opted to upsize their homes to accommodate multiple generations of their family now living under one roof, giving rise to a new trend in home design—the Multi-Generation Home. But what is a Multi-Generation Home? And why are these homes becoming so popular so quickly? Read on to learn about the demand for, and appeal of these flexible, spacious homes—now available at One Loudoun:

What is a Multi-Generation Home?

Multi-Generation Homes are homes designed to accommodate extended family, or multiple generations of a family living under one roof. According to the 2015 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 13% of all homes purchased in 2014 were multi-generation households, consisting of one’s immediate family, adult-age children, adult-age siblings, and/or elderly parents and grandparents.

What Sparked the Recent Rise in Demand?

The growing demand for Multi-Generation Homes is largely due to the recent increase in adult children and elderly parents moving in with relatives, therefore necessitating additional living space.

According to the Washington Post, the increase in multigenerational living was largely due to the inability of many people to get on their feet after the recession and the increasing longevity of Americans have boosted demand for homes that accommodate several generations…there were so many recent grads from local colleges who couldn’t get a job, plus a lot of retirees who chose to move there and were facing higher expenses than they anticipated.” 

According to the NAR’s aforementioned 2015 report, 24% of multigenerational home purchases in 2014 were motivated by the attractive cost savings of multiple generations of one’s family living under one roof, while 23% of multigenerational home purchases in 2014 were motivated by adult children moving back in with their parents.

Due to this unprecedented trend in multigenerational living, families have started purchasing Multi-Generation Homes to make it easier for their adult children and/or elderly parents to move in with them, allowing all generations in the household more space, privacy and most importantly—independence.

Optional Studio Apartments: In recent years, multigenerational living has evolved from a living space on the main level converted into a bedroom, to a separate studio apartment.

The Washington Post commented that, “while turning a living room and powder room into an in-law suite served the purpose, it didn’t offer the sense of privacy and independence that most buyers want…the challenge was finding the space to make an apartment without compromising the space inside the main house.”

The continued rise in demand for Multi-GenerationHomes lead a number of builders, including Miller & Smith to consider adding options for private spaces with a separate entrance, along with an interior door connecting to the rest of the home to the floor plans of their current models. While designing One Loudoun’s Downtown Collection, the architects at Miller & Smith found that the collection’s rear garage configuration had plenty of space for an optional studio apartment to be added above the garage, adding 400+ square feet of space to the home.

Exterior & Interior Entrances: Exterior doors to the home’s studio or additional suite allow elderly parents and adult children to come and go as they please, providing them with the privacy and independence they crave. At the same time, the generations living in the studio are also able to open the interior door when they wish to be with the rest of the family, as these studio apartments are still attached to the rest of the home.

The optional studio apartments in models like Miller & Smith’s Downtown Collection are particularly appealing to multi-generational families, as they include separate exterior and interior entrances, allowing for independence and privacy while allowing them to stay closely connected to the rest of the family.

Additional Upgrades: The floor plans of these studio apartments also offer a number of optional features and upgrades within their innovative, spacious designs, including converting the studio’s kitchenette into a full kitchen or bar, upgrading the window styles, and more.

Miller & Smith homeowners here at One Loudoun recently spoke to the Washington Post and commented that they, “like the neighborhood because he can walk to work and to other places. He has his own bedroom and bathroom and a kitchenette and we added a separate washer and dryer so he can be more independent.”

These homeowners are not alone in this mentality, in fact—according to Miller & Smith’s VP of Marketing, Kim Ambrose, about 25% of buyers at One Loudoun opt for the optional studio apartment feature.

Flexible Floor Plans With Extra Space: At the end of the day, Multi-Generation Homes require one thing above all else—flexibility. The fresh, flexible designs of Miller & Smith’s Downtown Collection at One Loudoun allow for a number of variations and additions—from features and finishes to additional rooms, porches, decks and more to accommodate a wide variety of homeowner preferences.

That being said, you don’t have to have multiple generations living under one roof to find the stunning new homes from Miller & Smith’s Downtown Collection appealing! Homeowners can utilize the spacious floor plans of our new single family homes in a wide variety of ways!

