Resident Spotlight on the Newman Family: Enjoying Downtown Living

Posted February 25, 2019

Say hello to Andrea Newman & her family! Having lived in a traditional 25-year old home in Ashburn Farm, the Newman family longed for a walkable, live-work-play lifestyle. In 2018 they made that dream a reality after having fun experiences in and around Brambleton. Their “ah-ha” moment came once they realized this was going to be more than an investment in a community; this would be a long term, active lifestyle for their kids to grow up in and for them to have as they continued through the many chapters of their lives.

new knutson at downtown brambleton homeowners     Snow Dog at Brambleton

Andrea says, “We have two boys, 14 and almost 11. Our Dog, Bruno, a Labradoodle, just turned 7. We LOVE our new home for many, many reasons:”

  • It has a commanding view of the park, Christmas tree farm, and farmers’ market
  • The morning sun fills our bedrooms, kitchen, and living room
  • At over 4,000 square feet, it has plenty of room
  • The gourmet kitchen is the center of the party and we host frequent guests and visitors
  • Our living room is wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows
  • The upper level terrace is huge – we have 2 furniture sets, plants, and a garden
  • Low maintenance! We don’t have to worry about shoveling snow or cutting grass
  • Our 2-car garage is larger than the one we had before in a single family home

The Newman family chose the Sol model by Knutson – an end unit where they opted for the elevator, solar powered roof panels, gourmet kitchen and extra plumbing on the first and fourth floors for additional bathrooms and kitchenettes.

Holiday Decor at Knutson Home in Brambleton

When asked to describe life in Brambleton, Andrea was quick to mention “Brambleton is a family-oriented town center community that provides all the benefits of living in a town center without the noise, traffic, parking issues, and congestion of most other town centers in Northern Virginia. It is super dog friendly and has almost everything we need within walking distance so we rarely drive our car. Schools are outstanding and there is a good mix of nature, residential, and commercial. We are literally 10 minutes away from Dulles Airport and 20 minutes from Tysons Corner.”

     Snowy scene in Downtown Brambleton

We asked and they answered.

Q: Any Brambleton events that you make sure not to miss?

A: Every season has incredible events: Christmas tree farm, Christmas festival, Santa Claus, 5k/10k runs and races, farmers’ market, live music, fireworks, fall festival, etc. At least every 2 months something big is happening at the Brambleton Town Center.

Says Ms. Newman, “In no time, we met our neighbors and in an amazingly short period of time we have become so close to many, that it feels like we have been friends for years. We are already planning out-of-the-country vacations together!  It is amazing how this new community has created such new and lasting relationships among neighbors.”

Like 1/3 of their neighbors, the Newmans work from home in tech-related businesses. So, the morning routine is to get up, make breakfast and lunch for the kids, get them off to school, walk the dog, work hard, pick up the kids, go to the gym, make dinner, do a little more work, go to bed. They also volunteer a lot at the schools and are certainly familiar faces around the neighborhood.

Q: What’s your favorite Town Center restaurant and WHY?

A: At least once a week we go to Lost Rhino Retreat for dinner. We love the casual environment. We love that on hot days Bruno gets water before we get our beers. 😉 After we eat the boys can go safely back home or wander around so we can enjoy some time to ourselves.

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