Welcome to Leesburg
A newcomer’s guide to the neighborhoods, schools, restaurants, and all the other reasons why Leesburg is the best little town in the USA.
Why Your Next Move Should be to Leesburg
Whether you’re an empty nester looking for a change in 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 the best places to live, and you’ll find that Leesburg has been highly ranked on prominent national lists, including Money Magazine
Leesburg has something to offer everyone: a wide range of home options, a quaint historic downtown, great schools, an incredible dining scene, convenient shopping, and 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 post 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 and top schools, and we’ll delve into the countless things to do both in town and around Loudoun County.
Let’s start with the schools. In this blog post, we’re going to focus mainly on high schools. Residents of Leesburg are lucky to be a part of the nationally recognized Loudoun County Public Schools district. 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
Loudoun County High School
is renowned as the oldest high school in Loudoun County. It opened its doors in 1954 and today 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
was constructed in 2002 and today serves over 1,400 students 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, you’ll find Tuscarora High School
, which 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% of the student body takes advantage of the school’s AP and Northern Virginia Community College Dual Enrollment programs. Like other Leesburg high schools, Tuscarora takes pride in its outstanding extracurricular activities and sports teams.
One of Loudoun County’s newer schools, Riverside High School
opened to accommodate 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 seven 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 test scores, 97.8% 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 being accepted through a highly competitive admissions program, Academies of Loudoun students can choose one of three courses of study: Science, Engineering & Technology, and Technical Education.
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.
Class schedules look a little different at the Academies of Loudoun. All students 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.
As you can see, Leesburg is full of incredible education opportunities. Between their class diversity, academic achievement, athletic prowess, and availability of after-school activities, Loudoun County Public Schools truly can’t be beat!
Another reason you’ll love living in Leesburg? The incredible variety of neighborhoods. There are far too many to name in one sitting, but today we’ll focus on some of my personal top picks.
In the 20175 ZIP code, you’ll find a unique mix of both established and newer communities. The first one I’ll discuss is Woodlea Manor
, which my family has called home for over 25 years. As you drive through the neighborhood’s tree-lined entrance, you’ll realize right away that Woodlea is something special. This close-knit community features beautiful single-family homes with plenty of room for growing families. From social time at the pool to neighborhood block parties, you’ll find lifelong friends and a true sense of community here. Woodlea Manor is in the ideal location — only a five-minute drive to downtown Leesburg and close to shops.
Right next to Woodlea, you’ll find another established neighborhood called Greenway Farms. Another top family-friendly pick, Greenway Farms offers a mix of single-family homes and townhomes ranging anywhere from two to four bedrooms. Like Woodlea, the neighborhood has a large pool across the street from the community park.
Country Club is a hidden gem that consists of a mix of Colonial and Ranch style homes. Though it’s one of the older neighborhoods in Leesburg, many of the homes in Country Club have been meticulously updated and feature large green yards, some of which back up to 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 its luxurious single-family homes are selling quickly. Residents love Meadowbrook Farm’s private location — it’s further from Leesburg traffic but still close to the center of town. This neighborhood offers sought-after amenities, including a pool, tennis courts, tot lots, and fire pits.
is located just down the street from Meadowbrook Farm. Similarly, it’s a newer neighborhood built in the early 2000s with close access to downtown and shopping. Most of the Southern Colonial homes in this neighborhood are 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, Oaklawn
is your destination! Conveniently located near the Village of Leesburg, Phillip Bolen Park, and the new Compass Creek Shopping Center, Oaklawn townhomes measure about 3,000 square feet and typically have three bedrooms, between two and 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 ample 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 — there’s something for every budget! The condos have a separate HOA from the other homes in the neighborhood, and owners have access to a pool, fitness center, and lounge. The amenities for the rest of Stratford’s homeowners include a clubhouse, pool, walking trails and playgrounds.
features a great mix of townhomes and single-family homes. Located in a prime spot near the Village of Leesburg, Battlefield Boulevard shopping, and the Dulles Greenway, there’s always something fun to do in this popular neighborhood. Outdoorsy residents love the multiple walking trails surrounded by mature trees and greenery. Like many other communities in Leesburg, Kincaid Forest features a swimming pool and pool house, tennis courts, two community playgrounds, walking paths, and landscaped common areas.
Built around the historic Tavistock Farm, the aptly named Tavistock Farms
neighborhood 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; it’s great for growing families. The community features the Farmhouse (built in the 1800s), which is available to residents for rent. You can also enjoy a swimming pool, two sets of tennis courts, a playground, walking paths, and extensive common areas. Behind the farmhouse and pool, you’ll find 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, 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 that span between 2500 to 4000 square feet of living area; the townhomes are available in three distinct styles.
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 magnificent 18-hole golf course and clubhouse — the perfect place to dine and socialize. River Creek’s 600+ acres are also home to an amazing array of wildlife, native plant life, and incredible water views. Not a golfer? Residents can also 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, where you’ll find a combination of single-family homes and townhomes along Battlefield Parkway. This community is home to Potomac Crossing Park, eight beautiful green acres with a playground and picnic areas. Residents enter the neighborhood via a beautiful tree-lined drive.