The Unique Appeal of Multi-Generation Homes: According to the Washington Post, the two key elements of every home designed for multiple generations are privacy and flexibility. Multi-Generation Homes appeal to family members across all generations—as they allow adult children and elderly parents alike to maintain their independence, by giving them their own space to live the way they want to live, which just happens to be attached to the rest of the house. At the same time, Multi-Generation Homes give other family members peace of mind, knowing that their elderly parents or adult children are safe and sound under their roof.

The Washington Post concluded by saying that, ultimately, “multigenerational homes change the way a family lives and changes a community. They’re building a lifestyle of shared experiences in communities with amenities for every age.”

With their impressive designs and stunning style, it should come as no surprise that Miller & Smith’s sensational collection of single family homes are selling fast! With limited homesites remaining, now is the time to make your move to One Loudoun—check out Miller & Smith’s collection of new homes and immediate delivery homes at One Loudoun today!

Sourceswashingtonpost.comHome Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report 2015 by the National Association of Realtors

One Loudoun Named GALA’s 2015 Community of the Year

One Loudoun is thrilled to announce that our community received five awards at the Great American Living Awards this year—including the prestigious Community of the Year award! The Great American Living Awards (also known as GALA), honor the best and brightest of the building industry—from new home builders, architects and developers, to interior designers, sales professionals and marketers. The Great American Living Awards has been, without a doubt, the most prestigious awards program in Washington DC’s metropolitan market, celebrating the stars of the new home industry for over 50 years!

The GALA awards ceremony is presented by the Washington Metropolitan Sales & Marketing Council (WMSMC), Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), and Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA), after winners have been determined by a panel of distinguished building industry professionals, with expertise in building, community design, new home design, interior design, merchandising, marketing and sales.

According to the Great American Living Awards, Community of the Year is awarded to the community with the ideal “relationship among different land uses, special features, street network, landscaping, home/building orientation to streets, amenities and open space.” Judges also look at the community’s relevant advertising, website design, marketing and merchandising to determine which community best embodies the “high standards that represent the best qualities of our industry”.

In addition to winning Community of the Year, One Loudoun also received an award for Best Integrated Marketing Campaign of a Master-Planned / Mixed-Use Community for the third year in a row, along with an award for Best Social Media, and awards of merit for the Club’s Design and Architecture, in addition to an award of merit for our clubhouse’s Interior Merchandising.

Over the past few years, One Loudoun has become somewhat of a seasoned veteran of the GALA Awards. In fact, we have received a wide variety of awards and accolades for our one-of-a-kind, mixed-use community here at One Loudoun! With limited homesites remaining, now is your last chance to purchase a new single family home at One Loudoun, so be sure to check out our stunning selection of new homes today, and start planning your move to GALA’s 2015 Community of the Year tomorrow!

Loudoun County Continues Growth

Already named America’s richest county, Loudoun County, Virginia has seen a lot of growth within recent years and it does not seem to be slowing down. Thanks to mixed-use communities, like One Loudoun, and the corporate growth of the area, Loudoun County is set to continue growing in the future.

Loudoun County’s growth and future projected growth, gives it the possibility to pass that of Fairfax County, which has been a leading county in the state of Virginia for some time now. In fact, it is estimated that a considerable percentage of the homebuyers in Loudoun are buyers moving from Fairfax. According to Loudoun County Economic Director, Buddy Rizer, Loudoun County has seen $1.3 billion in commercial investment just within the last year. These statistics make Loudoun County’s commercial investment the highest in North Virginia. Buddy also stated that five large corporations are looking at Loudoun County as a location to set up shop within the next several years.

Mixed-use communities, like One Loudoun, attract Millennials who long for the concept of new urbanism. These communities are what will attract the large corporations to move into the county. The people who work in these large corporations are looking for a community to live, eat, work, play, and shop all in one place. At One Loudoun, all of this is possible! With restaurants, shops, office space, entertainment, and more, One Loudoun is the ultimate mixed-use community with an amazing location in Northern Virginia.

In addition to amazing mixed-use communities, Loudoun County has some of the top performing schools in the state, which will attract families in addition to Millennials. According to the Virginia Department of Education, over 95% of Loudoun students graduated on-time in the class of 2015, outperforming Fairfax County’s 92%. Additionally, Loudoun County’s dropout rate was the lowest in the state at only 2.2% for the year 2015.

Here at One Loudoun, we are excited to be a part of such an amazing location in Loudoun County! Interested in checking out why Loudoun County is so great? Come visit our amazing community today!