A Breath of Fresh Air: Brookfield Communities Are So Close to the Best Parks

There’s nothing like taking a hike in the great outdoors. The fresh air, the unforgettable views and the connection you make with nature are all great reasons to get outside.

Blog4With the changing of the seasons, the weather will be getting cooler (to some, more tolerable), the trees will begin changing colors, and it’ll be a perfect time to get outside and explore.

With so many Brookfield communities built close to parks and trails in Maryland and Virginia, it’s no surprise that residents in our communities are able to be more active and involved in nature. Take a look at just a few of the parks that are close to Brookfield communities:

  • Shenandoah Valley National Park —  Located in Frederick County, Virginia, this national park is just a short drive from Snowden Bridge Summit. Its 200,000 acres of protected land feature beautiful waterfalls, incomparable views and a seemingly endless amount of woodland to explore. With miles of nature trails, there’s always something new to see at Shenandoah Valley National Park.
  • Franklin Park —  A short drive from Leesburg, Virginia, and just minutes from Ashburn’s Preserve at Goose Creek, Franklin Park is a 405-acre, award-winning regional park in Loudoun County. In addition to its impressive number of sports fields and amenities, Franklin Park features a United States Track and Field-certified cross country course and over 3.5 miles of nature trails.
  • Quiet Waters Park —  Right outside the heart of Annapolis and just a 20-minute drive from Wilson’s Grove, Quiet Waters Park allows visitors to walk, jog or bike on over six miles of paved, wooded nature trails. With more than 340 acres of parkland next to the South River, Quiet Waters has breathtaking views and everything you need to make it an easygoing, relaxing day with the family.

Looking for something even closer? Many of our neighborhood feature walking and nature trails right in the confines of the community!


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Envision It: Interactive Floorplans from Brookfield

When you’re looking for the perfect home, it’s always important to consider all of the potential upgrades that are available to you. Being able to envision the design options that are possible in  your home will help you determine what the finished product will look like.


Fortunately for Brookfield Residential homebuyers, that process is so simple with interactive floorplans.

Our interactive floorplans, available online for select home designs, are an easy and fun way for you to envision building your dream home with just the click of a button—helping you get a look at all of the potential your new home has. Choosing upgrades, including room extensions, windows and ceiling styles, can be done by clicking option boxes on the left-hand side of the interactive floorplans. Personalize every level of the home, and once you’re satisfied with your floorplan, you can print it out or save it so that it’ll always be on-hand.

Want to give our interactive floorplans a try? Check out our Waverly model and see what you can create.

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Score Big Savings with Our Move-In-Now Sales Event

At Brookfield Residential, we know that that as soon as you visit one of our amazing Move-In-Now Homes, you’re going to absolutely love it. With the incredible amenities, energy-efficient designs and modern stylings, you’ll get the best of building new, and you’ll get to live it much sooner.


Our Move-In-Now Homes are built with a quicker move in mind, but the amazing upgrade options and incredible savings and incentives that come built-in mean that you’ll have to move fast or you might miss out. Follow these three steps to ensure that you don’t miss out on our “Visit. Love It. Live It.” Move-In-Now Sales Event that ends on October 31:

  • Love It — On top of all of the great designs, floorplans and features included in our Move-In-Now Homes, you’ll fall in love with the amenity-rich communities in the most convenient locations in the area. Built near great schools, shopping, dining and major commuter routes, Brookfield communities make it easy to love your home and your neighborhood.
  • Live It — Our best incentives on Move-In-Now Homes are available right now—but only for a limited time! Once you’ve found the right home, you’ll be able to get moving quickly and take advantage of some great pricing offered during our “Visit. Love It. Live It.” Sales Event. Don’t delay! This sales event only lasts until October 31.
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Open Floorplans: Our Oak Park Collection is Designed with an Open Living Space in Mind.

Brookfield Residential is all about creating beautiful, innovative homes with features and designs that fit the needs of every homebuyer. That’s why we’re proud to introduce our Oak Park Collection at Avendale in Bristow, VA.


