5 Adventures in and Around Loudoun County to Experience This Summer

Loudoun County Winery Tours

Combining suburban convenience, historic character and rural farmland charm, Loudoun County has become one of the fastest growing areas in the country, so it should be no surprise that there’s a lot to see and do this summer.

There’s no way to do it all, so that’s why we’ve broken it down into the following list of our top five summer adventures you won’t want to miss out on.

  1. Winery Tours

In Loudoun County, there are more wineries to explore than anyone could manage within a week much less a day. If you had to pick one, Stone Tower Winery atop Hogback Mountain stands out as one of the most unique for the quality of its wine, the beauty of its landscape and the value of its tour experience. And at only ten miles from Purcellville, it’s an incredibly convenient country drive from a new home at Mayfair.

It features two enormous tasting rooms, including the family-friendly Harvest Barn and the prestigious Tower View Tasting Room. And for just $15, you can visit on a whim and enjoy a six-wine tasting. Or you can bring a group for vineyard tours where you’ll get an in-depth look at the meticulous process of Stone Tower’s artisanal winemaking approach.

For a planned event, you can also use one of these limo and touring services to ride around in style from winery to winery, tasting the best Loudoun County has to offer.

  1. The Twilight Jumpers at Great Meadow

The home of several of Virginia’s biggest equestrian spectacles, Great Meadow Park is just a short drive southwest of the Loudoun County line in The Plains, Virginia. The scenery here is like that of a fairytale, as rolling green meadows stretch out toward the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains not far on the horizon.

During the summertime, this 380-acre events center and steeplechase course hosts a range of events for horse enthusiasts and casual fun-seekers alike. One of the most popular events is the Twilight Jumpers, occurring every final Friday of the month from 6:30pm to 11pm (May through August).  

As the sun sets, riders and their well-bred companions set off around the dressage ring to prove their skills. The competition includes two classes: a child/adult amateur class that begins at 7pm, and a professional, invitation-only class that begins at 8pm and often includes international Olympians and world-renowned riders. General admission tickets are only $40 dollars for a carload. Food and refreshment tents serve up artisanal eats and local beer and wine. After the jumping is over, dance parties ensue with a DJ under the pavilion.

And there’s a lot more, too. Have you ever seen a polo match? Head to the Great Meadow website and check their calendar for the full list of summer events.  

  1. Farmers Markets

Make the perfect start to a summertime Saturday morning by visiting the Leesburg Farmers Market, held just a short drive into town from Waterford Manor. Listen to live music from local artists as you shop around a wide selection of producer-only foods.   

The Leesburg Farmers Market is arguably the most popular in the county. It’s open from 8am to noon every Saturday through October. If you’re looking for small-town vibes or want to try new products and produce, there are numerous other farmers markets to explore throughout Loudoun County.  

  1. Sky Meadows State Park

Just 18 miles southwest of your new home at The Bluffs at Sleeter Lake lies the quaint country town of Paris, Virginia. And just outside of Paris you’ll find the entrance to one of the best State Parks in Northern Virginia.  

This nearly 2,000-acre outdoor paradise is set where the rolling hills of Virginia’s Piedmont transition through the foothills to the first ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s a popular destination for hiking, horseback riding, camping and birdwatching. The park also offers trail access to the renowned east coast walking path the Appalachian Trail. 

  1. Topgolf

Leaving your new home at Waterford Manor, you’ll hit Loudoun County’s hottest golf destination on your way east toward the world-renowned shopping at Tysons Corner or the growing urban centers in Ashburn or Reston. As a 30-minute drive from Waterford, it makes for a perfect stop after a day of shopping in Fairfax or as your destination all on its own.

Topgolf is a multi-storied, state-of-the-art driving range that allows guests to track their ball flight and distance, as well as compete against each other through a range of available challenges.

Bring a group of friends or a date, as each golfing bay receives full food and bar service. Or bring the kids, game rooms are available for that next birthday party. And just across the street, check out iFly, an incredible indoor skydiving experience that’s fun for the whole family!

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5 Vital Tips for Searching New Construction Homes Online

Searching New Construction Online

Due to the explosive popularity of online home search platforms like Zillow and Trulia, consumers have gained access to millions of listings at their fingertips and made the search process easier than ever before.

In your feed, it can be hard to tell the difference between new construction listings and resale, or how to determine which new construction listings to pursue. If you’re on the hunt for your new construction dream home, check out these five tips to remember as you start your search online.

