What Are Mid-Atlantic Home Shoppers Looking For? The Numbers Tell the Story.

Posted: October 30, 2015 at 11:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

30OctAs the region’s leading new homes resource for more than 40 years, we’ve had the opportunity to learn a lot about home shoppers.

It’s constantly evolving, but the information that visitors are searching for on NewHomesGuide.com paints the clearest, most up-to-date picture of what’s in demand in the Mid-Atlantic.

We recently crunched the numbers for a year’s worth of online home searches. Here are some of the highlights:

Top 5 County Searches Top 5 City Searches
1. Montgomery County, MD 1. Ashburn, VA
2. Loudoun County, VA 2. Bowie, MD
3. Prince George’s County, MD 3. Stafford, VA
4. Anne Arundel County, MD 4. Chantilly, VA
5. Howard County, MD 5. Upper Marlboro, MD


Top 5 Armed Forces Searches Top 5 Amenity Searches
1. Andrews Air Force Base, MD 1. Clubhouse
2. Fort Belvoir, VA 2. Swimming Pool
3. Walter Reed National Medical Center, MD 3. Park/Open Space
4. Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA 4. Tennis Courts
5. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, MD 5. Playground


Top 5 Option Searches
1. Immediate Delivery
2. Single-Family Home
3. 3-4 Bedrooms
4. 1st Floor Master Suite
5. Planned Community


The great thing about New Homes Guide is that no matter where you’re looking or what you want in your new home, you can find it with the help of New Homes Guide. Try it out. Start your search today!

Prepare to be Inspired: Our New Interiors Supplement is Out Now

Posted: July 14, 2015 at 11:30 am by: NewHomesGuide

Your new home is an empty palette, just waiting for your special touch.Interiors 2015

Decorating is one of the most exciting parts of moving into your dream home, and it all starts with planning. The possibilities are endless. That’s why we created the New Homes Guide Interiors supplement to give you all the inspiration you need to create something beautiful.

When you order your free New Homes Guide, be sure to click on the Interiors supplement to have it delivered right to your mailbox. The 2015 edition is available now with the July/August issue of the magazine.

Interiors is a collection of the best model homes and the most stylish planned community and active adult community clubhouses in the Mid-Atlantic region. Flip through the pages and dog-ear your favorite rooms or design elements. You’ll find no shortage of inspiration.

You’ll also get an idea for which homebuilders have a style that matches your own. It just might help you find the right home and community for you.

Click here to order your free New Homes Guide and Interiors supplement today.

5 Rooms Dads Will Love in Your New Home

Posted: June 16, 2015 at 11:39 am by: NewHomesGuide

If you’re considering buying a new home, you’ll want to make sure that it’s the right design, the right floorplan for your entire family.

With Father’s Day upon us, this is a perfect time to think about what Dad wants in a new home. What are the places in a home that he truly appreciates?

We’ve recently introduced a new feature on NewHomesGuide.com. It lets you search by room type and browse a collection of corresponding photos. When one jumps out at you, a simple click lets you find out who built that room and where you can find it.

So here are some rooms we think dads (and the rest of the family) will love:

Today’s builders are really taking basements to the next level. A well-designed recreation room can become the heart of the home and the place where the family spends quality time together.

Whether Dad works from home or he just likes to relax with a good book and a bit of quiet time, you can find a sophisticated, exquisitely designed study that he’ll love.

There’s no better place for a dad to unwind with a cup of coffee and the Sunday paper than a well-lit sunroom.

If your dad likes to entertain, he’ll definitely want to include a wet bar in a new home. He can impress your guests with his ability to craft the perfect drink.

Is Dad a movie buff? Or maybe a huge sports fan? Either way, he’ll love taking in the action from a comfy spot with a large-screen television in his new media room.

Wet Bar - Drees Homes

While you’re celebrating Father’s Day this weekend, pull up NewHomesGuide.com and let Dad spend some time imagining the possibilities.

Your Guide to the Mid-Atlantic’s Best Beach Communities

Posted: June 5, 2015 at 4:35 pm by: NewHomesGuide

With summer upon us, our thoughts inevitably turn to sunny days and sandy beaches. But what if the beach was more than a vacation destination? What if the beach was home?

New Homes Guide can help make that a reality for you. Whether you prefer life on the Atlantic or the Chesapeake, we can help you find beautiful homes in the Mid-Atlantic’s very best beach communities.

Here are a few favorites we think you’ll like:

Millville by the Sea is a master-planned, amenity-rich beach resort community just minutes from Bethany Beach, DE. Homes by Christopher Companies and Miller & Smith range from the upper $100’s to the low $400’s. Residents enjoy neighborhood pools, fishing or paddle boating in the community lake. The new Lifestyle Center is full of fun activities and the community has its very own “Crab Shack.”

