Loudoun County, Virginia
Loudoun County, Virginia is a fast-growing, suburban and rural part of the Washington, DC metro area. Located about 25 miles north and west of DC, Loudoun provides a reasonable commute to our nation’s capital, a high quality of life and a booming local economy. Over the past 20 years, Loudoun has regularly ranked as one of the most affluent counties in the world and one of the fastest growing population centers in the nation. Despite the growth and a steady influx of new residents, Loudoun has preserved the charm and character of rural Virginia. Loudoun County schools consistently rank amongst the top in the nation. With a moderate climate and modern infrastructure, Loudoun County is truly a wonderful place to live. For more insight on living in Loudoun County, read this recent blog post, 10 Things Everyone Should Experience in Loudoun County at Least Once.
Loudoun County offers a wide variety of lifestyles. In the eastern part of the county, communities like Ashburn and Sterling are modern suburbs designed to offer easy access to every modern convenience. Here you will find new construction, golf communities, gated communities, luxury town homes, abundant shopping and retail centers. Loudoun becomes increasingly rural as you move west toward Leesburg and beyond to the West Virginia state line. In western Loudoun, you will find charming, historic small towns like Waterford and Lincoln. Western Loudoun offers, 3, 5, 10, 20 and 100+ acre estates with abundant open space.
Below I’ve listed some of Loudoun’s most popular communities alphabetically. But that’s not the way to explore and understand Loudoun County. Call me, let’s discuss your requirements and ideal lifestyle. I’ll help you to identify the neighborhood or area that is perfect for you and your family.
Something for everyone, the communities of Ashburn offer everything from condos to town homes to single family homes. This growing area has all the amenities in several shopping centers with restaurants, grocery stores, specialty shops and more. The entire area is connected by paved walking paths or you can get your exercise at the sports center or ice rink.
The village of Bluemont is situated at the base of Snickersville Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It rests on the border between Loudoun County and Clarke County. Bluemont offers some of the largest and most rural properties in the county, 20 acre horse farms, private wooded retreats and mountain homes accessed by of one of the most scenic drives in the area. Historic Bear’s Den lodge, located in Bluemont just before the Clarke County line, is a local gateway to access the Appalachian Trail.
Hamilton, originally known as Harmony, grew during the late 1800s when the W&OD railroad from Alexandria to Winchester brought people out from the city that were looking for the fresh country air. The W&OD is now an historic trail open to walkers and bicycles and the Western sections of the Trail have bluestone trails for horses as well. The W&OD is easily accessible from several points in Hamilton. This main street town has an eclectic mix of historic and new homes. With its own Post office, elementary and middle school, Hamilton is well located between Purcellville to the West and Leesburg to the East.
This one street village in the Northern Neck of Loudoun County is known for its enchanting historic homes. Hillsboro has several antique shops, a coffee shop, and several vineyards.
The historic town of Leesburg, located about 40 miles from Washington, DC, is at the heart of Loudoun County and serves as the county seat. Leesburg has established itself as an active community appealing to all with its antique stores, boutique and specialty shops, historic homes and landmarks, annual flower show, premium outlets, coffee shops, renowned locally owned restaurants, a great central location and so much more.
Lincoln, a lovely, historic village, sits just outside of the Town of Purcellville. This picturesque area is filled with open spaces and farms.
The welcome sign for Lovettsville proclaims it as the “German Settlement”. This charming town sits along the Potomac River on the border between Virginia and Maryland. This great location affords its residents the luxury of an alternate route into Washington D.C. by using Maryland’s MARC Train system at Brunswick. Currently, Lovettsville is undergoing some big changes as it builds a central town center for the residents who will enjoy country living with more town amenities. Lovettsville has something for everyone from sprawling farms to planned sidewalk communities.
This unincorporated, historic Leesburg hamlet is situated along Route 15 North. It has a great location just 7 miles north of Leesburg and 20 miles South of Frederick, MD. Lucketts is known for its annual fair at the community center and several iconic antique shops.
The town of Middleburg was established in 1787 and was named because of its midway point between Alexandria and Winchester. The town has several Inns and Taverns as well as many specialty shops and restaurants. At the turn of the century, it became known as the “Nation’s Horse and Hunt Capital.” Middleburg was a favorite hunting spot for Jackie Kennedy, due to the foxhunting and steeplechases that to this day bring visitors from across the nation.
This small hamlet sits tucked away in the nook between Rte 7 and Rte 9. Easy to miss, but should not be overlooked, Paeonian Springs offers new and historic homes within walking distance to the post office and W&OD trail that bisects the hamlet.
Located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Purcellville is becoming one of the fastest growing communities in Loudoun County. Purcellville was the last stop on the W&OD Railroad spanning 45 miles from Arlington that is now a recreational trail. Maintaining a small town charm, historic Purcellville has been restored and has many wonderful shops and a local farmers market.
The town of Round Hill sits at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was named for the high hill that was used by both Confederate and Union Troops during the Civil War as a signal post. Round hill is home to the Stoneleigh Golf Course community. The small town of Round Hill has a main street and village feel with historic homes as well as several newer home communities within walking distance of the elementary school.
A close community set in between the towns of Lovettsville, Lucketts, and Waterford. This diverse area has artists in homes with the bare essentials to million dollar estates. With the close proximity to Lovettsville, residents can easily commute to Washington D.C. on Maryland’s MARC train system.
Well into the 20th century most Americans lived and worked on farms or in small towns much like this one. Few of those places remain much as they were. Waterford, miraculously, is one that has retained its historical charm as a village founded in the early 1700s by Amos Janney, a Quaker from Pennsylvania. This quaint village is tucked away just miles northwest of Leesburg. Waterford is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on National Register of Historic Places.
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