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®





The Views You Get Living in Braemar

This week, one of my Braemar listings will make it to settlement.  No matter how many homes I sell, it never gets old to take a listing to settlement. 

I hope the new home owner enjoys the same views I do as a resident of Braemar.  I got these shots yesterday.  There were a doe and her fawns headed right toward my front lawn…and most likely, my hostas.

I could be angry that the deer are having a buffet in my front mulch bed, but how you can be angry at such beautiful creatures.  Maybe I’ll just relocate my hostas to the common area woodline and plant something more deer resistent in the garden.



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



Braemar’s Wildlife Still Includes Fox

In a neighborhood of over twenty-eight hundred homes, it is still surprising to me how much wildlife there is in Braemar.   Earlier this week I had a jolt when I saw a coyote shortcut through my backyard and into the wooded area directly beside it.  Today, with morning coffee in hand, I watched a fox bounce happily up and down as he trotted alongside the wood line with a rodent of some sort in it’s mouth. 

When my husband and I first moved to Braemar in December 2004, we saw a fox on our front lawn and I was mesmerized.  I’d never seen a fox in person, let alone on my front yard.  Within six months, there were no more fox to be seen.  Perhaps the new construction in Merrimont Trace has them scrambling back to the woods of Braemar.

Yesterday’s morning coffee was a different wildlife show.  A group of deer were hopping out of the cul-de-sac and onto my front yard.  I see the deer a lot because they live in the woods beside my home, but seeing them never gets old.

Maybe soon, I’ll sneak a peek at the owl that hoots outside my family room at night.

Beware: Possible Coyote Sighting in Braemar

Yesterday (May 14, 2011) I received an email from a neighbor in Braemar.  She had seen what looked like a coyote at the traffic circle at Native Rocks and Tartan Hills Parkway.  She only got a glimpse and thought it was a stray dog.

Then, she looked out her front window the following morning and saw the same animal(She lives near the Native Rocks traffic circle.)  This time, she said she was certain it was a coyote.  Grayish in color and looking similar to a German Sheppard, but more wild.

Since we have fox in the neighborhood she did a quick internet search to make sure she wasn’t confusing the animal with a fox.  Indeed, the pictures of fox compared to those of coyote solidified her sighting. 

Upon receiving her email, I called the Prince William County Animal Warden to see if they would pick up the animal.  The Animal Warden will not pick up a wild animal unless it is injured or suspected to be rabid.  So in this case, the Animal Warden advised that anyone that notices this animal, as with any other wildlife, to stay away.  Do not approach the animal.  Keep your distance.

Coyotes can be dangerous to small animals such as cats and smaller dogs.  For the foreseeable future, it’s better to be safe than sorry with your pets.  Keep an eye on them when you let them outside.  And be aware of your surroundings when walking them.