Closer to River Creek is the planned community of Lansdowne
, which features a growing retail town center and lots of amenities for every age group. Lansdowne on the Potomac is a residential, resort-style community with over 2,000 homes — 1,442 detached homes and 713 attached single-family homes developed on former plantation land that’s rich in history. The neighborhood features a mix of condos, townhouses, and single-family homes. With its range in home prices, Lansdowne has something to fit every budget! Residents love the scenery, which includes green open parks and walking trails right next to the prestigious Lansdowne Resort.
Lansdowne offers many first-class amenities, including the 30,000 square foot Potomac Club. At the Club, members can enjoy a heated indoor pool, two outdoor pools, event space, an outdoor volleyball court, an expansive fitness center, and more. Lansdowne Town Center serves as the community hub — it has everything you need right in your neighborhood! With local favorite eateries like Ford’s Fish Shack and Starbucks and convenience stores like CVS and Harris Teeter, you won’t ever need to leave the community to find what you need.
If you’re looking for a convenient location, you’ll also want to check out Northlake. Built in 2003, this neighborhood provides quick access to shopping centers, Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, and both Route 7 and Route 15. This community is a great choice for growing families, offering spacious homes with four and five bedrooms along with great amenities.
There’s also the Lakes at Red Rock, which places a focus on preserving green space and sustainable building. This community has been honored with the SC Johnson Green Choice Challenge award for their incredible work. Located next to the Red Rock Regional Overlook park near the Potomac River, this neighborhood offers 234 single-family homes and 140 townhomes set against a backdrop 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.
, located off Route 15 minutes from downtown Leesburg, is a sought-after community for those seeking spacious homes on large lots. It’s a golfer’s paradise — the 4-star rated Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club
is located right in the neighborhood. Golf lovers will have a blast at the full-service pro shop, and beginners can enjoy lessons on the beautiful course. The Club also features the luxurious Carriage House, which can be rented for special events. It also features an incredible onsite restaurant, Hunter’s Grille
. Homes here are located on meticulously maintained lots and are spacious and luxurious, usually containing between four and six bedrooms. Amenities 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 country. Visitors from the DC region and beyond come to downtown Leesburg for the historic charm, antique shops, bespoke boutiques, and exciting dining scene. Downtown Leesburg is also the setting for 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 at Sunset
A few different neighborhoods are located within walking distance of downtown Leesburg. Take a stroll down the street to pick up a cup of coffee, enjoy a meal with friends, or peruse the many retail shops and art/antique galleries.
Here’s a look at just a couple of those communities:
Crescent Place is a newer townhome community nestled between Raflo Park and the Washington and Old Dominion Trail. This development offers comfortable living and working spaces that feature modern interior design; many models include spacious rooftop decks for outdoor entertaining. There’s also approximately 30,000 feet of retail and commercial space at the front of the development. Residents at Crescent Place take full advantage of their prime location. Some of Leesburg’s best-loved eateries are right down the block, including South Street Under, Jasmine, Tuskie’s, FireWorks Pizza, and McDowell’s Brew Kitchen. Residents can also walk across the street to visit the bustling Leesburg Farmers Market and other Catoctin Circle businesses.
King Street Station
, a luxury condo complex, is brand-new to the Leesburg market. These two-bedroom condos are selling fast — they’re located just a stone’s throw from the Washington and Old Dominion Trail and downtown hotspots like Bites Wine & Grilled Cheese Bar, King Street Coffee, and Delirium. This is the perfect place for anyone looking for low-maintenance living in the heart of charming downtown.
The Old Waterford Knoll development was constructed in the mid-1990s and consists 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 Ida Lee Recreation Center.
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, 430 townhouses, and lots of family-friendly amenities, including a pool and a clubhouse, which 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 in town, but many Loudoun County residents would drive east to find unique dining experiences. These days, the opposite is true. Folks from all over the DMV 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
- Tuscarora Mill
- Buford’s Biscuits
- Yummy Pig
- 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
- Mom’s Apple Pie
Coffee lovers – rejoice! In addition to two Starbucks locations (with a new drive-thru opening soon), 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 a favorite book.
Some of my favorite coffee shops include:
- King Street Coffee
- Shoes Cup & Cork Club
- Kahvila Coffee House
- Trinity House Café
If you’re a fan of the Italian brand Illy Coffee, add Dolce & Ciabatta to your list. Be sure to take home some of their amazing fresh-baked bread, pastries, and cakes while you’re there!
Wineries & Breweries
Leesburg is also known for its many wineries
and breweries. People from all over flock to Loudoun County to sample the great wines and innovative craft beers while enjoying spectacular scenery!
Let’s start with breweries. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the world-renowned Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium, many times over the years. Fortunately, Leesburg residents don’t even have to leave town to experience one of Belgium’s most beloved beers. The first United States outpost of this acclaimed cafe, Delirium U.S.,
was opened by Curtis Allred right here in downtown Leesburg! Located in a historic building on downtown 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.
