Four Bedroom Home on Cul-de-Sac Lot in Braemar for $508,000

Four Bedroom Home on Cul-de-Sac Lot in Braemar for $508,000

Every home has a story to tell.  Did you know that this particular home, at 12146 Millbill Court, was the fifth house built in Braemar?  Back then, Coscan was the builder, soon to be taken over by Brookfield Homes.  It is why some of the floor plans found in the older section of Braemar are not found elsewhere.  Brookfield Home tweaked a few, but developed their own floor plans.  This particular floor plan, a Chatham, was a Coscan design and is one of only twenty-one Chathams in the neighborhood.

Nestled on a tree lined cul-de-sac street, this home is ready for you to move right in.  The original owners have meticulously maintained everything about this home, with plenty of updates in the recent years.  We’ll get to those later.  Right now, I really want to just show  you about this fabulous home.

Formal living and dining rooms sit to the left of the large foyer entryway.  The living room is a much cozier feel, being one of the only carpeted rooms on the main level.  It is open to the dining room, accented by a bay window.

As you would expect, the dining room passes through the kitchen.  Once you enter the kitchen, the floor plan really opens up.









In addition to a lovely cooking space with granite counters/island and stainless steel appliances, the kitchen boasts a breakfast nook and is open to the family room.

The family room is sunken and has a soaring, vaulted ceiling.  There is even an overlook from the upper level hall.

Upstairs is a master suite, complete with a reading nook and attached luxury bathroom.

The remaining three bedrooms are down the opposite side of the hall.  Queen beds fit in them easily.  The upper level also is where the laundry area is conveniently located.

The walk out level basement is fully finished and includes a large recreation space, wet bar, den and full bathroom.

The outdoor space at 12146 Millbill is like an oasis.  It includes an expansive deck, concrete patio and lush lawn.

Since I can’t show you everything, here is a link to the virtual tour.  And as previously promised, here is a list of updates to this home done in the last four years:  New A/C unit, new roof, new gutters, new windows, new sliding glass doors, new hardwood floors, new carpet, interior and exterior paint, new deck, new appliances, new water heater, new humidifier, granite added to kitchen and bathrooms.  When we tell you this one is move in ready, we mean it.

If you would like to schedule a tour, call me.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®




Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2018 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2018 (Arista Series)

It’s about that time again.  Time to bring you up to speed with our Braemar real estate market, more specifically, what’s happening with the Arista Series homes in our neighborhood.  Arista Series homes are the large, single family homes built by Brookfield Homes.  Floor plans include the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury.

When I pictured what mid-March would be like in Braemar, I didn’t picture gray winter skies, harsh winds and cold temps.  I also didn’t picture a contracted real estate market with still so little for buyers to choose from.  In all of Braemar, as I type this right now, there are only seven active listings for sale.  Homes are going off the market nearly as quickly as they are coming on.  Buyer demand is still high, but don’t let that fool you.  Buyers are still passing up overpriced listings.  Buyers want move in ready.  Carpet and paint done.  No projects.

For about half a year now, there’s been an Arista Series home lingering on the market.  With nothing else to choose from, buyers have passed it over time and again.  Other large homes that come on the market get gobbled up nearly immediately. Price and condition make a difference, even in a seller’s market.  So while there is at least one Arista Series home for sale, there are no sales to report for the months of January and February.  However, we can glean some information on what the market trend is by dropping our January and February sales from 2017 and taking a look at our six and twelve month value markers again.

Right now,  the six month average and median sold prices are slightly below the twelve month average and median sold prices.  This could be an early indicator that prices could be near peak in these large Braemar single family homes.  Or, it could be a sign that the market is cooling off to this big homes.  Only time is going to tell.

If you were to place your Braemar Arista Series home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about a month and a half.  You could also expect to pay out at least $5,000 in closing cost help to a buyer. Marketing time and seller subsidy have been fairly consistent over the last year.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May.  By then, we may have some new sales to report in the Arista Series. Until then, when you are ready to sell your Braemar home, give me a call for a free market analysis.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®



Just Listed: Six Bedroom Home on a Wooded, Cul-de-Sac Lot for $485,000

Just Listed: Six Bedroom Home on a Wooded, Cul-de-Sac Lot for $485,000

Location, location, location.  This home at 12278 Scotts Mill Drive in Braemar has loads of space and is in a super desirable location.  Don’t worry.  We’re going to get to all the details in this post and I’m going to share lots of pictures with you.  Let me start by telling you the basics:  12278 Scotts Mill is priced at $485,000, has six bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and is located on a wooded, cul-de-sac lot.

Starting with the covered front porch, complete with ceiling fans to keep you cool in the warmer months, this home oozes curb appeal.  The front door entry is all the way to the left of the front, and recessed a bit, so it’s not so easy to see in the picture above, so here’s a better view.

