Booming Growth in Anne Arundel County

Posted: April 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm by: NewHomesGuide

New Home Developments in Anne Arundel County

Nicknamed the “Land of Pleasant Living”, Anne Arundel County is home to over half a million residents that enjoy the quality of life, rich heritage, and proximity to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. that their home county has to offer. 

Having experienced a population boom driven mainly by the growth of intelligence and cyber security agencies at Ft. Meade and the National Security Agency (NSA), Anne Arundel County is buzzing with new jobs, businesses, and projections that show growth will only continue over the next few years. At the intersection of major highways, close to BWI Airport, and a short drive away from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Anne Arundel County is most certainly a great hub of opportunities.

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Along with this growth in jobs and population, the area is well-prepared with many development projects completed or underway that will continue to add new housing, retail, and office space to the area. With huge destinations such as the Maryland Live! Casino and Arundel Mills Mall having opened up in just the last 14 years – it’s easy to tell that the growth in the area has been non-stop for quite some time now.

All the buzz around Anne Arundel County is getting many people interested in building their new homes in this great area. If you’re one of those people, make sure to check out some of the communities we love: Jacob’s Forest, Creekside Village, Tanyard Cove, Arundel Preserve, and Wilson’s Grove.

Love Where You Live: The Importance of Walkable Neighborhoods

Posted: April 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm by: NewHomesGuide

There are many different factors to consider when it comes to choosing your new home. Currently, walkability is one of them as the popularity of sprawling auto-dependentsuburbs is waning across certain areas of the country. According to studies, a majority of Americans – 6 in 10 – say that they would prefer to live in walkable neighborhoods, in both cities and suburbs, if they could.  This community style shift has new home builders working to give buyers what they want and building planned communities to meet walkability demands.

Neighborhood Walkability

Walkable neighborhoods are one of the simplest and best solutions for the environment, our health, and our economy. Walkscore.com, the online group that rates walkable neighborhoods, provides detailed data on walkability for 2,500 cities and 6,000 neighborhoods across the United States and is continuously seeing an increase in demand for this type of information. Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score measures how easy it is to live a lifestyle less car-dependent.

While walkability scores are usually seen as something reserved only for densely urbanized cities, suburban-heavy cities have been investing in more pedestrian-friendly infrastructures. More than just a desired additional amenity, a community’s walkability can be directly related to increases in home values.

Interested in some of the walkable planned communities in the surrounding DC areas? Check out ones like Brambleton, Crown, and Clarksburg Village that have immediate delivery homes available.

Relocating to the DC Metro Area? You’ve Got Plenty of Options!

Posted: March 27, 2014 at 4:02 pm by: NewHomesGuide

dc-area-mapAccording to 2013 research, an average of 160,000 workers relocate to metropolitan Washington for work every year. While relocation is an important milestone in anyone’s life, it can cause a lot of anxiety when it comes to finding the perfect place to live.

The best thing about moving to the DC Area has to be the vast variety and choices that await you when it comes to looking for new homes. The number of builders in the area is unparalleled, meaning that you can have your pick when it comes to finding a builder that is guaranteed to meet your needs and your style.

What makes up this vast variety of choices? Surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia help to add to the multitude of living options.

Here are New Homes Guide’s Top 3 Counties in Maryland: 

  • Montgomery County
  • Anne Arundel County
  • Prince George’s County 

Over the next few weeks, we will be taking an in depth look at these counties and sharing why they’re our top picks. Make sure to check back in with us to see what each county has to offer!

Baltimore, MD: Plenty of Charm, Plenty of History

Posted: March 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm by: NewHomesGuide

White steps, steamed crabs, beer, Mount Vernon, the Preakness, Mencken, museums, quiet neighborhood streets, Babe Ruth, row houses and raw bars – that’s Charm City.

With more than 200 neighborhoods to choose from, Baltimore, MD boasts hidden charm in every direction. With so many great historical and vibrant choices, it’s not hard to see how picking your favorite area could be a tough decision. If you’re into the city’s arts culture, quiet parks, busy streets, or waterside marinas – Baltimore has it all – and whether you are looking for a place to live or just visiting for the day, Baltimore is a destination you cannot ignore.

