The Exeter neighborhood is named after the Exeter Plantation that was built in 1796. The neighborhood resides on the historic land of both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, because of its proximity to the Potomac River and VA-MD border. This land was crucial for the Union’s entry into Virginia, and was near to the site of the historic Battle of Balls Bluff. The Exeter Plantation House, which unfortunately no longer stands, also happens to be where George Washington’s great-nephew was married.
Today, Exeter is a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood sandwiched between farmland and historic downtown Leesburg. Unlike the newer neighborhoods of Leesburg, most of the streets in Exeter are shaded by beautiful trees, standing strong for nearly 30 years. The main street that subdivides the neighborhood is Battlefield Parkway, lined with pear trees and now conveniently connecting Route 7 and Route 15. Only 15-20 minutes away from the MARC train station in Point of Rocks, MD, as well as Route 28 and the Dulles Greenway, Exeter is ideal for commuters. In addition, Exeter is also within walking distance of all of the schools it feeds, with crosswalks and safety measures provided.
For more information about the great history of Leesburg: http://www.leesburgva.gov/visitors/history-of-leesburg
There are two types of homes in the Exeter neighborhood: 399 single family homes and 430 townhouses. The neighborhood is comprised of Richmond American homes and Pulte homes. Both the single family homes and townhouses were built in the 1990’s, but most homes have been internally renovated since their construction, including updated bathrooms and kitchens. Some have also been externally renovated, including new windows, roofing and siding, and the addition of fences. Furthermore, both home types have 2-4 bedrooms and 2-4 bathrooms. Most single-family homes provide 2-car garages and finished basements, and an average of 6000 sq. ft. lots. Interiorly, the single family homes have tall 2-story foyers, double hung windows, and often include at least one bay window, letting in a lot of natural lighting. You can find a variety of hardwood, tile and carpeted floors, though many have updated beautiful hardwood floor kitchen and tile bathrooms. Many of the single-family homes also have a deck or patio built on the rear of the home, for a relaxed outdoor lounging space.
Ammenities and Community
The neighborhood has one central community area on Battlefield and Plaza, where the pool and clubhouse are located. The Exeter Clubhouse is the only remaining building from the original 18th century plantation and is available for rent for special events. There are tennis courts, basketball courts, multiple playgrounds and a small Exeter Shopping Center where a 7/11 convenience store, dry-cleaning, great pizza and other useful businesses are located. The neighborhood is also within close proximity to Ida Lee Park and Recreation Center, where special events and health/sport amenities can be found. This facility includes a banquet hall for indoor events, like the annual Craft Fair, racquetball & basketball courts, a fitness center, a tennis center, and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The Rust Library sits next-door and hosts many shows, lectures and activities for both children and adults. The open field on the property is where many festivals and events are held, including multiple races, car shows, the beginning of every Leesburg parade, and the annual 4th of July fireworks show, often visible from the backyard and decks of Exeter homes. In addition, the Exeter neighborhood has close access to the Balls Bluff Regional Park, where hiking and fishing is available on the Potomac river; Robinson Park, which has a baseball field and picnic tables; and Morven Park, 1000 acres of historic Leesburg land that is home to a local equestrian center and hosts family, school, nature, equestrian and athletic events/programs. For golf lovers, there are two nearby golf courses—Westpark Golf Club and Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club, as well as a Top Golf only a few minutes outside of Leesburg, in Ashburn.
Leesburg and Market Data
Downtown Leesburg provides a rich environment to blend the old with the new. There is something for everyone to do in this quaint and energetic town. Between a refurbished shoe shop (now Leesburg’s quirky Shoes Cup and Cork coffee shop), and the art deco Tally Ho Theater (built in 1932 and now used as a small venue), is the elegant restaurant Lightfoot, that resides in what was previously the town bank. Other must-sees include the new King Street Oyster Bar, as well as the cozy King Street Coffee, fresh & delectable Momma’s Apple Pie and perfect date stop, the Wine Kitchen. Weekly Acoustic on the Green performances are provided by the township in the summer, showcasing local artists and other great talents. On the First Friday of every month, art and culture come alive downtown, where you can enjoy local art exhibitions (including the pottery gallery of former Redskins tight end, Chris Cooley), antique explorations, wine tastings and live music across the whole town. You can find more information about these exciting and fun First Friday events at their website: http://www.leesburgfirstfriday.com/
The greater part of Leesburg offers a whole host of activities –great deals at Leesburg Corner Premium Outlet Mall as well as luxurious fun and games at the Village at Leesburg, where you can find the Cobb Theater, King Pinz Bowling, Glow Golf and Smokehouse Live. In addition, there are many new breweries and wineries in and around Leesburg, including Leesburg Brewing Co., Black Walnut Brewery and MacDowell Brew Kitchen. Spanky’s Shenanigans is a local pub that hosts weekly trivia nights and has warm, delicious pub food, and right across the street is the Best Burger in Virginia award-winning MELT gourmet burger restaurant!
Community Reports and School Information
The Exeter neighborhood is supported by two elementary schools, Leesburg Elementary School and Frances Hazel Reid Elementary School, which are zoned according to the residential proximity. Smart’s Mill Middle School and Tuscarora High School are located across the street from each other and are within easy walking distance the neighborhood.
In addition, Exeter has its own children’s swim team, The Eagles, that meets at the Exeter pool and competes with other neighborhoods in Leesburg.
The charts below show the current and past 12 months of market conditions for Exeter in Leesburg. The first chart is the total number of settled sales in each month. The second chart is the median sales price in the neighborhood. Finally the third chart shows the average list to sales price ratio. This number is shown as a percentage. For example, if a home was listed for $100,000 and sold for $90,000, then the list to sales price ratio would be 90%
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