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Why Your Next Move Should be to Leesburg

Whether you’re an empty nester looking for a more walkable lifestyle or a family in search of excellent schools and a sense of community, the growing town of Leesburg offers everything you’re looking for and then some! Just do a quick Google search of best places to live and you’ll find that Leesburg has been highly ranked on prominent national lists including Money Magazine and Niche.

Leesburg offers something for everyone – a wide range of home options, a quaint historic downtown, great schools, an unrivalled dining scene, convenient shopping, proximity to Dulles Airport and the expanding Metro rail system, just to name a few. No matter where you are in your quest to find the perfect place to call home, this blog will break down all the reasons you should move our beloved town of Leesburg to the top of your list. We’ll take a look at some of the most popular neighborhoods, top schools, and delve into the countless things to do both in town and around Loudoun County.

Let’s start with the schools. For this blog, we’re going to focus mainly on high schools. Residents of Leesburg are lucky to be a part of the nationally recognized Loudoun County school system. There are currently five public high schools located in the town limits: Heritage, Tuscarora, Loudoun County, and Riverside, along with the Academies of Loudoun. All five of Leesburg’s public high schools are noted among the best in the state of Virginia.

Top-Ranked High Schools

Loudoun County High School is a landmark of local history as the oldest high school in Loudoun County. Opening its doors in 1954, LCHS now serves close to 1,500 students from the neighborhoods of Woodlea Manor, Leesburg Country Club, Red Cedar, Shenstone, Evergreen Meadows, Meadowbrook Farm and Greenway Farms. LCHS is home to one of the County’s first NJROTC programs and has a history of excellence when it comes to its athletic programs. The Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Team has captured eight straight State championships. LCHS also has a strong focus on academics, with average SAT scores of 1154 (*as of 2018) and an on-time graduation rate of 96.8 percent.

Nearby Heritage High School opened its doors to its more than 1,400 students in 2002. Students who attend Heritage come from the Potomac Station, Tavistock Farms, River Creek
and Village of Leesburg neighborhoods. The school mascot is the Pride, an appropriate name for a school that boasts award-winning soccer, lacrosse, basketball teams along with a nationally recognized marching band. The school pride extends to its academic success with average SAT scores of 1189 and an on-time graduation rate of 94.1 percent.

Closer to downtown Leesburg, Tuscarora High School opened in 2010. Located across the street from Smart’s Mill Middle School on Route 15, the school serves approximately 1,520 students from Lucketts and the Leesburg neighborhoods of Potomac Crossing, Raspberry Falls and Beacon Hill. Home of the Huskies, Tuscarora is ranked #1 for academics out of 18 Loudoun County Schools. 64 percent of the student body takes advantage of the school’s AP and Northern Virginia Community College Dual Enrollment programs. Like the other Leesburg high schools, Tuscarora is proud of its outstanding extracurricular activities and sports teams.

Riverside High School is one of the newer schools in Loudoun County, opening to accommodate its 1,800+ students in 2015. Students come from Leesburg’s Lansdowne community along with Ashburn’s Belmont Country Club, One Loudoun, and Ashbrook Commons neighborhoods. Riverside sports teams have won 7 State and 14 Regional titles across several teams including: Boys’ and Girls’ lacrosse, Boys’ soccer, Boys’ and Girls’ tennis, and Varsity Cheer, among others. With an outstanding reputation for its AP courses and high testing scores, 97.8 percent of Riverside’s students achieve on-time graduation.

Following the model of the nationally acclaimed Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the Academies of Loudoun brings world-class STEM education directly to Leesburg. Originally known as the Academy of Science, Academies of Loudoun opened its college-like campus at 42075 Loudoun Academy Drive last year.

