Escape to a New Home on the Eastern Shore

Easton Village

Crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from the bustling metropolitan regions surrounding Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington, D.C., the water stretches out before your eyes in all directions. The sailboats of weekend warriors and trollers of family-business fisherman dash across the water below.

It’s fortunate that the bridge is over 4 miles long, the journey gives you a moment to adjust. It’s a far cry from the hectic urban centers to the west. Here, life moves at a more relaxed pace, making it an increasingly popular destination for young families and active adults alike to escape the hustle and bustle and live with a genuine connection to the place they call home.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge

A Small Town with Larger-Than-Life Charm

20 miles southeast of the Bay Bridge lies the county seat of Talbot County. Here, the town of Easton combines all the best parts of the Chesapeake Bay lifestyle into one convenient package.

A quaint, historic downtown offers boutique shopping, a classic theatre and the prestigious Tidewater Inn. Across town, modern development offers access to all the suburban conveniences of big box retail, grocery and restaurants. Golf courses intermix with old farms and working agricultural fields. Water access is abundant on the Tred Avon and Miles rivers.   

Easton Maryland Store Fronts

Outside of the town’s charm and scenery, it’s the convenient location which draws so many transplants from the mainland. It’s close enough to the bridge so that residents can travel back west to Annapolis, D.C. and Baltimore within an hour or two, but it also allows residents to explore the wealth of the Eastern Shore — from Delaware’s famous beaches on the Atlantic coast (60 miles away) to the city of Salisbury to the southeast (45 miles away). That’s without mentioning the destinations that are even closer such as St. Michaels, Tilghman Island, Oxford and Cambridge.

Welcome Home to Easton Village

Enter Easton Village, a new home community just outside Easton’s historic downtown toward St. Michaels. This waterfront community on the Tred Avon river combines modern home design with timeless Arts & Crafts architecture. Resort-style amenities include a clubhouse, fitness center, outdoor pool, marina, kayak launch and a 6-acre park plus 50 acres of preserved wetlands.

The Harrington Model at Easton Village

Five distinct single-family home designs are available for families to choose from, including both main-level-living and traditional two-story designs. Multiple-car garages, first-floor owner’s suites, chef-style kitchens and vaulted ceilings are all hallmarks of this new homes collection

So whether you’re traveling through on your way to the beach, or you’re just interested in a taste of the laid-back lifestyle residents enjoy on the Eastern Shore, be sure to stop by Easton Village this summer. Tour the homes, explore the community and we’ll give you the inside scoop on some of our favorite restaurants, landmarks and adventures to be had in and around Easton.

To learn more about Easton Village, visit our website here. Or call 410-770-4676 to schedule your tour today.

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Seize End-of-Summer Savings on Your Dream Home at Avendale

Final Opportunities and Big Savings at Avendale

Craftsman architecture, inviting front porches, a close-knit, scenic community that evokes all the charm and welcoming atmosphere of a classic American neighborhood. The best of both worlds —  the classic and the modern — come together at Avendale in Bristow, VA, where each single-family home is equipped with the latest energy-efficient features and open-concept floorplans.

Many have chosen this one-of-a-kind community already. Now, we’re down to our final homesites and final opportunities this make this neighborhood your own. And if you come home this summer, you’ll receive a host of premium design options and upgrades free of charge.

End-of-Summer Incentives at Avendale:

  • FREE hardwood floors
  • FREE stainless steel appliances
  • FREE granite countertops
  • FREE voice-enabled Smart Home technology package
  • PLUS paid closing cost assistance

Surrounded by lush forests and featuring scenic walking trails, a covered picnic pavilion and a vast play area, Avendale provides a welcome family escape from the hectic Northern Virginia lifestyle. It’s also convenient to I-66, Prince William County Parkway and the VRE, so commuters will find easy access to main transportation routes. Parents will love the nearby schools including Brentsville High School and The Nokesville School. The whole family is sure to love the communities close proximity to shopping, dining and entertainment at Bristow Centre Shoppes and the Virginia Gateway Town Center.

Home shoppers can choose between seven award-winning home designs, ranging from 1,800 to 5,700 square feet, to fit their family’s size and lifestyle. Prices start in the mid $400’s.

Visit our website to learn more about the popular Avendale community. Want to tour a model? Get in touch with us today by calling (703) 335-2717.

*Incentives are available for a limited time and are valid on new, full-priced contracts on select inventory at Avendale. Prices, financing, availability, terms and incentives are subject to change without notice. Please see a Brookfield Residential Sales Manager for details.

