Enjoy Full Days of Fun at Snowden Bridge Near Winchester

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School’s out and summer’s here. Let the fun begin.

Then again, at Snowden Bridge near Winchester, the fun never really stops. Still, there’s no denying that the warm weather and abundant sunshine really ramp up the excitement at this one-of-a-kind community with an amazing collection of all-inclusive amenities.

Stop by for a tour and choose a new single-family home, starting in the low $300’s, or a townhome, starting in the high $100’s. You’ll have to clear your schedule to enjoy all the fun Snowden Bridge has to offer.

Start with tennis inside our 15,000-square-foot indoor sportsplex. Or hit the nature trails and dog park.

When afternoon rolls around, grab your beach towels and head out to the pool, which also features a super fun pirate waterpark for the kids. For the littlest ones, we’ve also got a baby pool.

Snowden Bridge also has a bike race track for when they want to show off their speed or a playground for burning off any leftover energy.

Pack lunch or dinner and sit down together for a great meal together in our picnic area. It’s a full day at Snowden Bridge and it’s always a fun day.

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Modern Style for Your Modern Lifestyle at The Preserve at Goose Creek

No flower-pattern wallpaper here. Nothing at all to remind you of your grandma’s house.

The new SoHo Collection townhomes are the next level of modern style and the only place to find anything like it in Ashburn is The Preserve at Goose Creek. Tour our new Renwick model and you’ll see what we’re talking about.

The design is sleek, clean and powerful. The innovative pairings of interior elements really draw out the unique style, from the stainless steel in the kitchen to the creative use of hardwoods sprinkled throughout the home.

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And the lifestyle at The Preserve at Goose Creek is a ideal fit for everyone, offering  low-maintenance living, so no one has to worry about cutting the grass. Spend your time grilling and gathering with neighbors. Or stop in to the community center, swim in the pool or work out in the fitness center.

Then head out and check out all the entertainment and recreation that’s so close by in Ashburn and throughout Loudoun County.

It all adds up to an amazing community, with stunning homes and natural beauty on Goose Creek. It’s the perfect home for your modern lifestyle.

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Tour a Truly Unique Model Home at the Waterford Manor Grand Opening

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To introduce the exquisite Wine Country lifestyle available at our new Waterford Manor community, just any old model wouldn’t do.

We’re opening our new community this weekend with something special and our new Fillmore II model is the first of its kind. It’s open and spacious. It’s innovative and luxurious. Walk in the door and all you’ll see are possibilities. You can’t help but imagine how perfectly your life would fit in the Fillmore II.

See for yourself as we celebrate the Grand Opening of Waterford Manor.

From the spacious great room to the well-appointed kitchen, it’s perfect for entertaining and ideal for everyday living. Choose the Fillmore II design for your new home and you can personalize it with up from 4 to 7 bedrooms and 2.5 to 7 bathrooms. So it suits families of all sizes.

The Fillmore II and the other beautiful homes in our Arista Collection are just part of the draw at Waterford Manor. You’ll enjoy estate homesites starting at three acres and views of rolling hills. It’s close to the quaint charm of historic Waterford and all the shopping and dining in Leesburg.

Stop in and see us. We’ll show you the Fillmore II and you can choose the beautiful estate homesite for you. Make your plans now. A limited number of beautiful homesites have been released for the Grand Opening. You’ll want to get their first and choose your favorite.

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New Models, Designs and Amenities Mean More to Love Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores

If you haven’t been to see Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores—or if you just haven’t been in a while—now is the time to plan your visit.

We’re hosting a special Grand Opening weekend on June 13-14 with new model homes, new home designs and several exciting new amenities that only cement our reputation as the area’s premier active-adult community.

Eagle Springs offers an all-inclusive resort-style experience and single-family homes with main-level living, starting in the $200’s in Bridgeville, DE. It’s less than two hours to D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia. It’s less than an hour to the Delmarva beaches.

But with everything happening inside the community, you’ll be in no rush to go anywhere.

It all begins with the oversized clubhouse, boasting indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center and an aerobics room. We’ve got a pristine, 18-hole championship golf course and pro shop. If golf isn’t your thing, try tennis or pickleball.

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You can enjoy a tasty meal at one of our two on-site restaurants and end the day with some fishing at a nearby lake. There’s something for everyone at Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville, DE.

And more is on the way. Before you know it, we’ll be opening our Market House with even more entertainment, dining and shopping options. Take your tour today and get in while you still can.

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Experience Resort-Style Life with Weekend Discovery Packages at Easton Village and Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores

Sometimes you just need to spend some time there, take it all in, to understand how a community can make your life better.

That’s what’s so exciting about our new Weekend Discovery Packages at Easton Village, a waterfront community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores, an all-inclusive, active-adult resort community in Bridgeville, DE.