After acceptance through a highly competitive admissions program, Academies of Loudoun students can choose one of three courses of study. The Academy of Science (AOS) is an advanced academic program that strives to provide students the opportunity to deeply engage in mathematics, science, and research and to promote creativity and innovation through problem solving and collaboration. The Academy of Engineering & Technology (AET) program strives to provide academic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) pathways for students to engage in the study of engineering, information technology, and entrepreneurship.  Students in the AET program will develop their creative and enterprising capacities, engage in engineering and research projects, and have the opportunity to pursue a well-rounded high school experience. The Monroe Advanced Technical Academy (MATA) is a Virginia Governor’s Career & Technical STEM Academy.  The MATA program strives to provide significant and relevant learning in Career & Technical Education (CTE) which allows students to explore and innovate while preparing for 21st century college and careers.

All students who attend the Academies of Loudoun go to the campus every other school day where they take courses in math, science, and research. On alternating days, Academy students attend their home school, where they take courses in English, Social Studies, and other electives. Academies of Loudoun offers state of the art technologies and other tools to support their unique mission in addition to personalized college and career counseling programs.

So, as you can see, all of Leesburg’s high schools make the grade when it comes to diverse student body, academic achievement, and variety of sports and other after-school activities.

Top Neighborhoods

Let’s get to another reason you’ll love living in Leesburg. The incredible variety of neighborhoods. There are too many to name in one sitting but today we’ll focus on some of my top personal picks.

In the 20175-zip code, you’ll find a unique mix of both established and newer communities.

The first one I’ll touch on is the one my family has called home for over 25 years, Woodlea Manor. Entering the neighborhood along the tree-lined drive, you’ll know that Woodlea is something special the first time you visit. This close-knit community features beautiful single-family homes with plenty of room for growing families. From the pool to neighborhood block parties, you’ll find lifelong friends and a true sense of community here. The neighborhood is in the ideal location – only a 5-minute drive to downtown Leesburg and convenient to most shopping and other services.

Right next door to Woodlea headed towards downtown is another established neighborhood, Greenway Farms. Another top family-friendly pick, Greenway Farms has a mix of single-family homes and townhomes ranging anywhere from 2-4 bedrooms. Like Woodlea, the neighborhood has a large pool across the street from the community park.

Country Club is another hidden gem, consisting of a mix of colonial and ranch style homes. One of the older neighborhoods in Leesburg, many of the homes have been redone and feature large green yards, some backing to the old golf course.

Right across from Country Club on Route 15 you’ll find one of the newest developments in town, Meadowbrook Farm. This community broke ground in 2017 and the single-family homes are selling at rapid speed. This spot is out of the way of Leesburg’s main traffic, but still close enough to the center of town to get anywhere with ease. Along with a variety of floor plans, the neighborhood will also offer sought-after amenities including a pool, tennis courts, tot lots and firepits.

Down the street from Meadowbrook Farm is another newer neighborhood with close access to downtown and shopping, Evergreen Meadows. Built in the early 2000s, most of the southern colonial homes in this neighborhood are typically between 2,100 and 4,200 square feet. The neighborhood is great for families due to its proximity to Evergreen Mill Elementary and Simpson Middle School.

For empty nesters or young professionals looking for an updated townhouse in the 20175 area, look no further than Oaklawn. Conveniently located near the Village of Leesburg, Phillip Bolen Park and the new Compass Creek Shopping Center, Oaklawn townhomes run around 3,000 square feet and typically have three bedrooms accompanied by 2.5 to 3.5 bathrooms and a finished basement. These three-level homes come complete with a remote-controlled two-car garage, as well as a driveway and room for street parking.

Tucked behind Oaklawn is the community of Stratford. This neighborhood is unique in that it offers a mix of condos, patio homes, townhouses and single-family homes – offering something for every budget. The condos have a separate HOA than the other homes in neighborhood and owners there have access to a pool, fitness center, and lounge. The amenities for the rest of Stratford’s homeowners includes a clubhouse, pool, walking trails and playgrounds.

Kincaid Forest features a great mix of townhomes and single-family homes. In a prime spot near the Village of Leesburg, Battlefield Boulevard shopping, and the Dulles Greenway, this popular neighborhood is near the WO&D path for walking and biking outings and is surrounded by mature trees and greenery. Like many other communities in Leesburg, Kinkaid Forest features a swimming pool and pool house, tennis courts, two community playgrounds, walking paths, and extensive, landscaped common areas.