Featuring the Linden, Harrison and Taylor models, the Oak Park Collection is designed with space in mind. With generously sized floorplans and a wide array of additional space upgrades, you’ll be able to enjoy the relaxing lifestyle that this collection provides.

Take a look at the three models that make up the Oak Park Collection:

  • The Taylor — Main-level living at its finest. With up to 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 3,380 square feet, the Taylor has a spacious first-floor owner’s suite, as well as open living, dining and entertaining space. The upper level features three additional bedrooms that can be customized to fit your needs. Finish the lower-level recreation room for extra space to play.
  • The Linden — Get up to 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 3,189 square feet of beautiful, open living, dining and entertaining space. Choose from three elevations—each with enough space for everyone in your life. Finishing the lower-level recreation room, bedroom or den is a great way to add even more space to this beautiful home.
  • The Harrison — Featuring separate living and dining rooms in an open floorplan, the Harrison includes up to 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 2,693 square feet of luxurious living. In addition to having the ability to open the great room to the second floor, which makes the space to feel even larger, the lower-level recreation room can be finished to add more square footage.

Ready to experience liveable luxury? Come tour the Taylor and four other models available at Avendale.

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10 Tips for Managing Stress on Moving Day

It’s no secret that moving can be a stressful experience. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can follow to help reduce the stress. Consider these 10 suggestions for making sure that your move goes as smoothly as possible.


  1. Plan Diligently. Set aside time to plan out your move. Visualizing every element of this process will make things easier when the move happens.
  2. Mark Fragile Items. Marking fragile objects will help to keep everything intact throughout the move. You’ll be far more comfortable knowing that your fragile items will receive special attention during the move.
  3. Spread the Word. Rather than waiting until after you’ve moved, notify your friends, family, doctors, accountants, banks, insurance companies and other businesses that you patronize of your new address. If you’re currently renting, give your landlord a notice in writing—within the time frame specified by your lease agreement—that you are moving. Don’t forget to change your address at the post office!
  4. Hire a Sitter. Nothing is more important than your kids and/or your pets. Make the moving process that much easier for yourself and for them by hiring a sitter (off-site sitters are recommended) so that you can focus on the move.
  5. Be There. Even if you’ve invested thousands of dollars to hire professional movers, it’s still important for you to be at your old home until everything has been moved out. You’ll be able to answer any questions, and you’ll feel better knowing that you can give the house a final walk-through to make sure that everything has been loaded.
  6. Clean Up Before and After. Reduce the amount of stuff you’ll need to move by holding a yard sale or donating unwanted items. After packing, have the house cleaned from top to bottom. If you’d rather clean it yourself than pay someone else to do it, make sure you have the cleaning supplies you need ahead of time.
  7. Save a Spot. Don’t wait until moving day to find out if the moving truck will have enough space to start loading. If you live in a city, check with local officials to find out if you can get a permit to reserve parking space during your move. You can also check with neighbors to see if they’ll help you save a spot.
  8. Make an “Open First” Box. This is the box that you’ll pack last and unload first. This should contain essential items that you’ll need while you try to get everything in order in your new home. Things like toilet paper, towels, pillows and toiletries should be put in here, but there are plenty of other important items that you might want to pack as well.
  9. Set Up Your Utilities. Schedule your phone, cable, gas and electric installation services for your new home in advance. It’ll be one less thing to worry about once you move, and you’ll know that it’ll be ready once you arrive.
  10. Take Inventory. While you pack, take inventory of your possessions. An inventory is a detailed list of your possessions as well as their estimated current value. It’s a great way to ensure that you have the proper insurance to cover your items, and it will put your mind at ease if you ever have to file an insurance claim.

Although this list covers only a fraction of the helpful moving advice available, following these 10 simple tips will make your move immeasurably easier, and you’ll be glad that you found ways to reduce stress. Remember, whether you’re moving into a new home soon or moving later, it’s never too early to be prepared!

