Living Large at Birchwood at Brambleton

With age comes wisdom. Examples of this classic cliché are everywhere. It’s even evident in our modern, industrial world: the passage of time has given us smarter automation, technology and design. So it’s only logical that today’s retiring baby boomer – who has enjoyed a lifetime of benefits from this modern world, by the way – has now gained wisdom through their life experiences to know what they want as they begin the next chapter of their lives. The trend of seniors looking for active opportunities continues, and Birchwood at Brambleton in Loudoun County has been designed for this new way of living.

The following article has been adapted from “Living Large” by Holly Leber Simmons, published in the September 2020 edition of Northern Virginia Magazine.

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Remember when retirement meant a rocking chair and watching TV all day? Neither do these retirees. Today’s seniors are trading in spacious suburban homes for luxury condos and active retirement communities — and all the fun that comes with it. 

Downsizing after retirement isn’t a new phenomenon. But for many seniors, finding a home where they can be just as active as people half their age is. With the senior population exploding (according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States every day) and seniors living longer, healthier lives, it makes sense they’d want to find a home or community that meets their active needs. Plus, a recent report from AARP notes that 87% of seniors want to stay in their own home or community after retirement—not move to a golf course in Florida.

“A lot of seniors aren’t looking for a place to slow down, they’re looking for a place to keep going,” says Matt Leighton, a realtor at Century 21 Redwood Realty. “No one wants to go to an old folks’ home or a retirement home.”

In some ways, older adults are looking for the same sorts of things Millennials and Gen Zers are looking for when buying a new home: plenty of convenience, walkable areas, social opportunities, the ability to easily meet a friend for coffee, take a yoga class or pick up a few things at the store without getting in the car and driving 20 minutes.

“Being close to everything is the biggest amenity,” Leighton says of his clients. “We can find the best building in the world, but if it’s (inconvenient) no one wants to live there. A lot of incredible residences are brutal to get to. Location and walkability is what seniors value.”

Birchwood at Brambleton is conveniently located

Birchwood at Brambleton is conveniently located between the big city and the beautiful countryside.

Many seniors are looking for an active lifestyle that also comes with a built-in community. That’s how Fred and Janice Tello, both in their 70s, felt when they moved into a two-level Van Metre townhouse at Birchwood at Brambleton in Loudoun County in March 2019. They’d been looking to downsize, to give up the yard work and to find like-minded friends. “We were looking for people who were in the same time frame as us and who would have a lot of the same interests,” says Fred. In fact, many builders are capitalizing on this trend. According to a 2019 survey from Builder Online, a construction industry publication, 44% of the companies on its Builder 100 list of the biggest residential developers in the U.S. were constructing active “adult communities” for seniors in 2019. That was up a whopping 40% from just 2018. “We wanted to create an atmosphere or lifestyle where buyers have similar interests or hobbies,” says Kim Adams, director of marketing for Birchwood at Brambleton. “We wanted to break the mold of what an active community looks like.”

Birchwood at Brambleton Residents Fred and Janice Tellos

Fred takes part in the popular bocce ball league, Janice plays board games, canasta and is in a book club, and they both enjoy walks around the lake, which they can see from their roof terrace. “She was so happy when we found something by the water,” Fred says of his wife. “We love sitting on our patio reading and taking in the view.” Fred has become an unofficial photographer of sorts for the community, capturing images of Birchwood’s natural beauty. They’ve been invited to (pre-pandemic) birthday parties and social gatherings in other residents’ homes. “It’s an active community of people our age who have similar interests and with whom we’ve been able to develop relationships,” says Janice. “It’s been so easy to meet people and develop friendships,” adds her husband. “That’s been a big plus.” The location is convenient, close to shopping and dining areas, and a short drive from their son, his wife and their three children in Falls Church. They also have a daughter who lives in California. “It’s a blessing to be here,” says Fred. “We absolutely love it.”