Built around the historic Tavistock Farm, the aptly named Tavistock Farms neighborhood also features a mix of single-family and townhomes. Located near Cool Spring Elementary School, the neighborhood is known for its friendly and close-knit vibe. The community features the Farmhouse (built in the 1800s), available for rental use by residents, a swimming pool, two sets of tennis courts, playground, walking paths, and extensive common areas. Behind the farmhouse and pool is a lake stocked for catch-and-release fishing.

The other in-demand zip code of Leesburg is 20176. The neighborhoods in this zip code enjoy easy access to downtown, Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, and other popular town landmarks including Ida Lee Recreation Center, Rust Library, and Morven Park.

We’ll start our venture into 20176 with a look at Potomac Station. This centrally located neighborhood is near Balls Bluff Regional Park, Target Shopping Center, Lansdowne Town Center and Villages of Leesburg. Potomac Station is made up of more than 800 single-family homes as well as townhomes. Catering to families, the community has a pool, basketball courts, tennis courts, and tot lots. The single-family homes are typically center hall colonials, with 2500 square feet to 4000 square feet of living area while the townhomes have three distinct styles to choose from.

Right across the street from Potomac Station is the private gated community of River Creek. Situated on the banks of the Potomac River, this luxury community offers a classic country club lifestyle. Much of River Creek’s activity revolves around the stately River Creek Country Club with its 18-hole golf course and clubhouse offering dining and social options. The 600+ acres of River Creek are also home to an amazing array of wildlife, native plant life, and incredible water views. In addition to golf, residents can enjoy the neighborhood’s pools, tennis courts, walking trails, and private park. The community’s upscale homes run the gamut from large single-family homes to townhouses to patio homes.

Nestled behind Ball’s Bluff Regional Park is Potomac Crossing, featuring a combination of single-family homes and townhomes located on Battlefield Parkway. This community is home to Potomac Crossing Park – an 8-acre park with a playground, picnic shelters and lots of green space. Residents enter the neighborhood via a beautiful tree-lined drive.

Closer to River Creek is Lansdowne, a planned community with a growing retail town center and lots of amenities for every age group. Lansdowne on the Potomac is a residential, resort-style community with 2,155 homes; 1,442 detached homes and 713 attached single-family homes developed on former plantation land rich in history. The neighborhood features a mix of condos, townhouses and single-family homes in different price ranges set among open parks and walking trails with the prestigious Lansdowne Resort right next door. Lansdowne offers first-class amenities including the 30,000 sq. ft. Potomac Club. The club offers a heated indoor pool, two outdoor pools, event space, outdoor volleyball court, an expansive fitness center and more. With Lansdowne Town Center serving as the community hub, you have everything you need right in your neighborhood. From local favorite eateries like Ford’s Fish Shack to CVS to Harris Teeter to Starbucks, you don’t ever need to leave the community to find the best of everything!

Northlake is another community that’s the epitome of convenient.  This neighborhood was built around 2003 and provides quick access to shopping centers, Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, and Route 7 and Route 15. This community is a great choice for growing families, offering spacious homes with 4 and 5 bedrooms along with great amenities.

Close to River Creek is the award-winning Lakes at Red Rock. With a focus on preserving green space and sustainable building, The Lakes at Red Rock has been honored with the SC Johnson Green Choice Challenge award. Located next to the Red Rock Regional Overlook park near the Potomac River, this neighborhood offers 234 single-family homes and 140 townhomes set among lots of green space and winding walking trails. Community amenities include a zero-entry pool, toddler pool, clubhouse, tot lots, basketball and tennis courts and lake for catch and release fishing.

