Braemar’s 2010 Holiday Party was Great Fun!

Braemar’s 2010 Holiday Party was great fun.  Residents began arriving to the Braemar Clubhouse around 6pm.  The festivities (pictures with Santa and Hayrides) weren’t supposed to start until 6:30pm, but we had the refreshments and craft table set up so while waiting for Santa to arrive, some little ones began their holiday crafts while parents enjoyed refreshments and waited.

Santa was a tad late to the party, but didn’t seem to upset anyone.  Who is going to really be mad if Santa is late as long as he shows up, right?  He got to see all the kids and give them a small gift.  Meanwhile, the horse-drawn hayrides were in full swing.  And what beautiful horses they were–Clydesdales.  The jingling bells on their necks and the snow dusted ground around them could not evoke a more holiday-like spirit.





The craft table (my designated area) was a hit.  The kids liked their foam snowflake ornament with peel and stick foam accessories.  Some snowflake ornaments left bejeweled in Santas and presents while other left adorned with Christmas trees and glittery tree ornaments.

By the end of the party at 8:30pm. alll the residents that wanted a hayride or refreshments had enjoyed them.  And I was pleased that while working the event, I got to have my picture taken with Santa and my Braemar Activities Committee partner-in-crime, Pam Stangler.   What a great community event.

Bristow’s Largest Communty: BRAEMAR

Braemar, Bristow VA’s largest community, was built between 1996-2008.  It is made up of over twenty-eight hundred residences in a variety of styles  and sizes. The homes in Braemar were constructed by three builders: Ryan Homes, NV Homes and Brookfield Homes. Brookfield was the developer of the community and the lion’s share of the homes are Brookfield construction.

In Braemar, you can find a large single family home with over five thousand finished square feet of living area, or a townhouse style-condo, and just about everything in between. Want a small single family home with a two car detached garage? A semi-detached single family home that is attached only at its rear load garage? A patio home, attached as a quadraplex? How about a piggyback style townhouse with no yard and a two car garage? Want a medium sized single family home with a two car attached garage? What about a single car garage townhouse with a backyard? Or a townhouse with no garage, but with the backyard? What about a modest single family home with hardly any yard, sharing a courtyard-like pipe stem with four other homes with a near zero lot line?

Braemar has them all.

In addition to having a home to fit any buyer’s needs, Braemar has a multitude of amenities including two outdoor swimming pools, one clubhouse and two parks (Clareybrook Park and Braemar Park) that, combined, offer mutiple tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, a volleyball court, and many playground features for sliding, swinging and climbing. There is also a network of paved trails on which to walk, jog or bicycle… some that link the older and newer sections of Braemar.
In terms of schools, Braemar has two within its boundaries. Cedar Point Elementary School is located in the older, or first built section of Braemar off of Braemar Parkway and serves grades K-5. Marsteller Middle School is in the newer, or more recently built section of Braemar right off of Sudley Manor Drive. This school serves grades 6-8.

Although Braemar has the self-contained Cedar Point Elementary School, with over twenty-eight hundred households Bristow Run Elementary School in Kingsbrooke has been another elementary school that serves Braemar. And with the opening of Patriot High School scheduled for the Fall of 2011, many, if not all Braemar students grade 9-12 will be slotted to attend this new high school. High school boundaries prior to the opening of Patriot High School have had Braemar high school students attending Brentsville District High School (loving referred to by orange bumper stickets as Cow Pie High.)

For the most recent information on which schools your child would attend, please visit the Find Your School application on the Prince William County Public Schools website.

Braemar is conveniently located to a number of shops and restaurants, the closest being Braemar Village Plaza. Here you will find Safeway (groceries & gas), Subway, Asian Garden, Chevy Chase Bank, Bank of America, Braemar Village Chiropractic, Caring Hands Animal Hospital, Caribou Coffee and much more. In fact, between this shopping center, and two daycare locations within Braemar, you will find two Kindercares and one Minnieland for your daycare needs. And if private, early education is more your cup of tea, check out the Bristow Montessori School.

Western Prince William County is bustling with shops, and Braemar is a short distance to all of them, be they in Gainesville, Haymarket or Manassas. Major grocery chains include Giant Food, Wegmans, Harris Teeter and Shoppers Food Warehouse. Restaurants and retail shops are not more than a fifteen minute drive.

Braemar is also convenient to the Manassas Campus of George Mason University, which is also home to the Hylton Performing Arts Center and the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center. And you’re a quick ten minute drive from Jiffy Lube Live, one of the area’s most popular concert venues.

Eastbound commuters living in Braemar have easy access to Route 66 via Linton Hall Road to Route 29, or via Sudley Manor Drive to the Prince William County Parkway. Having done both, the latter is much faster. Braemar is very close to the VRE station at Manassas Regional Airport.

Come visit Braemar and why over twenty-eight hundred households have chosen to live here.