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An important factor for some seniors is the built-in social opportunities that come along with living in a community or even some apartment buildings. “They want TGIF events, they want wine tastings and seasonal events, something to do,” Leighton says. “They’re uprooting their entire life and social circle, the social events these communities put on is a great way to do that.” Birchwood at Brambleton, where the Tellos live, features a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse that Adams calls the “gem of the community.” The clubhouse features an indoor and outdoor pool, a demonstration kitchen, an art studio and a health-and-wellness wing. Residents can take part in trivia nights and sports viewings, take exercise classes and play pickleball, and fish off the nearby pier. “We really have designed the community for a lot of activity so people can find some connection,” Adams says. “We want people to be able to enjoy life. We’ve tried to put as many things in place so they can meet new people and really enjoy the next phase of their lives. We’re glad we’ve been able to help people connect and meet new people.”

Birchwood Events in 2020

Birchwood Summer Developer Update

Birchwood Summer Developer Update

We have had an extraordinary year so far and are grateful with the continued sales in Birchwood and look forward to welcoming our new homeowners! Below is an update on our latest news in Birchwood, Brambleton and Loudoun County.

Housing Market Rebound / Builder Confidence Rallies to Pre-Pandemic Level in July

Birchwood Clubhouse Tours

Touch-Free Tours: Touch-Free Tours of our beautiful 20,000 square foot Clubhouse are now available. Book yours today by calling 703.722.2427 or emailing

Touch Free Tours at Birchwood

NEW 3D Virtual Clubhouse Tours: If you can’t make it in person, feel free to take a tour “virtually” of our beautiful Clubhouse here, from the comfort and safety of your home.

3D tour of Birchwood

Birchwood Commercial

We are pleased to share the architectural design for the first commercial/retail buildings that will be constructed along Loudoun County Parkway and Evergreen Mills Road. There will be 2 separate buildings connected by a walkway on the 2nd level. Miller Walker retail brokers are actively marketing this site that will be called Bram Quarter. As more details are made available, they will be shared with the community.  See information from the broker’s website here along with an article from a local source here.

Community Vision

The Developer’s vision for Birchwood has been to create a unique, refreshing 55+ neighborhood with a focus on healthy, stress-free living. Our desire is to break the mold of traditional 55+ communities with newly-designed home styles and on-trend amenities. A centrally located clubhouse serves as a social gathering hub for residents to engage in activities while connecting with new friends. Please view our brand new Vision Video here.

Community Vision in Birchwood

idealLIVING Virtual Shows

We hope to see you virtually at the The New Jersey Virtual Resort and Retirement Show on September 12th and 13th or at The Greater DC Virtual Resort and Retirement Show on September 26th and 27th. Register here today!

ideal living booth

Birchwood Events Are Back 

Birchwood residents have enjoyed a variety of events since July from outdoor concerts to His/Her events and workshops. Reimagine your Life at 55! 

Birchwood Events in 2020

Life Reimagined Video Series Debuts

Birchwood resident, Jim Phillips, has created an uplifting new video series for our residents. As a realtor, author and life strategist, Jim shares unique and positive messages on how to Reimagine Your Life At 55. To view the Life Reimagined Video Series, please click here.

We hope you’ll find his videos inspirational! Our residents are already responding positively: “Thanks for posting Jim’s video. I plan to be moving into my home in Birchwood in the Fall, (built by Miller and Smith) and it was reassuring to hear his positive message.  He sounds like a resident I would enjoy knowing. It makes me feel more comfortable about my decision to move from my home of 45 years and embark on my new adventure in Birchwood.” — Cindy Vough

Resident Testimonials

“Our house is from Winchester Homes, the Patuxent model. I love our kitchen and spend a lot of time there baking cookies, cakes, bagels, bread, and rolls.” — Michelle Van Duke

“I am in the Van Metre Villas Hudson Model. I love the great room and overlooking the lake. The next big project is to put in a stone facade on the fireplace.” — Linsey Pilkinton

Brambleton Town Center Update

Brambleton Town Center

Nearby Public Parks

In addition to the lovely natural landscaping and community trails in Birchwood, residents are fortunate to live minutes away from two new county parks: Beaverdam Reservoir & Hanson Regional Park.