Raspberry Falls, located off Route 15 minutes from downtown Leesburg, is a sought-after community for those seeking more spacious homes with large lots. It’s a golfer’s paradise with the 4-star rated Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club located right in the neighborhood. From a day on the Gary Player designed links, to lessons for beginners to a full-service pro shop, golf-lovers will enjoy all the benefits the Club has to offer. The Club also features the luxurious Carriage House that can be rented for special events and has an on-site restaurant, Hunter’s Grille. Homes here are spacious, usually ranging from 4-6 bedrooms, and are set on meticulously landscaped lots of 1+ acres. Amenities here include a community pool and tennis courts.

Neighborhoods Near Historic Downtown

Historic Downtown Leesburg is one of the most quaint downtown areas in the state of Virginia and in my opinion, in the whole U.S. Visitors from all over the DC region and beyond come to downtown Leesburg for the historic charm, antique shops, bespoke boutiques and diverse dining scene. Downtown is also the setting for some of Leesburg’s most popular events including First Friday, the annual Flower and Garden Show, art shows and the summer Acoustics on the Green concert series.

Historic Downtown Leesburg
Historic Downtown Leesburg at Sunset

There are a few neighborhoods within walking distance of downtown Leesburg, making it easy to stroll down for coffee or a meal or peruse the many retail shops and art/antique galleries.

Here’s a look at just a couple of those communities:

One of the newer developments is Crescent Place, a townhouse community nestled between Raflo Park and the W&OD Trail. Crescent Place offers spacious live/work spaces with 30,000 feet of retail and commercial space at the front of the development. These urban townhouses offer modern interiors and many models feature spacious rooftop decks for outside entertaining. Residents take full advantage of their prime location. In addition to having some of Leesburg’s best-loved eateries (South Street Under, Jasmine, Tuskie’s, FireWorks Pizza, and McDowell’s Brew Kitchen) right down the block, they can walk across the street to visit the bustling Leesburg Farmer’s Market and other Catoctin Circle businesses.

King Street Station is brand new to the Leesburg market and these luxury condos are selling fast.  These 2-bedroom condos are just a stone’s throw from the WO&D Trail and next to downtown hotspots including Bites Wine & Grilled Cheese Bar, King Street Coffee, Delirium and much, much more. For those looking for low maintenance living in the heart of charming downtown, this might be the perfect place for you.

Old Waterford Knoll was developed in the mid 1990’s and consists of a total of 144 single- family homes. Located on the northwest side of Leesburg, this quiet community is adjacent to Morven Park, and just steps away from Rust Library and the Ida Lee Park and Recreation Center.

Exeter is one of the more established neighborhoods in close proximity to the downtown area. With mature trees shading its streets, the neighborhood is within walking distance of downtown and also has quick access to all the shopping and services in the Battlefield Parkway section. Exeter features 399 single-family homes and 430 townhouses and has lots of family-friendly amenities including a pool and a clubhouse that is the only remaining building of an 18th century plantation. Residents of Exeter can walk or bike across Route 15 to take advantage of all the activities at Ida Lee Recreation Center and the Rust Library.

Leesburg’s Burgeoning Dining Scene

Now that you’re a little more familiar with the different types of neighborhoods you can find in Leesburg, let’s take a look at the town’s red-hot dining scene. When I moved here more than 25 years ago, there were a handful of great restaurants and many Loudoun County residents would drive east to find unique dining experiences. These days, the opposite is true. Folks from all over the DMV now come to Leesburg to try our amazing eateries. From the best burgers in the state of Virginia to high-end wine bars, you’ll find endless options for every discerning foodie under the sun!

I’ve shared my own personal list of my top 10 favorites in this video. Check it out and let me know your thoughts in the comments. Some of the other locals’ favorites include:

  • South Street Under
  • Deli South
  • Jasmine
  • Lightfoot
  • Tuscarora Mill
  • Buford’s Biscuits
  • Yummy Pig
  • SideBar
  • Doner Bistro
  • Blue Ridge Grill
  • Senor Ramon Taqueria
  • Cocina on Market
  • Bites Wine & Grilled Cheese Bar
  • Cowbell Kitchen
  • King Street Oyster Bar
  • 19 West Gourmet Burgers
  • Puccio’s New York Deli
  • China King
  • ChefScape
  • Mom’s Apple Pie

Coffee lovers – rejoice! In addition to two Starbucks locations (with a new drive-thru opening next year), Leesburg has several cozy mom and pop spots that offer great options for meeting friends for a cup of joe or spending a lowkey morning with your latest read.

