Stanley Martin’s Commitment to Charlottesville is Evident…EVERYWHERE!

Our story begins roughly 18 months ago. Stanley Martin Homes merged with Piedmont Realty and Construction with a shared vision and commitment to the Charlottesville area. Today, that commitment couldn’t be more evident. It seems everywhere you go, Stanley Martin’s team is there with a smile. By committing to area showcasing events, Move-In-Ready homes, decorated model homes, and unmatched locations, it’s no wonder we’ve become Charlottesville’s Trusted Local Builder…we listen!

In two short weeks, from October 4th – 12th, the Blue Ridge Homebuilders Association hosts its annual Parade of Homes. Stanley Martin wouldn’t miss it and this year we are proud to showcase 8 different homes in 8 communities. You will enjoy Move-In-Ready homes in Spring Creek, Willow Glen, and Foothill Crossing as well as Decorated Model Homes in Avinity, Stonewater, Old Trail, Glenmore, and, our newest community, Whittington! Whether you are looking at decorating ideas, the freshest design trends or are in the market for a new home, you won’t want to miss this year’s event. It is sure to please! Be sure to visit each of our entries for a chance to win a 48” Smart TV.

Click here to learn more about the Parade of Homes in Charlottesville.

Parade of Homes Map

Parade of Homes Map

In addition to the Parade of Homes, we have made long term investments in some of the most desired areas to feature our newest communities and home plans. In Crozet, just minutes from Old Trail, you will find Foothill Crossing. While you absorb the mountain views touring our Move-In-Ready home, you will see that activity is well under way for our new lots and, soon to open, new model home, The Carey. The Carey is one of our most popular and versatile plans and comes ready for your personal touch through your customization.

Nestled in the Rio Road corridor, minutes from Downtown, Stonefield, and NGIC, you will find Stonewater which is the location of our fully decorated Westchester model home. Stonewater meets the needs of those looking to be close to everything through a variety of single family homes and newly released garage townhomes.

Click here to find out more about Stonewater.

The Westchester Kitchen

The Westchester Kitchen

Last and certainly not least, one of our proudest projects is the opening of Whittington, located just minutes south of Downtown Charlottesville, UVA Medical Center, Martha Jefferson Hospital and the highly anticipated 5th Street Station. As you drive down Old Lynchburg Road and pass Mosby Mountain you are surrounded by the trees, swallowed up by the mountains, and then you see the stately horse fence and trail. Then it hits you – “You have arrived!” Whittington is complete with 96 one acre wooded home sites with mountain views abound! There is no detail overlooked. Our public debut of our fully decorated Colton Model will be during the Parade of Homes Saturday October 4th.

Click here to get more information on Whittington.

**Prices, features, and incentives are subject to change without notice. *In order to win the smart TV, you must tour the model home and register with the Neighborhood Sales Manager. See Sales Manager for details.

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A Hidden Jewel in North Raleigh

Ansley, a quaint, wooded enclave of 35 single family home sites, is conveniently located in the “heartbeat” of North Raleigh. This community will have stylish craftsman inspired homes featuring a variety of designs in sizes ranging from 2,123 to over 4,000 square feet. Ansley offers 5 new floor plans to choose from, including 2 very desirable ranch homes for those who prefer one-level living. This community, simply put, is a unique combination of easy, yet gracious, living combined with the elegance we all strive for in a tranquil yet superbly convenient location.

Nestled just off Falls of Neuse Road, Ansley is within walking distance of the Raleigh Racquet and Swim Club and just a stone’s throw from WINSTON’S, The Fresh Market, and other North Raleigh favorites! It’s just three miles from North Hills/Midtown – one of Raleigh’s most vibrant areas for shopping, dining and entertainment. North Hills offers outdoor entertainment from spring into fall including concerts for beach music and Bluegrass fans, as well as Friday night “Tributes” and even “Kid Days” which offer learning, exercise and social fun for the whole family!

Click here to Visit the North Hills Website.

Living in Ansley offers unmatched combination of new home living within only a 15-minute drive to Downtown Raleigh. The other major commuting routes of I-540 and the I-440 Beltline make all points of the Triangle easily accessible.

