Lively and Lovely Lansdowne

Lansdowne, a contemporary, planned community with a soft urban ambience, four square miles north of Route 7 and south of the Potomac River.  It’s one of a number of census-designated communities in Loudoun County sharing Leesburg as County Seat.  Lansdowne neighborhoods are central to parks, walking trails and town centers with abundant amenities.  Residents enjoy access to the best of all the surrounding area’s offerings: shopping antiques to boutiques to outlets, popular and unique restaurant choices from quick to cosmopolitan, exciting community traditions like Leesburg’s Fourth of July ParadeGarden Festival, and Ice Festival and Mega Block Ice Carving Competitionwineries and breweries, theaters, museums, art and galleries, nightlife and daytime recreation. Whether urban rhythm or suburban pulse, from the blue haze of mountains to the cacophony of native rushing rivers, from wine country to your glass, from farm to market to your table, there is something exciting in and around Lansdowne for everyone.

The Allure

Lansdowne is home to about 12,000 residents drawn to the community for many reasons, among them:

  • Variety of housing options all set amid attractive, well planned neighborhoods;
  • Highly rated schools like Riverside High School, and Belmont Middle School boasting a 14/1 student to teacher ratio and 95% graduation rate;
  • The luxury of a short ride, or even walk, to town centers loaded with grocery stores, restaurants, dry cleaners, and specialty shops.

Seventy one percent of Lansdowne residents own their own homes which are within commutable distance to seven colleges and universities including George Mason and Marymount. Lansdowne is 12-miles from Dulles International Airport, 2 miles from historic downtown Leesburg and 2.4 miles from Dulles Town Center.

Lansdowne Resort and Spa embellishes 476 acres along the Potomac River banks in Lansdowne central. The award winning Resort opened in 1991 offering guest rooms and suites, 4 restaurants and bars, vast meeting spaces, 45 holes of championship golf, water sports, tennis and a new east/west wellness practice and principles retreat at the resort’s Spa Minerale.  Lansdowne is also home to nationally recognized INOVA Loudoun Hospital, the Leesburg Outlets, historic sites like George C. Marshall’s Dodona Manor, Morven Park Mansion and Oatlands House and Gardens.  The new year will herald the arrival of two new local stops, Loudoun Gateway and Ashburn Stations, on DC Metro’s Silver Line, adding sleeker transport for commuters and for travel to Dulles Airport, to Washington, DC and across the metro area. local stations on DC Metro’s Silver Line, adding smooth transport to work, to Dulles Airport, to Washington, DCand more.  The new silver line will connect employers to greater employee pools and employees to shorter commutes. The transportation savings for riders and greater foot traffic for local businesses are among the many benefits of the coming Metro stations.

Neighborhoods of Note

Three residential homeowner associations serve the neighborhoods of Lansdowne.  Lansdowne On the Potomac is the largest, representing over 2,000 homes and adjoining with the Potomac Station community to the west along Riverside Parkway.  A community highlight is the 30,000 square foot Potomac Club complex which includes the silo from the historical site’s former plantation. The Potomac Club houses indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, ballroom and more.  Beautifully designed detached and single family homes at Lansdowne on the Potomac are artfully woven together with the boutique shops, daily conveniences, businesses, entertainment and chic restaurant selection at Lansdowne Town Center.lansdowne

The second neighborhood and homeowner association is Lansdowne Woods of Virginia, which consists of seven uniquely designed condominium communities, 1,057 homes including four high rise and three low rise buildings on over 91 acres.  Lansdowne Woods, set near the Potomac River, is a luxury, gated, community of active adults with a Robert Trent Jones designed 18-hole golf course, an art studio, woodworking studio, library and 50,000 square foot multi level clubhouse, gracefully cultivated landscaping and a well choreographed social community.

The third Lansdowne homeowner association, Lansdowne Village Green, represents over 500 homes surrounding and walkable to the Lansdowne Town Center between Riverside Parkway Village north, State Route 7 south, Belmont Ridge Road west and the Lansdowne Country Club Golf Course east.  The neighborhood’s Harper Clubhouse offers residents a gym, pool and rental facilities.

