Month: November 2016

Eddie Merlot’s to Open in February at One Loudoun

Eddie Merlot’s is COMING SOON to One Loudoun! This unique restaurant will bring a contemporary yet elegant dining experience to One Loudoun, while serving up their prime aged beef and seafood and extensive wine list.

Eddie Merlot’s is set to open at One Loudoun in February of 2017, but in the mean time, learn more on this amazing restaurant here: Ashburn Patch: Eddie Merlot’s One Loudoun Location Set to Open in February

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(Photo Source: Eddie Merlot’s and Patch.com)

12 Characteristics of an Amazing Community

The greatness of a community cannot truly be measured by anything but how much residents love living there! With that being said, what we can do is pinpoint a few things that are common signs of a great community, with the help of a list curated by Trulia.com. As they state in this article, “You’re not just buying or renting a home – you are also becoming part of a neighborhood.” Take a look below to discover how everything on their list can be found here at One Loudoun!

Great Schools: The Loudoun County School District has been recognized as one of the top in Virginia, the 3rd best according to Niche.com. Living in One Loudoun guarantees that your children are given exceptional opportunities to learn and thrive in the classroom.

Neighborhood Association: A neighborhood association makes life for residents so much easier by organizing conveniences that would otherwise become a headache. To learn more about the One Loudoun Neighborhood Association, visit https://www.1lna.com.

Safety and security: As a close-knit neighborhood and community, we strive to provide safety and security on a regular basis for you and your family. Additionally, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is currently being built right here at One Loudoun.

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Outdoor amenities: There are many outdoor amenities available to residents of One Loudoun, just within walking distance of your home! Some of the favorite amenities include Central Park, The Plaza, nature trails, and the pool, playground, tennis courts, volleyball court and more at The Club at One Loudoun.

History: The history of Ashburn, VA is reflected by the unique landscape and historic wonders surrounding One Loudoun. Our community amphitheater, The Barn at One Loudoun, is also a historic building, dating back to the 1800’s when it belonged to Mr. Charles Harris. Harris was one of the first African-Americans to own land in the area and often hosted gatherings on his properties, which is now reflected in the gatherings hosted at The Barn.

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Access to care: Our community is centrally located near all types of businesses offering health and wellness care. One Loudoun is home to My Eye Dr., Kravitz Orthodontics, Ashburn Oral Surgery, Advanced Corrective Chiropractic, Loudoun Smile Center, and Pediatric Dentistry of One Loudoun. We are also located less than 3 miles from the nearest hospital.

Family friendly: With areas specially designed for families in mind, what better place to raise your family? Across the One Loudoun community, there are multiple playgrounds, parks, and even The Plaza has a fountain perfect for the kids to play in during the warm months. We even have our own elementary school!

Public transportation: Since One Loudoun is in close proximity to Dulles International Airport and other conveniences of Northern VA, public transportation is key. To learn more about the transportation systems in Loudoun County, click here.

Restaurants and shopping: One Loudoun is Loudoun County’s premier destination for dining and shopping! The community is continuously welcoming more shopping and dining options to our repertoire, with more coming soon, like Eddie Merlot’s, Fortessa Tableware Solutions, and Boho Nation!

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Nightlife and entertainment: There is never a shortage of fun things to do here at One Loudoun! From year-round community and neighborhood events, to the Alamo Drafthouse and other trendy bar/restaurants like Bar Louie, your day from sun up to sun down is sure to be anything but boring!

Walkability: See for yourself on our interactive site plan: you can walk everywhere in the One Loudoun community! This one of the aspects that residents love the most; you can walk from home to the store or out to dinner and not worry about driving around!

A perfect match: One Loudoun is suited to fit all types of lifestyles. Whether you are part of a young family, or looking to retire soon, there is something for everyone here in Loudoun’s New Downtown!

In case you were wondering, YES, you can purchase a brand new home right here in One Loudoun! Visit our website here to discover One Loudoun in Ashburn, VA!

Experience One Loudoun: PIND

If you’re looking for a new restaurant to try in One Loudoun, look no further than PIND – the best Indian restaurant around! When PIND opened in the Spring of 2015, we could not have been more excited to introduce our fellow Loudouners to the flavors of traditional Indian cuisine. This local hot spot is a favorite among the residents of One Loudoun, so we sent a few first-timers to experience PIND with fresh eyes (and taste buds); here is their experience!

 

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When you walk into PIND, you are overcome with the unmistakably sweet aromas of the spices and flavors found in Indian food. Near the entrance to the restaurant is fully stocked bar area that leads into the dining room with tables and booths. The restaurant’s décor is tasteful and simple, with large colorful canvases lining the walls and eclectic glass chandeliers hanging from the highest point of the ceiling.

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At first glance, the lunch menu was overwhelming (to say the least). If you are not familiar with typical Indian dishes, you may not recognize anything, but the descriptions definitely help. It also came in handy that our server was very knowledgeable about each item and was happy to help when he noticed we were having trouble deciding.

The lunch menu is divided into appetizers, entrees, specialties, and beverages, which all have a large variety to choose from. The menu incorporates chicken, seafood, lamb, and an array of vegetarian dishes, including paneer, which is a fresh cheese that often takes the place of meat in traditional Indian dishes.

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We asked what the most popular appetizer was, and our server told us that the Lasooni Gobhi is definitely the best choice. This dish consisted of crispy cauliflower florets tossed in a tomato/garlic glaze, and was absolutely delicious! The cauliflower, while glazed on the outside, managed to stay crispy on the inside for a nice crunch.

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Even more difficult than ordering our appetizer was ordering our entrees, because there are so many great options! Again, putting our trust in the hands of our very helpful server, we asked him what we should try as it was our first time visiting PIND. After asking about our likes and dislikes, he suggested the Butter Chicken and the Seafood Goan Curry dishes. We took a leap and ordered his recommendations, and boy, are we glad we did!

One thing you wouldn’t know about ordering these lunch entrees at PIND is that you get a lot more food than just the main dish! To start, you get to choose between a soup and salad, but we both opted for the salad since it sounded very refreshing.

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Out came our salads, and you can imagine our surprise and delight when there were no leafy greens. Contrary to the salads that we are used to, this salad was mostly cucumber, with some tomato, red onion, herbs, and an amazing spicy lemon dressing!

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When our main dishes came out (keep in mind, we ordered two), there were five dishes brought to our table! Yes, five dishes! The Butter Chicken, Shrimp Goan Curry, and the Chef’s side dish of the day (potatoes) all came in bowls and were smothered in an array of brightly colored sauces. The other two dishes, Naan and basmati rice, also come with any lunch entrée on this menu.

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If you have not had Naan before, it is a delicious buttery oven baked flat bread that compliments Indian food amazingly! The basmati rice is also very necessary to build your plate with the ingredients of your choice. In our opinion, the more you mix everything together, the better it tastes!

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The butter chicken was served in a mahkni sauce, which is a sweeter butter and tomato based cream sauce, while the huge shrimp were served in a savory, yet sweet, spiced coconut sauce. Sampling a bit of everything on our plates was the way to go and we piled everything on!

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After we ate as much of the delicious food as we could, we were brought two small bowls of coconut pudding. They were not too sweet and had actual shreds of coconut inside – a perfect cherry on top of a fantastic meal. We also noticed the silverware we used were from Fortessa, another business joining the One Loudoun family very soon!

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Overall, PIND was an amazing restaurant to dine at! The service was fast and friendly, and the food was to die for! This restaurant is perfect for a group of people to share, since all of the items come separate and you can build your plate as you want. Needless to say, us first-timers will definitely be back to this hidden gem at One Loudoun!