1. Select Filters

First things first, you can set your search parameters to filter for only new construction homes on all the major sites including Zillow, Trulia, Redfin and Homes.com.

Some of these platforms make the “new construction” parameter easier to find than others. Zillow and Trulia make it the easiest with a new construction tab under the main “Buy” search function.

Alternatively, you can set the “Year Built” parameters to the present year to bring up most new construction listings as well.

2. Set a Radius

Define the location you want to live and set a radius. With all the listings online, it’s very easy to fall down a rabbit hole imagining life at extravagant, far-away communities. You start your search in Washington D.C. region, and before you know it, you’re daydreaming about Malibu bungalows.

If you’re serious about your search, setting a geographic limit will help you stay on topic. Pick a handful of your favorite communities and home designs from different builders in the area, because determining which builder is right for you will likely be the ultimate decision.

3. Set a Timeline

Another key factor to consider is your timetable. Whether you’re relocating to an area and need to move quickly or are happy to take your time to personalize your dream home, you’ll need to identify your focus on either Move-In-Now Homes or a to-be-built home.

Often times, there are small indicators on the listing sites as to whether a listing is for a Move-In-Now Home or for to-be-builts. If there is an addition sign (+) next to any of the primary listing figures (price, no. of beds/baths, etc.) that means you are looking at starting pricing for a to-be-built home.

If a home listing looks identical to a resale listing but is tagged “new construction”, it’s most likely a Move-In-Now Home.

4. Reference the Listing Against the Builder Website

Once you’ve found a listing you like on Zillow, Trulia, Redfin or Homes.com, it’s a good idea to reference that listing against their builder website. Any discrepancies should be flagged and discussed with the builder.

Also, you might find additional home designs or community information that weren’t included on the initial listing.

5. Look out for Seasonal Savings

Many builders offer seasonal incentives, particularly in the spring and fall months. While they vary in value, you certainly don’t want to leave free cash, closing costs or design options on the table.

Once you’ve selected a few builders you’re interested in, it’s a good idea to visit their website and sign up for their newsletter or community VIP List. That way, you’ll never be in the dark about current offers or special events when you’re ready to move on your new home.

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How Brookfield Blue Makes it Easy to Avoid Getting Burned by Summer Energy Bills

Energy-Wise Efficiency, Budget-Smart Living

High Heat, High Energy Bills

Did you know that space heating and cooling account for almost half of a home’s energy use? If you’ve ever noticed your energy bills skyrocket during the summer months it’s likely that you’re intimately aware of this fact.

The truth is that most resale homes — even many new homes — are not designed for efficiency. Many resale homes were built before major technological advancements brought increased energy efficiency inside the home. And with too many builders, energy-efficient features are only offered as premium options and aren’t included on the standard plan.

Green Living with Brookfield Blue

Through our Brookfield Blue initiative, we build every one of our homes to balance ultimate livability and energy efficiency — going the extra mile to save our homeowners money in new and innovative ways.

In addition to ENERGY STAR® appliances, programmable thermostats, water-saving faucets and shower heads and Low-e windows are standard in every home. We further empower our homebuyers to save money on their energy bills and employ the latest innovation in their homes by offering a variety of sustainable and renewable energy features, such as solar panels and geothermal heating and air conditioning in select communities.

When you buy a new Brookfield Residential home, you’ll know that your home is more efficient than the standard new home. Click here to see how we build the most energy-efficient homes possible.

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Move Fast and Make the Most of Summer with Our Move-In-Now Homes

Quick Summer Move-Ins

Summer is officially here and our hectic schedules are finally starting to slow down just as the weather is heating up. The days are longer, schools are letting out — suddenly we find a little more time for the things we’ve been putting off.

We’ve found that summer makes a great time to find and move into your new home, especially a Move-In-Now Home that’s already built, already upgraded and all ready for you.

When you choose a Move-In-Now Home from Brookfield Residential, it’s only weeks — not months — until you can move in. It’s especially convenient during the summer months if you have kids because you’ll be all settled in before the start of the new school year. Plus, you’ll have the next few months with more free time to enjoy all that your new community and your new home has to offer.


Want to check out all the Move-In-Now Homes currently available across Brookfield Residential communities? See the full selection here.