A Place in History

Algonquin Indians settled along the banks of the Potomac in 600 AD on the land that is now Lansdowne.  Centuries later and fifty years before the Revolutionary War, Englishman Thomas Lee traveled throughout the Virginia colony in his role as Tidewater Speculator for the British. He was granted over 11,000 acres by the British government.  One section, Coton, is now Lansdowne. There, Thomas Lee established Coton Manor and farm and later became acting governor of Virginia. The town of Leesburg honored his name by taking it! Lee’s illustrious family went on to include two signers of the Declaration of Independence, Civil War General Robert E. Lee, and numerous others of note. By 1860, the establishment of a railroad depot nearby gave the area’s dairy farms streamlined access to the big city via ice-cooled railway cars.  Until the building boom of the 1960’s, Lansdowne and the surrounding area overall remained thinly populated though dozens of these well established 100-acre dairy farms continued to thrive.

Five (and More) Bests

    1. SPORTS!  The Ion International Training Center is an awesome and icy place that draws international figure skating professionals, has a 5500 seat arena, two NHL sized rinks, a complete gym, hockey teams, figure skating lessons, curling competitions and an enormous window for watching all the icy fun while you relax with a glass of your favorite wine and a delicious meal prepared by their world class chef.  Of course, there’s also the golf course at Lansdowne Resort and Spacanoeing, fishing and kayaking on the Potomac, biking on the Potomac Heritage Trail and so much more.
    2. EXPLORING AND LEARNING!  Near Dulles Airport, just about 10 miles from Lansdowne is the companion center to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Udvar-Hazy Center.  Anyone with an interest in flying machines will be fascinated by the over 250 major air and spacecraft on display in the 760,000 square foot hangar facility.  There’s also the Heritage Farm Museum sharing Loudoun County’s agricultural heritage, the historic Morven Park with three museums, an equestrian center and athletic field complex, and the Thomas Balch Library owned and operated by Leesburg, with historical and genealogical information that will tell you all you want to know.  Also, don’t fail to plan a trip to Harper’s Ferry Adventure Center for just about any outdoor adventure you can dream up that includes rivers, camping, rope courses, ziplining in the trees, tubing, and canoeing!  You name it, they’re on it, and you will be too!
    3. EATING!  The first place that comes to mind in this category is The Restaurant at Pawtomack Farm.  Nothing else like it anywhere!  The first onsite farm to table restaurant in the country, so elegant and artfully exotic.  The list of excellent eating establishments in and around Lansdowne is long.  InsideLoudoun.com will entertain you and help sort through the copious selection.
    4. HANGING OUT!  A winery favorite for view, wine, ambience and events is Walsh Family Winery  “We chose this journey because of the potential we saw in our vineyard sites, the potential to create wines which pulse with the distinctiveness and elegance of the rocky hills of Loudoun County, Virginia.”  They’re doing it ,and that says it all!  Any community within Loudoun County, including Lansdowne of course, is fortunate to enjoy proximity to all that Virginia’s wine country provides.  As for breweries, the Wheatland Spring Farm + Brewery in nearby Waterford, Virginia is land beer at its best.  Growing and brewing on the land and in some of the renovated, still-standing buildings of a 200 year old farm, a young couple is living their dream brewing awesome beers.
    5. CHASING BEAUTY! Lansdowne and surrounding areas offer bountiful opportunities to chase beauty, whether you want to ride on it, hike it, picnic at it, photograph it, or stand mezmerized gazing at it.  Some suggestions:  Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional ParkBalls Bluff Battlefield Regional ParkOatlands Historic House and GardenElizabeth Mills Riverfront Park and, of course, the picturesque, historic and artsy downtown Leesburg. The leesburgva.gov website offers a Tree Walk  and Walking Tour App for your smartphone on their website.  Be assured, there is no shortage of beauty here!