Once you walk in the front door, a powder room is discreetly located away from the formal rooms and kitchen, but you also have a sweeping view of the formal rooms.  The living room gets the glorious morning sunlight with its eastern facing window.  The dining room gets the warm glow of sunsets, with a western facing window.

My favorite part of the main level are the informal rooms.  The kitchen is expansive, and included a breakfast nook.  Pictured is an eight seat square dining table.  From here, you can pass through to the dining room, or enjoy the openness to the family room.

The family room is a perfect size for large furnishings, but still feels cozy.  The gas fireplace is the focal point of this room.

Upstairs you will enjoy a large master suite with cathedral ceiling, two closets and attached full bathroom.

There are three other bedrooms on the upper level and one additional full bathroom that connects to the hallway and directly to the third bedroom.  It is also worth noting that there is a large attic fan that, with the flick of a switch, can suck any hot air out of the home, for optimal summer cooling.

In the basement is where you find the remaining two bedrooms, (at opposite ends of that level,) an additional full bathroom, laundry area and a large recreation area with retractable movie screen, home theater speakers and built in book cases.  Did I mention this is walk out level basement?  That means lots of large windows, natural light and easy egress.

Outside you can enjoy your wooded view from the fully fenced yard, wood deck or patio.  And if you want to take a quick stroll to Broad Run, it’s only a handful of steps into the woods.

Lastly, here are a few important notes about this lovely home.  It has recently had the HVAC, hot water heater and roof replaced.  It has no HOA tie in with cable and internet, so you can contract with whoever will service the home.  Finally, its schools include Cedar Point Elementary, Marsteller Middle and Patriot High.

Don’t wait to make an appointment to see this one.  Call me today.  No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA




Just Listed: Five Bedroom Single Family Home in Braemar for $499,000

Just Listed: Five Bedroom Single Family Home in Braemar for $499,000

When it comes to Yardley floor plan, I’ve listed and sold my fair share since becoming a Braemar Real Estate Agent in 2005.  Seems they offer the perfect amount of space for a single family home.  Not too big, not too small.  They fit like a glove.

This Yardley at 9996 Broadsword Drive is my favorite one to date and it just hit the market priced at $499,000.  These sellers did every bit of listing preparation I suggested, including a fresh coat of neutral paint throughout and new carpet. The formal living and dining rooms, as well as the foyer, powder room and main level hallways are done in a very durable laminate hardwood.  It’s all the beauty of hardwood floors, but holds up much better to every day life.  

The sellers, original owners, also opted to have the box bay window in the formal living room, which adds some architectural interest.  And while traditional colonials have their formals rooms right across from one another, the Yardley offsets them.  The dining room is a little further back from the foyer than the living room.  Still, the location of the dining room is perfect as it passes through to the kitchen, making formal entertaining easy.

While we are on the subject of the kitchen, it is open to a breakfast nook, and beyond a knee wall, open to the family room as well.  All of these rooms were extended at the time of construction.  This gives the kitchen an island and plenty of room for the cook to maneuver.  With granite counters, light cabinets, tile backsplash and ceramic tile flooring it aesthetically pleasing.  The gas cook top, double wall ovens, microwave and counter space make it a cook’s dream.

Everyday meals are likely to be enjoyed in the breakfast nook, positioned between the kitchen and family room.

The family room has built-in bookcases, palladian windows and opens to the screened porch.  In the colder months, you’ll love the gas fireplace.  And this room being carpeted adds to warmth of the space.

Upstairs is where you find the master suite, three secondary bedrooms and the laundry room.  The master suite doesn’t disappoint with two walk-in closets, complete with organizers, and attached full bathroom with dual sinks/vanity and separate tub and shower.

The remaining three bedrooms are very good sized, but the fourth bedroom is especially expansive.  All three share the second full bathroom with hall access.

A fully finished basement gives you plenty of recreation space, complete with surround sound and wet bar, a fifth bedroom and third full bathroom.  And unlike some of the single family homes currently on the market in Braemar, it has a walk-up basement exit.

If you aren’t sold on this Yardley in Braemar yet, I’ve saved what I think is the best for last–the outdoor spaces.  A screened porch, open air composite deck (complete with gas grill with permanent natural gas line coming from the house) sit atop a well manicured and fully fenced yard.  The fence is also virtually maintenance free being made of vinyl.

This home is a suburban dream home, located in the Patriot High School district and in the amenity filled community of Braemar.  Homes like this don’t last long when they go on the market.  Call for your tour today.

Chris Ann Cleland 

Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA


Another Braemar Single Family Home Goes Under Contract!

Another Braemar Single Family Home Goes Under Contract!

12833 Gentle Shade Drive  listed on May 6, 2015 for $475,000 and went under contract 10 days later!

On May 6th, I activated a listing that was new to me, at 12833 Gentle Shade Drive.  It had been listed with its first agent for seventy-nine days with a handful of showings in that time.  Mind you, as a full-time Braemar Real Estate Agent, I can tell you that even during that first listing period, even when the temps were so cold you could feel your face freezing, or during snow storms, buyers were out looking at homes and making offers.