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Join Us Next Thursday to Celebrate the Topping Out of Del Ray Place


Earlier this week, construction at Del Ray Place reached the rooftop. Now, we can’t wait for you to see it. Join us for a sneak preview on Thursday, June 21st, and take in views of the building that you’ve only been able to imagine. There’s still some work to be done before you can move in this fall, but this major milestone is worth experiencing for yourself.  

The festivities will get started at 5:30 PM at the Del Ray Place Sales Gallery located at 2312 Mount Vernon Avenue, Suite 208, Alexandria, VA 22301. It’s just a few blocks down from Del Ray Place and we’ll be serving catered barbeque from Red Hot & Blue.

Then, we’ll head over to the in-progress condominium residences, put on our hard hats and head inside. You’ll have the chance to preview residences, common areas and — of course — views of the vibrant Del Ray neighborhood from the rooftop.

If you have already reserved your residence at Del Ray Place, this is the perfect opportunity to see how it’s all coming together. If you haven’t, then this will give you the perfect opportunity to learn more and schedule a private appointment. Just don’t delay, more than half our residences are sold already.

To learn more about Del Ray Place, visit DelRayVa.com. If you plan on attending the Rooftop Preview Party next Thursday at Del Ray Place, please RSVP to JHarper@mcwb.com today. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Move in Now to Your Destination for a Lifetime at Potomac Shores

The Torrington at Potomac Shores

With five exceptional Move-In-Now Homes currently available, this is the perfect summer to begin your best life at Potomac Shores. This award-winning resort-style community has it all, and summer is the best time to enjoy the swimming pools, the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, the boat house, the parks, trails and sports fields and much, much more!

Set in the Woods Edge neighborhood, these Move-In-Now Homes offer wooded yards on close-knit cul-de-sacs. Each comes standard with an inviting front porch from where you can enjoy your coffee in the quiet, cool hours of the morning, watch the kids as they ride bikes around the neighborhood or sit and relax at day’s end with good friends and a refreshing cocktail.

Now that you know what awaits, it’s time to take a closer look at all the Move-In-Now Homes currently available at Potomac Shores. Head to our website for the full selection.

Calling All Realtors

June 8

You’re Invited for a Brookfield Residential Home Tour With an International Flavor. 

Thursday, June 21 | 12pm-2pm

Join friends and colleagues on a one-of-a-kind tour of award-winning Potomac Shores as you journey from models to spec homes.

At each stop, you’ll enjoy a taste of delicious fare from the world’s culinary hotspots. Discover the perfect new home for your clients, and when they choose Brookfield Residential, you’ll get a quick 3% commission that isn’t available from any other builder at Potomac Shores.

Interested? RSVP to Matt Turner at Matt.Turner@BrookfieldRP.com

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Heritage Shores Honored as a Top 20 Golf Course Community in North America

A Top 20 Golf Community in America

We’re proud to announce that Heritage Shores, our 55+ Active Lifestyle Community in Bridgeville, DE, has been chosen as a Top 20 Golf Course Community in North America by Golf Course Home Network.

Live Connected with a Walkable Village Center

A leading resource for golf course real estate, Golf Course Home Network selected Heritage Shores for its innovative, walkable village center that creates “a more soul-satisfying and inclusive community experience beyond golf.”

We couldn’t agree more that the walkability and convenience of Heritage Shores is a large part of what makes the community so special.

In particular, Golf Course Home Network raved over the Sugar Beet Market, our one-stop shop offering fresh made-to-order sandwiches and other casual fare, drinks, gifts, local art, jewelry and everyday essentials. It’s also home to seasonal events and concerts. They loved its waterfront location and the iconic clocktower that marks this popular community gathering place.

For all the fun to be had at the Sugar Beet Market, it only scratches the surface of all Heritage Shores lifestyle has to offer.

Enjoy the Resort Life All Year Long

From the professional 18-hole golf course to the grand 28,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse, this resort-style community is filled with state-of-the-art amenities and recreational activities to keep you active and always smiling.

And with a full-time lifestyle coordinator to help you stay on top of the wide range of clubs, classes and events, you’ll never have to look far for something to do or someone to enjoy it with.

We’re the developers of Heritage Shores, but we also build there, too. You can choose from our selection of easy-living home designs.

Want to learn more about this award-winning resort lifestyle? Visit the Heritage Shores website for more information. You can also plan a visit to experience life here for yourself with our Stay & Play 3-Day Discovery Package.