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Take Charge of Your New Home Experience with EMPOWER by Brookfield Residential

EMPOWER by Brookfield Residential

Technology is always changing, and in the past few years, it’s transformed the way we connect, the way we live and even the way we make big financial decisions. So why should the new home buying experience stay the same complex process it’s been for decades?

It shouldn’t. That’s why we’ve created our EMPOWER initiative to pioneer innovative programs built to put you in control and simplify your journey from the start of your search to the day you come home.

Unlocking the Future of Home Shopping    

It’s the moment of truth. Time spent considering builders, home designs and your ideal lifestyle all comes down to this. The walk to the front door. Unlocking the door and stepping inside. Is it the right fit? Your initial impression could shape your future for years to come.

But it’s just a moment, one of possibly many tours a home shopper will take as they search for their dream home. So what makes this time different? It just so happens that it’s 9pm on a Wednesday and there’s no Sales Manager in sight.

We’re proud to introduce My Time Home Tours, allowing you to tour our already-built homes whenever it works best for you. During the week or on weekends. Early mornings or late at night. Step inside whether our community sales offices are open or not.

All it takes to begin your My Time Home Tour is for you to pick from our selection of available Move-In-Now Homes and select a time for your tour. Then, enter your credit card information* (for liability purposes. Don’t worry, you will not be charged a cent) and within minutes, you’ll receive a digital code to unlock the front door.   

As you enter, the power is in your hands. Take your time and take in all the details or keep it brief to fit into your busy schedule. It’s the freedom to tour on your own terms that you’ve never experienced until now.  

Where Can I Take a My Time Home Tour?

My Time Home Tours are now available at two of our most popular communities in the D.C. metro region, including the resort-style, master-planned community of Potomac Shores in Prince William County and the urban townhomes and condos of Admirals Square in Annapolis.

Looking ahead, you can expect this program to become available across many more Brookfield Residential communities in the Mid-Atlantic region by the end of the year.

All Your Style. In Half the Time.

Move-In-Now Homes have become more and more popular as new home shoppers look to shorten their new home journey. These already-built homes offer the same high-quality construction, floorplans and features as the to-be-built homes from Brookfield Residential, with the added advantage of a shorter wait before coming home.

So what’s the catch? Before, choosing a Move-In-Now Home meant giving up the ability to hand-select the features, finishes and little details that would make your new home intimately your own.

But not anymore. With My Style Quick-Move Homes, these already-built homes are just waiting for your personal touch. We wait after initial construction so that you can select the flooring, tile, counters, cabinets and fixtures. And once you’ve made your choices, your home will still be ready in less than two months! It’s the best of both worlds. The ideal crossroad between customization and convenience.

Where Can I Find My Style Quick-Move Homes?

My Style Quick-Move Homes are now available in numerous communities across the Mid-Atlantic region. Preview those homes and find the one you want to visit here. Or you can visit Admirals Square to experience both My Style Quick-Move Homes and My Time Home Tours.

For decades, we’ve worked to foster a culture of innovation and change the way people think about buying a new home. Now, we’re incredibly excited about how our EMPOWER initiative is creating never-before-seen efficiencies in the new home buying journey and allowing you to take charge of your experience. Be on the lookout for more innovative EMPOWER programs coming soon.  

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Summer Sun Meets Solar Savings at Oakview Village

Oakview Village

What if every moment you were out enjoying a sunny summer day, your home was absorbing the power of the sun to save you money and create its own clean energy?

That’s just what these innovative townhomes are doing at Oakview Village.

For all the advanced materials and new technologies available today, many builders don’t deliver the energy efficiency you deserve in your new home. But as the Mid-Atlantic’s most innovative homebuilder, we set out to set a new standard at Oakview Village, a private, gated townhome community in Glen Burnie, MD.

Like all the new homes we build across the Mid-Atlantic Region, these homes offer a number of energy-efficient features, including low-E windows, ENERGY STAR® appliances and programmable thermostats, which alone will help you keep cool over the summer and save on energy costs.

The Oakview Village difference is the fact that we include solar panels on each and every townhome through a partnership with SolarCity.

Our partnership with SolarCity at this community means that residents get to turn the power of the sun into sustainable solar energy for their innovative new townhomes. And most importantly, that means they generate their own electricity and solar savings while also doing their part to save the planet, too.

We don’t think you don’t have to give up any of your stylish sensibilities to live more efficiently and responsibly, though. That’s why we upgrade these townhomes with modern conveniences, luxurious features and contemporary finishes, such as lofted ceilings, hardwood floors and eye-catching exteriors.

Want to learn more about the solar savings and townhomes available at Oakview Village? Fill out our Information Request Form or call (410) 761-2840 to schedule your tour today.

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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

JOIN US AT THE TOP

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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