While most people spend most of their time at Inner Harbor – make sure to check out these less touristy neighborhoods as well!

Little Italy

Home to some of Baltimore’s oldest buildings, this quaint little neighborhood is just east of the Inner Harbor. Full of charming homes and beautiful Old World restaurants, this neighborhood is true to its name and hosts events such as Cinema al Fresco on Summer Fridays during which streets become outdoor Italian cinemas. Sign us up!

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A shipyard in its past life, Fells Point can be found farther east of Little Italy and is lined with great shopping, bars, and eateries. With such a historic past, visitors have said it’s easy to feel like you have traveled back in time while you’re there. Make sure to visit the Fells Point Maritime Museum, the Robert Long House Museum, or even go on a Baltimore Ghost Tour, which takes you through the neighborhood’s old and narrow streets.

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Federal Hill

Located across the bay from the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill is one of Baltimore’s up and coming neighborhoods. Boasting a variety of bars and restaurants, the neighborhood is also full of great antique and specialty shops all in walking distance of the city’s sports stadiums. Federal Hill got its name from a historic celebration over Maryland’s ratification of the U.S. constitution back in 1788.

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Mount Vernon

Just north of the Inner Harbor is Baltimore’s cultural heart and one of its most fashionable neighborhoods – Mount Vernon. Once home to Baltimore’s Gilded Age elite, this neighborhood is sprinkled with great art museums and other artistic attractions. Among those is the nation’s first monument to George Washington – nestled in the middle of Mount Vernon Square.

 

Need more reasons to check out this great city? Check out this “Best of Baltimorelist for a few more reasons to consider visiting Baltimore or maybe even eventually calling the area home.

A Spotlight on Loudoun County, VA

Posted: March 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Loudoun County is currently the state’s fourth most populous county as it continues to grow and merge its modern developments with its undeniable historic roots.

Home to Dullest International Airport, Loudoun County is located just 30 minutes from Washington, DC and offers countless of opportunities for business with a lot of growth as an Internet hub.

Loudoun County Map

Sound a bit too “all work and no play”? Not Loudoun County! In fact, the county gives you the best of both worlds when it comes to living, playing and working in the area.

Living

From elegant communities to planned villages and scenic farmlands, Loudoun County gives you the opportunity to live any lifestyle you desire.  The county’s diverse population and history also offers countless cultural experiences right in your backyard.

Wineries

With over 35 award-winning wineries, Loudoun County is considered DC’s wine country as it beckons wine lovers to experience diversity, amazing sceneries, and remarkable wines.

Culinary Attractions

From high elegance to farm fresh, the culinary experience in Loudoun County has quite the range. A perfect pairing to its reputation as a wine lover’s destination, the area is quickly growing in the area of culinary experiences with many popular wine & food festivals.

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Outdoor Activities

And if you are a lover of the outdoors – Loudoun has something for you as well! With over 10K acres of parks, public lands, and other natural areas, there are so many things for the outdoor enthusiast to do. Go hiking on the trails along the Potomac River, bike along the W&OD trail, or go bird watching at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship- you certainly won’t run out of options of things to see or do!

So much variety – make sure to check out Loudoun County! Let us know what else you find. 

The Sights and Sounds of Charlottesville, VA

Posted: February 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Charlottesville, VA

What’s special about Charlottesville, Virginia you say? Well, a lot actually. Located about 100 miles southwest of the nation’s capital, Charlottesville offers a dynamic blend of arts and culture fused with literature and historical significance. After all, it is where Thomas Jefferson laid his hat; it’s home to the Monticello. Dubbed “America’s Smartest City” by Lumosity.com in 2013, and in the top 5 of “Most Romantic Cities” and “Top Ten Book-Loving Cities” by Livability.com in the same year (2013), Charlottesville is a colorful town with loads to offer.

The C in Charlottesville is for Culture. And there’s plenty of it! Let us help you get to know C-Ville a little better.

Arts: Acting as the “cultural center” of Central VA, this town boasts a lot of variety in sources of artsy places and events. For instance there’s Art in Place, a city-wide sculpture garden or the fun First Fridays event which offers a tour of art gallery’s downtown. Lots to do, lots to see.