Beaverdam Reservoir has recently reopened for waterfront hiking, fishing, kayaking and other non-motorized boating activities (enjoy a fun day on the water with rentals by Paddle Nova). Managed by Nova Parks, the park will be expanded by 2022 to include:

  • Reservoir Pavilion
  • Reservoir Shelters
  • Rental Boat Operation
  • Boardwalks
  • Boating Docks
  • Stream and Wetland Gardens
  • Reservoir Overlook

Photo: Don Bull

Future Hanson Regional Park Update:  This new 250-acre park is located just minutes west of Birchwood on Creighton Road.

“The Hal and Berni Hanson Regional Park project includes the design and construction of a new 257-acre regional park located on Evergreen Mills Road in Arcola, between the Brambleton and Willowsford communities.”

“Features of the park will include 17 lighted athletic fields, including two artificial turf fields and one cricket field; five ponds; the historic Lee-Hanson House; an event lodge and nature center; a skate plaza and disc golf course; a splash pad and playground with inclusive features and over 75 acres of passive recreational space. The park will be operated by the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services.”

“The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022.”

Hanson Regional Park

June Is National Homeownership Month & There’s No Better Time To Buy A New Home

Home is now more important than ever, so why not celebrate National Homeownership Month in a new Birchwood at Brambleton home!

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First-time homebuyer? Moving up? Down-sizing? Whatever your motivation may be, NOW is the time to act because 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages have hit record low rates. Freddie Mac has just announced that rates are now as low as 3.13% — some of the lowest in US history! Buying a new home may sound counter-intuitive right now, with so much negative economic news these days, but a couple of factors make it easy to understand. In most parts of the country, construction is still categorized as an essential industry, so new homes continue to be built. The Federal Reserve’s recent interest rate cuts have helped reduce mortgage rates to these history-making lows.

birchwood van metre grand villa homes

Why NOW is the Right Time to Buy in Birchwood

Birchwood’s new homebuilders are still going strong, continually showcasing innovative new designs that offer low-maintenance, never-before-built condominiums, courtyards, villas, bungalows, carriages and single family homes by Miller & Smith, Van Metre Homes and Winchester Homes. Urban style homes are especially popular here because they offer a modern style and most are within a few miles of the stores, restaurants and events at the Brambleton Town Center. That’s a great lifestyle combination for any buyer, but especially for mature buyers who are down-sizing after raising their families in favor of a more urban way of living. Builders help make the buying process easy here, too. Many offer services like virtual home tours to make comparison shopping simple and convenient.

Patuxent exterior

Aside from the new homes themselves, Birchwood offers the amenities and character fitting the more active, engaged lifestyle that people now seek.

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It’s in a convenient urban setting, everything is integrated, and walkability is a top priority. As noted earlier, the bustling Town Center’s shops, restaurants, cafes, fitness, salons and even physicians’ and dentists’ offices, are close to home. And the Brambleton Town Center offers one of the most technologically-advanced new public libraries in the nation.

The focus on urban-inspired homes goes beyond the homes themselves – Birchwood’s shared spaces are woven into the urban-influenced design for more ways to get to know neighbors and a much more refreshing vibe than suburban settings of a generation ago.


Nature and recreation are intertwined with the urban sensibility, too. Open public green space, miles of trails and inviting parks are just as close to new homes as the city-inspired amenities. Birchwood at Brambleton is no mere “development” – this is a complete hometown, and unlike anything in the DC metropolitan area.

If you’re ready for a renewed lifestyle, check out Birchwood at Brambleton. Located in award-winning Brambleton, in the heart of Loudoun County, Virginia, Birchwood has become the best-selling active adult community around. Buyers have fallen in love with this new, walkable community where everything you want is at your fingertips including a 20,000 square foot clubhouse with indoor and outdoor pools, open spaces and trails, shopping and dining. Birchwood is within easy access to Dulles International Airport, the nation’s capital, the new Metro extension and dozens of wineries, breweries and historic sites. Choose from condominiums, courtyard homes, villas, carriages and single-family homes with furnished models by nationally recognized homebuilders Miller & Smith, Van Metre Homes and Winchester Homes. Priced from the upper $300s to $600s.

Birchwood 55+ Luxury Clubhouse