Homes Make A Town, But People Make A Hometown

Posted July 13, 2020

Heather Fruzzetti and her husband Mark moved to Brambleton in 2007, before any of their daughters, now 12, 10 and 8, were born. Today, the Fruzzettis still love their home here, and they’ve watched as the community’s amenities have expanded through the years. They love the Town Center, the library and the restaurants. They love their screened porch, where they can eat family meals with fresh air swirling nearly year round. They love how close Brambleton is to easy commuter routes, regional parks, and now with Metro’s extension, downtown DC. But aside from all of these reasons why Heather and her family are so proud to call themselves Brambletonians, there’s one reason that outshines them all:  the people.

“The people here are incredible,” Heather says. “My neighbors are some of my closest friends, and I have met other people I love and adore through running, as well as within our schools. We love going to the Brambleton Fall Festival, Summer Concerts, Halloween activities and Comedy Night. We love seeing so many friends and neighbors there!”

Fruzetti family at Halloween

The Fruzzettis often just take evening strolls to socialize with neighbors, or take the girls on sunny days to play on the zipline and swing sets at Legacy Park. Heather meets up with her jogging group at Peet’s for coffee after their morning runs. The family also spends a lot of time at the library.

“Aside from taking my daughters to the library regularly for books, I have used the library extensively for my writing group, Girl Scout meetings, and to record music in the recording studio. My family loves music, so three of us (including me) take weekly voice lessons, and my daughters take piano and flute lessons,” Heather explains.

Heather Fruzetti in library's recording studio

Heather says that she and Mark often remind themselves why they treasure living in Brambleton, and they always come back to the same reason – it’s the people – whom she sees as genuinely kind, hard-working and humble. That’s undeniable, and why it’s so great to see so many involved, engaged, energetic Brambleton neighbors like the Fruzzetti family every day in this truly connected, 21st century American hometown.

Fruzetti family friends