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Food: Very important when getting to know a city! Quick research will bring up results about Charlottesville’s capability of “going plate-to-plate with any city across the country”. After taking a glance at the reviews and options…we believe it. From traditional Virginia eats and a fresh “farm-to-table” process, to a wide selection of different cuisines (think French, Japanese, Italian, Indian, Thai etc), whatever tickles your fancy, chances are it’s available here.  Check out the many restaurants or be adventurous and find a “hidden kitchen”!

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To-Do: So many options, so little time. From hiking trails, to vineyards to an exciting night life, Charlottesville manages to offer something for everyone…and  who doesn’t love variety! Including more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants, and considered one of the finest urban parks in the country, Downtown Mall is also an attraction that you just can’t miss.

So what’s the bottom-line?

Explore, eat, drink, shop and be merry because Charlottesville has it all.

New Homes vs. Resale Homes: 10 Reasons Why the Investment is Worth It, Pt. II

Posted: February 19, 2014 at 11:14 am by: NewHomesGuide

Two weeks ago, we started counting down some of the reasons we believe looking into a new home over a resale is worth the investment. This week, we finish up our list and hope to help answer the question: Should I buy a new home or a resale home? 

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Before digging into Part II of this blog series, make sure to check out Part I

6. Safety – New homes are built with modern-day safety in mind and now come with fire retardants in materials like your carpeting and insulation. Builders of new homes also work to hard-wire smoke and carbon monoxide detectors into the structure so that owners won’t need to rely on less-dependable battery-powered detectors. 

7. Replacement Costs – As we mentioned earlier, a new home comes with new parts and pieces that are often under warranty. However, the replacement costs you will face for some of these costly components are likely to not occur until many years after move-in.   

8. Building Codes – Another advantage of buying a new home is that new homes are built to current building codes of the area – so you won’t have to worry about having to update your home to meet those standards.

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9. Mortgage Financing – As a new-home buyer, you can take advantage of some mortgage-financing perks that are available through builders. Builders often have mortgage affiliates or partnerships that are able to custom-tailor financing to your situation. When you finance a resale home, you are essentially on your own.

10. Better Resale Value – There are a myriad of reasons why you may have to sell your new home, but when that time comes you will have a great advantage. While the home you are selling will no longer be new by definition, a 5-10 year old home is often times more desirable than a 50-year old home at resale. 

What are some of the reasons you think new homes are a great investment?

Life In Richmond, VA: A Spotlight On a Once Well-Kept Secret

Posted: February 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Richmond, VAPerhaps once a well-kept secret, Richmond, VA is now getting a lot of buzz from home-buyers and tourists around the country. The city of Richmond is more than just the capitol of Virginia – there are hundreds of years of history that are still very much alive in the architecture of downtown buildings or the cobblestone streets down Monument Avenue. An undeniably historic city, Richmond is way more than meets the eye.

In the last year alone, Richmond has received countless accolades for all it has to offer its residents, such as being one of the country’s Top 10 Hottest Housing Markets and part of the Top 100 Best Places to Live.

Whether you’re a new family looking for great schools, a young professional looking to jumpstart a career, or just looking for a fun place to live – Richmond, VA has everything you may want and tons of things to do year-round.

If you happen to find yourself in Richmond visiting or house hunting – make sure to check these places out!

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1. The James River – James River is a big staple of this city. On any given warm day, locals can be found fishing, swimming, or just hanging out taking in the scenery.

2. The Capitol Building – Since 1788, this Thomas Jefferson-designed building has been the inspiration for countless others across the country. Guided and self-tours are offered every day and no matter how times you visit this place – you are always bound to learn something new!

3. The Main Street Train Station – Built in 1901, this historic landmark went under renovation and reopened in 2003. Since then, it has become a huge destination for weddings and receptions as well as an ideal filming location.

4. Monument Avenue – As its name suggests, this street is lined with beautiful statues paying homage to Virginia’s Civil War history and is not aplace to miss!

5. The Festivals – Richmond is the host to nearly 50 festivals annually, which is representative of the city’s diversity. There’s hardly a weekend in Richmond when you can’t find something fun to do outdoors!

