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Like all major projects, this school delivery is delayed too. I am sure weather played no role in its delay (rain is not a contributing factor for sure). Road connecting new section of Loudoun County Parkway with Ryan Road is not patched up yet. Look at earlier posting for exact location of this school. Here are some more details. Looks like this project is costing at least $17 million to build. Here is school site layout. Looks like there is a walk path from other Toll Brothers community on Old Ox Road (Overlook community), not sure if there is any road connecting this school to this community.

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This is an interesting development, where both retail and residential properties are developed together at corner of Waxpool Road and Ashburn Village Blvd. This is between Waxpool Road and Food Lion (previously name), just behind Farmwell Hunt. Click here to find more.

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I think, Ashburn (and surrounding areas) now has one of the major data centers in the united states. Equinix and Digital Realty Trust (previously known as Loudoun Exchange) are major players. Not sure if Myriad Network is known be significant?? (Comment from a blog visitor: “Myriad is *not* a major player in anything. No idea where you got thatinfo from – Jon”). Apparently Equinix has so many customers that it has short listed them. This could mean they may expand their facilities here. This is in addition to Verizon (MCI), 365 main, Amazon & Intel (all in Chantilly), AOL LLC, Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac (are they here in this area?), etc, close to Ashburn. What else is better suited than DC area, where majority of Internet traffic goes through. Of course, there are lot more data centers in Fairfax county and nearby areas. Good thing is that our commercial rental rates are pretty attractive compared to Fairfax county, so more folks may move in!!

Here is an interesting study on electric bills and environmental impact (source: Computer World). Ashburn is ranked one of the lowest, relatively high on carbon emission.

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[First of all, I am not a realtor (though I have some association with real estate), hopefully I may not influenced by any factors].

Lots of times, people wonder if it is a good idea to buy a house at any time. Obviously, this depends very much on you, not so much on market conditions.

Take a moment to ponder! Are you practical person? How can you figure out, just look at your life style and spending habits. If you are conservative or practical, may be you want to analyze and wait for lowest house price.On the other hand, if it is your primary home and kids stay with you, nothing can substitute for your own home. You look for a good home at a nice location (including school district). If it is an investment, do your math carefully, think long term. Remember when Brambleton released first batch of condos, almost all were sold out (relatively high priced, even in those market conditions). Now we have another section of them (from Centex), surprisngly they are being sold quickly too!! Why is it so??! Location..Location..Location. Next to High school, walking distance to elementary school, major shopping & entertainment area, next to a popular golf course, close to toll road exit, new models, matured community, planned child care center (right across Belmont Ridge Road)…what else do they need?? Downside: high condo fee.

Another healthy sign: Ashburn area is not included in recent foreclosure listing (sorry, Sterling is listed at bottom; Woodbridge is top in Virginia. On the whole, Virginia looks pretty good. Top four among ten spots taken by Michigan!).

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Washington post developed a pretty nice web site for Loudoun County. Take a look, covers quite a lot of community activities, social matters, news, and lot more stuff. This is developed over six months, with active support from journalists. It includes traffic info (cool cameras on Route 28, etc). Look at additional blog sites mentioned on their site here.

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As we know there are two major shopping centers coming with a couple of years along Loudoun County Parkway, close to Brambleton.

* At Moorefield Station (almost next to Exxon gas station, in about a hundred yards from Green Way/267).

* Arcola Center (close to Route 50). As Loudoun County Parkway gets extended through South Riding, this will be within a couple of minutes of drive.

There are a number of super-sized strip malls coming at a number of locations. Latest in this list is Moorefield Market Place, expected to be completed by end 2008.


There is also rumor that amphitheater is expected to be opened within a year, at corner of Claiborne Parkway and Loudoun County Parkway!!

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This Wednesday at Legacy Park, includes lots of fun activities. Free food, entertainment activities, kids firework items (no real fireworks) and plenty of social events.

* Blood donation starts at 10 AM till 2 PM, near Chevy Chase Bank. Surprise gifts are expected for all donors.

* Movies may include special screening (not listed at their site).  For show times: 703-957-1035 / box office: 703-957-1027

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