Some of my favorites are:

King Street Coffee, Shoes Cup & Cork Club, Kahvila Coffee House, Mocatina’s, and Trinity House Café. For fans of Italian brand Illy Coffee, add Dolce & Ciabatta to your list and be sure to take home some of their amazing fresh-baked bread, pastries and cakes while you’re there!

Wineries & Breweries

Leesburg (and Loudoun County as a whole) is also known for its many wineries and breweries. People from all over flock to our area to sample the great wines and innovative craft beers while enjoying spectacular scenery.

Let’s start with breweries. I’ve been fortunate to visit the world-renowned Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium many times over the years. Nowadays Leesburg residents don’t even have to leave town to experience one of Belgium’s most beloved beers, as owner Curtis Allred opened the first U.S. outpost of Delirium U.S.right in downtown Leesburg! Located in a historic downtown building on King Street, Delirium features more than 40 draft selections and 250+ bottled beers. The menu is also inspired by the original Brussels location, offering delicious authentic Belgian favorites like waffles, frites, and mussels in addition to American staples including burgers, wings, and more.

 

Wild Hare Cider Cabin is a charming little cabin that focuses on home-brewed cider. Grab a flight of ciders and sit outside on the cozy patio to watch the world go by. Wild Hare also offers growlers and cans to go.

Crooked Run Breweryis tucked away on Harrison Street and has been serving exceptional beers since 2013. Their beer selection (also available to go) includes IPAs, pilsners, and farmhouse ales, among others.

Vanish Breweryis a popular weekend destination for Loudouners young and old alike. Set on a sprawling 63-acre farm, there’s plenty of room to gather your friends and bring the kids to enjoy a beautiful day with scenic views. Vanish has a huge selection of both beer and wine and their frose slushies are great on a hot summer day. Grab a bite of Vanish’s homemade pizza or barbeque or visit one of the guest food trucks that change weekly.

Outside of Leesburg headed west is Bear Chase Brewery, a location that has one of the most incredible views you’ll find anywhere in Loudoun County. Located on the same picturesque, wooded property as historic Bear Chase Manor, BCBC’s Brew Barn includes two complete brewing systems, a taproom for taste testing, and plenty of room for exciting special events or simply relaxing with a cold brew. Enjoy the expansive view of Loudoun County’s rolling hills while enjoying live music.

Some of the other fantastic breweries in and around Leesburg include Harvest Gap Brewery, Belly Love Brewing Company, Loudoun Brewing Company, Black Walnut Brewery, Old 690 Brewing Company, Old Ox Brewery, and Black Hoof Brewing.

Loudoun County has staked its claim as a true wine destination. There are currently more than 40 wineries and tasting rooms in Loudoun County along the award-winning Virginia Wine Trail.

Here are a few of my personal recommendations. Right down the street from me is the beautiful Stone Tower Winery, situated on picturesque Hogback Mountain. Family and dog-friendly, this spectacular venue hosts tastings in the luxe Tower View Tasting Room (members only) and the welcoming Harvest Barn. There’s more than enough room to spread out and let the kids play while you and your group enjoy a bottle of STW red, rose, white or sparkling vino.

A short jaunt outside the downtown limits is Fabbioli Cellars. Their award-winning wines are the vision and dream come true of owners Doug Fabbioli and Colleen Berg. Fabbioli’s wine tastings are perfectly paired with small, gourmet food bites, created by local chefs and food artisans. Patrons can enjoy a wide range of events like Chocolate and Wine tastings and live music.

