Braemar Carriage Home Spotlight: The Norwood Model

Braemar Carriage Home Spotlight:  The Norwood Model

The demand for single family homes in Braemar waxes and wans, but one thing does remain consistent.  Braemar Carriage homes always outsell their larger counterparts in our community.  Whether prices are rising or falling, Braemar Carriage homes outsell just about every other single family home in the community on a consistent basis.

The Braemar Carriage home featured in this post is the Norwood model.  It was a popular choice among buyers who bought new from Brookfield.  It was the most affordable option with the openness of the kitchen to the family room that has become so popular with buyers.  The additional mud room extension really does wonders for this area.  Combined with the formal living and dining rooms, and main level powder room, the Norwood model is very much a colonial style home.

Like the Maplewood, the Norwood offers three bedrooms and two full bathrooms on the second level.  While the floor plan does show a two-story foyer, if you chose to have that space finished, you would enjoy a larger Master Bedroom. 

The Norwood is a floor plan that many first time home buyers, and those looking for an alternative to a Braemar townhouse, will enjoy.  And the two car detached garage that was optional for those purchasing from Brookfield really does add a lot of value.

The floor plan for each level of the Norwood model is pictured below.  If you happen to be investigating a Norwood with an unfinished basement, this will help give you an idea of how to best finish that space.

If you are looking to buy or sell a Carriage home in Braemar, I’d be happy to help.  Give me a call for your free customized market analysis.  No one knows Braemar better!

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA, Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com, www.SpeakingOfHomes.net, www.NVARealEstate.net

Other Braemar Carriage homes includes the Maplewood, the Oakdale and the Parkdale.

Braemar Carriage Home Spotlight: The Maplewood Model

Braemar Carriage Home Spotlight:  The Maplewood Model

Braemar Carriage homes are always among the top-selling homes in the neighborhood.  One of the reasons for their popularity is that they make a great alternative to townhouses.  The Maplewood model by Brookfield Homes is the entry-level Carriage home.  The square footage of any given Maplewood is no bigger than some of Maplewood Model in Braemarthe townhouses in Braemar. Being a single family home and having a larger yard make living in a Maplewood more appealing than living in a townhouse.

The Maplewood boasts the standards you would expect in a colonial:  formal living and dining rooms, powder room, family room and a kitchen.  The kitchen, however, is a galley style kitchen, not open to the family room.  Upstairs there are three bedrooms and two full bathrooms.

The detached two car garage was an option that some chose to do without when purchasing their Maplewoods new, but even if they don’t have garages, there is a paved area in the rear of the home that is big enough for two cars.  Private parking on your own lot.  That’s something many Braemar townhouse owners don’t have.

The floor plan for each level of the Maplewood is below.  Not every basement in a Maplewood is finished, but this gives you a good idea what you could do with an unfinished one.

If you are looking to buy or sell a Carriage home in Braemar, I’d be happy to help.  Give me a call for your free customized market analysis.  No one knows Braemar better!

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA, Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com, www.SpeakingOfHomes.net, www.NVARealEstate.net

Other Braemar Carriage homes includes the Norwood, the Oakdale and the Parkdale.

 

Deer in Braemar

Deer in Braemar

I never get tired of seeing the deer in Braemar.  When my husband and I chose our lot, we really decided on a wooded lot because we wanted some privacy.  Coming from a townhouse community in Centreville, I don’t think we ever really expected to see much wildlife when we first moved to Braemar in January 2005.   

The very first animal we saw was a fox on our front yard.   We still have a fox that we see occasionally, but not nearly as often as we see the deer.  I’ve seen as many as nine or ten deer in my yard at a time.  Yesterday I was able to snap this picture of a beautiful doe. 

If you think living in the community of Braemar is something you’d like to investigate, give me a call.  I’m a full-time Bristow real estate agent.  I’d love to help you!  Just in 2011 alone I’ve sold six Bristow homes, three of them Braemar. 

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA, Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com, www.SpeakingOfHomes.net, www.NVARealEstate.net

 

 

 

A New Scam Braemar Home Sellers Need to Know About

A New Scam Braemar Home Sellers Need to Know About

I was reading through some real estate blogs this morning and came across a post from a friend of mine in Portland, OR.  What I read shocked me.  Apparently, the Portland, OR MLS sent out a warning about thieves looking for actively listed properties that they could easily gain access to by posing as appraisers.   Home owners would not give a second thought to letting an appraiser in the home.  Gives you cold chills, doesn’t it?

Appraisers don’t just knock on doors without warning.  As an Associate Broker with Long & Foster REALTORS® in Gainesville, VA, I can tell you with 100% certainty that when a home is listed for sale, unless it is a Short Sale, there will be no appraiser coming by your home until AFTER it goes under contract.  Furthermore, when an appraiser DOES need access your property, they will contact the Listing Agent for access.  Therefore, your agent will know when the appraiser is coming by, who they are and what company they represent. 