You know what’s a good day? Golf in the morning, beach in the afternoon. That could be you at Plantation Lakes in Millville, DE. This premiere golf course community features a wide selection of ranch and two-story designs by K. Hovnanian Homes, from the low to mid $200’s or townhomes from the mid $100’s and single family homes from Lennar from the mid $200’s.

On the Chesapeake’s western shore, you can live the resort lifestyle year-round at The Harbours at Solomons Island. The Calvert County, MD, community encompasses 120 acres and it’s surrounded by water on three sides. Boaters can take advantage of the deep-water marina, but there’s something for everyone, including parks, trails and a pool. Go fishing or crabbing from the pier or order up your dinner at one of the on-site restaurants. Main-level living in single-family homes and villas by Classic Community Companies starts in the low $300’s.

Enjoy all the excitement of Ocean City, MD, when you choose a new townhome by Evergreene Homes or Lennar at Seaside Village. Homes start in the high $200’s and private boat slips are available. Choose from expansive floorplan options and relish life so close to all the shopping and fun on the boardwalk. And, of course, the beach.

These are just a few ideas to kickstart your search, but you can find many more beautiful beach communities with New Homes Guide’s Featured Coastal Builders and Planned Communities. Good luck and don’t forget to pack the sunscreen.

Seaside Village

Tips for Planning Your New Backyard

Posted: May 27, 2015 at 11:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

You’ve thought about the features that you want inside your new home. Maybe you’ve gone through a few design magazines and watched some HGTV for ideas about kitchens and color schemes. But have you thought about what you want in your new backyard?

Backyards have come a long way — from where you let the dog out and maybe kept a BBQ grill to luxurious outdoor living spaces. With the change in outdoor living trends comes a variety of modern backyard and patio options for new home buyers.

New Homes Guide can help you find the right new home with the perfect backyard for your family. As you’re planning your new outdoor living space, these resources can help you find those special touches.

Add custom features and patio furniture to create an “outdoor living room.” Plenty of seating options and serving space will make all of your guests comfortable. Better Homes and Gardens has some great tips for building your outdoor living room, like adding a fireplace.

If you’re not planning on a big backyard with your new home but still want to have some comfortable space to entertain, look at this great example from HGTV of how to plan a stylish small space for outdoor fun. Turn your condo or townhome patio into a great place to kick back and enjoy the sun this summer.

Are you ready to draw up your plan for the perfect backyard in your new home? You’ll love the resources available at Sunset, a West Coast lifestyle site. Get great ideas from garden fountains to the perfect movie lover’s backyard.

Your new home, with the outdoor living space that you want, is out there — and New Homes Guide can help you find it. Pick up the new May/June issue of New Homes Guide or get the digital version now to find out more about new homes and communities in the Mid-Atlantic. Let us help you find your new backyard today.

Explore The Beauty of Spring in a Walkable Community

Posted: April 30, 2015 at 11:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

As the weather warms up and spring brings its beauty back to the Mid-Atlantic region, going for a walk becomes a great idea.

Walking is an excellent form of exercise, a good way to meet your neighbors and helps cut down on pollution from cars. When you’re shopping for a new home, New Homes Guide can help you find some of the region’s best walkable communities.

The two factors that create the most walkable new homes communities are planning and location. When you find a well-planned community that’s near shopping, dining and other amenities, like those featured in New Homes Guide’s Planned Communities Supplement, you’ll be able to add much more walking to your lifestyle.

Planned communities are a strong choice for walkability, and most include the important elements that encourage walking. Often centered around an array of amenities like fitness centers, pools, tennis courts and community centers, these communities offer homebuyers the opportunity to find the recreation that they need without driving.

Communities that are anchored to convenient commercial districts and dining really cut down on the number of car trips that you take as well.

Choosing a community that prizes walkability and convenience means that you have a great opportunity to get in those extra steps a day that everyone’s striving for. Make New Homes Guide your companion as you look for a new home in a beautiful walkable community in Maryland, D.C., Virginia and Delaware.







Brookfield Residential’s PureBlue Concept Home Blends Modern Style and Game-Changing Efficiency

Posted: April 22, 2015 at 12:15 pm by: NewHomesGuide

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to shine a light on new developments in energy-efficient, eco-friendly homebuilding.

ColorBrookfield Residential’s new PureBlue concept home at Avendale in Northern Virginia is a showcase and an experiment, designed to test the latest efficient technologies, products and construction methods to find out how they can be incorporated into new homes for the everyday buyer.

The PureBlue Home, highlighted in New Homes Guide, has received rave reviews from home shoppers, Realtors and the media since it opened in March. To get a glimpse of how it came together, watch the PureBlue preview video and then go see this game-changing home for yourself.



The home scored an impressive -1 on the industry’s standard Home Energy Ratings System Index, meaning that it generates more energy than it consumes. And the team has received such positive feedback about the style and design of the home that it’s considering making the new floorplan available to homebuyers soon.