Fleetwood Farms is another favorite of mine – located off of Evergreen Mills Road. Visitors enter the winery welcomed by the sight of the historic Manor House, built in 1765. There’s plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy the beautiful gardens with Adirondack chairs and picnic tables sprinkled under shady trees. The large Bar and Barrel Room has a modern farmhouse vibe with an outdoor patio that wraps around the building.

Other favorites on my ever-growing list can be found in this video where we’ve captured amazing shots of some of the wineries mentioned above as well as Boxwood Winery, Chrysalis Vineyards, Cana Vineyards, Greenhill Winery, Breaux Vineyards, Doukenie Winery, Walsh Family Wine, 50 West Vineyards, Sunset Hills Vineyards, and Bluemont Vineyard.  Let me know if you think we’ve missed one in the comments section of the video.

Day Trips and Nearby Attractions

There’s certainly lots to do for everyone right in Leesburg but we’re only a short drive away from some of the coolest attractions in the country. Whether you want to entertain out-of-town visitors or are looking for something different to do with the kids, there is NO shortage of choices when you live in Leesburg.

About a 15-minute trip down the Dulles Greenway is the incredible Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a massive Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. The museum showcases thousands of historical air and space artifacts, which include the Space Shuttle Discovery and the supersonic Concorde. You’ll find hundreds of military and commercial planes and helicopters in the Boeing Aviation Hangar while the Space Hangar pays homage to the history of space travel. The IMAX Theater shows aviation-themed films complete with surround sound for a realistic experience. Udvar-Hazy is a hit for visitors of all ages!

For horse and history lovers, the town of Middleburg is known as the Nation’s Horse & Hunt Capital. Established in 1787, the charming town is surrounded by majestic horse farms and rolling hills. World-class equestrian events fill the Middleburg calendar along with the exclusive Middleburg Hunt. Middleburg is also home to one of the region’s only 5-star rated resorts, Salamander Resort & Spa, a luxurious enclave with Michelin-worthy restaurants, an exquisite spa and an array of activities including an equestrian program. Middleburg’s main street is home to boutiques, art galleries, and delightful eateries where riding boots are widely accepted attire.

Leesburg is only a 45-minute drive to our nation’s capital, which makes it easy to get into the city whether you’re going for an afternoon or a whole weekend. Most of the action centers around the National Mall, where you’ll find most of the Smithsonian Museums that offer free admission. The National Zoo, home to the newest adorable panda cub, Xiao Qi Ji, also has free admission.

No visit to DC is complete without a tour of the magnificent monuments: The Jefferson Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial and The Washington Monument. Fans of the arts can take in a Broadway show or the ballet at the Kennedy Center or browse among the masterpieces at the National Gallery of Art. It’s remarkable to be right in the center of American government and history with access to the White House, National Archives, U.S. Capitol and Library of Congress, and Arlington National Cemetery all within a short drive. Head to DC to catch a Washington Capital, Nationals or Wizards game, see a concert or try out one of the city’s acclaimed restaurants and bars, and still be back home in your own bed at the end of the day.

Leesburg Recreation

If you want to stay closer to home, there’s lots to do right here in Leesburg when it comes to recreation. The town has earned national accolades for best places for families in large part to its awesome Parks and Recreation Programs.

Balls Bluff Regional Park, Olde Izaac Walton Dog Park, and the Catoctin Skate Park are just a few of the first-class facilities available to Leesburg residents. But the shining star of Leesburg’s recreational venues is Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. One of Leesburg’s most popular gathering spots, Ida Lee is a full-service recreation facility, offering a fitness center, two indoor pools, a full-size basketball court, racquetball courts, banquet hall, childcare and full range of fitness and recreation programs and classes. There’s also outdoor tennis courts and an indoor tennis center for year-round play.

Also located at Ida Lee is the A.V. Symington Aquatic Centerthat has a 600-foot lazy river, large slide tower with two body flumes, drop slide, 25-yard lap pool, two gang slides, water pipe fall, crossing feature, dumping buckets, little squirt whale and floating snake and alligator.

