June 1, 2018 at 1:59 pm EDT | by guest columnist
5 reasons a master plan neighborhood could be right for you
Embrey Mill, McKinley, gay news, Washington Blade

The McKinley is just one model of the new homes available at Embrey Mill in North Stafford, Va.

Neo-Traditional Communities or “Master-Planned” Communities are increasingly becoming the most popular choices for families. These neighborhoods typically provide recreational and entertainment amenities for residents, but what truly sets this option apart from others is the incredible sense of community fostered by close-proximity.

With the summer buying season upon us, we’ve rounded up the five top reasons why a Master Plan neighborhood may be an option to consider for your family:

Outdoor Space

If you’ve ever watched an episode of “House Hunters” on HGTV, you’ll know that finding outdoor space for Fido is always high on the wish list. The American Pet Association has reported that 44 percent of all households in the U.S. own a dog, which means that a large percentage of families certainly have their pooch in mind when buying a home.

New home neighborhoods tend to be specifically designed to provide a myriad of outdoor options from trails, to parks, to wide sidewalks and backyards. Some even have designated dog parks with ample room for man’s best friend to live his/her best life.

Universal Curb Appeal

A Master Plan community comes with just that – a master plan. When driving by these neighborhoods you will typically find manicured lawns and beautifully designed facades to create a cohesive community feel.

For buyers, these communities provide many design and home options to match your lifestyle. For example, a modern urban townhome might be a perfect fit or a more traditional looking single-family home is more your speed.

Top Schools

As important as it is to be close to work, the interstate, public transportation and your local grocery store, one of the top items on the priority list is also to be in a great school district.

One of the advantages to moving into a new home community in the Greater Washington, D.C. metro area is that your children can get a great education in a variety of counties in the DMV region.

Here is a quick roundup of the best rated public schools:

Loudon County – 2nd Best School in District in VA

Stafford County – 17th Best School in District in VA

Prince William County – 27th Best School in District in VA

Frederick County – 3rd Best School District in MD

Close to Everything, but Away from the Noise

Master plan communities are typically located away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, but are developed near everyday conveniences such as restaurants, stores, healthcare, and schools.

Depending on size and scale, some communities even have dining or shopping options on-site to make sure that their residents have options that they can easily walk to.

“The Home is Built-In”

It’s no surprise that Master Plan communities have all the amenities that a family typically needs – but one thing buyers might be surprised to find is that when you join one of these communities you really will find community spirit.

One great example of this is Embrey Mill, an 831-acre new home community in North Stafford, Va. Just recently the community celebrated the one-year anniversary of providing a deserving military family with a mortgage-free home from Newland Communities, Miller and Smith, and Operation Finally Home. The family is thriving with the continued support of their neighbors, which just goes to show the connections and relationships that can develop.

While house hunting this season, be sure to include a Master Plan community on your list to check out what all the buzz is about. Good luck in your search!

(Courtesy The Team at Embrey Mill by Newland Communities)


Embrey Mill is a new home community set in the rolling hills of historic North Stafford, Va. The 831-acre community is planned to have more than 1,800 homes, and combines 285 acres of meaningful open space and distinct, intimate neighborhoods to encourage community interaction. Embrey Mill is developed by Newland Communities, the largest private developer of planned residential and mixed-use communities in the United States. Learn more about Embrey Mill by visiting EmbreyMill.com.

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