With over 1,500 spacious acres, award-winning Broadlands, a master planned community in Ashburn, Virginia, is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the natural environment while combining a modern, active lifestyle. Broadlands is located in eastern Loudoun County, just off the Dulles Greenway at Claiborne Parkway (Exit 5), midway between Dulles International Airport and the town of Leesburg, Virginia, close to AOL’s Headquarters and other corporate centers. Broadlands planned community was created to accommodate 4,000 homes in balance with nature, and development is nearing completion. The National Wildlife Federation has named Broadlands a Certified Wildlife Habitat Community, only the 25th community in the nation to achieve this certification.
Broadlands is developed by the Van Metre Companies, winner of the 2008 Avid Award for Best Customer Experience. Van Metre, founded in 1955, is one of the largest privately owned homebuilders and developers in the nation’s capital area. At present 3,420 units have been built and occupied to meet a range of lifestyles and budgets—most of them are varied styles of single-family homes; town homes and some apartments are also included. There are a limited number of new single-family homes and condominiums still to be constructed, although there are always houses and townhouses for sale.
The Broadlands community is managed by Broadlands Association, a homeowners association that incorporated in 1995. Broadlands became homeowner-controlled in 2009. Recent sales activity shows that townhouses in Broadlands sell in the $300k to $500k range. Broadlands also includes two apartment complexes, The Arbors, and Broadlands Apartments. The average price of a house in Broadlands, in 2009, was just over $461,932.
The entire Broadlands community is spaciously designed to flow around Stream Valley Park, 150 acres of natural haven with wooden trails, wetlands and wildlife preserves providing recreation for people of all ages. In addition, many open spaces and areas like Hillside Park and Oak Tree Grove provide perfect areas for children to play for hours. At Broadlands, nature is not only a restorative backdrop for community activities, but is also a catalyst for bringing residents together, whether learning to build bluebird houses or participating in numerous post-certification activities protecting their Wildlife Habitat.
For a community still so young, Broadlands is close-knit, vibrant and growing, with families placing major emphasis on schools and quality of education. Boasting one of the best school districts in the metropolitan area, Loudoun County public schools offer educational programs that rank with the best in Virginia and in the nation, providing well-run programs for Gifted Students, Vocational and Alternative Education, as well as Special Education. Onsite, Broadlands has two elementary schools (Hillside and Mill Run) and one middle school (Eagle Ridge). Students grow up together and attend the same high school nearby, Briar Woods High School, with continuity of friendships that last a lifetime.
Broadlands HOA President, David Baroody, moved here with his wife and family in 1997. Originally, they aimed at the Fairfax area due to their reputed school system, but after being guided by their realtor to consider Loudoun County, he and his wife looked at Broadlands, and independently fell in love with the same house model and Loudoun County schools. “We were one of the first 200 homes built,” he said. “Before signing on a house, I called the local principal, as schools were a priority for us. Turns out, she was from the Fairfax district originally, and could not have been happier in Loudoun. Her view of the superior quality of education programs available to our kids in Loudoun was accurate; she never let us down. Our kids got an outstanding education here, plus they’ve made life-long friends from early grade school on.”
With the emphasis that Broadlands residents place on education, it is no surprise their developer does too. The Van Metre Companies built the Loudoun County Public School Administration Building in Ashburn. Then, in December 2009, A.G. “Beau” Van Metre, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Van Metre Companies, made a gift of 37 acres in Broadlands to George Mason University to establish a Loudoun County campus for George Mason University. “Education is the cornerstone of all of our futures,” said Van Metre with his gift. “This campus of George Mason University will be a milestone in the development of Dulles Greenway frontage with our flagship Broadlands community.”
Broadlands residents recognize they live in a premier part of northern Virginia and take pride in their community through an active homeowners association, a wide array of natural and man-made amenities, and special events throughout the year, such as the Broadlands Live Concert Series. Reasonable HOA dues pay for upkeep of community common areas, playgrounds, nature trails and winding boardwalk, along with amenities such as three community swimming pools, tennis courts, and the stunning lodge-style 5,000 square foot Nature Center, the highlight of the community. Over 3 million square feet of shopping, restaurants, services, and offices are nearby at Broadlands Village Center and Broadlands Market Place.
Balancing the mix of streetscapes and neighborhoods with the sanctuary of nature seems to create a balance of life at Broadlands that is hard to beat. In the midst of modern living, this community has created a neighborhood based on older values. When you have a wildlife preserve running through the heart of the community that you care for, the land takes care of you. For active 21st-century lifestyles, Broadlands is a natural way to live.
Between 2009 and 2014, the population in this area is projected to increase about 35%. In comparison, Loudoun County population is expected to grow 23.5%. The population of Virginia is projected to increase 5.5%.
Between 2009 and 2014, the White population is expected to grow by 21%, the African American population by 56%, the Asian population by 81% and Hispanic population by 72%.
|Race/Ethnicity||% of population||% of population (VA)|
The median household income for this area is $139,253, compared to a state median of $60,690, as estimated for 2009.
|Income Category||% of households||% of households (VA)|
|Less than $25,000||1.44%||17.87%|
|Less than $50,000||6.32%||40.94%|
|Less than $75,000||12.78%||60.5%|
|Less than $150,000||55.89%||88.89%|
|More than $150,000||44.11%||11.11%|
|Type of unit||% of units||% of units (VA)|
|Single family - detached||64.43%||62.6%|
|Single family - attached||29.56%||9.96%|