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Three New Home Designs Bring Easy Living Innovations to Snowden Bridge

The New Look of Great Value

We’re excited to bring you the best value and the most desired options to Snowden Bridge with the reveal of three all-new home designs. These stylish homes feature three to four bedrooms and spacious, open floorplans. Choose the plan that fits your family’s style, from main-level living to traditional three-level options.

The Riverton

Riverton Image

This innovative ranch-style home was designed with today’s homebuyer in mind and provides easy access to all your most important spaces. The open-concept design means the kitchen flows through to an ample family room. And though the impressively spacious owner’s suite is just across the room, its en-suite owner’s bathroom and walk-in closet make it the perfect secluded escape when you need it most.

We’re currently wrapping up construction on our new Riverton model at Snowden Bridge. You’ll be able to step inside and experience easy living for yourself later this summer.

The Pendleton

Pendleton Image

This new single-family home design combines the ranch-style layout and open floorplan of the Riverton model and takes it to the next level.

A spacious kitchen and great room flow together seamlessly to create the ultimate entertainment space. The owner’s suite offers plenty of privacy and you can add more living space by finishing the lower level with a recreation, den and full bathroom.

The Sheridan

Sheridan Image

Along with offering the most space of the new home styles at Snowden Bridge, the Sheridan sets itself apart with a traditional three-level floorplan and optional front porch. In fact, this design offers the best opportunities to enjoy outside living with an optional sunroom and walk-out basement.

The floorplan embraces a flowing, open layout to create comfortable, casual spaces while a more formal living/dining room offers a touch of elegance.

We’re excited to unveil our new home designs and can’t wait for you to find the one that fits your life. Built for easy living, they’ll give you more time to make the most of the exceptional Snowden Bridge lifestyle.

Want to learn more about Snowden Bridge? Visit our website for details, or send us an email to schedule your tour today!

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Get a Taste of Easy Living and Family Fun at Snowden Bridge on May 19

Treat Yourself

With the return of warm weather and the release of new single-family home designs, there’s a lot to celebrate this season at Snowden Bridge. And we hope you can join us on May 19, from 11am to 2pm, to treat yourself to it all.

There will be delicious wood-fired pizza to enjoy, made on site by Pizzeria Moto, plus music, a moonbounce, ice cream, prizes and much more. Bring the whole family because there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

You’ll also get the chance to take a behind-the-scenes tour of our new Riverton model before it opens to the public. This first-of-its-kind main-level-living design makes it easier than ever to access your most important spaces.

And, of course, in any season, and any time of the year, there’s so much to explore and experience at Snowden Bridge. From the resort-style amenities such as the swimming pool, water park and indoor sportsplex to the beautiful scenic setting, close to top Virginia wineries and points of interest in the Shenandoah Valley, Snowden Bridge is a place you need to experience and offers a lifestyle that’s hard to turn down.

Planning on joining us for the event? Get directions here, or contact Gayle Ellis for more information today.

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There’s No Time to Wait to Reserve Your Residence at Del Ray Place

Del Ray Place 50% Sold

Hundreds of interested home shoppers formed a line outside the restaurant hoping to have the first pick of available homesites. Current Del Ray residents and those from across the D.C. metro area had all come to Junction Bakery & Bistro for Del Ray Place’s Grand Opening event this past March to learn about this rare opportunity for new construction in the heart of Alexandria’s beloved neighborhood.

It was a large crowd and the sense of excitement around the room filled the air. Yet, even then, we weren’t considering what would happen next.

Within just days of the Grand Opening, we reached a mark we had not anticipated. As of now, Del Ray Place is over 50% sold out.

Thank you for all who attended. We’re truly honored by the incredible response we received to these new, innovative condominiums. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to reserve your residence, we would love to help you find your way home to Del Ray Place, too.

But you’ll need to act fast. We’re still several months away from completing construction, but you can’t wait that long to ensure your place. Home shoppers acted quickly to claim select 2-bedroom and 1-bedroom residences. A good selection of modern 1-bedroom residences remains, perfect for first-time buyers and empty-nesters.

So head to the Del Ray Place website to schedule a private appointment today. There you’ll find all the details about floor plans and amenities and learn more about the neighborhood. But most importantly of all, you’ll get the chance to reserve your residence so you can share in this exceptional lifestyle.

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