As for the energy-efficient features, Brookfield will continue to evaluate each of them and will incorporate the best into its portfolio of available options through its Brookfield Blue program.

Among the highlights of The PureBlue Home:

Supreme Energy Efficiency

  • Structural insulated panels (SIPs) replace stud-framed exterior walls, creating a stronger, tighter seal to bring greater efficiency and savings.
  • The hybrid hot water heater provides outstanding performance while requiring significantly less energy.
  • A high-efficiency HVAC system ensures clean, healthy air is always circulating.

Harnessing Nature’s Resources

  • Solar panels on the roof harness the sun’s energy and minimize consumption.
  • The greywater system captures and recycles household water and rainwater to minimize flooding, erosion and runoff, while reducing water usage.

Sustainable and Beautiful

  • The stunning kitchen bar top has been repurposed from a black walnut tree removed during development and fashioned by furniture artist Vicco Von Voss.
  • Eco Veneer bamboo cabinets provide a sleek, beautiful look created with strong, sustainable materials.
  • Landscaping is highlighted by native, low-water plants that are easily maintained with a drip irrigation system.

Learn more about The PureBlue Home and all of Brookfield Residential’s homes and communities in the latest New Homes Guide.



Community Spotlight: Willowsford, a New Kind of Green Community

Posted: April 8, 2015 at 11:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

New Homes Guide is proud to feature Willowsford on the cover of our March/April issue, available now in print or online.
This one of a kind community is located on the north and south sides of Route 50 in Ashburn and Aldie, Virginia. Willowsford is inspired by the natural environment, community connections and daily experiences that add up to a memorable life.

Of their 4,000 acres, 2,000 acres of Willowsford’s land have been set aside for environmental preservation, recreation, trails and agricultural use. The other 2,000 acres feature homes from 8 of the area’s finest homebuilders, each collection of homes designed exclusively for Willowsford and their 4 intimate neighborhoods.

This land, managed by The Willowsford Conservancy, includes an elaborate network of trails through dense woodlands and pastures, Willow Lake, a 300-acre working farm, and land designated to remain as open space.

Willowsford Farm is an essential part of the farm-to-table lifestyle here, featuring fresh vegetables and farm products. Homeowners can participate in the community supported agriculture program or shop at the Willowsford Farm Market.

Willowsford is comprised of four neighborhoods—called villages—in some of Virginia’s most beautiful country. The Grant and The Grange are north of Route 50 in Ashburn, VA, and The Grove and The Greens are south of Route 50 in Aldie, VA.

The community is brought together by an outstanding and unique array of amenities already in place. The Lodge at Willow Lake links The Grove and The Greens and is reminiscent of a large family lake house. It includes a grand patio, bocce courts, a yoga lawn and event lawn, a pool complex and a terraced sun deck overlooking the mountains. The Boat House Information Center is also here with a fishing dock, outdoor fire pit, canoe launch and storage.

Sycamore House, the centerpiece of The Grange, is an elegant community gathering space in the grand mansion style highlighting a teaching and demonstration kitchen. It overlooks a grassy outdoor amphitheater and opens onto a large village green surrounded by “country-formal” gardens with a fish pond, and a resort-style swimming pool with cabanas and a sun ledge. The Tenant House Information Center is also located here.

Visit Willowsford and you’ll see for yourself how their signature home designs highlight this amazing location and the lifestyle that it offers today’s homebuyers and why they’ve been chosen as Community of the Year three years in a row.

New Homes Guide has everything that you need to find the perfect new home in this unique community today. Or visit WillowsfordNHG.com for more amazing details.

Find a New Home and Make a Quick Move in Washington, D.C., and West Virginia

Posted: March 26, 2015 at 11:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

Whether you’re considering downtown style in Washington, D.C., or the perfect spot in West Virginia, once you get the itch for a new home, it’s hard to wait.

The good news is you don’t have to wait.

When spring approaches, homebuilders start offering great prices and incentives on Move-In-Now Homes. You’ll find the year’s best selection of already built homes with options and upgrades you’ll love. Find the home that catches your eye and you could be living the life you desire in a matter of weeks.

If you want to beat the spring homebuyer rush, you’ve come to the right place. Start your search at NewHomesGuide.com

Comstock Homes – Townes at The Hampshires

Dan Ryan Builders – Stonebrook Village

Kettler Forlines Homes – Hammond Mills

Find a New Home and Make a Quick Move in Maryland and Delaware

Posted: March 17, 2015 at 3:20 pm by: NewHomesGuide

From the Western Maryland foothills to the Eastern Shore beachfront and into Delaware, homebuilders are offering great prices and incentives on Move-In-Now Homes this spring.

If you’re looking to make a quick transition but still want the latest styles and the reassurance of a brand new home, this could be your best bet. And now could be the best time.

Start your search at NewHomesGuide.com and find a great selection of move-in-ready homes, dressed up with the most popular options and upgrades. You can be moving into yours in a matter of weeks. Why wait?

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