Join us for the Grand Opening this Saturday, September 13th from 10am-3pm and be entered to win a $1,000 gift card to Arhaus.

For additional information on Ansley click here to visit our website.

**Prices, features, and incentives are subject to change without notice. *Arhaus is register trademark of Arhaus. This content is not provided or commissioned by Arhaus. In order to win the gift card, you must tour the model home and register with the neighborhood sales manager. See the sales manager for details.

The Lawrence Kitchen

The Lawrence Kitchen

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The Lawrence Dining Room

The Lawrence Dining Room

The Lawrence Foyer/Living Room

The Lawrence Foyer/Living Room

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A New and Unique Community in Chapel Hill

Winmore offers a quality of life unique to Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The village-style neighborhood features a pedestrian oriented design, interconnected streets, public green spaces, and unsurpassed amenities including a neighborhood pool, playground, orchard, and over 2 miles of walking trails. Winmore residents enjoy a commercial center boasting a salon, studio and wellness center as well as a preschool within the neighborhood.

Winmore is a GREEN neighborhood nestled in the woods, off Homestead Road. Over 30 acres of protected open space is part of its appeal and Winmore is within the walk zone of Chapel Hill High School and neighboring Smith and Sewell Elementary which boasts its own preschool, Legacy Academy. The UNC bus system also stops at Winmore – put your bike on the bus, go to work at UNC, the hospital or downtown and then ride your bike home!

A new and exciting addition to Winmore is The Charles House Association. The Charles House Association provides daytime Eldercare in a loving and nurturing environment. The addition of The Charles House Association home in Winmore is their 3rd home in Orange County.

Click here to learn about The Charles House Association.

Join us this weekend for the Grand Opening of Winmore. Visit our new decorated model home from 10am-3pm this Saturday, September 6th and be entered to win a $1,000 gift card to West Elm at The Streets of Southpoint!

Click here to learn more about this community!

The Ashland Exterior

The Ashland Exterior

The Ashland Kitchen

The Ashland Kitchen

The Ashland Living Room

The Ashland Living Room

The Ashland Foyer

The Ashland Foyer

The Ashland Family Room

The Ashland Family Room

The Ashland Master Suite

The Ashland Master Suite

The Ashland Master Bath

The Ashland Master Bath

*Prices, features, and incentives are subject to change without notice. *West Elm is register trademark of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. This content is not provided or commissioned by West Elm. In order to win the gift card, you must tour the model home and register with the neighborhood sales manager. See the sales manager for details.

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Photo Tour of the Newly Decorated Model at Huntleigh at Creighton Farms

We are excited to show off the newly decorated Winslow model at Huntleigh at Creighton Farms in Loudoun County! The Winslow ranges from rom 4722-8207 finished square feet. This gorgeous community in Aldie, Virginia features loads of amenities, including a world-class golf course, as well as 3+ acre lots. Come by to tour the new model and learn more about all that Huntleigh at Creighton Farms has to offer.

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Stanley Martin’s Standout Kitchens

Is your kitchen leaving something to be desired when it comes to cooking or entertaining? Stanley Martin Homes‘ kitchens are perfect for creating any recipe with smart floor plans and premium standard features.

The Colton at Waterford Estates

The Colton at Waterford Estates

Stanley Martin is proud to build Green Living homes that are leading the industry in energy efficiency. Many of our kitchens include Energy Star appliances that will help to reduce energy bills and environmental impact.

Our kitchens are stylish as well as sensible. One of Stanley Martin’s trademarks is the oversized islands that are offered in all of our models. All of our islands have at least a 12-inch overhang for ample seating and comfortable dining. Our large islands also offer plenty of space for preparing large meals when entertaining. Many of our islands have extra storage under the overhang to store seasonal items that you don’t use every day -most other builders leave this area as unusable dead space.

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The Carey at Summit Oaks

To enhance your kitchen in a unique way, we offer the option to choose contrasting cabinet colors for island and perimeter cabinets.

The Winslow at Huntleigh at Creighton Farms

The Winslow at Huntleigh at Creighton Farms

We offer smart storage options throughout our kitchens like built in trashcans and pullout pot and pan trays. Customers can learn more about these helpful options and ideas, as well as many more, at the Design Studio.

