A Sneak Peek at Life in Willowsford

How you ever imagined life on an agrihood? An agrihood is a mixed-used development that intertwines a working farm with a residential neighborhood. Willowsford, one of our communities in Aldie, Virginia, offers residents a premier agrihood experience, pairing luxury living and amenities with a farm-to-table, back-to-nature lifestyle.

The Community Associations Institute just released “Bet the Farm,” an article that takes an in-depth look at why people choose agrihoods, and in particular, what makes Willowsford unique.


The article profiles a transplant family from Florida and why they chose to settle down in Willowsford:

Valerie Simon rushed to tell her husband Esan about a community in the Washington, D.C., area she found online. It was a new, sprawling, 4,000-acre development with 40 miles of trails through dense woodlands, a 7-acre lake, brooks, community centers, a gym, and, in the middle of it all, a working farm. She knew then that’s where they would move with their three young children, ages 8, 6, and 4. The 300-acre farm really grabbed her attention.

“We were looking at Maryland and Northern Virginia, just all over,” recalls Esan Simon, a physician who was relocating his family from Florida for a public health service position. “When we found this online, my wife was done. She was sold. We eat organic foods, and there’s an organic farm stand right there.”

“My wife goes to the farm stand every week, and we haven’t gotten to a grocery store since I don’t know when. That’s just amazing,” says [Esan] Simon, 45. “Seriously, the tomatoes are like butter, and the spinach, I haven’t tasted anything like it. We know where our food is coming from.”

“But there’s more to it, Simon adds, noting the uniqueness of the homes and the amenities. “The kids love to play outside. There’s the playground, the zip lines, the sledding hill, and a pool. It’s amazing—like a resort,” he says. “People play outside and talk to you and don’t go and stick their head down when you walk by.”

Interested in reading the full article? Get a copy here.

For details on Willowsford, contact Julie Schall, your New Home Specialist, or visit dreeshomes.com for more information about our new home communities located throughout the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland area.

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