At Easton Village, you’ll discover peaceful waterfront living with a perfect blend of small town charm and big time amenities. Stylish main-level living homes are a perfect fit in this resort-style community on the Eastern Shore.

You’ll be treated to overnight accommodations, lunch and a round of golf at the Easton Club, and a boat tour around the community. Easton Village is on the Tred Avon River, and you’ll have full access to all the amenities, from the marina and kayak launch to the community clubhouse with a fitness center, pool and bocce courts.

New homes at Easton Village feature up to 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, starting from the low $400’s.

If you’re ready for a fun-filled, 55+ lifestyle in the Northeast’s most tax-friendly state, Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores is perfect for you.

Your Weekend Discovery Package includes an overnight stay and an opportunity to enjoy lunch and dinner at our Heritage Shores Club. You’ll get a free round of golf at our championship course and full use of all the amenities.

At Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores, that means a 28,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center and tennis and pickleball courts, as well as indoor and outdoor pools. We’ve also got two on-site restaurants with more dining options coming soon when we open our Market House.

Single-level, single-family homes start from the $200’s. Be sure to take a look at our brand new designs.

Weekend Discovery Packages at both communities are just $50 per couple and are available for a limited time only. Book yours today by contacting Sales Manager Josh Stone.

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Large-Acre Luxury Awaits at the New Waterford Manor

Ready for the scenic charm of countryside living, but not ready to give up the easy access to life’s daily conveniences?

Brookfield Residential’s new Waterford Manor community is one of those best-of-both-worlds opportunities, featuring 3+ acre estate homesites and our popular Arista Collection of stylish, oversized home designs.

Join our Waterford Manor VIP list today to be the first to find out the latest news, updates and offers about this exciting new community.

Your beautiful new home will offer daily relaxation as you look out on Waterford’s wide open spaces and rolling hills, reminiscent of the French countryside. Spend your weekends bouncing around the area’s many excellent vintage and antique stores or attending events at local wineries.

Tarara Winery in Leesburg not only features an amazing tasting experience but also a Summer Concert Series, featuring live music every Saturday evening. The internationally acclaimed wine at Breaux Vineyards is matched only by the incredible vistas on this 400-acre Purcellville estate. Sunset Vineyards, also in Purcellville, delivers excellent wines in an Old World style experience with a focus on customer service and conservation.

There’s so much to explore here, and it’s so much easier when you call Waterford Manor home.

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Spring Cleaning Done? Now’s the Time for Fun.

You don’t need another blog about how to make the tedious but necessary parts of spring cleaning more bearable.

Sure, it may be a good idea to wash your windows, dust from floor to ceiling and scrub the grout between your bathroom tiles. But let’s just assume you’ve already done those things and let’s skip ahead to the fun parts.

Here are a few of our favorite tips for revitalizing your home in time for the beautiful spring and summer weather:

Brighten Your Rooms
Add a splash of color by picking up some new throw pillows. Think beach colors. Use fresh-cut flowers to create centerpieces for your kitchen island or the coffee table in the family room.

Liven Up Your Library
Your bookcase can be much more than just rows of reading material. Get creative. Stack some books vertically and some horizontally. Turn a few of your favorite covers facing out. Leave spaces here and there to drop in a family photo or heirloom.

Organize with Style
Re-think the places that are chronically cluttered. Does mail pile up on the counter? Consider about adding a sorting rack. Bags and shoes strewn everywhere? Cube storage units can be stylish and versatile. They make a world of difference.

Bring Your Outdoor Spaces Back to Life
Make sure your porch, deck or patio is ready for all those beautiful warm weather evenings that await. Organize the furniture around a central focus point to make socializing more natural. Fill some strategically placed planters with greenery and flowers for pops of color. The feeling of relaxation is instant.

Of course, if you want to skip the spring cleaning and go straight to the good stuff, stop by a Brookfield community today and check out our wide selection of Move-In-Now Homes. They’re already built and all ready for you to add your unique style.

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Join Us for a Model Grand Opening at Oakview Village in Glen Burnie

We’ve been telling everyone for months now about Oakview Village, our new luxury townhome community. We’ve been bragging on our new 3-level garage townhome designs and the clean, solar energy in every home, thanks to our partnership with SolarCity.

Now you can see why we’re so excited. Come out to Glen Burnie and check out our new Redwood Model Grand Opening. The doors are open from 11am to 5pm.

You’ll love the open design, the large kitchen and the relaxing owner’s suite. You can’t beat the price, either. You can be in your new home for as low as $1,401 per month (after tax savings) with no down payment and closing costs paid.

Oakview Village is the perfect location, right off of MD-100, close to Baltimore, Annapolis, D.C. and everything in between. It’s in the center of all the places you want to be, but it’s so new, it’s not showing up on Google Maps yet. So here’s how you get there:

From I-95, take Exit 43A and merge onto MD-100 East toward Glen Burnie. Take Exit 15 and turn left onto Oakwood Road. Oakview Village is just before Plymouth Lane on the left.