A large “beach” area with bubblers and water fountains, a concession stand, and a grass picnic area are all available for swimmer use.

Fairly new to Leesburg’s recreation scene is the ION International Training Center, a year-round, twin sheet indoor ice rink and Arena, serving recreational and professional figure skaters, ice dancers, pair skaters, synchronized skaters, and hockey players from across Loudoun County. The center offers skating lessons, youth hockey leagues and is home to the Loudoun Curling Club.

With the Potomac River and Blue Ridge Mountains right at our back doorstep, outdoorsy types have yet another reason to love living in Leesburg. Take advantage of kayaking, canoeing, and hiking in the fresh air while surrounded by native Virginia birds and wildlife.

Shopping Around Leesburg

From whimsical downtown specialty boutiques to national big box stores (including the first Trader Joe’s in Loudoun County), you’ll find everything you’re looking for either in or a short drive from Leesburg proper.

Downtown Leesburg is the place to go when you’re searching for that special something you might not find anywhere else. You’ll find one-of-a-kind gift ideas at all of the amazing shops, especially Rouge, Brick and Mortar, Eyetopia, Very Virginia, Wldwest, Sunflower Shack, and Kettermans (recently relocated to a larger space on Catoctin Circle). Browse through LouLou, Madisonbelle, Misguided Angels and the Lucky Knot for distinctive women’s fashion and accessories.

Off of Battlefield Parkway, you’ll find the national chain stores you’ve come to rely on. In the Target shopping center, you’ll find Kohls and Costco. Other famous retailers located on this side of town include: DSW Shoes, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Michaels Arts & Crafts, Marshalls, Home Depot, and Staples. Leesburg has also recently welcomed a new Walmart and a Lowe’s within the past few years.

For upscale shopping at budget prices, head down Route 15 to Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets. Here you’ll find everything from Le Creuset to Saks Off Fifth. This destination center has a food court and open sidewalks to explore the more than 100 stores on the property.

The Villages of Leesburg is home to one of Leesburg’s most beloved grocery stores, Wegmans. The pedestrian-friendly town center is also anchored by the uber cool Cobb Theatres movie complex. VAL features more than 60 boutiques, ranging from the fashionable Altared State to candy lovers’ paradise Rocket Fizz.

About 10 minutes down Route 7 you’ll find One Loudoun, a premier work/live/play destination. One Loudoun is home to Loudoun County’s only Trader Joes as well as the Barnes & Noble Kitchen and Bar where you can have a glass of wine while thumbing through your latest magazine purchase. Other retail stores include Raymers Candy, Scout & Molly’s Boutique, Potomac River Running, and The Jeans Whisperer. You’ll also find some fantastic eats in One Loudoun with an array of options including Matchbox, Uncle Julios, Sense of Thai, Copperwood Tavern, Slapfish, Nando’s, Burgers Beer Bourbon, Eddie Merlot’s, City Tap and PIND.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for in Loudoun County, Reston Town Center and Tyson’s/Tyson’s Galleria are about 25-30 minutes away. Reston Town Center has plenty of local and national shops (including a recently expanded Apple Store) centered around an outdoor ice-skating rink. Clyde’s, Ted’s Bulletin, North Italia, Mon Ami Gabi, Barcelona Wine Bar, Jacksons Mighty Fine Food, Counter Burger, McCormick & Schmick’s, Morton’s Steakhouse, Passion Fish, and Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls are all great choices for lunch or dinner.

Tyson’s Corner Mall and Tyson’s Galleria have every upscale brand the savvy shopper can imagine including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Anthropologie, and more.

Time to Make Your Move

All of the reasons above are more than enough to start plotting your move to Leesburg. But there are also so many intangible reasons. Like the amazing feeling of community. The friendly people. The feel of the four distinct seasons. There’s too many more to count which is why I wake up every day feeling so very blessed to call this my home. I hope you’ll explore the possibility of joining this wonderful community too!