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Brookfield Builds for Families: Great School Districts Make It an Easy Choice

One of the most important considerations for families buying a new home is how close their community will be to quality schools. Parents want to know that their kids will  be comfortable in a new environment and that their kids can receive a top-notch education once they move.


Fortunately for homebuyers looking in Maryland, Delaware and Northern Virginia, Brookfield Residential has made it a focal point over the past 50+ years to create family-friendly communities near the area’s finest school systems. We know that family is important and that you’re not going to be comfortable in your new home unless you know that your children are in the right educational environment. We understand that amazing amenities only tell half the story, and you can expect that every one of our many neighborhoods offers access to a quality education for your kids.

With a wide selection of Move-In-Now Homes available at Brookfield communities, getting settled into a new home (and school) can be a lot easier than you think. Search all of our Move-In-Now Homes today and find the right home and community for your entire family!

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Discover Natural Beauty and Unparalleled Luxury at Waterford Manor


Imagine you’ve just stepped out your back door. Have a look around. Admire the views and all the space.

Glance toward your garden growing full and green, your children chasing each other across the yard. Look beyond to the sweeping panorama of the rolling countryside. You’ll feel like you’ve just bought a home in some quiet, remote locale.

But Waterford Manor is just minutes outside of Leesburg, VA, and all the vibrant life that surrounds its beautiful downtown. With gorgeous homesites on 3+ acres in Loudoun County (a rarity) and stunning, spacious home designs (pure luxury) you’ve found what so many people are searching for.

It’s the stylish home that Pinterest boards are made of and views fit for a postcard. New beauty shows itself with each new season and you’ll find more reasons every day to love life at Waterford Manor.

BR WM Fillmore II 07Schedule a visit today and tour our new, fully decorated Fillmore II model. It’s the first we’ve ever built and it’s one you have to see.

Luxurious single family homes on 3+ acres start from the $600’s at Waterford Manor.


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More Amenities On the Way at the Already Amazing Eagle Springs


When you choose your new home in this all-inclusive, active-adult resort community, you’re getting more than four walls of comfort and style. You’re buying into a complete lifestyle, a place where your days are what you make them — lively, relaxing or somewhere in between.

At Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores, we’re always working to build on this sensational lifestyle in tax-friendly Bridgeville, DE. Here’s a look at some of the new amenities we’ve recently opened and some that are just around the corner.

The Frozen Farmer is now open! And we’re loving it.

Smoothies, popsicles, ice cream and sorbet aren’t necessarily the things that come to mind when you think “farm to table,” but that’s exactly what you get from the Evans family farm here in Bridgeville. The Frozen Farmer shop at Eagle Springs has been a delicious hit this summer. Enjoy a cool treat and support local farmers at the same time.

There’s no match for the fun at our new tennis and pickleball courts.

Grab your favorite doubles partner and a couple of neighbors and start your day with a friendly tennis match. Or try pickleball. It’s one of the fastest growing sports around. It’s easy to learn and it’s fun from Day 1. We’re still adding the finishing touches to our courts, but they’re all open and ready for you to take a swing today.

Residents are loving our new bocce courts, too.

Games can be loose and relaxed or downright competitive. Either way, it’s always a good time and our bocce courts have become a real hot spot in the community since their recent opening. Ready to try your skills?

The renovated fitness center will be ready soon.

Staying fit and having fun will be more enjoyable than ever. We’re in the process of updating our fitness center, including plenty of the latest exercise equipment on the market. Stay tuned for more updates!

Get ready to shop The Sugar Beet Market.

The latest addition to the shopping offerings at Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores is coming along nicely and we’re anticipating a fall opening. We’re also finishing up the boardwalk to add another unique touch to the Sugar Beet experience.

Ready to learn more? Schedule a visit to preview these exciting amenities and tour 3 fully decorated brand new models, featuring brand new designs to fit what home shoppers have told us they want to see.

Stylish, single-level living starts from the $200’s at Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores.