See you this weekend.

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Brookfield Residential Goes High-Tech in Building an Ultra-Efficient Concept Home

FAIRFAX, Va. — At a glance, the new home on the corner doesn’t look out of the ordinary.

It’s stylish and contemporary, similar to the other model homes in Brookfield Residential’s Avendale planned community in Northern Virginia. You wouldn’t guess that within those walls an experiment is underway that could reshape the future of homebuilding.

Walk up the steps and through the front door of Brookfield Residential’s PureBlue Home and you’ll find yourself inside a cutting-edge concept home, a place where the latest energy-efficient technologies are tested and where a plan is being developed to pinpoint the most effective features and make them available to the everyday homebuyer.

The goal is to learn whether building sustainable homes can be a sustainable business model for a large-scale homebuilder like Brookfield Residential. So far, the company is encouraged by the results.

“The PureBlue Home is more than a model home. It’s a test lab,” said Mark Gregas, the project’s director of information technology. “Having a real home where you can implement that technology is critical because then we can say as a homebuilder that we know this technology works. We know this technology adds value for our customer. That’s something we want to provide.”

A CLOSER LOOK

It won’t hit you right away. You won’t notice that the exterior walls are not stud-framed but rather ultra-efficient structural insulated panels. You may not guess that the fresh air isn’t coming from an open window, but instead from the advanced HVAC system designed to constantly circulate clean, fresh air, while still using less energy.

You won’t notice a dozen other things. What you’ll see are beautifully designed spaces that immediately feel like home. But look closer and you’ll see that Brookfield Residential has left markers along your path from room to room. Each calls out some new technology being tested in the home.

“All the data we collect, we can compare it side by side to other models right next door— in the same neighborhood, same size, same scale,” said project manager Marc Dalessio. “We’ll be able to do a comparison to see how efficient this home actually is compared to a typically built product.”

Brookfield Residential is not a small niche builder. The company builds homes and communities in 11 major North American markets, including more than a dozen communities in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. It’s no stranger to green building. It’s already built and learned from two previous concept homes, but The PureBlue Home, which opened to the public in March, is its most expansive effort yet.

SUSTAINABLE, INSIDE AND OUT

Solar panels harness the sun’s energy. The hybrid hot water heater and the advanced HVAC system conserve it. The structural insulated panel exterior walls—an insulating foam core sandwiched between two layers of structural board—are easy to install, airtight and should create 12 to 14 percent energy savings.

It’s all been carefully considered, and it all works together to maximize efficiency.

“We started from the very beginning,” said production manager Marc Dalessio. “We designed the pitch of the roof to be as efficient as possible for the solar panels to capture the sunlight. We then overhung the first- and second-floor windows so that in the summertime direct sunlight doesn’t come in and it gives us enough shade to lower the solar heat gain in the house.”

The sustainable effort extends outside the home as well, where Brookfield Residential also focused on building a home with minimal impact on the land surrounding it.

A greywater system and a Rainwater HOG storage system recycle both rainwater and household water to help reduce flooding, erosion and runoff, while minimizing the home’s reliance on public water. The landscaping uses native, low-water plants that are easily maintained with a drip irrigation system. 

“What makes this project unique is that the house itself is not just a standalone building,” said Dustin Dorph, the land development coordinator. “It’s actually an entire system that works with the climate, works with the interior of the building and all the different systems we have in place. It’s all integrated, and the end result is a much better home.”

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

Energy-efficient living is not a revolutionary concept and new technology emerges every year to bring it closer to the mainstream. There are plenty of green homes out there, but truly sustainable energy efficiency has remained beyond the reach of homebuyers looking to raise their family in an affordable home in a traditional neighborhood.

Though they want to be good to the environment and they want to save money on utility bills, most homebuyers balk at the upfront costs of building an energy-efficient home or the lifestyle sacrifices required to reduce their reliance on the energy grid.

Brookfield Residential is looking to give its homebuyers the best of both worlds.

The PureBlue Home received a score of -1 on the industry’s standard Home Energy Rating System Index, meaning that the home is expected to generate more energy than it consumes. A new home built just five years ago averages a 103.

If even a fraction of these features can be integrated into a typical Brookfield Residential home, the project will be a success.

“We’re trying to create the next generation of homes,” said Robert Hubbell, president of the homebuilder’s Washington, D.C., division. “The PureBlue Home is our chance to prove that we can create our own energy. If we continue along this path, we can save our homebuyers thousands of dollars a year, and we can do it without asking them to sacrifice. We’ll actually make their lifestyle more comfortable and more enjoyable.”