When your Braemar home is on the market, do not let anyone in the home without prior knowledge if they are claiming to be an appraiser.  For that matter, even if a buyer were to show up at your doorstep, without an agent, hand them your Listing Agent’s phone number to schedule an appointment.  No buyer should be touring your home without their own agent, or your Listing Agent present. 

Getting a description of anyone claiming to be an appraiser needing access to your Braemar home, when there was no advance notice of their visit, would be helpful to local authorities.  Calling the police with a description of the vehicle they were driving and even the plate numbers would be ideal.  Certainly, I wouldn’t expect a thief posing as an appraiser to give you their name, company and phone number, but you can certainly ask for it to pass along to the authorities.  

I sincerely hope this is a scam that we never hear being perpetrated in Braemar.  Of course, when armed with the knowledge of the potential scam, Braemar home sellers are less likely to fall victim to it.

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA, Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com, www.NVARealEstate.net, www.SpeakingOfHomes.net

 

The 2011 Braemar Holiday Party

The 2011 Braemar Holiday Party will be held on Friday, December 16th from 6:30pm- 8:30pm at the clubhouse located at 12300 Iona Sound Drive.  If you haven’t attended a Braemar holiday party before, you don’t need to worry about dressing up.  Come comfy.  There will be horse-drawn hay rides, pictures with Santa and his Elf, a craft for the kids and light refreshments.

The winners of the Braemar Holiday Lights Contest will also be announced at the party.

It’s a great informal event and a wonderful way to meet and mingle with your Braemar neighbors. 

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA, Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com, www.SpeakingOfHomes.net, www.NVARealEstate.net

 

 

Proposed Marsteller Walking Path Could Have Negative Impacts for Residents in Tartan Hills Village

Proposed Marsteller Walking Path Could Have Negative Impacts for Residents in Tartan Hills Village

Currently, homes in Tartan Hills Village located on the following streets have middle school students that take the bus service offered by Prince William County Public Schools:

Bonnykelly, Broadsword (house numbers 10075-10229), Dunnegan Head, Guildtown, Inchberry, Invergordon, Kirkmichael. Native Rocks, Score Bay, Tombreck and Whinneyford

The proposed Marsteller walking path, originating between the homes of 9959 and 9963 Broadsword Drive, is proposed by Tartan Hills Village West and has been pitched to the Prince William County School Board.  A study showed that the savings to the school system could be significant, so the County will eventually be holding a public hearing on the matter.  The trade off is that the kids on the streets listed above, are currently using the bus service.  Of course, if they chose to walk to school, they still could.  Once the proposed Marstellar walking path is installed, the bus option would be off the table.  Walking would be the only option.

Having just followed bus 293 that serves these streets, and more in our community, I noticed no fewer than 46 kids using that bus service.  In fairness, 10 of those children were exiting at the Broadsword & Peel Ring intersection.

Forcing children that are clearly comfortable with the bus service to walk to school is not exactly a great service to the community.  After all, if any of these children actually decided themselves to walk to Marsteller, nothing would be stopping them.  So what were are really proposing is taking 46 bus riders and making them, without choice, walkers.  Walking to school in the rain, wind, cold, snow and whatever other conditions may be present on school days.

As a representative of the Tartan Hills Board of Directors, who serves the home owners who would be losing bus service, I find this proposition to offer a shorter path to those that already walk, questionable to be posed as a benefit to all home owners of our affected home owners in THV HOA.  Forty-six to forty-eight bus riders will be forced to walk, or have their parents drive them to school.  Is this truly beneficial to the overall community?  I can foresee increased traffic when parents drive their kids to school when the bus service is lost, scheduling issues in individuals families who have lost that bus service and home owners at 9959 Broadsword and 9963 Broadsword not having any say about the parade of children past their homes every day.

Furthermore, while one association is pushing for this, they are asking all Tartan Hills associations to chip in to maintain the path.  Maintenance is currently an ambiguous issue.  Snow and trash removal come to mind immediately.  Landscaping along the path is another.  Mowing beside the path yet another.  I want to make it clear that Tartan Hills Village HOA has no ownership stake in the land on which the path would be built.   Our financial contribution would be strictly voluntary, if our homeowners approve of the matter. 

Let us know what you think of this proposed walking path off of Broadsword Drive to Marsteller school

As a Braemar resident, I look out for my fellow residents in the community through my service on the Tartan Hills Village HOA Board.  As a Braemar Real Estate Agent, I look out for our property values.  No one knows Braemar better!

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in Virginia, Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com, www.NVARealEstate.net, www.SpeakingOfHomes.net