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Don’t Let Summer Energy Bills Burn You Up

Even in the most energy-efficient homes, the cost to cool your home in the summer can be more expensive than you’d like.

It’s true that air conditioners use about 5 percent of all energy produced in the United States, with Americans spending 11 billion dollars a year to run their AC units. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t take control of your energy-saving efforts right now.

Here are some easy ways to help keep your home cool and your energy bill low this summer.

Blog4Keep the Heat Out. Watch the Savings Flow in.

Prevent warm air from leaking into your home by sealing cracks and openings around the house. If you’ve been in  your home a while, check caulking and weatherstripping around doors and windows to make sure cool air stays in and warm air stays out.

Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Smoothly.

Schedule regular maintenance on your cooling system to ensure that your air conditioning unit is operating properly and isn’t costing you money because it needs cleaning, recharging or repair. An air conditioner that is running properly is going to keep you cooler and save you money.

The Thermostat Gives You Complete Control. Use It Wisely.

The most powerful tool you have in your energy-saving arsenal is your thermostat. By setting your thermostat as high as comfortably possible, you’ll keep the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures to a minimum and lower the impact that your cooling system has on your energy bill. Programmable thermostats like those that come standard as part of our energy-efficient Brookfield Blue initiative allow you to keep your home at a cooler temperature when you’re home and warmer when you’re not. This will prevent unnecessary cooling and will save you money in the end.

In the Battle to Lower Your Summer Energy Bill, the Kitchen is Key.

So much of what goes into your summer energy bill comes from your kitchen. From the appliances you use to how much food you have in your house, your kitchen is the frontline in the war on summertime energy bills.

Energy Star appliances , like those found in new Brookfield homes, ensure that your appliances don’t waste energy when they’re not being used. Filling your fridge with plenty of food will help prevent excess warming when the door is opened, and it’ll keep it from having to work harder during the warm summer months.

Did you know? Brookfield homes are naturally more energy efficient than the average home.

All of our homes already save energy and money through our energy-saving initiative, Brookfield Blue. Each new Brookfield home includes features such as Energy Star® appliances, programmable thermostats and advanced framing techniques. You can choose to add even more of the latest innovative, energy-efficient features to help save even more money on your energy bills every month.


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Dive into a Safe Experience at the Pool this Summer

Blog3The sun is out, the kids are ready to go, and you’re on your way to the pool for another fun, relaxing summer day with the family. While the warm weather is a perfect invitation to have fun outside and in the water, you’ll need to be prepared to have the best experience possible.

Here are a few tips to ensure that you and your family have both a fun and safe day at the pool.

Pack the Sunscreen. Plenty of It.

Whether you’re relaxing by the pool or taking a dip, you will want to make sure that this cool activity doesn’t leave your family feeling burned.

Ultraviolet rays from the sun are the primary cause of skin cancer, but you can minimize your family’s risk by keeping the sunscreen handy. Pack sunscreen that is rated at 30 SPF or above (with both UVA and UVB spectrum protection) and apply it every two hours.

Keep Your Kids Hydrated.

Just because your kids are spending the day in the water doesn’t mean that they’ll stay properly hydrated. Because kids are much more prone to dehydration than adults, you’ll need to keep a close eye on how much water your family is drinking throughout the day. It’s recommended that kids and teens drink nine ounces of water every 20 minutes during periods of physical activity.

Enjoy the Day but Don’t Let Your Guard Down.

Going swimming is one of the best ways to keep your kids cool and entertained, but even if you’re just relaxing poolside, you’ll need to stay aware of where your kids are and what they’re doing.

Most importantly, never let your kids swim without adult supervision. Aside from being the best way to prevent any pool mishaps or accidents, it’s a great way to spend some time with your little ones.

Trying to keep your cool in the summer heat but wish the pool was a little closer to home? Most Brookfield communities include beautiful swimming pools  or are located near recreational swimming pools. It’s easy to make a splash during the summer when your community is so conveniently located!


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