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Brookfield Residential’s PureBlue Concept Home Adds Efficiency Without Sacrificing Style

FAIRFAX, Va. — There’s no windmill in the front yard, no sod growing on the roof. The home doesn’t look like a spaceship and it’s not isolated on some distant mountainside.

Brookfield Residential’s PureBlue Home sits at the corner of a quiet cul-de-sac street inside the popular Avendale community in Northern Virginia. The home certainly catches your eye. The architecture is traditionally beautiful and the interior design is absolutely stunning. That’s enough to satisfy most home shoppers.

But you wouldn’t guess all that’s happening beneath the surface. You wouldn’t guess that you’re looking at an ultra-efficient, “net zero” energy concept home.

Much like the cutting-edge concept cars produced by automakers like BMW, The PureBlue Home is a showcase and an experiment, a test to see whether one homebuilder can help push an entire industry past the stigmas and stereotypes associated with modern green homes.

“We’ve set out to prove that you don’t have to sacrifice your style, your comfort or your way of life to live in an extraordinarily efficient home,” said Robert Hubbell, president of Brookfield Residential’s Washington, D.C., division. “The PureBlue Home is a real home, meant for everyday people. We think that’s how it should be, so this is an experiment to see if we can bring the latest technology to production homes.”

The PureBlue Home celebrated a successful Grand Opening in March, earning rave reviews from home shoppers and others in the real estate industry. It remains open to the public and visitors can stop in each room to see the lengths that Brookfield Residential has gone to maximize energy efficiency—from the solar panels to the healthy, high-efficiency HVAC system and the greywater system that captures and recycles rainwater.

But visitors can also see that those efforts have not infringed on the dynamic design Brookfield Residential has become known for.

“This is one of the most attractive homes we’ve ever built,” Marketing Manager Erin Smith said. “Throughout this project, we really put equal emphasis on sustainability and style.”

Brookfield Residential is no stranger to green homebuilding.

For a decade, the team has been experimenting and expanding its energy-efficient options. But Brookfield Residential is also a production homebuilder, with homes and communities in 11 major North American markets. Its Washington, D.C., division builds in more than a dozen communities in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. They offer everything from townhomes to luxury estate homes.

Through its Brookfield Blue program, the homebuilder already boasts an expansive portfolio of efficient, sustainable options. The PureBlue Home is an effort to take it a step further. Rather than marketing and selling it as a complete package, Brookfield Residential hopes to pinpoint the most effective elements and make them available for a variety of home styles and floorplans through Brookfield Blue.

UNSEEN EFFICIENCY

To bring The PureBlue Home to life, Hubbell enlisted some of the division’s sharpest minds from a variety of fields and disciplines. Each brought a unique perspective and fresh ideas. The result is that many of the most innovative features are seamlessly integrated and almost imperceptible.

“The biggest compliment that we hear is when someone tours the home and they tell us, ‘This isn’t what I expected at all,’” Hubbell said. “That’s because we’re all trained to think that an energy-efficient home is supposed to look a certain way. It’s supposed to be weird, cold and impersonal. We have to get beyond that. I think this will be a big step in the right direction.”

The PureBlue Home is more like an exhibition of modern style —sleek and trendy yet cozy and comfortable. It feels like home, first and foremost. And, by the way, the bathrooms and appliances are designed to conserve water and energy. The air you’re breathing has been conditioned for the healthiest possible air quality.

The cabinets, the counters, the carpet, even the driveway and the landscaping, all of it is sustainable and eco-friendly.

“We really went above and beyond as far as trying new things,” Smith said. “As you walk around the home, inside and out, there’s a story behind everything you see. Everything was chosen for a reason, and it all works really well together.”

A BRIGHT FUTURE

Because PureBlue is a long-term experiment, the team won’t have the information it seeks next week or even next month. The answers will reveal themselves over time, but so far, they are optimistic.

“All the data we collect, we can compare it side by side to other models right next door— in the same neighborhood, same size, same scale,” said project manager Marc Dalessio. “We’ll be able to do a comparison to see how efficient this home actually is compared to a typically built product.”

Dalessio said The PureBlue Home scored an impressive -1 on the industry’s standard Home Energy Rating System Index, meaning that the home is expected to generate more energy than it consumes. A new home built just five years ago averages a 103. If even a fraction of these features can be integrated into a typical Brookfield Residential home, the project will be a success.

In fact, the team has already heard so many compliments about the new floorplan that they are considering adding it to their home design collection. For now, though, the team is excited to watch as visitors tour the home and get a sense of everything the company is doing to build homes where energy efficiency and stylish comfort can co-exist.

“Innovation is in our DNA,” Hubbell said. “We’re always trying to make a better home—better for the environment and better for the family who lives in it. You shouldn’t have to choose one or the other. If you tour The PureBlue Home, you’ll see that Brookfield Residential is pushing past those preconceived limitations. And if I was looking for a new home, that’s the type of builder I’d want to work with.”

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