Want to try some crisp, clean, and delicious ciders? 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 Brewery
is tucked away on Harrison Street and has been serving exceptional beers since 2013. Their beer selection includes IPAs, pilsners, and farmhouse ales, and you can even grab a drink to go!
is a popular weekend destination for Loudouners, young and old alike. Set on a sprawling 63-acre farm, it has 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
, which 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.
In recent years, Loudoun County has become a true wine destination. There are currently more than 40 wineries and tasting rooms in Loudoun County, all located along the award-winning Virginia Wine Trail.
Not sure where to start? 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 red, rose, white, or sparkling vino.
Just a short walk outside the downtown limits, you’ll find Fabbioli Cellars
, where visitors can enjoy tastings and fun events. Their award-winning wines are the vision of owners Doug Fabbioli and Colleen Berg. Fabbioli’s wine tastings are perfectly paired with small gourmet treats created by local chefs and food artisans. Patrons can enjoy a wide range of events like chocolate and wine tastings and live music.
is another favorite of mine. Located just off Evergreen Mills Road, this winery’s visitors are welcomed by the sight of the historic Manor House, built in 1765. Relax in an Adirondack chair while you enjoy the beautiful garden or gather around a picnic table under the comforting, shady trees. The large Bar and Barrel Room features a modern farmhouse vibe with an outdoor wrap-around patio.
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. Comment on the video if you think we’ve missed one of your favorites!
Day Trips and Nearby Attractions
If you’re looking to explore the area around Leesburg, there are plenty of exciting options! Whether you want to entertain out-of-town guests or are looking for something new to do with the kids, the Loudoun County area is packed with educational and historical sites that make for amazing day trips.
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 historic air and space artifacts, including 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 beautiful rolling hills. World-class equestrian events are common in Middleburg, including the exclusive Middleburg Hunt. Middleburg is also home to one of the region’s only 5-star rated resorts, Salamander Resort & Spa
. This luxurious enclave offers Michelin-worthy restaurants, an exquisite spa, and an array of fun activities. Middleburg’s main street is home to boutiques, art galleries, and delightful eateries where riding boots are widely accepted attire.
Of course, out-of-town visitors will want to pay a visit to our nation’s capital. Washington DC is just a 45-minute drive from Leesburg, close enough to spend an afternoon there if you choose. But with so many exciting things to see and do, you might want to extend your visit to 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. Take in the spectacular Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument — all perfect photo opportunities and great places for kids to learn about our country’s history. It’s remarkable to be right in the center of American government and history, with the White House, National Archives, U.S. Capitol and Library of Congress, and Arlington National Cemetery all within a short drive.
Fans of the arts can take in a Broadway show or ballet at the Kennedy Center or browse the masterpieces at the National Gallery of Art. Sports enthusiasts won’t want to miss a Washington Capitals, Nationals, or Wizards game, and music lovers can choose from a wide variety of concerts in almost every musical genre. End your day with dinner at one of DC’s acclaimed restaurants or bars — thanks to Leesburg’s convenient location, you can be back home in your own bed at the end of the day.
If you want to stay closer to home, there are plenty of great recreational activities available right here in Leesburg. The town has earned national accolades for its awesome Parks and Recreation Programs
Balls Bluff Regional Park, Olde Izaak 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 plenty of fitness programs and classes. There are also outdoor and indoor tennis courts for year-round play.
Ida Lee is also home to the A.V. Symington Aquatic Center
, which has a 600-foot lazy river, a large slide tower with two body flumes, a drop slide, a 25-yard lap pool, two gang slides, a water pipe fall, a crossing feature, dumping buckets, a little squirt whale and a 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.
The ION International Training Center
, fairly new to Leesburg, is a year-round, twin sheet indoor ice rink and arena. The Center serves recreational and professional figure skaters, ice dancers, pair skaters, synchronized skaters, and hockey players from across Loudoun County. It’s also a great place for beginners to take skating lessons, and several youth hockey leagues and the Loudoun Curling Club call the Center home.
With the Potomac River and Blue Ridge Mountains right at our back doorstep, outdoorsy residents 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 Ketterman’s (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.
Just off Battlefield Parkway, you’ll find the national chain stores you’ve come to rely on. The Target shopping center is also home to Kohl’s and Costco, so you can stock up on all the goods you need in one convenient location. 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 great low 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 stroll along as you explore more than 100 stores on the property.
The Villages of Leesburg
is home to Wegmans, one of Leesburg’s most beloved grocery stores. This 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 destination for working, living, and entertaining. One Loudoun is home to Loudoun County’s only Trader Joe’s, 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 Raymer's 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 Galleria Mall are just 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 offer every upscale brand the savvy shopper can imagine, from Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom to Saks Fifth Avenue and Anthropologie.
Time to Make Your Move
As you can see, there are many fantastic reasons to plan a move to Leesburg! This welcoming and action-packed town is a beautiful, comfortable, and convenient place to call home.
Aside from the incredible shopping, dining, entertainment, and history, there are so many other intangible factors that make Leesburg great. There’s a tight-knit community feel and plenty of kind neighbors just waiting to become good friends. The weather is beautiful, with four distinct seasons. Honestly, there are too many reasons to count, and 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!