If you feel like Brambleton has been under construction and growing for years, you are right! Both residential and commercial/retail spaces continue to be added to this thriving community on the South end of Ashburn.
Perhaps the most exciting things coming to Brambleton are the additional community amenities. South of the West Park neighborhood and West of Northstar Blvd will be Hanson Regional Park featuring soccer fields, a skate park, equestrian facilities and more on 250 acres of space. The park is expected to open in 2019.
Currently under construction is the Brambleton Library right in the middle of the Town Center. Expect something unlike what you are used to, more of a library of the future with collaborative spaces and technology access.
Also coming soon to the Town Center is a new dining option from Chef Jason Maddens called Ah-So. Located next to Sweet Frog in the space where the Italian restaurant was, Ah-So will feature modern American cuisine and extensive wine options. Construction is already underway on the space and a Fall 2017 opening is anticipated.
The quality of public schools in Loudoun County is in part responsible for the higher than average property values and home demand we enjoy here. Many schools here boast awards and recognitions in arts, athletics, science, math and more!
School Rankings & Ratings
When looking for independent feedback on schools there are several good sources to check out. One of the most popular is greatschools.org.
Recent 2017 rankings from Niche placed 40 Loudoun schools in the top 100 for High Schools, Middle Schools and Elementary schools.
Twelve of the county’s 15 high schools made the list of 100 best high schools in Virginia. They include (with state ranking): Stone Bridge High School (5th), Dominion High School (16th), Loudoun Valley High School (19th), Briar Woods High School (20th), Loudoun County High School (23rd), Broad Run High School (27th), Freedom High School (37th), Woodgrove High School (40th), Tuscarora High School (43rd), John Champe High School (50th), Heritage High School (54th), and Potomac Falls High School (56th).
All but three of the county’s middle schools made the list. They are (with state ranking): Farmwell Station Middle School (10th), J. Michael Lunsford Middle School (11th), Belmont Ridge Middle School (16th), Harper Park Middle School (19th), Eagle Ridge Middle School (22nd), Blue Ridge Middle School (24th), Mercer Middle School (30th), Stone Hill Middle School (33rd), River Bend Middle School (40th), Harmony Middle School (46th), Seneca Ridge Middle School (52nd), J.L. Simpson Middle School (54th), and Smart’s Mill Middle School (84th).
Fifteen of the county’s 55 elementary schools made the list. They are (with state ranking):
Lee Carter Elementary School (55th), Sanders Corner Elementary School (62nd), Round Hill Elementary School (63rd), Arcola Elementary School (69th), Sycolin Creek Elementary School (71st), Kenneth W. Culbert Elementary School (73rd), Meadowland Elementary School (78th), Mill Run Elementary School (79th), Belmont Station Elementary School (82nd), Legacy Elementary School (87th), Newton-Lee Elementary School (88th), Little River Elementary School (92nd), Evergreen Mill Elementary School (95th), Lowe’s Island Elementary School (98th), and Liberty Elementary School (99th).
Public Charter & Technology Schools
In addition to the neighborhood zoned schools, there are also a handful of Charter and Technology schools. Opened in 2016, the Middleburg Community Charter School program incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematical concepts through hands-on, project based projects that connect to literacy lessons.
In Leesburg the C.S.Monroe Technology Center serves as Loudoun’s Governor’s Career and Technical STEM Academy providing hands on training programs for a number of skilled professions.
The Academies of Loudoun is currently under construction and set to open in the Fall of 2018 to serve as the full time science, technology, engineering and innovation focused magnet High School.
Since Loudoun is a growing county, we do see nearly annual school boundary changes, particularly in Eastern areas of the county like Ashburn, Leesburg, Brambleton, Aldie and South Riding. It is always a good idea to verify school zoning directly with LCPS.
Two years ago Belmont Chase was just empty land you passed along Claiborne Parkway while traveling South to Belmont Country Club or other parts of Ashburn. Today it is a vibrant cluster of restaurants and shops that continues to grow.
Scheduled to open in August Baker’s Crust joins big names like Whole Foods, Cava, and Chipotle in the shopping center.Under construction now, Bakers Crust will be located between Coopers Hawk Winery and the relatively new Iron Stone restaurant. Look for farm to fork inspired food and hand crafted cocktails on the menu and Loudoun’s first rooftop dining.
When is was announced that Ashburn’s Beaverdam Reservoir was closing in 2016 for extensive modifications and a transfer pump station project, there was a great deal of objection from the community. The folks at Loudoun Water who were behind the closure reacted fast and announced the situation was temporary and the reservoir would eventually reopen.
So what is the latest?
According to NoVA Parks, Beaverdam Reservoir’s marked trails are still open for public access from dawn to dusk. During the closure water access is prohibited. No fishing, boating, paddling or other water activities permitted this year or in 2018.
If all goes as planned, the reservoir will reopen permanent water access in 2019.
First, a little background on the project. The second phase of the Silver Line extension is under construction and will continue the Metro service from Weihle/Reston to Ashburn. There will be six stations built in this phase including a stop at Dulles airport. The two stations beyond Dulles, Loudoun Gateway and Ashburn Station, will be located inside of Loudoun County.
Recently the Phase 2 project recognized the 50% construction completion milestone and if you have driven down the Toll Rd or the Dulles Greenway in recent months you have seen lots of activity as the stations take shape along the median area.
The project management team expects to complete construction in late 2019 and hand over the new rail and stations to WMATA to begin extensive system testing. If that timeline holds up, the anticipated opening is in 2020.
Also currently under construction are some of the garages intended to support commuters using the new Metro stations. Four of the six stations will have new, designated garage parking including both Loudoun stations, Herndon and Innovation Center (which sits right on the Fairfax and Loudoun County line).
Having the stations operating in Eastern Loudoun not only provides another option for commuters headed East, it is also expected to have a positive impact on property values. Home values and rents near the Phase 1 stations in Tysons Corner and McLean have seen sizable increases since the Silver Line opened three years ago. Typically the biggest impact is seen by those properties within 3/4 mile of the station.
The real value in saved time and increased property value is hard to pinpoint until the stations are open but we expect it to be all positive and will certainly be watching.