The transition to me as a Listing Agent brought new life to the listing.  I joked that I should title the listing–Under New Management.  Listing Hot Tub-12833 Gentle ShadeAgents are not all equally capable.  For instance, I take GREAT pride in my listing photos.  Making sure the home is photo ready is a must.  In this case, it meant de-cluttering, painting a fireplace mantel white,  removing pieces that made other rooms feel too busy and adding some staging touches, particularly by the hot tub.  LIfting that hot tub cover wasn’t easy, but let’s face it, there is nothing sexy about a hot tub cover with dried up leaf and dirt debris on it.   Bubbles and water are the only way to go.

I should also mention, we actually raised the list price a tad.   

The difference in traffic was immediate.  We were getting showings within the first days on market.  The photos had a lot to do with it, but so did the show instructions.  Previously, Breakfast Area and Kitchen--12833 Gentle Shadethe home had been listed as “By Appointment Only.”  Turns out, appointments were never needed to begin with and we made arrangement for the four legged family member so that buyers could by with short notice.

The proof that my listing approach worked, where the other failed, is the fact that this home went under contract in only ten days on the market with me.  My favorite testimonial may actually be when one of the owners looked at me today and said, “I knew when I met you that you would sell this house in less than twenty days.”

Chris Ann Cleland, Braemar Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037If you are serious about selling your Braemar home, give me a call and let’s get it DONE.  No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA


Price Improved to $478,000 for this Braemar Single Family Home

Price Improved to $478,000 for this Braemar Single Family Home

13519 Marr Lodge  Lane now listed for $478,000

The Sellers of this Braemar Short Sale decided that forty-two days on the market was enough at their list price of $499,000.  A second look at comparable sales revealed that nine other Braemar single family homes, that were similar in size, had gone under contract in that time.  It wasn’t a lack of buyers in the market, but the market deciding to buy other properties, so an adjustment was in order.Family Room is open to Kitchen--13519 Marr Lodge

Now listed for $478,000, this gorgeous home at 13519 Marr Lodge Lane is ready for a patient buyer willing to wait sixty-ninety days for Short Sale Approval.

Chris Ann Cleland, Braemar Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037Take a look at the single property website.  If you would like to schedule a tour, give me a call.  No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA


Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2013 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report:  November-December 2013 (Ryan Homes)

It’s hard for me to believe that January is almost over.  Didn’t we just celebrate the turn of the New Year.  Goodness time flies.   And who knew it would be so cold in Braemar this January?  It is bone chilling.  The good news is that the buyers don’t seem to notice.  They are out there looking, whether you realize it or not.  And there were out in November & December too.  Let’s take a look and see what the year end activity meant to single family homes built by Ryan Homes in Braemar.

Ryan Home in Braemar, Bristow, VA

There were two sales of Ryan Homes in the last two months of 2013.  The high sold price was $545,000 and that was of a Waverly with five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, not to mention a fully finished basement.  The low sold price was $435,000–a Victoria model with four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and an unfinished basements.  Very different homes, but when we average them, we get our new average market value for Ryan Homes in Braemar of $490,000.  That average value represents a 6.5% increase in value since last report and over a 20% increase in value since last year.

Braemar Property Value Report:  November-December 2013 (Ryan Homes)

Chris Ann Cleland, Braemar Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037If you placed your Ryan Homes property on the market, priced to current conditions, this report indicates it would be under contract in an average of just over one month.  You could also expect to pay an average of 1/2 of 1% of the sales price in closing cost assistance to the buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March and will detail sales from the last first months of 2014.  Until then, if you want to know your specific home’s value in today’s marketplace, call me for your free market analysis.  I’ve been a full-time real estate agent and Braemar home owner since 2005.  In 2007, I also added the distinction of being a Short Sale Agent.  No matter what your equity position, I can get you the most money in the shortest amount of time when you sell your Braemar home.  No One Knows Braemar Better!

And if you want to be a member of a neighborhood Facebook group that will always allow links to these reports, please join my new Braemar Facebook group.  You can start any neighborhood conversation you like to there, be it promoting your own local business or just chatting about neighborhood events.

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


Statistics compiled by Chris Ann Cleland, using the MRIS (Metropolitan Regional Information Systems.)


You can see the most recent property values in Braemar by clicking the links below:

Arista Series  (large single family homes built by Brookfield Homes)

Carriage Series (smaller single family homes with detached garages, Brookfield Homes)

Courtyard Series (executive style home, five to a private driveway, Brookfield Homes)

Heritage Series (mid-sized single family homes, Brookfield Homes)

NV Homes (single family homes built by NV Homes)

Townhouse Report (traditional townhouses with small back yards)

Condo Quarterly (townhouse style condos)