6. The Botanical Gardens – Maymont Park and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens attract countless visitors every year and offer a petting zoo, nature trails, historic mansions and countless colorful arrays of flora all on its 100-acres of land.

7. The Neighborhoods – While in Richmond, you have to check out the neighborhoods! Entrenched with history, Richmond’s neighborhoods offer everything from architecture that’s turn of the century to modern green homes. These neighborhoods also boast tons of businesses, galleries, shops, and restaurants.

8. Hollywood Cemetery – Overlooking the previously mentioned James River, Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery is the resting place to countless former presidents and war generals. Opened in 1849, the graveyard gets its name from the holly trees that had originally covered the property.

9. The Landmark Theatre – One of the best known and striking buildings in Richmond, it was built in 1926 and now hosts a number of big-name musical and theatrical performances every year.

10. The Food – It’s impossible to single out any particular restaurant, but Richmond’s food scene is attracting national attention so their restaurants are definitely worth exploring!

New Homes vs. Resale Homes: 10 Reasons Why the Investment is Worth It.

Posted: February 5, 2014 at 1:02 pm by: NewHomesGuide

For New Homes Guide, February is the month we encourage our readers to embrace our ‘New Year, New Home, New Markets’ mentality. With the hustle and bustle of 2014’s first month behind us, February allows us to think clearly about the big decisions left to make in the remainder of the year – such as looking to invest in a home.

For those out there considering becoming home buyers in 2014, we know the first important question to answer is: Should I buy a new home or a resale home? Depending on your financial situation, it can be a tough decision. But the debate between new and resale doesn’t always come down to the money.

In this two-part blog post, we will share with our readers the top 10 benefits of investing in a new home over a resale.

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1. Design the Dream Home You’ve Always Wanted

Your new home should reflect your style and meet your needs. A house is a big investment, why settle for something that’s not exactly what you want? From the bath and kitchen fixtures, to the cabinets, countertops, carpeting, and appliances, you can choose it all. Many homebuilders allow and encourage buyers to help design the property, which helps the buyer create a living space unique to their tastes.

2. Floorplans & Layouts To Fit Your Lifestyle

The perfect floorplan & layout of your home goes back to the dream home mentality. Have you always wanted a giant walk-in closet? Done. A fireplace in the master bedroom? All yours. Do you prefer sliding French doors? You got it. High ceilings? That’s a must. All of your requirements can be met when you design your brand new home the way you have always pictured it.

3. Brand New & Under Warranty

When purchasing a resale home, you get with it used products and appliances that may soon need replacing. Your brand new home – on the other hand – will be new from top to bottom. The products and appliances that make up your new home will likely come with warranties that will offer you years of comfort and peace of mind. Also, some builders offer to take care of necessary repair work in a new home for at least the first year.

New Home Resale Home Dream Home4. Energy Savings = Cost Savings

Homes built today are more energy efficient than ever and that helps to reduce utility bills for new-home buyers.

5. Low Maintenance, Fewer Repairs

New homes built today are designed to hold up better than those built in the past. Today’s new homes are engineered to minimize maintenance requirements because builders look to make things as easy as possible for homeowners.

 

 

Check back soon for the rest of our list! 

What are some of the reasons you think new homes are a great investment?

Fantastically Fresh Architectural Trends for 2013

Posted: February 7, 2013 at 3:39 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Cookie-cutter is out, and unique is back in a very big way! Keep a lookout for these fresh new architectural styles in and around DC in 2013:

  1. The Hybrid:
    Old and new are coming together like never before—in 2013, you’ll see modern architectural elements like skylights and strong lines fused seamlessly with classical designs.
  2. The Environmentalist:
    Expect to see several new innovations in green building materials this year.  Concrete, new composites, even cardboard will be seen in construction ranging from personal homes to large commercial buildings.
  3. The Artist:
    We’re seeing a renewed interest in the Arts and Crafts movement. Homes coupling bungalow charm with fresh, new artisanal touches will be popping up throughout the DC metro region.

What’s your architectural personality? Take this fun quiz from the folks at HGTV.

And of course, check out NewHomesGuide.com for all the latest from the area’s best new home builders.

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