 

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Summer Recipes

Fish Tacos With Summer Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 pound halibut or other meaty white fish fillets
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 11 ounce can whole tomatillos, drained
  • 4 small zucchinipeeled, seeded and cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves and stems
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, plus more to taste
  • 8 6 inches corn tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Hass avocado, peeled and thinly sliced

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Place the fish in a medium bowl and drizzle with half of the lime juice. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Using your hands, squeeze the juice and flesh from the tomatillos, 1 at a time, into a medium bowl; discard the skins. Mash the tomatillos with a fork. Add the zucchini, the remaining lime juice, the cilantro and 2 teaspoons of the salt and toss.
  • Spread the tortillas on 2 baking sheets and warm in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, cayenne pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Remove the fish from the lime juice, pat dry and cover with the spice rub. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook the fish, about 4 minutes on each side. Break the fish into bite-size pieces and season to taste with salt. Arrange the fish in the tortillas with some of the salsa and avocado slices.

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Grilled Shrimp with Bacon and Lemons

Ingredients

  • 16 large shrimp (about 1 1/2 pounds), shells split but not removed, deveined
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon (about 6 ounces)

Directions

  • Toss shrimp in a large nonreactive baking dish with zest and juice of 1 lemon, the Old Bay seasoning, and oil. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Heat grill to medium-high. Slice remaining lemon into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Grill lemon slices, shrimp, and bacon directly on grates until lemon slices are caramelized (2 to 3 minutes per side), shrimp are cooked through (about 3 minutes per side), and bacon is lightly charred and crisp (4 to 5 minutes per side). Transfer lemons and shrimp to a bowl, and the bacon to a plate. Let cool slightly.
  • Tear bacon into 2-inch pieces, and add to bowl with lemons and shrimp. Toss until well combined.

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Strawberry Chantilly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  • Mix flour, sugar and butter until crumbly. Stir in chopped walnuts.
  • Press two-thirds of the mixture in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish; the remaining crumble will be used for the topping. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Cool crust completely.
  • In large deep bowl, stir together egg whites, sugar (see Cook’s Note), strawberries, and lemon juice. Whip with electric mixer at high speed for 10 minutes.
  • In another mixing bowl, whip whipping cream until stiff and fold into strawberry mixture. Spread over cooled crust. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Freeze for 6 hours or overnight before serving.

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Tom’s Mellow Melon Margarita

 Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 ounces Patron Silver tequila
  • 1 ounces fresh lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 ounces orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 5 watermelon cubes
  • 1 small watermelon wedge

Directions

  • Muddle the watermelon cubes in the bottom of a shaker glass.
  • Add ice, Patron, lime juice, orange juice and agave syrup.
  • Give it a good shake for approximately 10 seconds. Strain and pour into large rocks glass.
  • Garnish with a watermelon wedge.

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Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve is Now Selling Offsite

The Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve is now selling offsite from our Reservoir Ridge community in Loudoun County. This beautiful community is a rare find in Northern Virginia, with the combination of a convenient location and gorgeous scenic surroundings that will never be developed.

Surrounded by a permanent conservation area on three sides, residents will enjoy both privacy and beautiful views. With an impressive open space commitment of more than 380 acres, Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve offers a unique and thoughtful solution to progressive land use management and finding the balance between human population growth and the preservation of natural habitats. Residents will find a variety of natural amenities- over five miles of natural surface walking and hiking trails, observation areas, wildflower meadows, and more.

Residents won’t have to compromise between this peaceful setting and convenience. Located just 30 miles west of Washington, DC in northwestern Prince William County, the Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve is just south of Interstate 66 and less than one mile from the historic town of Haymarket, Virginia.

The community will be comprised of 132 homes and offer six house types for buyers to choose from. The these home designs are divided into two series – The Heritage Collection, with base square footage ranging from 2,638-3,356, and the Executive Collection (for future release) with base square footage ranging from 3,281-4,066.

 

 

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Callaway Opens for Sale Off-Site This Weekend!

Callaway is a new community of single-family homes in Fairfax County. With its convenient Annandale location and traditional community feel, this community is sure to be a hit when it opens for sale.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a resident of this amazing community. Starting this weekend we will be selling off-site from our Summit Oaks community in Lorton. We are especially excited about this community because we will be debuting three brand new floor plans in Callaway: the Newgate, Thurston, and Westover.

The Newgate

Enter this amazing home into the main foyer to find the library on your left and the garage on the right. Keep walking towards the back of the home and you will pass the dining room on your left and the powder room on your right. In the back of the home is the kitchen, which includes an island counter top and the family room. You have the option of adding a deck off of the kitchen.

On the upper level is the master suite, which includes the master bedroom, sitting room, master bath and two walk-in closets.  You will find three additional bedrooms, the hall bathroom, and the laundry room. You have the option of adding another bathroom on this level. In addition, you have the option of adding a den, recreation room, media room, full bathroom, and a wet bar on the lower level.

The Thurston

Enter this luxurious home into the main foyer with the library to the left and the garage to your right. Continue walking towards the back of the house and you will pass the mudroom, hall closet, and powder room on your right as you enter in the dining room. The kitchen is in the rear left of the house and the family room is adjacent to it. Take advantage of our options and add a deck off of the kitchen and a fireplace in the family room.

The upper level has a master suite, which includes the master bedroom, sitting room, master bathroom and two walk-in closets.  Additionally there are three more bedrooms, a hall bathroom and the laundry room. You have the option of putting a third bathroom on this level.

On the lower level you can take advantage of the space and add a den, recreation room, media room, wet bar and full bathroom.

The Westover

Walk into this beautiful home into the main foyer to find the library to you left and garage to your right. As you walk further into the home you will pass the hall closet and powder room on your left and the dining room on your right. You will find your way into the family room with the kitchen to your right. You can add a deck off of the kitchen and a fireplace in the family room.

Upstairs is a master suite, which includes a master bedroom, bathroom, and an expansive walk-in closet.  There are three additional bedrooms on this level, each with their own walk-in closet. The laundry room and hall bathroom are also on the upper level.

You can upgrade the lower level to have a recreation room, den, media room, wet bar and full bathroom.

 

For more information on Callaway, contact Rhonda Shapiro at 571-266-9172.

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Create the Master Suite of Your Dreams

The master suite should be your own personal getaway – a place to relax and unwind. Most importantly, this space should reflect your own personal style. Here are five tips with pictures from our own Stanley Martin model homes to help you create the perfect bedroom or give yours a quick update. Happy decorating!

1. A chandelier is a great way to upgrade lighting and add romance to any space. Don’t forget to add task lighting, like a lamp on your bedside table, in addition to overhead lighting for convenience.

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2. Incorporating seating into your bedroom makes it all the more inviting. It is also a great way to create two separate spaces in your room.

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3. To add architectural interest to your master suite, consider a tray ceiling. You can follow the shape of your room or choose a different shape, like in this room.

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4. Instead of making your bedding the focal point, try opting for neutral bedding and colorful headboard instead. This is a fun and unexpected way to spice up your space.

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5. A well-placed mirror is a great way to make any space feel larger than it actually is.

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Home Maintenance Tips for the Spring

It is officially spring! Even though some cold winter weather may still be making an appearance, homeowners are anxiously awaiting bright sunshine and warmer days. Although the change of seasons is sure to be welcomed, spring may shed some light on routine maintenance needs for your home. Stanley Martin Homes recognizes that buying a home is a big decision and a big investment, so our warranty team has created a list of seasonal maintenance tips to help keep your home looking as beautiful as the day you bought it. Here are some tips for spring:

• Seed and fertilize lawn
• Inspect air conditioning system and replace filter
• Check all health and security alarms, and replace batteries
• Clean windows, screens, and hardware
• Check screens first and repair or replace if needed
• Steam clean carpets
• Examine foundations for cracks or moisture
• Check exterior caulking
• Test sump pump for proper operation
• Inspect all gutters and clean out any debris
• Change furnace filter monthly
• Apply wood conditioner to cabinets
• Oil garage door rollers

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